Photoshop creators turn in their graves knowing that the software no longer serves its initial purpose – to make celebs look flawless and to replace diet and exercise as the most efficient weight trimmer. Instead, the art of photo editing has fallen in the hands of a strange breed of warriors.
The fight is over who can take a normal looking photo and add the most mind-bending Photoshop twist to it. Mercy doesn’t exist in the vocabulary of this fierce pixel benders. Check out 17 winning designs and our humble attempts to become art critics.
1. Trump Closing His Pen
The picture of Trump closing his pen opened a Pandora’s Box of Photoshop possibilities.
We know you’re excited to see what photo manipulation won the battle. However, force your mind to come up with your very own hilarious scenario before scrolling all the way down.
“Common, make oil!” Trump playing with tiny toy dinosaurs is probably the cutest thing the Internet offered us recently.
The American president didn’t withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement without thinking it all the way through. His plan is to repopulate the Earth with dinosaurs, kill them, turned them into oil, and fill the car tanks of the ones who voted him.
Or maybe the billionaire is still a kid at heart and plays with his favorite toys in between his Oval Office duties. Tell us, Donald, why does the orange T-Rex always has to win?
What comes next is a bit disturbing. Be warned!
2. Elastic Cat
That woman advertising the elasticity of her cat was begging for Photoshop wizards to show up and work their magic wand.
The result was even better than the odd demonstration performed at a Ukrainian cat show. Are you curious?
The alternate reality of the “Hunger Games” works to explain while our once chubby felines ended up like that. When districts fight each over bread, there is no food left for the cats.
Evolution changed the noble and obese creatures beyond recognition. Their bodies slimmed down and became aerodynamic, which, in turn, determined Katniss Everdeen and the gang to use them as arrows. It’s simple economics!
Still stuck at the first photo, right? Our warning is straightforward. Don’t try it at home with your pet!
Check out the next Photoshop battle and the version crowned champion!
3. Rescued Sloth
Sloths are hilarious, and when two Brazilian firefighters flaunted one they just saved, the whole Internet went mad.
An epic Photoshop battled waged on Reddit, one that pushed creativity into the strange realm populated by sloths. What emerged is a gem guaranteed to give your stomach muscles cramps.
The gracious mammal would have no troubles becoming World Champ. The triple Axel he just performed brought the pair standing ovations, and the little fellow left behind all shyness to thank the crowd.
Obviously, the jury was a bit unhappy to see sloths changing the face of ice figure skating. For animal fanatics, the answer is right there staring back at us. Sloths are love! Sloths are life!
Another animal ends up on the menu. This time the photoshopped picture tells a more complicated story.
4. Unimpressed Dog Driver
The unimpressed dog driver was in itself a masterpiece of pet photography.
Thoughts hit you hard when you are van driver stuck in city traffic for the most of your existence. This former “good boy” was so immersed in meditation that he ran a red light, and now has to pay the consequences.
“Sir put on your leash and step out of the vehicle!” Performing a mannequin challenge hoping that the officer who pulled you over will let you go, never worked.
“Put your paws where I can see them! Don’t even think to bite.” Unfortunately, it’s straight to the dog shelter for this fellow. His days of reckless driving are over, and the pedestrian cats finally found relief.
Even celebs get their fair share of roasting. Coming up next, a Photoshop warrior found a perfect caption for a movie scene.
5. Hugh Jackman Trapped In A Car
Freezing your favorite movie often pulls out of context scenes that are practically begging for funny misinterpretations.
Take this one from “Logan.” Wolverine looks miserable as a limousine driver, and there is no clue in sight of the bloodshed about to happen later.
Geeks of Photoshop snapped their fingers and produced a devilish alternative storyline to the Marvel blockbuster. Hugh Jackman plays the role of a toddler or pet locked inside a vehicle, anxiously waiting for his caretakers to return from shopping.
As funny as it, the editing missed a crucial point – the artist should have removed the hands, which are clearly outside the car. Keeping the A/C on and the window down makes no sense.
On the next page, you see how someone was keen to exploit a political rumor.
6. Donald Trump Cozy Bedroom Candid
Trump winning the presidential elections turned him into an easy target.
When people are not thrashing Trump’s political non-sense, they are busy photoshopping pictures of him, creating a brand new artistic current. Can you guess what they did to his bedroom candid, in which the billionaire model is in nothing but a bathrobe?
