Last week’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was great episode for all of the normal reasons (yelling, shushing), but especially because of Dee & Mac’s Catfish plot line. The opportunity to talk about the movie Catfish from last year should NEVER be turned down. (In my opinion.) Did anyone see that movie? It was a “documentary” (“maybe”) (which is the most annoying thing) about a guy who entered into an online relationship with a girl, but then found out something CRAZY about her. Ugh. Don’t even get me started on that movie. I do think that most of the fault probably lies with the advertising campaign — KIND OF — which suggested that the big reveal was going to be such a shock, but then you found out the big reveal 20 minutes into the movie and it wasn’t shocking in the least (because it’s a movie about meeting a person on the internet and HELLO we all know how that ends), and then they just talked about what the reveal was for what felt like four hours after that. But even if you weren’t set up for a big shock it would’ve been just a movie (or “documentary,” who even cares) about a person spending a lot of time finding something out that nobody really cared to know the specifics of. Right? Did anyone see this movie? Do you all agree? HELLO? Anyway, that brings me to this video. A person turning a very simple drawing of a woman into a very realistic looking portrait of a woman. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THIS SKILL? I’d venture to guess, having watched this video, that at least 70% of your Facebook friends are Catfish photoshop portraits of people who don’t even exist at all. What a terrifying world we live in.

That looks like a real person! A real person we’d all enter into AT LEAST an online friendship with. And who knows who could be behind that pretty, not real face. A convict? A relative? A ghost? The president? An even prettier girl? ANYONE! Be safe on the Internet, guys. It’s a very dangerous (and talented) place. (Via VVV.)

Comments (39)
  1. Yes, I do know how to use photoshop. Next question?

  2. Scary indeed. The internet is just teeming with liars, it seems.

    For the record you guys, that picture that *kinda* looks like someone hastily used Microsoft Paint to stick Angelina Jolie’s lips on Scarlett Johansen’s face and then cropped that on top of Meghan Fox’s really is me!

  3. I liked Catfish because it started out about a grown man who was spending a large amount of time communicating with a little girl over the internet, then it turned out to be an old lady, and somehow SHE is supposed to be the creepy one.

  4. Wow. I’d like to learn how to do that. Much less messy than oils.

  5. This calls my existence as a graphic designer into question. I cannot do that in Photoshop.

    • I took umbrage with how the video was titled, “You think you know how to use photoshop?” Because, as a professional, yes. Yes I do know how to use photoshop. To think that that’s the real way you use photoshop is false.

  6. Also, I would like to learn how to do this just so I can try out new hairstyles.

  7. I can’t wait until these skills are disseminated and every picture will be disputed as being a future-drawing. “Is that ME doing the cha cha slide in the drive jacket? Nope, future-drawing.”

  8. It seems worth pointing out that R2D2 said last week that he was going to be gone all week, and thus unable to comment. So if he DOES show up, that will confirm my theory that he is actually Lindsay Lohan, and wasn’t expecting to be out so quickly.

  9. So that potential wife my friend was emailing in the Ukraine whose hobbies included bikini and cabbage WASN’T real?

  10. next, you’ll try and tell me that computer animation is what they used to make the Naboo people in Avatar – like there is somehow not a tribe full of 7′-8′ blue people on a far off planet.

  11. I choose to believe that we just witnessed vector art in reverse.

  12. As a person who uses Photoshop daily (like right now.) I have 2 questions.

    1. Why?

    2. No seriously, why?

  13. Looks ‘shopped.

  14. My girlfriend thinks the same with me. She is 12 years younger than me, lol and definitely is a real person not just a portrayal of a young woman using Photoshop. We met online at CatfishM’ingle. com The premiere online community for older women seek younger real men or older men seek younger definitely real women to meet and share your interests.

  15. That lady wasn’t made from scratch. The artist was definitely working off an existing photo of a person (if not tracing over it outright).

  16. Neat, they set that video to my favorite song! I can’t hear it enough times.

  17. This is JUST like the movie Simone, starring Al Pacino shortly after he died.

  18. Topanga is a robot!!

  19. This process seems similar to going to the hairdresser… just when you think they are about done, they come up with 20 more “important” steps that don’t visibly change or improve the outcome in any way. Rinse & repeat.

  20. I love the soundtrack to this – it really sells the idea of an internet Russian child bride.

  21. I can’t believe no one went with a “In Soviet Russia, Photoshop Designs YOU” joke.

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