Before and After Photoshop Gifs

Before and After Photoshop Gifs

Over the past decade or so, Photoshop has become a vital marketing tool for magazines, record companies and movie studios. Before airbrushing with image manipulation tools such as Photoshop became the common thing to do, photographers had to rely solely on make-up and various different lighting effects. However, nowadays, our movie stars and singers can have their skin airbrushed, their hair highlighted and their bodies re-morphed... after they've had their pictures taken. All of this provides an easy way for marketing companies to push the idea that their chosen star or flavor of the month has perfect skin, dazzling eyes and a slim body.

Fortunately for us, we "normal folk" sometimes get to see the before and after photos. Without further ado, I present to you a collection of gifs that show the before and after effects of Photoshop in the entertainment industry.

Beyoncé Knowles
Notice how RnB singer Beyonce Knowles has had her photo post-processed in a way that makes her skin lighter and clearer looking. Also notice how they've fixed up her hair so that there aren't any irregular strands popping out.

Britney Spears
Here's Mississippi pop star Britney Spears, who became a global success when her single "...Baby One More Time" hit number one in every single country that it was charted in. Here, we can see that with the magical help of Photoshop, they've a) made her skin less red, b) airbrushed her chest, c) removed a strand of hair that was sticking out and d) added extra makeup to her eyes.

Britney Spears photoshop

Here's another one of Ms Spears. In this one, they've completely reshaped her behind, as well as adding some color to her back.

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy is a household name across America. The Atlanta, Georgia born actress has starred in a number of big movies such as "8 Mile" and "Riding in Cars with Boys". In this picture, we can see that Brittany has had her skin airbrushed. No longer does she have bags under her eyes like the rest of us common folk. Now, her skin looks completely flawless. Thanks Photoshop!

before and after Brittany Murphy

Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka Fergie) rose to stardom when her hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas released their first hit single "Where Is the Love?" back in 2003. 10 years later, the Californian singer has launched a solo music career and a fashion line. In this before and after comparison, we can see a number of distinct changes:
  1. They've removed her eyebrow piercing.
  2. They've covered over the earring that was dangling out through her hair.
  3. They've taken the redness out of her face.
  4. They've brightened her eyes.
  5. They've covered over the blemishes on her cheeks.


George Clooney
Women are not the only ones that need to have their image "protected" by agents and marketing companies. Here, we see heart throb George Clooney undergoing a bit of "post-processing surgery". His hair has been completely recolored so that his grey hairs aren't as noticeable. His skin has been airbrushed in an effort to cover his wrinkles and any other signs of ageing. They've even taken the time to darken his eyebrows. With the help of everyone's favorite photo manipulation tool, they've managed to reverse the ageing process by about 10 or 15 years!

george clooney

Jennifer Lawrence
Here's Kentucky-born actress Jennifer Lawrence. Famous for her award-winning roles in movies such as "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook", it is fair to say that her agents and co are keen to push the image of a talented and flawless young beauty. Here, you can see that they've decided to cut a few pounds off of Ms Lawrence. Somehow, they've managed to take a picture of a shapely young woman and turn it into one where the girl that has extremely skinny arms. We all have to be skinny, right?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor. He has also been the lead model in several Hugo Boss campaigns. In this comparison, we can see that small blemishes have been removed by some standard airbrushing. They even got rid of the small freckle on his left arm.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Julia Stiles
American actress Julia Stiles has starred in movies such as "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999) and "Save the Last Dance" (2001). In this before and after comparison, you can see that the changes are a little more subtle. Yes, they've brightened the picture and touched up her skin a little. However, the biggest change can be seen on her right arm, where they've basically reshaped her bicep area and redrawn her armpit area. Also notice how they've removed the small strands of hair that were hanging down the side of her face.

Julia Stiles Photoshop

Katie Couric
Katie Couric is an American talk show host. Since September 2012, she has been hosting the TV talk show "Katie" (obviously named after herself). Here, we can see that somebody has gone to town on Photoshop in an effort to make her look a lot skinnier.

Katie Couric

Katy Perry
Here's a picture of Californian pop star Katy Perry on the front page of Rolling Stone magazine. This particular comparison has received a lot of attention in the past. As you can see, they've airbrushed her skin, added a slight tan and even lifted her bust to make her breasts seem a bit "perkier". This one perfectly sums up the entertainment industry and their refusal to accept what is natural.

Katy Perry Rolling Stone

Kelly Clarkson
This is American singer Kelly Clarkson, who rose to fame back in 2002 when she won American Idol. In this before and after picture, we can see a huge amount of post-processing. Basically, they've given her a post-picture diet by completely reshaping her face and body.

kelly clarkson

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is another famous actress. Hailing from Teddington, London in the United Kingdom, Ms Knightley rose to fame after starring in high profile movies such as "Bend It Like Beckham" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean". In this one, we can see that her skin has been touched up and that they've added sparkles to her eyes. Notice how they've also brightened her teeth.

Keira Knightley

Here's another one of the English actress in which they've made her breasts bigger:

Keira Knightley photoshop

In the world of entertainment, the ageing process is considered a threat to its billion dollar industry. In the next two comparisons of pop icon Madonna, you can see that marketing teams have been busy trying to stop the advances of mother nature. In this one, they've gotten rid of any facial lines that might give away the fact that Madonna Louise Ciccone is actually 54 years of age.

In this one, they've also airbrushed her skin in an effort to make her look much younger than she really is.


Megan Fox
Apparently, not even Megan Fox has "the perfect skin". Here, we can see that they've smoothed out her face and removed the slight darkness under her eyelids.

megan fox

Penélope Cruz
Here are some before and after Photoshop pictures of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who has starred in movies such as Vanilla Sky (2001) and Nine (2009). In the first picture, we can see that Ms Cruz has had a complete makeover:
  • Her hair has been tidied up.
  • The red lines at the bottom of her neck have removed.
  • Her bust and waist have been completely reshaped.
  • Her arms have been made thinner.
  • Her hips have been made a little wider.

Penelope Cruz

The next one also shows a pretty drastic change. Her skin has been completely retouched and her hairline has been straightened. Also notice how they removed the smile line from the side of her face.

Taylor Lautner
Here's a picture of Twilight actor Taylor Lautner with some slight Photoshop effects that were implemented in order to try and hide the fact that he is actually an alpaca in disguise (its a joke, people):

Alpaca Taylor Lautner