Retouching Digital Images A Definition Of Critical Thinking

Art of Clipping Path Services and Modern E-Business

Today, clipping path services has become a key cornerstone of e-business marketing. Long gone are the days of using just any image on a business site, where all you needed was a photograph. With increased competition, variety of choices for the consumer, and a predominant presence of e-business, strategic and impact-based photography has become requisite. The present article briefly highlights why clipping path services is the very basis of modern e-business.

Changing the Image from the Abstract to a Marketer’s Choice

Clipping path services ideally help transform an otherwise ordinary photo of any product, to a masterpiece for the online marketing guru. One example of clipping path services is the dynamic image isolation process, which redirects all visual attention an image commands to specific features. This helps emphasize what the marketer prioritizes, over the background, accompanying items, or irrelevant elements of the image, to yield an isolated image of the product on offer.

Similar precision can be attained with strategic image manipulation, where the initial image is aligned to serve a predetermined purpose. In essence, therefore, clipping path services is a deliberate manipulation of an ordinary photograph for a product, to create a visual image a marketer needs to attract and convert a site visitor to a retained customer. To do this, clipping path services help edit and refine a picture from ‘what is’ to ‘what should be’. Perhaps the best illustration of this process is through strategic color correction, which helps optimize the tone, shade, and graphic hue of a product photograph to correspond to the marketing theme.

Removing the Irrelevant Image Component with Clipping Path Services

Nonetheless, while refining the colour, intensity, isolation, and image manipulation, clipping path services also help eliminate some components of the original image. In many cases, the original product image incorporates elements that are either irrelevant or unimportant, occupying the space and potency of attaining an ultimate visual impact. To exemplify, modern clipping path services helps either eliminate/remove the background of a product photograph, or change it slightly to be a preferable background. Most product images are ultimately presented with a novel background, which again corresponds and aligns to the marketing theme.

Modern clipping path services also involve the removal of ghost mannequin, or product shadow, in pursuit of deliberate image isolation. In many cases, the outcome of the removal process is the image of a product without the interrupted and delimiting features. Removing the unnecessary and the useless components of a product photograph is an essential part of content profiling, which accurately describes how images are now used for e-business marketing. As such, clipping path services can help eliminate the abstract components of a product photo, and retain what the consumer needs to see before deciding to purchase the product.

Adding into the Image Profile with Clipping Path Services

Similarly, as clipping path services help remove and eliminate some components of the original product image, specialist skills can help add essential features to that image. From color to intensity, graphic resolution to point of focus, and from camera angle to image background, clipping path services are an essential part of adding what should be in a product image, and which was previously absent. For instance, photo retouching, graphics enrichment, and emblematic configuration of multiple images, helps add to the final product image, the sales pitch a marketer needs. Ideally, such clipping path services as image masking, deep etching, and background enforcement serve the primary role of adding to an ordinary photograph, the very features that define modern e-marketing images. That final image, in most cases, includes numerous features and profile qualities that were absent in the original product photograph.

Clipping Path Services and Modern E-Business

In conclusion, therefore, clipping path services not only removes the abstract and unnecessary details, but also adds some essential components of modern product photography. Further, clipping path services also provides the conversion of digital images, such as Raster to Vector conversion, to conform to the algorithm used in the e-business site. Indeed, modern clipping path services now incorporates advanced image editing strategies, including specialist image outlining, dimensional clipping, and Photoshop image reconstruction, among many other high-quality photo editing tasks.

Is Seeing Believing? Resources for Teaching About the Manipulation of Photographic Images

©2006 Frank Baker

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 “Any media that employ digitally doctored photographs will have a stronger  effect than merely influencing our opinion — by tampering with our malleable memory, they may ultimately change the way we recall history,”  University of Padua researcher Dario Sacchi– upon release of a study on how people’s recollection of historical events is affected by digitally altered news images.


Note to educators: “Is Seeing Believing?” is the title of a   curriculum I discovered at the Newseum, a museum of news in Washington DC.

It deals with the manipulation of photographic images in news, history, and culture. I became fascinated by this topic, so I devoted this web site to it.

Throughout history the photograph has been manipulated for various purposes. It is important for students to understand those purposes and to learn how to question images they find in media and on the Internet.

Here you will find a number of contemporary examples of the “digital manipulation of images” as well as links to articles about the ethics and the issue.

A good starting point for students might be the handout “Key Questions,” which helps them use critical thinking skills as they analyze the images.

Let me know what you think of this resource.

NOTE: Special thanks to Theresa Redmond, Visual Arts educator (Peoples Academy Middle Level in Morrisville VT) for sharing her Webquest and Powerpoint on this topic.

