Why Everyone Should Look at the Cover Before it Goes to Print
Missing limbs, mutant hands and other Photoshop faux pas.
Sloppy use of Photoshop continues to wreak havoc on magazine covers.
Take Marie Claireâ€™s June 2009 cover. As the Quality in Print blog pointed out, cover girl Beyonce Knowles was handed a Photoshop-induced finger deformity.
A typical Photoshop flub? In my opinion, noâ€”it was a combination of lighting and reflective chunky jewelry gone awry. But regardless, itâ€™s an odd distraction that someone should have picked up on.
But Beyonceâ€™s mutant hand is childâ€™s play compared to some of the more recent, blatant mistakes, like OK!â€™s April 20th issue, which showed before and after photos of a â€śBiggest Loserâ€ť reality TV star. The kicker (sorry): the coverâ€™s â€śafterâ€ť photo was missing a leg.
Of course, these mistakes arenâ€™t limited to magazine covers, as seen on Photoshopmistakes.com, â€śthe best photoshop mistakes and disasters from around the world.â€ť But inconsistenciesâ€”the displaced shadows on Timeâ€™s November 3, 2008 cover, for instanceâ€”are a common occurrence.
So what do all of these snafus add up to? Itâ€™s the best reason I can think of to make all staffers, bloggers, internsâ€”or even a random guy off of the streetâ€”give an issueâ€™s cover the once-over before shipping.
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