“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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

They didn't even try.

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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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago (edited)

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

Don Golosso
Community Member
5 months ago

And the camera's flash just makes for enormous shadows, duh!

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DforDorothy
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess she took this picture on Tatooine, that's why the two suns ...

zims
Community Member
5 months ago

Worst part is, the sky looks lovely and blue behind the trees. Why even other with a fake sunset behind you? Especially since the light is so clearly coming from IN FRONT OF YOU

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
5 months ago

And, if the sun’s setting behind you, how can it be blinding you in front... ? 🤦🏽‍♀️

Katie Tuscano
Community Member
5 months ago

I love that she's shading her eyes from the sun that's supposed to be behind her

Leigh C.
Community Member
5 months ago

Really? What does she have against blue skies? ...Gasp. She's a sky-ist.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

The sunset....with a dose of sun in the face. It's amazing how stupid people can be.

Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Two suns? Where did she go for vacation?

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
5 months ago

I love how it's setting behind her but she's shielding her face

Peter Chee
Community Member
5 months ago

And her face is bathed in light. LOL

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Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
5 months ago

So she lives in a planet with two suns...

Harry Potter nerd
Community Member
5 months ago

The fact that they thought it was good enough to post!!!

Anne
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder what was in the sky that she wanted blocked away.. looks pretty idyllic to me..

Peter Korpershoek
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol, those shadows

david kohn
Community Member
5 months ago

you can tell its fake for 2 reasons behind the trees and the shadows are facing her with the sunset i the bacround

Kaeden
Community Member
5 months ago

why did u try

SF Angel
Community Member
5 months ago

Pesky palms

Reagan Besteman
Community Member
5 months ago

*slow claps*

2BFunny
Community Member
5 months ago

Check out the tire tracks, must have been a motorcycle that disappeared

Hugh Walter
Community Member
4 months ago

And her shadow - reaching toward the sunset!

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
5 months ago

Is that Nuclear fallout in the Bikini Island area?

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
5 months ago

Sh*t! At least TRY!

PjandBolt
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean look at her! She's covering her face from the sun that's clearly right in front of her. She still wouldn't be fooling anyone even if the "sunset" blended behind the trees better

Leszek Kornowski
Community Member
5 months ago

Funny thing that it is possible to mask whole sky in a minute or so...

starhunter64
Community Member
5 months ago

uh.

Kim St
Community Member
5 months ago

while she was at it, she should had took the pile of poop out by her knee

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
5 months ago

HAHAHAHA

Brian Irby
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty sunset... after the nuclear fallout begins...

Donald Holder
Community Member
5 months ago

Sunset yet she's shading her eyes from the glaring sun?!

Al Reilly
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a big Dog Poop just behind her right leg!! If the sun is setting behind her , why is she shading Sun in front of her!!??

CapnJackSB
Community Member
5 months ago

Forget the sky. Who's legs are those?

Martti Laurson
Community Member
5 months ago

Sunset in the back, but shadows also in the back. Also why the hell would you hold your hand over you eyes if the sun is behind you?

Peter Chee
Community Member
5 months ago

... No. Just no.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
5 months ago

If the sun is shining in your face, how is there a sunset behind you?

Garth Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

Shades her eyes with her right hand, sunnies in her left hand ???

Garth Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

Shading her eyes with right hand and sunnies in the left ???

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks rather window over in the trees too.

Melissa Crippen
Community Member
5 months ago

With the light shining on her front lol ummm yeah

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
5 months ago

The sun Is setting in front of and behind her according to thhe shadow.

Ryan Dedios
Community Member
5 months ago

It's the end of the world as we know it....

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
5 months ago

The setting sun horizon is to the back, the shadows are going the wrong way;

Faith Livengood
Community Member
5 months ago

We can all tell that it was the middle of the day

Kathy Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

lol

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
5 months ago

The trees are obviously trapped inside a time bubble. She might have discovered the famed fountain of youth.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
5 months ago

The sunset after a nuclear blast?

That one rando
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh nooooooooooooo oh no no no

ispeak catanese
Community Member
5 months ago

The trash can is a nice touch.

Debster
Community Member
5 months ago

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Kanga9ine
Community Member
5 months ago

You have to pay extra for palm trees and later setting sun. Also available for weddings, company picnics, etc.

crysta burdick
Community Member
5 months ago

It's hiding!!!!

Pam Olson
Community Member
5 months ago

She must be shielding her eyes from all of the flashbulbs!

M Dream
Community Member
5 months ago

maube she's on mars

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
5 months ago

Also, did she digitally shrink her head, or is it just the lighting? This boggles my mind - if you don't have a good photo, don't just post crap and think viewers won't seize on it.

Robin DJW
Community Member
5 months ago

Funny how all the trees are surrounded by blue sky.

Cathy Cee
Community Member
5 months ago

shadows are wrong, esp the one under the hand on her forehead

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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Jessica Cole
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't understand... Body dismorphia I suppose.

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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