“All that is gold does not glitter,”—J.R.R.Tolkien wrote in The Lord of the Rings. The opposite is also true: not everything that shines is gold. And it’s something that we should keep in mind in our modern world which is dominated by the internet and social media.

We’re constantly bombarded by seemingly ‘perfect’ photos of people on Instagram but a lot of the images are heavily photoshopped. The Instagram Reality subreddit is dedicated to collecting the most retouched IG photos and we’ve collected some of the freshest examples of what not to do to your pics. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and read on for our earlier in-depth interviews with the subreddit’s moderators.

When you’re done looking through this list and if you want to see more examples of mindblowing Instagram photoshops, check out Bored Panda's previous articles about the Instagram Reality subreddit right here, here, and here.

#1

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

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A M
Community Member
3 months ago

Friend of mine is a photographer, she takes photos of normal pretty skies with normal pretty clouds all the time. Then she can swop the sky when they have to shoot summer theme outdoor shooting in not so summery settings. Clear sky with some white clouds instead of grey ones changes the whole spirit of the images. Could be that a Greek TV host has guidelines that her photos needs to be themed to look like a perfect summer day we foreigner imagine Greek to be.

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#2

Maybe Just One More Filter...

Maybe Just One More Filter...

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

OH DEAR GOD

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#3

Damn He's Ripped

Damn He's Ripped

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Ripped all right. Ripped his arm straight out of a magazine page.

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The Instagram Reality moderators previously told Bored Panda that the coronavirus quarantine had slightly increased the subreddit’s membership but the amount of edited and photoshopped photos that people upload hasn’t decreased much during the pandemic.

The mods told Bored Panda that what people want to see are natural photos of influencers and celebrities, not done up and “edited to hell” images. “The influencer is going to realize that, I’m sure," the mods said about how they expected popular IG users to react to being stuck at home during the lockdowns which are now being eased or ended all over the world.

#4

I Don't Even Know

I Don't Even Know

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

That's creepy

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#5

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

They didn't even try.

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

No they didn't.

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Gilda
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol it looks like stink lines are coming from her feet

Lilac Poet
Community Member
3 months ago

Stink lines! 🤣🤣🤣

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Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

It's probably to cover up the blood from when they cut off her left leg and positioned it partially behind her.

Christine
Community Member
3 months ago

Photographer here! Most likely the retoucher did a layer of color over the skin to even out the tone, but forgot to change the blending mode so it looked natural. Oopsie.

William Bonner
Community Member
3 months ago

I think the photographer used a piece of cardboard.

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Somebody was photoshop tanning this woman and forgot to press the blend button on her lower half.

chiizkake
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like it’s from a Bangladeshi catalog (the BD currency...). I’m guessing it was an intentional body cover up to meet societal modesty expectations.

CapnJackSB
Community Member
3 months ago

Cut 'n Paste paste got a little too thick.

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
3 months ago

I hate when that happens. Excuse me, I need to change out of my Sponge Bob pants....

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh wow!!

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

What is this??

Timi
Community Member
3 months ago

Probably a Wish ad :))

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

there's no way thats not intentional..

Ema Sklepic
Community Member
2 months ago

It could be that the Graphic designer left the wrong layer on xD maybe that was supposed to be a faded layer to enrich the skin colour, but he turned on the wrong layer xPPP

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
3 months ago

How? Why? Was there alcahol involved? I mean if you were drunk, then it would make some kind of sense.

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
Community Member
3 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

Tracy Wood
Community Member
3 months ago

That's just wrong

Diana Murtaugh
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a cardboard cutout! Couldn' even be bothered to use filters!! Lol

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like it is from a swimwear catalogue done on the cheap & quick.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh geez!!! LOL!!!!

queen bee
Community Member
3 months ago

such sMooTh skin

Fred Bigox
Community Member
3 months ago

Lower half is cardboard cut out lol

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

She didnt even try to cover it up...

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
3 months ago

She must have been in a terrible accident. The docs had to reconstruct half her body with cardboard.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
3 months ago

What’s the point of that?

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

She’s half woman. She’s half cardboard. She’s a new superhero! ... just keep her away from open flames

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

Somebody’s just clowning around 🤪

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 months ago

What the heck.

J
Community Member
3 months ago

At Instagram we try....(not harder)

eddy edward
Community Member
3 months ago

The currency looks like Bahraini Dinar. Maybe the original pic was too saucy for a Gulf country.

Curious Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

sad and insecure people.

Wenche Johnsen
Community Member
3 months ago

mest-up the layers in the edit, this is probably the layer to make the model more tanned or even in skin tone...

