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This is How You Can Tell if an Image has Been Photoshopped

This is How You Can Tell if an Image has Been Photoshopped

As our computers and mobile devices grow more sophisticated, so do their capabilities. Editing graphics, for example, has grown from an infrequently used specialized tool to a commonly relied on tactic. Most notably among magazines, advertisements, and entertainment, Photoshop has become a sophisticated and sleek way to quickly tweak photos. Though slimmer bodies and younger faces are constantly produced for the media we consume, sometimes an edited image is not superior. There are a range of scenarios in which it can be useful to determine if a photo has been photoshopped, and thanks to a growing body of tools and search features, finding out is easier than ever. The following six ways are the most helpful and successful in finding out whether a photo is the original or not.

Know what to look for 

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    Simply looking over a potentially photoshopped image is the first way to figure out if a photo has been manipulated. Certain visual characteristics are difficult to successfully duplicate and can be red flags that a photo has been tampered with. One such indicator is bent or liquid looking surfaces that should otherwise appear solid. Especially if the subject of a photograph has been changed, objects in the background might not appear as straight as they should be. Straight edges, corners, wood grain, and tiles are all difficult to keep in the right perspective when working with Photoshop.

    Pay attention to pixelation

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      Modifying a photo often causes digital distortion. Whether this distortion takes the form of pixelation or just imperfect coloring, it can be a good indicator of the photo’s validity. In extremely large photos, this degradation in quality is less prevalent, but in medium and small photos, pixelation is common. Spots of distortion are a tell-tale sign the image has been altered, especially if the photo is otherwise clear.

      Look at the light

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        Another way to spot a picture that’s been photoshopped is by examining the way light interacts with the objects in the photo. Shadows and highlights will appear to violate the laws of physics, especially when a subject has been removed or added to a photo. An object that doesn’t cast a shadow is one common mistake, as well as subjects with highlights coming from a different direction than the light in the rest of the photo.

        Find obvious errors

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          Another common Photoshop fail occurs when the digital artist neglects to catch obvious problems. Recently, various magazines and other ads have been caught with photos of people with too many limbs or otherwise impossible situations. These errors tend to hide in plain sight and can be surprisingly easy to miss.

          Reverse image search 

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            While not the most airtight method in discovering if a photo is doctored, a reverse image search can be helpful. Drag and drop a photo onto the Google image search bar to bring up all sources of an image. In the case of a photo that’s been manipulated, this can bring up the original image, or images that resemble the doctored photos, giving away a manipulated photo.

            Examine the data

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              A newer way to detect if a photo has been doctored or not is to use a photo analyzing website. Some of these services require that you have the original, RAW photo data, but many do not, allowing you to analyze a JPEG or PNG image. Some of these services even locate where in the photo the manipulation takes place, which can be helpful if the photoshopped image has been well done. Such tools include sites, like FotoForensics, which is a free and simple photo verifying service.

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              11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

              11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

              Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

              Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

              Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

              1. Lumosity

              This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

              Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                2. Fit Brains Trainer

                This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                Free.

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                  3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                  Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                  First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                    4. Brain Fitness Pro

                    The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                    Buy for $3.99.

                    5. Happify

                    If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                    Free to use.

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                      6. Clockwork Brain

                      You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                      Free.

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                        7. ReliefLink

                        Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                          8. Eidetic

                          Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                            9. Braingle

                            Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                            Free.

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                              10. Not The Hole Story

                              If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                              Free.

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                                11. Personal Zen

                                This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                Free.

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