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Adobe Photoshop is a image editing program published by the Adobe corporation. The program offers a wide variety of tools, with which skilled users can create unique art or alter others images. Photoshop has become so popular that photoshopping or ‘shopping’ has become a de-facto word for image editing in general.
Photoshop as a medium for artistic expression has seen extensive use across the internet, with many Photoshop trends becoming individual memes. Some of these have even spawned a whole “genre” of memetic phenomenons.
There are many trends within Photoshop that are themselves categories of memes. These include:
Across the internet, there are many examples of single images that have become the object of Photoshop phenomenons. An image that is widely photoshoped and mutated can become an inside joke for a community, and gives entertainment without necessarily conveying a message. In some cases, the phenomenons gain notoriety outside their original community and become widespread across the internet. Most of the most notable examples come from prolific communities such as 4chan and Something Awful.
Some examples of Photoshop trends include:
- Get Out Frog/Frogout
- I’m 18, do I have potential?
- Woll Smoth
- Floating Chinese Government Officials
- Floating Filipino Government Officials
- Diouf Trips
- Birds with Arms
A ‘Photo Insertion’ refers to the addition of an infamous image to another one for comedic value, generally by adding an out-of-place character to a scene. Some examples include:
- Leo Strut
- Disaster Girl
- Spock is Not Impressed
- Get a Brain, Morans
- The Vancouver Riot Kiss
- Sad Keanu
- Prancing Cera
- Chubby Bubbles Girl
Facial Editing Fads
Facial editing fads consist of a variety of ways of editing peoples’ faces, either by replacing their faces with faces of others, or by editing features on their faces. Face alteration is not unlike photo bombing. Some examples include: