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Photoshop Request Threads refer to online forum discussions in which members with little experience in digital image-editing ask other members to photoshop an image in a particular way. Depending on the culture of each community, such request may be met by genuine assistance or tongue-in-cheek responses from trolls.
Requests for hands-on assistance with Adobe’s image-editing software have been seen on the Usenet newsgroup alt.graphics.photoshop as early as 1999, though perhaps due to the professional nature of the group, many early inquiries were met with animosity and discouraging responses from those who regarded their requests as demanding free labor. However, by 2000, some requests were being honored as long as there was some form of payment.
Beginning in January 2002, photoshop requests became a recurring topic on car enthusiast message boards including VW Vortex, Prelude Online and DTM Power, where members would ask more skilled peers to digitally enhance or manipulate images of their cars with new logos or different rims. Later that year, a member of the Something Awful forum posted a chat log of someone making a request in the #photoshop IRC channel. Between 2003 and 2006, photoshop requests continued to take a stronghold on car enthusiast message boards, mostly for customization of body and exteriors, such as changing the paint color (shown below) as well as adding decals and accessories. Meanwhile, similar photoshop requests outside the motor culture began to thrive on popular forums like Ars Technica, General Mayhem, Pearl Drummers, DVD Talk and AnandTech.
In August 2008, a Facepunch forums member submitted a request seeking help with cleaning up a photo of him as a young child with his father. However, the request quickly became derailed by trolls on the site who responded to the thread with irrelevant photoshopped images, such as incorporating Pedobear or swapping the OP’s face with his father’s. Though the thread was never archived, on August 29th, 2008, a screenshot containing a number of the responses was uploaded to Flickr. In April 2010, another Facepunch forums member attempted to recreate the thread.
The earliest archived 4chan photoshop request thread was posted to /jp/ (Otaku Culture) on May 13th, 2008, asking other posters to photoshop a picture of a dog jumping through hoops. More serious requests began to appear on Photoshop-specific message boards like PhotoshopGurus as well as Tumblr with the “photoshop request” tag. On March 1st, 2011, the subreddit /r/PicRequests launched, allowing a forum for both free work as well as paid requests. As of July 2013, it has amassed more than 16,000 subscribers. In February 2012, PhotoshopRequest.com was created offering free work done by a group of college design students who wanted to hone their Photoshop skills.
Can You Please Photoshop The Sun Between My Fingers?
In December 2011, a photo depicting a failed forced perspective with a man holding up his fingers attempting to crush a setting sun much lower than his hand was shared on the /r/Funny subreddit. Following this, a number of request threads titled Can You Please Photoshop The Sun Between My Fingers? appeared on 4chan and Tumblr, resulting in dozens of images photoshopping anything but the sun between the man’s fingers.
In China: Weibo Trolls
On May 21st, 2013, Buzzfeed reported on a number of Photoshop trolls found on Chinese message boards and the microblogging site Weibo who respond to open requests for image alterations by adjusting them in an unexpected manner. The images were reposted to The Chive the following day. A week later, Kotaku found additional examples that had been collected by PSyuan, a Chinese site created in February 2012 to highlight these humorously photoshopped images. In China, these requests are made on sites like Yxdown and Weibo using "大神PS " (Photoshop masters please help), which later evolved into “不要求大神PS” (don’t ask the masters for help)
In Korea: We Do Phoshop
On June 26th, 2013 the Facebook page We Do Phoshop was created, accruing nearly 38,000 likes in two weeks, fulfilling photoshop requests in a similar manner to the Chinese trolls. Highlights from the Facebook page were shared on Korean message board Nemopan on July 2nd. Additional instances appeared on Instiz six days later. On July 9th, Japanese news site RocketNews24 featured a number of the photoshopped images, followed by coverage on Kotaku the next day.
Google Groups – Search Results for “request” in alt.graphics.photoshop
SomethingAwful – Comedy Goldmine › Weird Indian nude photoshop request.
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