Monthly Archives: January 2014

H&M: Bit Cheeky

When modelling a clothing line, how long does it typically take to realize you’re not wearing any clothes?

Photoshop Disasters

Back in 2011, H&M got in a bit of hot water for using computer generated bodies (but real heads!) to model their clothing lines. The clothes themselves were drawn on after, because every woman’s body is the same (they use the same model and colour it as ethnically necessary), and the clothes will always fit like a glove, provided you have a competent photoshopper and a nice cut out of a glove.

Thanks Ronald for the find. If anyone can find a link to the original, we will gladly post it.

Men’s Health: Leg Day

That’s a hip-to-shoulder ratio that would make any comic book hero proud.

Photoshop Disasters

I’m not clear how this one went wrong, but I know that this chiseled torso is coming out of that beltline the same way toothpaste comes out of the package. The shot angle and the cut of the model’s hips on his left side aren’t doing these strange proportions any favours, but I’m certain this cover had some help becoming an outright disaster.

Grilleimer: Bin it

A clear cut and paste. The grill used to be surrounded by people enjoying themselves, but the company didn’t want to oversell anything.

Photoshop Disasters

I enjoy contrasting the disasters from Germany  with the disasters from the rest of the world. Most disasters try to add a glossy sheen or inject sex appeal. Not Germany, though; like the sans-serif font the box uses, it’s as if they didn’t want to come across as too excitable, so they added some food and a lawn to let you know that this is just a bit more than your typical bucket.

Thanks Eltje.

Cabbage Latch

I found the door to Narnia. It’s behind this head of lettuce.

Photoshop Disasters

If you overlook the arm that’s elbow deep in shadows and cabbages, this isn’t a terrible cut and paste. By the way, “elbow deep in shadows and cabbages” is the name of my Cabbage Patch Kids fan-fiction. It’s about a midwife who ends up on the wrong side of the law, and – you know what, I don’t want to spoil anything.

By the way, I know I refer to these green things as both lettuce and cabbage. Long story short, I do not lead a particularly healthy lifestyle.

Thanks Oscar. You can see the original Orbyt.

Alpro: So… yeah…

Genetically modified foods have a stigma attached to possible side-effects, but at least there are no recorded instances of missing hands and floating cooking utensils.

Photoshop Disasters

For a company dedicated to non-modified foods, there’s a heavy hand of something unnatural here. Most of you probably aren’t familiar with Finnish Chef Sami Tallberg, but I assure you, he usually has two hands and skin that doesn’t look like it’s ready to go in the oven.

Thanks Katja.

Calcu: That’s Some Bull Right There

There are a lot of little things wrong with this one, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bottle of wine bigger than a tennis racket.

Photoshop Disasters

The marketing department behind this has taken the shotgun approach with the cut-and-paste tool. It’s a sort of white person wish list – unstylish hat, beach sports, and a bottle of rosé with a minimal-yet-tasteful label.

Nice catch Bruno. You can see the original on their Facebook page.

Elle: LOL

Emma Watson has managed to avoid most of the pitfalls that come with being a child star, but when her parents told her she couldn’t get her ear pierced more than once, she acted out in her own way.

Photoshop Disasters

This article has “it’s all in the details” as its headline, which makes this disaster extra poignant. The best part is that Watson doesn’t seem to be wearing an earring in her right ear, so when someone in Elle’s Photoshop department was told to add one – well, this is when knowing the difference between stage left and stage right is important.

Thanks for the find Kasadey. You can see the original on Elle.