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This Looks Shopped is an image macro series that typically consists of someone pointing at a computer, or a picture that looks obviously photoshopped, with a caption that reads:
“THIS LOOKS SHOPPED / I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME.”
An interesting mix of both subtle & obvious shoops, variants of “This Looks Shopped” image macros have been regularly posted on 4chan and other internet humor forums like FARK and Something Awful.
While the precise origin of such captioned images remains unclear (and the search is ongoing), the earliest reference made to “This Looks Shopped” can be found in an article posted and cached in 2003 at Metaeducation.com. As it became more and more popular, a graphic designer from New England founded a single topic blog called Thislooksshopped.com in July of 2008.
Another rumor is that the meme started back in 1999, back when Paint Shop was the big image editor. Saying “shopped” meant that it was in Paint Shop Pro from Corel. (Credit to RonUMSC for this information)
Usage in Comment Threads
Since becoming a staple of internet memes, “This Looks Shopped” has been also used as a popular catchphrase under comment threads, typically in response to an image post that looks obviously manipulated. Though to a lesser extent, the phrase is sometimes abused for trolling purposes.
Photoshopped Osama Corpse
After the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, a faked photo of his corpse began being circulating around the web, and various media outlets. Photographer Kenna Lindsay was questioned by CNN about the photo, and referenced “this looks shopped” in the following quote:
“I have seen a great number of poorly Photoshopped images in my time as a photographer and I can tell by the pixels that it is a fake,” said Kenna Lindsay, a New York-based photographer who works with composite images.
Search queries for “this looks shopped” picked up in October of 2008, and reached their highest peak in February of 2010.