Chinese Photoshop Trolls

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Let’s cut right to the chase. You guys know the drill: A mediocre photo; a desperate cry to the internet for help; Photoshop trolls jump in “to the rescue.” And thus hilarity ensues.

We’re proud (and a little bit incredulous, to be honest) to introduce the eighth compilation of photos created by the masters–say hello to everyone’s favorite Chinese Photoshop Trolls!

If this is your first time tuning into this series, take a moment – or, um, about an hour, perhaps – to familiarize yourself with parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. If you’re already a seasoned pro, well then, enjoy this latest installment!

▼Request: “I want you to put me together with this girl.”

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▼Well, that’s one way of interpreting it.

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▼”Make me seem more in touch with the natural world.”

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▼Wild man discovered?

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▼”Please add some tears to this picture.”

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▼Er, Niagara Falls is probably not what she meant…

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▼”I want to seem more artistic.”

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▼Congrats on your Adult Video debut, bro!

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▼”I want to look more ambitious so my mother won’t worry about me!”

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▼Well, he’ll certainly be more productive now.

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▼”Can’t you please do something about all the tourists in the background?”

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▼At least no one’s behind him now!

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▼”I want to get more attention!”

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▼That’s probably not the best way to gain fame…

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▼”Make me so cool-looking that I’ll go numb.”

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▼Be careful what you wish for!

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▼”Can you make it seem like there’s a point to this picture?”

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▼Very funny, guys.

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▼The graduation guys make a comeback (see parts 1 & 3)! Here’s the original picture with the request to “make this into a more fun atmosphere.”

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▼And now we’ve got this…

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▼…and this!

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▼”I want a hot boyfriend!”

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▼Next time, maybe she should specify that he should not be a pervert.

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▼And for our last photo this time around: “Can you turn me into a girl?”

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▼Ah yes, a touch of femininity does wonders.

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And there you have it. It seems inevitable that we’ll back with more masterpieces by the Photoshop trolls again, so see you next time!

Grace Choi: The Harvard woman Is disrupting the $55 billion beauty industry with DIY 3D-printed makeup

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Grace Choi, inventor of Mink.

Business Insider:

In May, Grace Choi presented a startup at New York technology conference, TechCrunch Disrupt. Her idea seemed too good to be true.

Her product, Mink, promised to help anyone easily 3D print their own makeup from any home computer. All that was required was a colorful image from the Internet, a tool like Photoshop that could lift a hex color code, and a Mink Printer, which hooks up to a computer to print specific ink colors on colorless shadows and creams.

While Choi didn’t win the startup competition, Mink generated a lot of interest from potential users, top makeup companies and investors. She has spent the past few months figuring out how to bring 3D makeup printing to the masses, even if it leaves her broke.

And she’s decided she really doesn’t like venture capitalists.

 

 

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Grace Choi applying lipstick she made from her 3D makeup printer.

Business Insider caught up with Choi, who gave us a step-by-step guide on how to 3D print makeup using a home computer and a regular HP printer. She also told us how she came up with an idea that could disrupt the $55 billion beauty industry — and how she used to work at Burger King.

Choi, 30, was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents immigrated from Korea, where her father was an aerospace engineer and her mother was a nurse. In New York, Choi’s father opened a small fruit and vegetable shop. “It was a simple store, but he’s a great entrepreneur, and I learned a lot from him about negotiating and business,” Choi says.

As an undergraduate at Cornell University, Choi majored in hotel administration. But she wasn’t ready to settle on a career, so she tried a “bajillion” internships. She spent a year in finance after she graduated in 2005, decided she hated it, then quit. While perusing a Cornell alumni job board, she stumbled across a listing seeking an assistant to a Cornell professor in New York City. The professor, Dr. Martin Prince, was an established inventor and physician who hired her despite her lack of experience in science and medicine. He quickly became Choi’s mentor, and she worked as his assistant until 2011.

Under Prince’s leadership, Choi was able to work on a number of his inventions, learn from other physicians in his lab, and come up with a few ideas of her own.

In 2010, Choi saw a nationwide casting call from Home Shopping Network for its reality show “Homemade Millionaire,” which features aspiring inventors. Determined to cook up a clever idea, Choi went on HSN’s site and hunted for inspiration. She noticed jewelry was a major category on the site, and that necklaces, earrings and bracelets were the main featured items. Using magnetic clasps, Choi invented a 3-in-1 necklace that could be easily be converted to a bracelet or pair of earrings by disassembling then reconnecting the magnets. Choi’s invention, “Convertible Necklace,” won the fifth episode of the show, and her items were sold online.

