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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Photoshop Phail

I have just found my new favorite blog. This is the art directional answer to my other favorites, Apostrophe Abuse and the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

Hello, Photoshop Disasters.

As Peter Parker's Uncle Ben always told him, "With great power comes great responsibility." Since it's creation, Photoshop has put great power in the hands of the masses—the nearly unlimited power to alter an image (and thus our perception of reality) or perhaps even create one out of thin air. In advertising, Photoshop has single-handedly opened our industry to unlimited visual possibilities while also pulling focus from brilliant writing and concepts and replaced it with Photoshop versions of World's Strongest Man competitions. (See Archive for further details.)

That being said, it appears that some people are clearly in last place at the moment. Below is just a sampling of some of my favorites from Photoshop Disasters. Let it serve as a warning to us all—a very funny warning.

That magic stamp tool doesn't seem all that magical right about now.

Jessica Simpson's mutant sister, clearly kept hush-hush by her parents and Jessica's PR agent. (Note: They haven't done as well with Ashley.)

General Mills takes on not only women's body image but also racial integration in a whole new way.

Dude, this is just terrifying. Thanks for the nightmares, JC.

. . . but not correct perspective.

Check out Kirsten's arm here. Just look at it for a second. Is it really four feet long or is this a covert hint that she might actually be a super heroine herself? The Rubbery Woman? Goo Girl?

Batman Begins . . . to look pretty dumb here. This made me laugh out loud. Not so much a Photoshop phail as just a logical blunder. What does he find so interesting about that window frame? Maybe the bat needs to get his eyes checked.

Anyway, great blog. Tons of gaffes. Check out the blog for more. Don't make the same mistakes.

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