Even supporters of Trump have to admit this is hilarious. Two political leaders of such a magnitude gazing at each other means only one thing – world peace.
Let’s not get too political about this Photoshop battle. Rumors and controversies surrounded the Commander-in-Chief since forever. When Bill Clinton was around, no one had to add Monica Lewinski digitally in the landscape.
The next Photoshop battle produces blasphemous results and might attract divine wrath.
7. German Shepherd Walking On Water
In this day and age of pixel manipulation, differentiating between miracles and Photoshop forgery is close to impossible.
Even the original raises a few eyebrows. Is the German shepherd walking on an ice lake or do we witness something remarkable?
The Photoshop artisan than won the battle exploited precisely that theme. Jesus walking his pet German shepherd is not something you will ever come across while browsing the Bible.
Look, he even added ripples to make it obvious the two are not cheating by using ice as a substitute. We have a smart guy, one that apparently doesn’t fear retribution from the people he might have offended!
Can you imagine a dialogue between Jesus and his pet? “Who’s a good boy?”
“I don’t know; I am not the one supposed to keep a tab here!”
Check out how easy it is for Photoshop to distort reality!
8. Quokka Photobombing
Can it get any better than a Quokka photobombing innocent tourists? It most definitely can!
Every Photoshop mastermind holds a soft spot in his/her heart for pictures of cute animals. Occasionally, even that last bastion of sweetness crumbles, making us lose hope in humanity altogether.
The graphic artist who won the battle decided to give the Quokka a bad reputation. Turning the small marsupial creature into a serial arsonist was not hard.
All he did was to replace the real culprit (a 5-year-old) with the cut he made from the original tourist photo. Voila, insurance companies would have to update their policies in response to this new menace.
Did you ever hear of vicious wildfires ravaging the Australian continent for weeks in a row? Well, now you know whom to blame!
The worst part has yet to come. Quokkas are an endangered species, so it makes it illegal to try to stop one, even if it carries a box full of matches and an evil grin.
We hate politicians, but we love seeing them in ridiculous situations. The next Photoshop trick made things even worse!
9. George W. Bush Rain Fashion
George W Bush might be a 71-year-old, but age never kept someone safe from the wrath of Photoshop forgeries.
Even the first picture is laughable. Why on Earth would you use a plastic foil when humanity invented umbrellas a long time ago?
So they weren’t just rumors! The 43rd President of the United States apparently was not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Can it get even worse for him? It most definitely can! Just look at how this Photoshop battle almost started WW3!
George W Bush appears to be mocking Arab culture on purpose and those lacking the expertise to identify pixel manipulation took the bait.
You must see the next winner! Even ordinary folks get a shot at Photoshop glory.
10. Girl Sitting On The Edge
He told her they would go somewhere and have fun. He lied!
Pictures like the one above are perfect for memes. However, destiny played a cruel trick, and the unknown girl ended up in the crossfire of one the fiercest Photoshop battles ever.
The winner blended the already hilarious cliffhanger with one of the most easily recognizable moments in animation history. Simba’s presentation from Disney’s “The Lyon King” worked like a charm here.
“Drop her, Rafiki!” All Internet bullies and trolls united in one voice, stating that the girl’s place is into the abyss. That would make our world a better place, don’t you think?
Animals lovers chased with burning torches the next winner of a Photoshop battle. His design was brutal!
11. Cat Sleeping In Tree Stump
Cat sleeping in a tree stump is the cutest thing ever.
It would be a shame if someone comes and ruins it for you. Well, they already did, and there is no way for you to avoid seeing it. Just go with the flow and accept that no everyone out there is a cat person!
IKEA management is mad with its designers. No one thought of this before, and now the competition has the upper hand, selling cat furniture at a pace that threatens to turn the world into one huge living room.
Can you imagine the horrors of the manufacturing process? First, you have to remove the stump quietly without scaring the kitty away.
Second, you have to numb your heart. Every individual initially is born with a conscious, one that yells with all its strength that is not ok to embed a living cat into varnish.
Nevertheless, it feels good to serve your coffee in the morning from such an elegant table. And the best part is you don’t have to feed it.
Photoshop gets political one last time. All that saw it laughed their socks off!
12. Forced To Play Along
Transitions at the White House had never been easy.