Current recommended articles/resources:

  • Adobe Doesn’t Think ‘Photoshop’ Is a Dirty Word
  • Study Proves We Still Need to Talk About Photoshop
  • The Art & Science of Retouching: What Really Happens To Photos
  • The Amazing World of Photo Editing Before Photoshop
  • What Did We Do Before Photoshop?
  • Is Social Media Making Us Suckers? From Images to Hoaxes, What’s Real?
  • Manipulating photos in a pre-Photoshop World/ “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop”
  • Before Photoshop: How Photos Have Been Manipulated For Years
  • The World’s First Faked Photo
  • Startup Reveals If A Photo Is Fake
  • Photo retoucher exposes how models REALLY get airbrushed
  • Detecting the Truth in Photos
  • The Lash Stand: Will new attitudes and regulatory oversight hit delete on some photo retouching in print ads?
  • Newspaper Raises Eyebrows With Composite Photo on Page One
  • Digitally altered images: famous pictures that have been manipulated using Photoshop
  • North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings
  • Photoshop catastrophes: 2011 The year in review
  • Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell / Retouched or not: tool spots photos’ too-flawless features
  • Great Fakes – Famous Doctored Photographs
  • How Civil War Photography Changed War
  • Digital Manipulation in the Fashion Industry
  • Altered, and out
  • How we learned to love Photoshop
  • Point, Shoot, Retouch and Label?
  • The Case of The Inappropriate Alarm Clock   Part 1;  2 ;  3;  4 ; 5; 6; 7
  • Looking at the truth of a photo
  • A Move to Curb Digitally Altered Photos in Ads
  • Seeing is not believing: Doctoring digital photos is easy. Detecting it can be hard.
  • Digital Photo Disasters In Ads & News
  • Microsoft Edits Black Man Out of Photo
  • Faked photos: Look, and then look again/ A Brief History of Photo Fakery
  • Photoshop disasters may be banned in UK
  • Photoshopped images: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • New York Times Magazine Withdraws Altered Photo Essay/ Behind The Scenes: Digital Manipulation
  • Ethics in the age of digital manipulation
  • News Photos that took airbrushing too far
  • Is Seeing Believing in an Age of Digital Photos?
  • No Airbrushing Is the New All Black
  • Photoshop for Democracy Revisited: The Sarah Palin File
  • Photo Touch-Ups the New Reality
  • Detecting Digital Photo Fakery  What’s Real? Learning to Tell Truth From Fiction in The Photoshop Age (PC World, Aug 2008)
  • Digital Forensics: How Experts Uncover Doctored Images/
  • Five Ways to Spot A Fake Photo /Photo Tampering Throughout History (Scientific American)
  • In A Photoshop Age, Can You Believe Your Eyes? (NPR)
  • Believing Is Seeing (July 2008, The New York Times)
  • Scientific American: Digital Forensics, Doctored Photos, and Paula Abdul
  • (slide show)
  • Faked tiger photo sparks Web furor
  • Pixel Perfect (The New Yorker)
  • Picture Perfect: Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far? (Newsweek)
  • Pixel perfect: Why you shouldn’t believe your eyes when it comes to those glossy images
  • Lesson Plan: Digital Image Manipulation in the Mass Media
  • Questions Raised About Darkening of Obama in Hillary Ad
  • Researchers look to spot photo hoaxes
  • Say ‘Cheese!’ And Now Say ‘Airbrush!’ (Newsweek)
  • Is that really true: urban legends & info eval skills (Jan/Feb 08)
  • Pictures can lie…so can memory (Nov. 2007)
  • Digital detectives discern Photoshop fakery (CSM, Aug 2007)
  • Real or not real: The digital game (Media Ethics Magazine)
  • Distorted Picture (American Journalism Review)
  • I See, I Do: Persuasive Messages and Visual Literacy (see also: Pictures That Lie)
  • 3 Magazines Are Accused of Retouching Celebrity Photos to Excess (May 2007)
  • Digital Image Manipulation: A Compelling Means to Engage Students in Discussion of Point of View and Perspective (2006)
  • Iowa-tied hoax typifies trickery of Web videos
  • The Art of Image Altering
  • CBS Photoshops Incoming News anchor Katie Couric
  • Seeing Is No Longer Believing
  • Photo Fakery: Identifying Falsified Images
  • Seeing Isn’t Believing: When pictures become propaganda Reader’s Digest, September 2004
  • Digital imaging zaps braces, zits from yearbook photos
  • Digital alteration throughout history
  • Hoax or Real Photo Quiz

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“The assumption a lot of people make is, well, pictures don’t lie — you can believe what you see,” said Santiago Lyon, director of photography for the Associated Press. “But of course pictures can lie, and they do lie, and they’ve been manipulated for a long time.” (Source)

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