“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.

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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!

Ruth McFarland
Community Member
3 months ago

No cat's eyes should ever be that demonically bright. Jeez!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Argh it's like a scary bad Sims nightmare, all he needs is the green diamond over his head

Tidal_wave
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone please do this!!

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Jessica Cole
Community Member
3 months ago

Could have left the damn cat alone...

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

Photoshopping himself is one thing, but then he drags the cat into it.

Rose
Community Member
3 months ago

The poor cat as well :(

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this supposed to be sexy? Do cats make you more appealing? Gonna get a cat. *gets cat* Nope still ugly. *wallowing in a sea of disappointment*

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
3 months ago

At least now you have a cat. Think positive!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Cats are perfect, why would anyone want to photo-shop them?

Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

"Want some of this? Mr. Pickles likes to watch"

Tomasz Jackowski
Community Member
3 months ago

It all makes sense. The cat looks like an Oblivion NPC trying to sell me healing potions.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

The cat has had the spice...

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

I've been laughing all night, stuck by my self imposed challenge not to give in to "just one more last look". I just start laughing again.. Now that I'm down to 7% power I'm making my escape.

Chris Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

Save the cat!!

HempFairy
Community Member
3 months ago

Por que????

Pam Olson
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like he is selling something but I ain’t buying!

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

LOL!

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the cats eyes were done too.

Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

lmfao

Rred2
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like the picture above

Hugh Walter
Community Member
2 months ago

I see a TV series here - 'Killer Cat & Manchild', like Miami Vice but involving mostly wardrobe failures and decorating.

Henry Cheves
Community Member
3 months ago

Laser cat eyes. Actually a good idea, put remote activated laser pointers in the cat's eyes and when they need to be occupied just turn them on and no matter where it looks, there is two little dots.

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
3 months ago

Why?

NomNomaSourus
Community Member
3 months ago

They slapped james charles face on there!

starhunter64
Community Member
3 months ago

dat cat know what up man

Tracy Wood
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow,why?

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh yeah, THAT looks real.

NWB
Community Member
3 months ago

poor cat doesn't not want any part of this shit!

Stephany Miller
Community Member
3 months ago

Imvu became real ahhhh

Ildiko Okido
Community Member
3 months ago

Freddy Mercury / Conchita Wurst crossbreed...

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that sam smith?

Angela Till
Community Member
3 months ago

😂😂

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

Seriously?!?!?

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
3 months ago

the best

María Sabelli
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF???

Vivienne Packham-Wood
Community Member
3 months ago

Girls eyebrows are on fleek though

Margareta Hagman
Community Member
3 months ago

if i may put a bag on his head sure i can share bed with him hahaha

JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is the green diamond above his head?

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

OH NONONONONONONO! Nightmares forever.

Matt Richardson
Community Member
3 months ago

Y tho?

Garth Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Erm, boy George in disguise ??

Aneese
Community Member
3 months ago

I draw the line at guys who can do better eye makeup than I can.

Dan Raithel
Community Member
3 months ago

FuManchu?

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

So very, very, very F A K E😩

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewwwww

Ben Raines
Community Member
3 months ago

Dude looks like a lady...

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
3 months ago

Kardashian wannabe?

Turtleturleturtle
Community Member
3 months ago

I think it's a joke, they photoshopped the cat too

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

All on a Wallmart bedspread.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn’t that the evil prince from Shrek?

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
3 months ago

That is so creepy

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
3 months ago

That is just creepy

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
3 months ago

Freak out!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Note the cat's eyes.

William Mahoney
Community Member
3 months ago

Shitty makeup job Miss.

Faith Livengood
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor cat

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

The cat looks posessed.

Lilfish_74
Community Member
3 months ago

What's going on with his top leg, just sorta floating there...??

Sophie Foster
Community Member
3 months ago

WOMANFACE

AlexG
Community Member
3 months ago

wtf I can't un-see that!

Leo Fragoso
Community Member
3 months ago

You know when you are playing Resident Evil and you enter a door and this appears? Nope, wrong door.

Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm gonna vomit :/

Anna Neemus
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks so nasty.

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor kitty...

Shelby McClain
Community Member
3 months ago

What the fuck people.

Marlena Adams
Community Member
3 months ago

The cat disapproves

Daniel Mason
Community Member
3 months ago

SIMS

crysta burdick
Community Member
3 months ago

Just creepy

Missy Barton
Community Member
3 months ago

The spice must flow!

Max L.
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, the cat eyes would make more followers...

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
3 months ago

SCHEXXXXXXY. You know, in that way no real site, newspaper, magazine, or blog is on about.

Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
3 months ago

Next level cringe

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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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