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The Top 10 Photoshop Blunders Of All Time

Joel Lee 10-01-2012

photoshop mistakesOver the past decade or two, Adobe’s Photoshop image editing software has become a staple in the world of graphics and media. The program’s primary function is to take an image and alter it in such a way that the final image is cleaner, crisper, and – for lack of a better word – better. In fact, Photoshop’s popularity and usage is so widespread that the word “photoshop” has become a colloquial verb meaning to edit and touch up an image, not unlike how the word “google” can now be used interchangeably with the term “search”.


Unfortunately, not every image that is put through Photoshop turns out well. Mistakes are made, errors are overlooked, and the final product can be catastrophically bad.  Here are some of the absolute worst Photoshop blunders of all time.

#10 – Color Confused Cereal

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Let me start off by saying that I don’t have anything against breakfast cereal Mr.Breakfast - All about Breakfast Cereals! Top 100 Cereals, History & more Read More . In fact, a tasty bowl of healthy morning goodness is a fantastic way to start the day. But there’s something about race-changing cereal that I just can’t make myself endorse…

#9 – Missing Belly Button

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Playboy ran this ad sometime in the past and instantly knocked many readers back to the genesis of humankind. Where is this woman’s belly button? One explanation is that a careless photo artist accidentally airbrushed it away. Personally, I think we’ve found Eve of Eden.


#8 – Wrong Reflection

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There’s a tiny chance that this was intentional, but even then it would be terrible. Creating a text reflection is one of the most basic image editing procedures to perform. So basic, in fact, that there are websites that will automatically generate image reflections for you. There’s no excuse for this one.

#7 – Lazy Stock Image

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The designer for this video game decided to save a few bucks on the cover, essentially ripping the image from iStockphoto without paying for it. Unfortunately, he was too inattentive to notice the watermarks. That, or just really ballsy.


#6 – Headless Athlete

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It’s amazing how a print publication as large and prolific as Sports Illustrated managed to let a mistake like this pass under their radar. It’s hard to tell what exactly they were trying to photoshop, but they forgot to put this guy’s head back on.

#5 – Mismatched Reflection

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It’s hard to put any trust into a company that fails this badly. Were they deliberately trying to fool the consumer? Or was it simply human error? Either way, Lexar comes out bottom as dishonest or incompetent.


#4 – Fake Cheque

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Speaking of dishonesty, how about an image that blatantly lies to your face? This guy has two massive Photoshop mistakes in this picture. For one, the image quality of the fake cheque is abysmal – it might fool someone who is computer illiterate, but that’s about it. For another, the cheque appears to be a vampire cheque. Vampires don’t have shadows, right?

#3 – Copy & Pasted Audience

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Not really sure what to say here. Did the image editor really think nobody would notice?


#2 – Really Smart Redhead

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Alright, so here’s the thing: in order to achieve this effect, the image artist had to voluntarily and consciously slice this poor woman’s forehead and manually move it up a few hundred pixels… and during that entire process, it never crossed the artist’s mind that the result of such an operation would be unnatural, to say the least. It boggles the mind.

#1 – Legless Beauty

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Here we have the absolute worst Photoshop mistake of all time. Now, I am by no means a Photoshop expert, but at what point does a woman’s leg disappear? And even afterwards, how is it that nobody on staff noticed an entire thigh missing?

Have you seen any Photoshop blunders of your own? Share them in the comments!

Image Credit: Shutterstock, Photoshop Disasters

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  1. Piseth
    January 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Enough to fool computer illiterate. Thanks for bringing these up to the show.

  2. Canamatv
    January 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    For more background on #4, see this link--> [Broken Link Removed]

  3. Joel Lee
    January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Vernon. I'll try to address your concern as best as I can.

    I compiled this article by searching Google for terms like "photoshop errors," "photoshop mistakes," and other queries of that sort. I browsed through dozens of blogs, forums, and social media sites and ended up with over 30 images.

    Afterwards, I narrowed the selection down to 10 images. Due to the nature of social media and forums (people individually posting images to which they don't have rights), I used a web service called TinEye to try and track down the original sources for each of the 10 images.

