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How to tell if a picture was Photoshopped

binoculars natureIf you look closely at pictures, it's easy to see if they used Photoshop.

Whether we're scrolling through Instagram or watching TV, there's always an onslaught of seemingly perfect images.

And it can be hard to remember that most of what we see has been Photoshopped, whether it's a tweak of the hair or a heavily-manipulated photo.

We reached out to picture-editing expert Jim De Yonker, the founder of the company Lux My Photo, who revealed the top four visible signs that an image has been Photoshopped.

Keep reading to see if anything on your Instagram or Facebook feed has been edited.

1. The background appears warped or manipulated.

This dog was perfect as-is, no Photoshop necessary. Shutterstock and Megan Willett/INSIDER Here's an obvious one that made headlines in 2014 as people — — started to embrace new photo apps that allowed them to manipulate their body shape. The only problem is they didn't pay attention to the background and suddenly a pattern in the wall or floor looked bent and distorted.

"When you push a hip in to make it a little skinnier say and you have a background behind that hip, a lot of times, people won't fix the background," De Yonker said. "If you push the hip in and there's a door frame behind it, it will warp the door frame and it won't be straight anymore."

2. Everything in the picture is in focus.

This entire picture is in focus, whether it's the shrubs in the lower right corner or the mountains in the background. Shutterstock and Megan Willett/INSIDER

When everything in the picture is in focus, chances are good that it's a composite of multiple images.

"If you have people who are siting 50 feet from each other, the person in the back shouldn't be sharp," De Yonker said. "If everything's sharp, it's most likely enhanced. No camera can actually do that."

Sometimes it's simply a matter of sharpening the image in Photoshop or a similar app, but when the entire landscapes in the backgroundandforeground are sharp and crisp, it's usually two or more photos spliced together.

3. There are no lines or pores on someone's face.

Natural is key. Shutterstock and Megan Willett/INSIDER

"A lot of bad apps out there actually just blur the skin instead of correcting it the way a professional can," De Yonker explained.

Professional Photoshop experts are artists that look at the image and make sure it stays realistic, even when you take out pimples or correct other rough areas. But Photoshop or image-modifying apps are just software, so De Yonker said they don't take the end appearance into account.

"When they retouch your skin, it actually blurs the colors together and blends it to the point where it doesn't even look like skin," De Yonker said. "It looks like you've been painted."

4. There are patterns in the picture.

I loved this clump of flowers so much I had to have them everywhere. Shutterstock and Megan Willett/INSIDER

An easy fix that amateur Photoshoppers make is cloning or copying one area of the picture and inserting it somewhere else.

"There will be copy marks and the human eye really picks up patterns quickly," De Yonker said.

These patterns at first may not seem like an issue, but our brains are hard-wired to look for them and it's a really easy way for people to see through your cloning mistake.

And De Yonker said the biggest area this can be a problem with is when you're fixing your skin.

"When trying to remove a blemish or mark on a skin, many people copy one area of their skin to another part," he said. "But if you don't do it correctly, you'll see a pattern of something being the same over and over again.






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