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It’s long been understood that celebrities and models don’t look in reality as picture-perfect as they do in magazines. But now the technology is such that you can Photoshop (or use another photo manipulation program) yourself from fat to thin, too. Even if you’re not a computer expert, there are tons of resources online to show you what can be done and how to do it.

The Photoshop Diet

Searching for “Photoshop fat to thin” on YouTube will allow you to watch many illustrating how a person can be taken from fat to thin in a matter of minutes.

Most of these videos look like they were done by guys, given that sometimes everything shrinks on the woman’s picture but her chest. Here’s just one example of what can be done, one of the rare videos using a man:

How it’s done

Doing such extreme makeovers is actually pretty easy. There are plenty of videos that will show you how to do that, too, whether you use , where the liquify tool is your friend, or , where it’s all about the warp brush.

Liquify can be used to make as well, such as warping a head or bulging out an eye. There are also many tools in Photoshop that allow you to do digital , from clearing up skin problems to whitening teeth.

You can also make someone look using the pucker tool.

Photoshopping the stars

Sure it’s fun to retouch yourself for your MySpace page or the family Christmas card, but it’s even more fun to make celebrities look large, or super-skinny, with the help of digital photo manipulation.

The good folks at Worth1000 have wonderful collections of including the Olsen twins, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Carmen Electra and Hillary Duff, as well as a somewhat scarier collection of , including Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and J Lo. Almost all of them have really giant heads.

Can’t use Photoshop? Outsource it

It was only a matter of time before this happened: A Web site that in effect puts you on the . The Web site is called , and within 48 hours of uploading your “before” photograph the wizards at LiquifyMyBod will produce an “after” photograph for you based on your stated weight loss goal of from 5 to 50 pounds — perfect for sticking on the refrigerator door to motivate you not to eat those leftovers. And best of all, the service is free.

A new phenomenon?

While Dove’s campaign showed how easy it is to take a normal looking person and turn her into a supermodel with the help of makeup and digital manipulation, we’ve got to wonder if the weren’t somehow manipulated as well.

Or is it just that a diet without fast food and high fructose corn syrup made everyone have flawless skin and visible collarbones?

(By Sarah E. White for CalorieLab Calorie Counter News)