Michele Clarke
Community Member
3 months ago

HAHAHHAHA!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

Even moisturizer can't fix this.

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
3 months ago

What is wrong with the human race!? Let me count the ways!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Paper doll.

Linda Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Crazy

Faith Livengood
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow

Pigzzy
Community Member
3 months ago

Seriously????

David Jeu
Community Member
3 months ago

The logo is making her foot smelly 😅

Ula
Community Member
3 months ago

Forgot bikini wax

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

Some Assembly Required - just stick it there, no one will ever notice. I'm going to bed.

Shelby McClain
Community Member
3 months ago

What could possibly be wrong with that portion of the body that they felt the need to animate it lol

Pam Olson
Community Member
3 months ago

Why? Just why?

M Dream
Community Member
3 months ago

nice to have flat belly

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

Why does she have an animated mid-section?

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

What was the point?

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#6

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

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SweetCee
Community Member
3 months ago

Does she have to sit in the backseat to drive you think?

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According to the Instagram Reality team, “insecurity, envy, and money” are the forces driving some people to photoshop their pictures so heavily before uploading them on social media. That and wanting to avoid embarrassment because of real or imagined imperfections.

What can start out as a few simple edits or adding some minor filters can eventually lead to major photoshopping. And that creates a huge difference between how the person looks in real life and how they present themselves online.

To be fair, most of us try to show the best sides of ourselves to people. But there’s a rather obvious line between that and turning yourself into a completely different individual online.

#7

The Baddest Indeed

The Baddest Indeed

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Quick, call the emergency doctors!

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#8

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The sunset doesn't go behind trees. Everyone knows that.

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#9

This Is... A Lot To Take In

This Is... A Lot To Take In

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg. His hip has a boner. That’s a photoshop first

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#10

I Have No Idea What This Is...

I Have No Idea What This Is...

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of some kind of bug.

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#11

Where's The Nose?

Where's The Nose?

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey look, it's Voldemo- oh shit, forgot about the taboo

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#12

Well That's Something New

Well That's Something New

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Lynn Donovan
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to admire this lifestyle. Beauty gurus in their big mansions, youtubers turned millionaires, "influencers" with their pretty hair and make-up always on point. And then I realized how tiresome their lives were. All the fakeness of it. I don't want to live a life where it takes me 20mn to post a photo so people I don't know and I don't care about click a button that magically makes me "worthy". The lack of self-esteem, the level of body dismorphia they suffer, the sadness they must feel every morning looking in the mirror and failing to see the true beauty in themselves. I'll pass, thanks. I left this world of consumerism and found myself a new dream: owning a piece of land to grow my own vegetable garden. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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#13

She Looks Better Without It Though....

She Looks Better Without It Though....

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Even the billboard....

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#14

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Not even the cat escaped the photoshopping!

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#15

The Queen Of Makeup

The Queen Of Makeup

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varwenea
Community Member
3 months ago

Much cuter in reality

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#16

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

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0foxgiven
Community Member
3 months ago

how to be beautiful {according to the internet} step one: remove all internal organs step two: get plastic surgery till you look like a barbie doll step three: realize that you are beautiful the way you are without anything added {I added this step in}

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#17

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

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Tomasz Jackowski
Community Member
3 months ago

Slenderwoman

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#18

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

What a pointless lie

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#19

Post vs. Profile Picture.

Post vs. Profile Picture.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks so much better in reality. Do some people go for the extra large, square forehead look?

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#20

Linkedin Now Too

Linkedin Now Too

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Clearly from another planet.

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#21

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, she's trippin for sure! 😏

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#22

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

No shadow.

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#23

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

they put the airbags in the wrong place :D

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#24

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my effing hell... Why?!!

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#25

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do people do this? Do they think anyone finds a 12-inch waist attractive?

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#26

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

I have always wondered (I saw this person on another panda thread) she actually has really nice real life proportions it must be so hard for people with body dysmorphia and or low self esteem (I mean my self esteem isn't great as I'm a heavily scarred from various surgeries etc and im not exactly fit, but i can own it)

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#27

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

nice chin hiding technique :D

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#28

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. Just make up.

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#29

Such A Beautiful Home

Such A Beautiful Home

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Rae Black
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like a stalker hovering outside someone's house.

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#30

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Her eyes are at different levels! What on earth happened to the original photo

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#31

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

She’s paid all that money on plastic surgery, completely altering her body. And still not happy, otherwise why would you photoshop every picture to oblivion

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#32

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

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Gilda
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't know my armpits were a source of shame now they are coming for earlobes next

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#33

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Sipping the invisible straw.

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#34

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

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.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

I were not believing that Bored Panda don't thinks grammar check is important.

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