Photoshop is a great and powerful tool. It can take ordinary pictures and make them spectacular... or make them horrible. In China, there are many people with awesome Photoshop skills, and those who don't have any ability usually ask people for help online. Sometimes these requests go wrong. Horribly wrong.

Basically, this is what's going on: someone has a boring photo and posts it online. These posters ask Photoshop gurus to edit the photo to make it more interesting. Unfortunately for the original poster, sometimes internet commenters take the photos and run wild.

In addition to the Photoshop requests that go wrong, Chinese netizens (like internet users everywhere) also like messing with photos posted by strangers. Sometimes, seemingly harmless photos get tweaked and edited to create hilarious images.

Below are a round of some of the Photoshop mishaps found on the Chinese internet. These images were taken from, a website dedicated to rounding up some of the better Photoshop request disasters found on the Chinese internet.


Request: Put me in a cooler location!

Photoshop request disasters in China have been a thing for a while now. In Chinese this trend was originally called "大神PS (Photoshop masters please help)", but over time, because of the humorous responses, it became "不要求大神PS (don't ask the masters for help)." Usually these requests are a bit shallow, as they involve making a photo more interesting or making a subject more "beautiful."

Some of the earliest Photoshop request disasters date back to around 2008—some even earlier. It remains a popular topic with lots of threads dedicated to it, most recently on Sina Weibo.


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