The absolutely perfect royal family released their absolutely perfect family Christmas photo last Friday and over the weekend the internet trolls were abuzz that something may be amiss with the picture perfect image.
The consensus is the image was Photoshopped! GASP! Boo! Hiss!
If you zero in on Princess Charlotte’s cute little head, you’ll see some evidence of our favorite retouching tool, Photoshop. People took to Twitter and Reddit to provide closeups and a strong case of the infraction because oh my goodness, NO ONE actually Photoshops images and everything we do is straight out of camera, right?
The fingers all point to a little fuzzy area on Charlotte’s sweater next to her too perfect head. Do we detect a head-swap situation? Plus, the same internet also pointed out that the precious doll is wearing the same dress as in her last portrait…for shame. (Um, maybe the photos were done in the same session and released at different times, or maybe the kid likes that dress. She’s the princess, and she can wear what she wants to. Also, maybe, who cares? And speaking of style, those knee socks on Prince George though. Just awesome).
Looks like Princess Charlotte was not playing ball with the Christmas card, definitely some photoshop going on pic.twitter.com/soFeZ3pP2a
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) December 18, 2015
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and only laughed when asked about the Photoshopping.
For anyone who has photographed a family for portraits will know that the little ones don’t always cooperate and sometimes a little help is needed in post. Why the uproar? So, perhaps Charlotte’s head was swapped out from another family photo, and the Photoshop job was not entirely perfect.
But if you ever find the need to do a little head swapping in Photoshop or want some other family portrait tips, check out the following tutorials to help you out. You most likely won’t be lambasted internationally if it’s not perfect, but just in case…