When Photoshop Attacks!

There is the cliche of the mom with the DSLR, forever snapping photo after photo of her precious munchkin(s). Except for being DSLR-less (for now), I wholly own up to this cliche. I do put my child’s safety before the photograph, unlike the mom whose daughter fell off the equipment at the park while the mom was adjusting her camera. This cliche is even more present through-out the bloggy world, which is fine. In fact, think it is awesome because I like looking at pictures of cute kids. What I would like to discuss is the issue of Photoshop. Because, no child should look like this:

photo via Lara604/flickr


Yep, I am talking about the creepy doll eye phenomenon. I understand the desire to polish pictures in Photoshop, I covet the program myself. But, there are limits. I am not sure if the moms applying eye brightening action after action to their pictures even know what they are doing. It is too easy to blame Dooce; she does a fine job walking a delicate line between bright and creepy. But moms, not only does it make your kids look strange, it makes them look all the same.

It has gotten to the point where unPhotoshopped pictures are the standouts. They have a certain charm. Like bokeh won’t make a mediocre picture great, nor will Photoshop. Some of you, I am sure, have no idea what I am talking about. My husband had no clue which means this might be a mommy blogger issue. To clarify,  I had Natalie make me a sample. Behold:

This action makes the baby jeebus cry.

Why? Why do people want there kids to look like this? Here is a side by side with the original:

How can anyone think that the picture on the right looks better? THINK OF THE CHILDREN! They are stuck on the internet for all of eternity as creepy doll-eyed tots.

None of this is to say that Photoshop isn’t a valuable tool. It can brighten, color correct and remove blemishes and all sorts of other errors. Take a look at an alternatively photoshopped version of the picture.


Ready for the close up?

See? The photo is brighter and more polished, but not creepy. My husband still prefers the natural look and for the most part, so do I, but if this is how you must process your photos, use a light touch. I send this message out for the greater good; friends don’t let friends creepy doll-eye their babies.





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10 Responses to “When Photoshop Attacks!”

  1. Jessica says:

    Hilarious, I have photoshopped an unnatural photo or two. It is hard when you can make them look SO good, even if it looks nothing like the person whose photo you took ;).


  2. Kimberly says:

    Haha. I’m going to be looking for this in my reader now :)


  3. Suzanne says:

    OMG I didn’t even know eye-brightening was a THING. I obviously need to get some Photoshop so I can turn my doll-like baby into an ACTUAL DOLL-LIKE BABY in photos.

    These pictures might give me nightmares.


    Amy Reply:

    I thought about slapping a warning on the post. Hubs is STILL mad I allowed that to be done to a picture of Spencer.


  4. Natalie says:


    That is all.

    Except: Don’t turn your back, Creepy Doll Eye is EVERYWHERE.


    Amy Reply:

    And they will get you in your sleep!


    Natalie Reply:

    Dem babies have EYES…and they are GLOWING….ooh, like Village of the Damned…The blogosphere has damned children?


  5. TMae says:

    Like my grandmother always said, “Sometimes more is just more.” (Actually she never said that, but I’m sure someone’s grandmother did. And they were right.)


  6. Holly says:

    I’ve never noticed it before but the doll eye effect is creepy for sure. The whites of his eyes are so white! And the shiny effect takes away from the actual cuteness of his big brown eyes. I’m sure I will be able to see it now…


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