Twenty-five years of Photoshop and the Web has allowed for a boom in hoaxes, particularly those of the paranormal variety. Photograph alteration, of course, has a long and seedy history filled with seriously misleading photos entering the news ecosystem. Here, on the other hand, are some of the downright silliest Photoshop fakes we've seen.
This image of a ghostly girl is textbook Photoshop to most skeptics, while believers might simply point out that there's no way to tell for sure that the Photoshop stamp tool that helped create the image was helmed by a human. That's right, folks -- what if ghosts know Photoshop, too?
Big news and weather events focus the world's attention, and Photoshop hoaxers seem to grab those eyeballs.
After "superstorm" Sandy in 2012, this rather obvious mashup of a still from the Hollywood flick "The Day After Tomorrow" and some local news graphics made its way around the Web, along with several other silly Photoshop jobs.
When constructing a Photoshop hoax, rule No.1 is that any open water deserves to have a shark prowling it.
While both the military personnel and the shark in this photo are from real photographs, the shark picture was actually taken in South Africa. But, you know how the Photoshop saying goes: "Sometimes you jump the shark, and sometimes the shark jumps you."
Actually no one ever said that, just like no one ever got attacked by a great white in front of the Golden Gate.
In the days leading up to the release of the iPhone, there was much speculation that Apple could be planning some sort of super iPod.
A number of Photoshopped mock-ups circulated -- this screenshot comes from a video that demonstrated how easy it was to fake a new Apple product in Photoshop. Thus, a great tradition of fakes and iPhone concepts continues to this day.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET
This photo, again purporting to be from superstorm Sandy, has water in it. Therefore, it should also have a shark. Photoshop was happy to oblige once again.
If the Virgin Mary can appear in everything from tortillas to lattes, why couldn't God's hands appear in storm clouds?
I can't answer that, but I can tell you that it would be easier to add them in using Photoshop than to wait around to spot just such a miracle.
Anyone who created a whole planet in under a week must surely anticipate just such a shortcut. And that's what 25 years of Photoshop has been about for hoaxers -- a quick route to creating the incredible and miraculous.