 

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Choi didn’t feel fulfilled as a jewelry inventor though (she says making accessories felt “empty”), so she applied to Harvard Business School, in hopes of increasing her credibility as an inventor and continuing to pursue her own ideas.

While at Harvard, Choi came up with her first beauty product, which was inspired by a popular cosmetic in China, BB cream. BB Cream was a tinted moisturizer that Choi felt could be big in the United States as a blend of lotion and concealer. Choi created her own line of the cream, dubbed it “Grace Choi Porcelain Skin BB Cream” and priced it at $34 per bottle. Choi had long felt Asians were underrepresented in beauty industry marketing, and she’d struggled to find skin care products that catered to her skin tone. She was determined that her line would be different.

“I felt pretty insignificant when there was no Asian Cover Girl model,” she says. “America is supposed to be progressive.”

 

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Choi approached a Harvard mentor with her cream idea and asked for advice: She had a limited amount of money to spend on the product line, but she wanted to offer options for many skin tones. How, she wondered, could she do that efficiently?

The mentor’s response startled her:

Go with the lighter shades,” the mentor told her. “Those people have more money to spend.

That response really hit a nerve with me,” Choi says. She didn’t realize it then, but that comment led to the idea for Mink. With Mink, “the color [variety] question doesn’t have to come up, because the Internet solves that. Every color is free on the Internet,” Choi says.

When she graduated from HBS in 2013, she was recruited by Burger King to work on food innovation for the fast food chain. After three months, though, Choi felt out of place and left the job. She went back to inventing.

Choi says there wasn’t one “aha” moment for her 3D makeup printer.

When I started at business school and was trying to make a cosmetics product I realized, ‘Oh, this is how a cosmetic is made.’ And I thought, ‘It’s so interesting how it’s so inefficient,'” Choi told New York Magazine in June. “I wanted to do something more meaningful and impactful. I decided I wanted to tackle challenges in the beauty industry. The challenges are diversity issues and issues with women’s confidence.”

The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bullshit. They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color.
Choi started mulling over a way to bring down makeup prices. She realized what makeup companies primarily charge a premium on — the colors and dyes they use in their formulas — is actually cheap to acquire before it’s mixed into the creams. She wondered if there was a way to use the four computer printer colors (Black, Cyan, Yellow and Magenta) to allow anyone to mix their own makeup colors cheaply from home.

The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bullshit,” Choi explained during her TechCrunch Disrupt presentation. “They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color.”

It took Choi one month to go from the idea stage to having a semi-working prototype. That may sound fast, but Choi insists any curious self-starter can pull off something similar.

There are so many learning tools now, like Google, and tons of people you can ask questions of,” she says. “I worked a lot of the prototype for Mink out in my head and thought, ‘What materials would I need to make this work?’ Then I’d do small tests and take a little ink and mix it together with raw materials. I’d go to Staples and Best Buy and look at every single printer and open up the printers to examine the inside.”

Choi says she went through about 20 printers to find one that would print the best results and cover an entire eyeshadow pan, for example.

Choi’s solution prints just a top layer of ink onto a blank (white) shadow, cream or moisturizer. It could be seen as a problem that the ink doesn’t seep all the way through like consumers are used to when they buy makeup. Choi actually thinks it’s a good problem that could save consumers money.

Mink only covers the top layer, but not a lot of people use all the eye shadow they buy,” says Choi. “A girl’s makeup junk drawer is a clear sign that the system of makeup is not working. There’s too much of it you have to buy. So what I tell girls with Mink is, ‘Listen, when you want that neon purple eyeshadow that’s trendy, just print the top layer. When you’re done with that color, scrape it off, and print the next color on the remaining blank eyeshadow.'”

In other words, Mink prints sample sizes, rather than making consumers commit to entire products.

Right now Choi doesn’t have any employees, and she doesn’t have any traditional funding from investors, although she’s taken a lot of meetings. She says she butted heads with a number of venture capitalists and, in some cases, got into yelling matches over the direction she should take Mink.

 

 

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A Mink-branded makeup printer could be on the way, but Choi says she’d rather teach the world how to build their own printers first.