    Unfortunately, I rarely arrived at any definite conclusion because it turns out that these images are floating around all over the Internet. It was hard to determine who actually held the original first rights. Sometimes I would find copies of the image with multiple watermarks denoting multiple sources and I'd end up scratching my head in confusion.

    If you are the original author for any of these images, MUO would be glad to edit the article and credit you as the source. I never intended to infringe on rights or steal traffic away from any site, including yours.

    Sorry for any misunderstanding we might've had.

  4. James Bruce
    January 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Can you point us in the  direction of which exactly you are referring too?

    Since none of them are watermarked (edit, 1 is), I think it's safe to say these have been reposted around the internet in various places, and that Joel may have taken them from anywhere. Do a google image search for "photoshop disasters" and you'll find only 2 images in the top 25 or so are actually listed from your site.

    Is PSDisasters the original source for these images? If so, I think adding a credit link at the end of the article is understadably reasonable. I see a single watermark on one of the images for photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com, which seems to be redirecting to your site.

  5. Goldwing
    January 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I have seen some horrific Photoshop lunacy on covers of magazines, sports magazines...seems magazines are the biggest offenders. Most errors are done in trying to achieve ever thinner people in the world. Not only does this create stupid looking images, it creates really bad self image in many people's minds.

    • Joel Lee
      January 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Yeah, I've seen parodies and mockeries that attack magazines that "beautify" women by Photoshopping them into fake skeletons. It really is sad that men and women are being deceived by this sort of manipulation.

  6. Gregg
    January 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    What really stands out from these examples... Downsizing, whether art departments or IT staff can lead to drastically amateurish mistakes when you bring on inexperienced staff/consultants just to save a few dollars

    • Joel Lee
      January 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      I completely agree. The whole business paradigm of cutting spending in order to marginally improve profits... this is what happens!

  7. Nirmal Shah
    January 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Lol I just can't stop laughing here. My ribs are aching. great post !

    • Joel Lee
      January 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks!  Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :)

  8. Faimcadjin
    January 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Another #4 error... They can't even spell HUNDRED. Nice!

    • Joel Lee
      January 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      "Hunderd," haha! I didn't even see that the first time around. Nice catch!

  9. Guest
    January 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    the guys hands have been cut off aswell, it should be on the sides not at the bottom lhfho!

  10. Jack Cola
    January 15, 2012 at 8:09 am

    For number 7, Imagine Babies, three of the Babies have stock photo's. I can't read the name, it's like Jen or something.

  11. James Bruce
    January 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I would have liked some background info on the images, really. I have no idea where these came from!

    • Joel Lee
      January 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Actually, I was pretty interested in the backstory behind these images, too. I tried to dig around but a lot of these images have made their rounds across the Internet. It's hard to find their (true) origins now. :(

  12. Aibek
    January 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

    awesome post

  13. Alice
    January 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Yep, just awful. And I enjoyed all of them.

    • Joel Lee
      January 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks. I'm glad you liked them! :)

  14. Klutz_hacker
    January 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

    no image of cheque on the car.. and almost all of the audience in the football game are copy paste, they were wearing the same thing . he just pasted it diffrerently on top of the other audience so it wont look that way but its still noticeable

  15. Ciggy
    January 11, 2012 at 3:33 am

    check is also missing in reflection on truck. Pathetic!

  16. Chris Wyld
    January 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    #4 also is missing a reflection in the door of the SUV...

    • Joel Lee
      January 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

      You're right, I didn't even notice that. Good catch!

  17. Spreng
    January 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Wow, this is both funny and sad to have such big blunders like these.

    • Joel Lee
      January 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

      The artists that made these mistakes must be embarrassed to have their work called both funny and sad. Truly embarrassing.

  18. Dave Parrack
    January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    They are all truly terrible. Surely Photoshop should only be used to improve an image, not sully it to the level these idiots have.

    • Joel Lee
      January 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      It almost makes me wonder if Photoshop should require a licensing exam. Ha!

      • Dave Parrack
        January 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

        If the resulting image is being used for professional purposes then it most definitely should! ;)