Photoshop turns 25 – that’s a long line of fails

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Both a graphic designer’s best friend and a marketing tool of immense influence, Photoshop is now 25 years old. In celebration, its maker Adobe has released a video, but it’s the fails we want to see.

Many competitors have emerged over the years, challenging Photoshop’s position at the top of the list of image editing softwares.

However, you know you’re fighting a losing battle when the global leader’s name turns into a verb: To Photoshop.

In truth, Adobe’s landmark video portrays just why Photoshop is so popular, highlighting the immense possibilities when you give a designer a base image and time to meddle.

Along with its published timeline, there is plenty to celebrate. But it’s the fails, the truly horrid, awful, consistent fails that this mighty tool has helped create that best pleases us casual observers. So behold, some of the worst.

An endless source of troubles, it seems, are hands. Well, fingers in particular. For example, monster hands …

Weird hands 1

Terrifying, conformed fingers …

Or even elongated thumbs …

Weird hands 3

Then there’s the re-engineering of a human body, where limbs are merely afterthoughts. Like this shoulder-popping maniac …

Weird Limb 1

Or a knee-lady …

Weird Limb 2

Or the quite brilliant cut-and-paste technique. No need to pay attention to the edges, nobody pays attention to edges. Or snow, nobody pays attention to snow …

To be fair, at least these guys had a go at perspective …

And here, well I’d be fairly freaked too if a car crash left me looking like this …

All images via psdisasters.com

Digitally doctored image of a liar (top) via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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