The venture capitalists, Choi says, wanted her to produce an official Mink printer and start making money immediately. But Choi believes Mink will be best served by teaching the world how to make its own 3D makeup printers from home. She wants to start a beauty revolution first, and a business second.

I’m definitely not meeting with anyone who has ‘VC’ in their title ever again,” Choi says. “I think they’re a little too rushed. Mink could disrupt an entire market, and with that kind of opportunity, it’s best to take your time. The way for me to kill Mink would be for me to come out with a printer that’s sucky….The whole model for entrepreneurs is like, ‘I’m going to make a billion dollars then donate a chunk of my money to charity.’ Not to judge other people, but just throwing money at stuff doesn’t add value. I think sharing the journey of building the business adds value.”

 

 

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Grace Choi showing how to hack together your own 3D makeup printer from a regular HP printer at a hackathon.

Down the line, Choi agrees that a Mink-branded printer could make sense. But she also thinks that if she teaches the world to print its own makeup and turns every young girl into her own L’Oreal shop, business opportunities will arise naturally. Choi envisions a world where celebrities have iTunes-like pages for makeup, where a girl can log on and print Kim Kardashian’s exact lipstick shade to wear. And if DIY makeup becomes popular, consumers will need easily-accessible FDA-approved inks, which could be Mink branded, or raw makeup materials like white creams and lipsticks to print on top of, which Mink could also sell.

One person alone can’t disrupt this entire beauty market,” Choi says. “Together, as a community, we can disrupt it. I’m willing to take a hit financially because my number one motivation is for change. This is a very important social mission for me. I think of Mink as an educational tool for kids, and one that can get girls interested in technology. I don’t need to be on some billionaires list. I’m aggressive and I’m going to make this happen. Before I die, this [beauty revolution] will happen.”

 

Creative Dad Uses Photoshop Skills to Digitally Insert His Adorable Daughter Into Popular Movie Scenes

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Austin, Texas-based graphic designer and father Grant Davis used his Adobe Photoshop skills to digitally insert his adorable 15-month-old daughter, Winter, into popular movie scenes. More great photos of Winter are available on Imgur.

Davis shared why he chose this photo of his daughter during an interview with TODAY Parents:

 

“I was amused with the pose in this photo so I decided to see how many ways I could work it into various films and make her pose have different contextual meanings: defensively warding off Godzilla, reaching out for a Snitch, blasting a repulsor ray from her Iron Man glove.”

 

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Chinese students recreate movie magic with Photoshop

 

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RocketNews 24/Kotaku:

 

A while back the Internet went crazy for one Korean high school’s ‘anything goes’ yearbook photos, but it looks like they’ve got some competition on the scene now from these Chinese university students who decided to do something a little different for graduation.

Students graduating from Shandong University in China decided to go for something different from the traditional graduation photos of kids standing awkwardly in their Harry Potter-style robes wondering why they’re wearing a square board on their head. Instead they posed in the style of posters for popular movies, TV shows, and games, then combined witty slogans and the magic of Photoshop to come up with these impressive and hilarious results.

Of course the photos were a hit as soon as they were posted to Weibo, China’s microblogging platform, and have now been making the rounds of the ‘Net. We’ve gathered them all together here for your enjoyment.

 

 

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… And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a hadouken picture.

 

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Chinese wedding photographer Photoshops himself into girlfriend’s childhood photos

 

Bored Panda:

Wan, a user on the Chinese social network Weibo, uploaded a bunch of images where he had Photoshopped himself into his girlfriend’s childhood photos.

The pictures of adult Wan and his little girlfriend are said to be a surprise gift to mark the couple’s four-year anniversary. They came with a loving caption: “I want to send my love letter to little you, but without a time machine, the only thing I can do is come into your dream to meet you

Wan is a wedding photographer from Zhengzhou in Henan province in China. This latest project of his was fairly controversial, arousing different opinions around the Internet: some say the move was very romantic whereas others claim the pics to be creepy. Now you decide!

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Photography: Chino Otsuka travels through time by inserting herself into her childhood photos

 

London-based Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka has taken a unique approach to exploring her own past. In her “Imagine Finding Me” series, she travels through the past by inserting her current self into her childhood self, envisioning what it might be like to meet herself as a child.

The insertions are executed very well, making the series even warmer and easier to believe. Her digital photo manipulations take account for shadows, lighting, and even for the grainier quality of the older photographs.

