Aging’s an interesting thing and a great equalizer—you probably won’t notice the small changes that happen to you over the weeks, months, and years from your day-to-day glances in the mirror. However, the moment that you take a step back and compare yourself as you are now to a photo from before, you realize just how much the flow of time affects us all. And our beloved celebrities feel it just as much as we do.

Ard Gelinck, a Dutch graphic designer, photoshops well-known actors, musicians, and other celebrities side-by-side with their younger selves in cool poses and gives us a unique glance at just how much they’ve changed over the years. With over a decade of experience working with Photoshop on the ‘Then and Now’ series, Ard has amassed a loyal following on Instagram, with over 290k people eagerly awaiting his next post.

Scroll down to check out some of Ard’s fantastic new celeb comparison images, upvote the ones that you enjoyed the most, and be sure to let us know which ones you love the most, dear Pandas. In the mood for some more of the graphic designer’s masterpieces? Well, you’re in luck! Check out our previous features of Ard’s work here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

I had a friendly chat with Ard and he told me that he's nowhere near to running out of ideas for his project. "There are millions of photos from those celebs so the combinations are endless, you just have to see it," Ard told Bored Panda that this is what keeps him passionate. You'll find the full interview with Ard below, so be sure to read on. Oh, and a small spoiler warning: celebrities absolutely love Ard's work!

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David Bowie

David Bowie

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Isabela Ivan
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2 months ago

That boy became a legend

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Matt Leblanc

Matt Leblanc

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

Older Matt is a fox.

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Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

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Perfectly Imperfect
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2 months ago

Cute kid and Mobster-looking hottie. lol....

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I was curious to find out how Ard decides what image to work on. He revealed that current events can influence this. "Sometimes, I react to a news item, a birthday, or day of death and then post an edit of that celeb as an honor or celebration," he shared with Bored Panda.

What's more, the graphic designer gave Bored Panda a sneak peek into his work process and how various stars have reacted to his compositions. Ard told me that, on average, he spends an hour on any particular image. However, that time can decrease or increase depending on the complexity and type of the photos used. Sometimes, the time can drop down to half an hour or rise to two or even three hours. "That depends a lot on the photos. Sometimes it takes me longer to search than to make it."

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Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Sigh. Ageing beautifully.

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Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

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Cheri Aline Sydney
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2 months ago

Such a sweetness about her!

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Will Smith

Will Smith

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago

He doesnt age

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Ard noted that he makes all of his images with Adobe Photoshop which he learned to use all by himself. "You have to buy that software and just begin and try and practice a lot until, in my case, you have the luck that a lot of people like it," he shared some advice with those of you Pandas who might want to follow in his footsteps.

"I love the reactions from all over the world and see and read how it can make people smile and make them even emotional sometimes," Ard said that he adores how his images affect people. "Also the list of celebs who shared my work is getting longer and longer. The biggest stars like Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Jones, Michael Douglas, Tina Turner, Rob Lowe, Gary Barlow, Ricky Gervais, and Snoop Dogg have all shared my creations and that also keeps me excited and gives me the energy to keep on doing this."

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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

Still a fine lady. Love her music.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Stunningly beautiful woman. Then and now.

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Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

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Young Minami Kotaro
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2 months ago (edited)

Hard struggle, perfect result.. Miss him on movie..

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This isn't the first time that Ard spoke with Bored Panda about his project. “The 'Then and Now' series is quite old when you consider that me and my brother made the first image for it about 10 years ago," Ard told Bored Panda in an earlier interview. After a successful debut in the Netherlands, Ard widened his gaze and set his sights on celebs who are known all around the globe.

"About 5 years ago, I edited pictures for a lot of Dutch celebrities and it was a success, so I then started working with foreign celebrity photos. The first one was Madonna, and she even posted my image on her own Instagram."

You’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity that Ard hasn’t photoshopped yet. I know that he’s done a few of my favorites already: Keanu Reeves, Matt LeBlanc, Daniel Radcliffe, and others. "When I think about it, the list is quite impressive," the graphic designer said.

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

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G.
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2 months ago

He looks like his brother ))):

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#11

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

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Konpat
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2 months ago

Awwwww 😍

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

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Isabela Ivan
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2 months ago

The smile

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When it comes to deciding what kind of pose Ard wants the celebrities to be in, he considers a wide variety of factors. “I'm trying to find one where they're standing next to each other,” he said that he prefers the younger and older selves to be closer together.

According to Ard, his project resonates with so many people because people enjoy getting nostalgic and thinking about the old days when their fave stars were still young.

#13

Bill Withers

Bill Withers

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Ivan Ilic
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2 months ago

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone...

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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Much prefer him now and huge respect for how his appears devoted to his wife and family

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George Clooney

George Clooney

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

I love this goofy pic of George Clooney as a kid. P.S. I've had a crush on him since the 80's! GC-60ec2fc942770.jpg GC-60ec2fc942770.jpg

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Earlier, I’d spoken about actors aging gracefully with LA-based celeb expert Mike Sington. He told Bored Panda that celebrities ought to embrace the changes that come with time and should strive to age naturally.

“I’ve said this a million times, and I’ll say it again. The best way to age gracefully is to just age gracefully! Once an actor starts with facial cosmetic work, whether it is surgery or fillers, it physically affects their ability to work as an effective actor. An actor needs natural facial expression, and once that’s altered, it’s almost always noticeable and can actually end a career,” Mike told me.

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Michael J. Fox

 Michael J. Fox

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Isabela Ivan
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2 months ago

He s back to the future

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

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T.Milly
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2 months ago

Who doesn't like Tom Selleck?

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Ted Danson

Ted Danson

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Brilliant actor!

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Pink

Pink

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Zara VP
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2 months ago

She is a beautiful human being! In every aspect!

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Madonna

Madonna

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

Was a diehard fan when she was on the left... by the time the right came along, i didn't even listen to her anymore....Left Madonna, you are the only one for me.....

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Elton John

Elton John

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Karin
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2 months ago

Soooo much happier now!

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Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

I had such a huge crush on him when I was a kid and watched Ladyhawk!

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George Michael

George Michael

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Another quiet contributor to some worthy causes. May he Rest in Peace

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Prince

Prince

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Genius. Gone too soon. Have been a huge fan since before Purple Rain. It still breaks my heart that he is gone.

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#25

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

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Zophra
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2 months ago

I don't think she had a nose job. In fact one of the things I admire her for is the fact her nose ISN'T perfect.

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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

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Penny Fan
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2 months ago

Joe was schmokin!

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Didn't manage to age much unfortunately

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Whitney Houston

 Whitney Houston

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Isabela Ivan
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2 months ago

RIP

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Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

So hot then and now

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Rick Astley

Rick Astley

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Phica Afton
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2 months ago

Never gonna give you up

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Note: this post originally had 105 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.