Posts Tagged ‘photoshopped’

¿Photoshopped or Not? Jennifer Aniston in The Bounty Hunter

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Here’s the ad for the new film The Bounty Hunter. Was Jennifer Aniston Photoshopped too much, with the Liquify command or something similar, ala the historic WTF? Jennifer Lopez poster from Gigli, the Sandra Bullock poster from The Proposal, and this recent Modelo Beer ad?

Yes, yes she was. Appears as if the right side of her torso was shrunked (poorly) to make her look thinner.

Just as Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery attempted to go A Bridge Too Far (to Arnhem) in Operation Market Garden, somebody in Hollywood has once again gone A Click Too Far.

Who signed off on this one?

Carry on.

A Question for Whomever PhotoShopped Gavin Newsom’s First Gubernatorial Campaign Commercial

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

[UPDATE: Just discovered that Mr. Greg Dewar posted about this very issue yesterday.] 

Well of course the 17 photos used for this standard one-minute commercial on YouTube were PhotoShopped – I mean they’re all black-and-white, so most likely they were converted from color using Adobe’s awesome B&W converter, or something similar. Fine, lots of contrast there, so they look good. But what about the sign that says “Constitutional Convention!” that appears at around :27?

Was it there in real life, or was it added in after the fact, added in to reflect the focus of the TV spot - California’s nascent movement for a new constitutional convention. Or, as mattymatt asks:

What’s with the Photoshopped sign at 0:25?”

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Look at Gallagher over there on the right, dude wearing the natty cap. He has two signs? What’s holding up his “Constitutional Convention!” sign? Would you hold two signs like that? Is the higher sign glued to his fingers or something? Why is Our Mayor in focus, along with the sign, but nothing else? Does Gallagher’s left thumb go through the lower sign?

Here’s a close-up view. Like, why is the lower right corner of the higher sign in sharp focus when the lower sign appears to be out of focus?  

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Now, if the person making this video spot diduse Photoshop and maybe made up a sign to fit the commercial, then s/he would have most likely have used the Horizontal Type Tool. Now isn’t it funny that some of the more recent versions of PhotoShop (like CS2 and CS3) use Myriad (out of scores of options), as the default font and Myriad is the very same font as in the sign?

Rather interesting, non? (And by the way, Dan, that Plastic Planes bit  you had a couple years back about the “unsafe” composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner? You’re totally wrong on that one.) Anyway, my PS defaults to Myriad Pro, so this is what you get when you start typing away and then center the result:

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I don’t know, maybe it’s a real sign that just happened to be created with Photoshop – that would go a long way to explaining part of the mystery.

In conclusion, that sign looks a little funny to me, and it looks a little funny to people (who, unlike me, actually know how to use PhotoShop) on the YouTube.

But, as always, You Make The Call.

¿Photoshopped or Not? Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here’s the ad for the new film The Proposal. Was 44-year-old Sandra Bullock Photoshopped too much, with the Liquify command or something similar, ala the historic WTF? Jennifer Lopez poster from Gigli and this recent Modelo Beer ad?

Yes, yes she was.

Just as Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery attempted to go A Bridge Too Far (to Arnhem) in Operation Market Garden, somebody in Hollywood has once again gone A Click Too Far.

Who signed off on this one?

Carry on.

Advertisers Pushing PhotoShop Too Far – Modelo Especial Beer Ad

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

You can’t miss this huge Modelo Especial Beer ad that’s recently been placed in umpty-ump convenience stores all over San Francisco. Leaving aside whether or not this brew is boring, one of the problems here is that the Modelo model in the ad has had her ribcage PhotoShopped away, kind of like this, kind of like Jessica Rabbit.

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So the ad here isn’t quite a PhotoShop Disaster of the kind involving disembodied hands or misplaced belly buttons, but you gotta maintain left/right symmetry if you want to maintain verisimilitude. That’s your lesson for the day…

Using Photoshop to Improve the Oldest Photograph in the World

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Over at the New York Times, there’s talk that this photo could be the oldest in the world, perhaps from the 1790′s. They’re still looking into it.

Here it is:

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Not too appealing, huh? That’s no way to maximise value at auction. Old photographs can be worth big bucks (NSFW) these days, of course.

But a little Photoshopping using tips from worldwide auction leader eBay gives us:

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Now that’s a leaf, much better. This will guarantee top dollar at auction no matter how old it is. Let the bidding begin.