The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history,” said the photographer.

Otsuka also said that the choice of transitional spaces, like trains, hotels or vacation spots, was deliberate – “things are not quite past or present, or somewhere in between… that has reflected from my upbringing, where I’m neither here nor there, and I’m not really Japanese or English.

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Photography: Chino Otsuka travels through time by inserting herself into her childhood photos

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Artist Profile: Jee Young Lee creates highly elaborate, non-Photoshopped scenes in her small studio


Artist Jee Young Lee creates highly elaborate scenes that require an incredible amount of patience and absolutely no photo manipulation. For weeks and sometimes months, the young Korean artist works in the confines of her small 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio bringing to life worlds that defy all logic. In the middle of the sets you can always find the artist herself, as these are self-portraits but of the unconventional kind. Inspired by either her personal life or old Korean fables, they each have their own backstory, which of course, only adds to the intense drama.

From February 7 to March 7, 2014, OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France is proud to present a selection of Lee’s ongoing body of work called Stage of Mind. This will be her first European exhibition.

Above: Resurrection

Inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korean folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Lee JeeYoung made this installation by painting paper lotus and flooding the room with fog and carbonic ice in order to create a mystic atmosphere.

Lotus flowers grow from the impure mud to reach for the light and bloom to the rise and fall of the sun; in Asia, it bears various cultural symbolisms such as prospects and rebirth. It is also known for its purifying function. The presence of the artist in the heart of such flower is meant to convey her personal experience. “I was born again by overcoming negative elements that had dragged me down and cleansed myself emotionally. The figure within a lotus blooming implies a stronger self who was just born again and is facing a new world”. It is this is very moment when one reaches maturity and full-potential that Lee illustrates in “Resurrection”, and, more generally speaking, throughout the entirety of her corpus.


Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt is based on the artist’s childhood memories. Lee devoted three months to crafting the lush multitude of wire leaves – it evokes a child-like wonderland.


Panic Room
Contrasting with Lee’s legend- and literature-inspired moral messages, Panic Room is also based on the artist’s childhood memories. Amidst Panic Room’s swirling patterns, objects fly off in all directions in an absurd dizziness.


Broken Heart
Broken Heart makes visual the Korean expression “like breaking a stone with an egg” – an ineffectual effort against insurmountable adversity.


I’ll Be Back
This piece is based upon a Korean fable in which a tiger chases desperate children into a well. A god lowered a rope from the sky by which the child escaped, but when the tiger cried out for help, a rotten rope was lowered, condemning the tiger to a miserable fate. Painted traditional fans are meticulously arranged as a whirlpool, while a hand emerges from its eye to grab a rope hanging down from above; hope can save oneself from even what can appear as the most desperate situation.


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Many pipe lines crawl on the building walls of the artist’s neighborhood in Mangwondong (Seoul). Forming checkered and intertwined structures, rather than being merely straight, pipes creep up the exterior of a building and connect each space within it; whether for gas or water, they play a delivering-in-and-out role and function as a sort of passageway. From this angle, they appear to the artist as elements of nervousness and danger which she associates with social interactions and communication. Complicatedly intertwined, much like a maze or obstacles in a hurdle race, they remind her of the potential misunderstanding, anxiety or disappointment to which misunderstandings can lead to. The difficulty of such interactions is highlighted by the black and yellow PVC pipes, usually inherent to danger warnings in industrial sites or traffic and road signs. In addition, steam generated by a fog machine connected to the pipes symbolizes the moment of conflict and clash in relationships and communication.

A black dog slowly walking out of the frame in this autobiographic piece indicates a specific person who inflicted pain onto the artist. Or, as she suggests, it may represent others in general as opposed to the woman in the back, who is the artist herself.


Last Supper
Last Supper conflates the Christian image of the meal that foreshadows Jesus’ impending demise with the competition for limited resources illustrated by hundreds of rats racing toward the table from which the artist appears to be rescuing a plate of cheese.


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As Hyewon Yi, Director and Curator of Amelie A. Wallace Gallery states, “Drawing upon prodigious powers of imagination, she labors for months to create effects that seem to expand and contract physical space. And always, a lone figure inhabits and completes her narratives. Jee Young Lee assumes the roles of set designer, sculptor, performer, installation artist, and photographer – and she executes them all magically.”

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Artist Profile: Jee Young Lee creates highly elaborate, non-Photoshopped scenes in her small studio