Altering an image -- commonly called Photoshopping -- is all too common. But some haven't quite figured out how to make the alterations not be so glaringly obvious. Take this Chinese website for example, which may have just produced one of the most obvious Photoshop jobs we've seen.
Business Insider gives the background:
Earlier this month, the local Hangzhou Yuhang's website wanted to post an image to show local government officials inspecting "Nanhu beach park’s landscape optimization project", according to China Hush.
A worthy aim perhaps, but inexplicably, the government workers chose to feature a crude Photoshop to illustrate its point.
Here are the two pictures. This is the original:
And now here is the altered version:
If you're asking yourself Why did they Photoshop the picture? you're not the only one. It's pretty mind-boggling. The website has issued an apology, but it makes about as much sense as using the altered picture (translation via Business Insider and China Smack):
May 9th, my company submitted the news manuscript of the “Completion and Transfer of the Green Landscaping Project of Nanhu Beach Park” to the Yuhang District Government Portal Website, along with photographs of technicians on location conducting inspections. Due to unsuitable work processes, there were serious mistakes in the uploaded photograph. With regards to the errors of our work, we deeply express our apologies: We sincerely accept the criticizes of the netizen masses, and wholeheartedly appreciate the concern netizens have given us.
China isn't the only one, though. You may remember the doctored photo that showed up after the funeral for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il:
The first one is the original, the second is the altered one. See the difference? the group of men hanging out in the back on the left have been removed.
And then there's another one that's started to circulate this week form what appears to be a magazine article. Styleite posted it with the title, "Surfer Tragically Loses Arm to Photoshop Shark":
It's reportedly from the June issue of Marie Claire.
If you happen to come across other egregious examples, send them our way.