However, there was something special about the way Obama handed over the keys to Donald Trump. There were no smiles, and the situation was tense enough you could cut it with your knife.
Good thing Photoshop artists didn’t bother too much with the political implications. They went straight to business, as usual, combining the shot with another pic that ravaged the Internet for some time.
The result is delicious. Obama and Trump are sharing the “Get Along Shirt,” marking what is probably the apex of photo manipulation.
It looked good enough for people to start collecting signatures for this kind of punishment to happen in real life. If naughty kids get to wear it, why shouldn’t we extend the practice at the highest of levels?
The White House turned into a circus with the Obama-Biden pair doing anything possible to appear as cool guys. Trump turned the page and welcomed Twitter-based buffoonery. They deserve the punishment!
There is virtually no limit to what Photoshop can do with animal photography. You have to see it for yourself!
13. Angry Turtle
There is nothing too poetic about a turtle craving a fresh juicy and defenseless worm. Or is it?
The wonderful world of Photoshop editing is one with virtually no limits. All you have to do is to put your creativity hat on and … wait.
Next thing you know, sickening puns and plot twist are waiting in line down your alley.
Sergent Turtle signed up for the army, and now he deals with real life maggots. You know, the ones incapable of pulling ten consecutive pushups without coughing blood.
With eyes popping out of their sockets, the bizarre crossover between a turtle and an army superior can turn drill day into a nightmare. Yelling is not the worst that can happen to you!
Those jaws might not be fast, but the pain they induce is excruciating enough to discipline you into a real soldier.
Check out the next altered photo that claimed ultimate Photoshop glory!
14. Ridiculous Dog
When someone raised the bar with this dog making a silly face, most Photoshop enthusiasts gave up the fight.
The picture is hilarious as it is and any further editing might ruin its chemistry. Nevertheless, the promised knight came, wielding his mouse and keyboard and taming the pixels into something even better.
Skydiving works well to explain why the dog’s face went through such a bizarre shift from normal. We all know how our canine friends love to stick their heads out of the car’s window so it’s okay to assume free falling would thrill them.
Can you imagine doing a tandem with this guy, only to realize he had just chewed through the backup parachute?
Someone might have crossed the line with this next photoshopped pic. Is it too much?
15. Bear Wants In
People living in mountainous regions would rush to lock the doors after seeing this terrifying pic. Not our guy!
To win a Photoshop battle, you don’t have to fear to step outside the politically correct. Religious jokes work great, but only when they don’t offend people. Otherwise, they burn you at stake!
Can you guess what happened to the bear that once terrified the neighborhood? He put on a white shirt, a necktie, and signed up with the Jehova’s Witnesses.
“Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord, Jesus Christ?” Although showing up more presentable than the average forest dweller, the beast still fails to have people greet him with an open door.
Poor Yogi fails to see what he is doing wrong. His next gig would be a door-to-door salesperson. Wish him luck!
Sometimes the best photoshopping involves already existing art masterpieces. You have to see the next one!
16. Cat Flowing Down
The higher than average temperatures occurring lately triggered an alarming number of cats to melt right in front of their owners.
Most felines are boneless contortionists from fabrication, so when their body loses the solid aggregation form, gravitation steps in and flow occurs. As worrying as it might sound, the phenomenon triggered an avalanche of Internet reactions.
It’s not what you think. People were in indeed concerned, but their energies did not go in the direction of restoring cats to their previous aggregation form. No, sir! All they wanted was a Photoshop battle that would determine the best context for a melted cat.
The winner was obviously an art geek. His take on “The Persistence of Memory” would have impressed even the painter – Salvador Dali.
Finally, we are happy to introduce the last Photoshop battle and the hilarious interpretation that won.
17. Aggressive Squirrel
Squirrels are abundant enough to make it easy for photographers to capture them in cute, silly, or even frightening stances.
Below is one squirrel that was caught in the middle of something other than a bizarre workout routine. The furry animal was angry for a good reason, and the ball was already in the air for Photoshop artisans to fight over it.
The best interpretation came from a fan of mixed martial art. UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) would be much better with oversized squirrels dominating the ring and brutalizing their human opponents.
Who wouldn’t want to see a furry fighter take the champion’s belt and put it on its white and soft belly? Sports commenters would call the next oponnet– “a nut hard to crack.”