Oct 27, 2005

USA Today accused of bad Photoshop job


It was pointed out on From The Pen web site that a recent photograph of Condoleezza Rice that accompanied an article in USA Today was poorly retouched.

From the commentary on From The Pen:

The USA Today version on the right was deliberately altered to make Condi Rice look more menacing. Notice how the whites of the eyes are highlighted to make her BLACK eyes look BLACKER and HATEFUL. The doctored photo is here on USA Today’s site (they’ll probably take it down with some heat). You have to look overseas here to see an unbiased version. Under the heat of protest, will USA Today apologize?

Apparently, USA Today did take some heat since at some point the image was swapped out and an Editor’s note was placed on the article that read:

The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY’s editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice’s face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.

Oooops….looks like another bad Photoshop job.

See other PSN articles such as Kate doesn’t like Photoshop – Digital Ethics, “Star” Fakes It for Brad, Angelina and Katherine Harris doesn’t like Photoshop either. On the other hand, there’s this one-Ok, at least Madonna likes Photoshop.

Maybe some people should take a Photoshop class.

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