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The most famous photoshopped images of all time



Sometimes pictures are not all they seem, as technology improves so does the ability to manipulate, and change the images we see.

We look back on some of the most famous photoshopped images of all time.

Jennifer in Paradise

The first image to be photoshopped, ironically features Photoshop creator Thomas Knoll’s wife Jennifer Knoll in Bora Bora 1988. The picture has been used by Adobe since the launch of the software to demonstrate the ability of Photoshop and how advertisers could use the software for their campaigns.

The Announcer

Most recently, Israeli newspaper The Announcer was criticised for allegedly photoshopping Angela Merkel and other prominent women world leaders out of the Paris march following the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

International Space Station solar eclipse

Social media went crazy when astronauts aboard the International Space Station were able to capture a solar eclipse, however eagle eye viewers were quick to spot that in fact if the moon and sun were in that alignment then nobody on Earth would notice an eclipse was happening. The image was actually an artist’s impression of the eclipse created in 2009 using software called Terragen 2 and the Milky Way was added in later using Photoshop.

Kiera Knightley

Kiera Knightly became the latest in a long line of stars to fall prey to Photoshop following her 2004 movie poster for King Arthur. Photoshop artists enhanced her bust for the US poster of the flick, as before and after shots demonstrate.

Iran’s missile launch

A photograph of four missiles being fired by Iran hit the headlines in 2008, however the country were caught out when a second image surfaced showing only three rockets launching with a fourth apparently failing to launch, the doctored image was used to hide the fact that one failed to go off.

Helicopter Shark

Helicopter Shark became so famous it earned its own Wikipedia page, after the dramatic photo emerged in 2001 as part of the National Geographic Photo of the Year. However it was later revealed to be a hoax and had been put together using Photoshop.

James Purnell

In 2007, Culture Secretary James Purnell turned up late for a photoshoot to promote a new development at a Tameside Hospital. To make it look like the Labour MP had been there, the image was doctored so that he appeared with the rest of the group.

James Dean

In 2001, the Deseret News – a Salt Lake City newspaper which is owned by the Mormon church – digitally altered a photograph of icon James Dean to remove a cigarette dangling from the star’s lips.


The internet exploded after unretouched photos of Queen Bey surfaced showing her imperfect skin, which were later airbrushed for a L’Oreal advert.

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain

In 2010 the Spanish Royals faced a Photoshop scandal, after images of Crown Prince Felipe were taken to mark his rise in the military. People suspected that the Crown Prince had simply has his head photoshopped onto all three military uniforms, Zarzuela Palace denied that the photos were anything but authentic.

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