5 surefire ways to tell if an instagram picture has been digitally altered.

Filters are so 2014, welcome to wonderful world of the insta-‘shop.

Last year was a cracker for celebrities altering their instagram pics. And we’re not talking about the standard filter. We mean Adobe Photoshop cropping and cutting, all in the name of slimness.

But it’s not just the celebs who are getting in on the digital alteration action. It’s ordinary people too. In our instagram feeds we’re increasingly seeing more jagged lines and distorted objects; yep, your mates are doing a little photographic self improvement.

Below, we round up the five ways you can tell the photoshopped from the au naturale:

1. The shaved body parts photoshop fail.

Hello Beyonce. Bey has been in the media a lot this year after her followers noticed her inst-y pics were looking rather ‘shopped.

In particular, the holiday snap below, which was posted last April, garned a lot of attention because her left leg had obviously been altered to create a thigh gap. Which just ended up looking downright scary. #embracethechafe

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

2. The lip plumper

THIS IS NOT A DRILL but we may have just solved the age-old mystery of Kylie Jenner’s suddenly-bee-stung lips.

There’s an app called Facelift which offers a ‘full cosmetic surgery experience’. You simply upload your photo and change your face. What a time to be alive…

Kylizzle X

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3. Distorted objects

Bey fail no. 2. You’ll notice she features a lot in this list, despite being the person least in need of digital alteration ever.

If you look very closely, Beyonce’s phone and wine glass both have unnatural curves in them. This is a key thing to look for if you suspect the lasso tool has been in use. Do the objects look like they do in real life? Weird reflections and shimmering edges probably aren’t art – they’re photoshop errors.

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

4. The curvy wall dilemma

Yep, you guessed it. Another Kardashian on the list.

This time it’s Queen-of-selfies herself, Kim Kardashian.

Kim was caught out a few times last year. Namely, the two photos below show the door behind Kim is distorted, which gives Kim a flattened stomach. Look out for straight lines that aren’t quite…. straight. This sort of wavy wall effect is almost always the culprit of stretching an image multiple times to try and create an illusion that the body in shot is slimmer than it actually is.

Getting right for the new year

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

5. Distorting water.

Just kidding. This one isn’t a thing. Just an excuse to post a pic of the ever-adorable Sonny Blake.

Uh oh, look at that curvy, wonky water… Sonny's been digitally altering his pics to look skinny again.

A photo posted by Zoe Foster Blake (@zotheysay) on

Thanks for taking one for the team, Sonny.

Have you ever photoshopped a pic for Instagram? Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: body-image-and-retouching , celebrity , social-media
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