Photoshop, although a very powerful tool to enhance and bring life to your photos, really gets abused a lot now a days, especially in the media. Photoshop has gotten so abused that it is pretty much now a verb that one uses to describe what he thinks is a ‘fake image’. “Oh, that’s so Photoshopped.” Jesse Rosten, appalled by “society’s standards of beauty,” creates this humorous fake commercial to really emphasize what is going on today. Sit back and enjoy, all you Photoshop gurus are going to love this!
Although Jesse uses Photoshop as an example in this video, this also applies to pretty much every niche out there. There’s a common style in motion graphics, visual effects, even music theory. We all follow the popular trend (most of us anyways). Now a days, the lens flare and light leaks are popular, especially in motion graphics. In visual effects, we tend to overdo muzzle flashes, put lens flares everywhere like J.J. Abrams, and maybe apply Magic Bullet Mojo for no reason. Now I’m not bashing these things, it’s good to keep up with the popular trend, but we also have to know when it’s enough. I’m very guilty of applying lens flares everywhere and ‘Punching It’ too much, it’s a problem I’m working on. I encourage everyone to do the same.
Break from the normal trend and try to limit the overused effects such as lens flares and particle revealers. Try to start your own trend and find your unique style rather than do what everyone else is doing for no reason. Of course, if you need lens flares or Mojo, by all means use them, but remember: With great knowledge comes great power. With great power comes great responsibilities.