Did you know that up to 99% of images in magazines are retouched? Mrs. Prince brought her students in this week for a lesson on the false messages the media sends with retouched photos. Students viewed before and after shots of celebrities to see just how much digital editing is done. In addition, they viewed a video which shows the audience a magazine cover photo shoot from start to finish. It starts with the model with no make-up, make-up is applied, hair is done, pictures are taken, the final photo is digitally retouched on the computer, and we see the completed billboard ad. So how do the experts do it? They use digital editors to “fix” all those flaws. I taught the classes how to use FotoFlexer, a free online image editor. They were able to see just how easy it is for the experts to change the original photos. Highlights included smoothing out wrinkles and shrinking that waistline.