People who know I work in Photoshop often ask me why magazines go in and mess with their cover models. Well, there are lots of reasons for that. The raw photos always need to be touched up. Then you got your standard spot healing and whatnot to make the models look more beautiful. There's also a third reason, which I think this cover with hottie legend Monica Bellucci illustrates. Sometimes magazines will intentionally alter people out of proportion to draw your eye. The human brain is very sensitive to that kind of thing. When we see something that looks a little odd or distorted, we take notice. Observe the way they've turned Monica into a giraffe on that cover. Unless she's become one of the Burmese Kayan people who wear the tons of rings to elongate their necks, I don't think Monica's neck is quite that long. They have to keep it subtle though - just enough to look somewhat out of proportion upon further inspection, but not something you'd immediately notice just walking by a newsstand. It's an old trick, designed to keep you focused on the cover longer than you might have otherwise. I wish they wouldn't do that kind of thing to Monica though. If Monica alone isn't good enough to draw your eye, then you should just move on.
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