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Meet China's Photoshop Trolls

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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.

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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 PSyuan.net, a website dedicated to rounding up some of the better Photoshop request disasters found on the Chinese internet.

Request: I'm looking for a girlfriend. Please Photoshop masters, make me more handsome!

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Response: How am I supposed to know what kind of girl you're after?

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Request: Please make the girls around me a bit more fun!

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Response: (in pictures)

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Request: Please make me more intimidating!

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Request: Can you Photoshop it so that we are together?

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Request: Here are a few pictures (we picked one) of myself, can someone make them cool?

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Request: Please remove this man next to me, otherwise I can't send this photo to my boyfriend!

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Response: Hmm, an ugly companion isn't good, let's give you handsome friend for your boyfriend to see! (The joke is that she's with notorious Hong Kong bad boy, Edison Chen)

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Request: Can you please make me more beautiful?

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Response: Resident EVIL!

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Request: Please add a handsome man to this photo! Thanks!

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Request: Put me in a cooler location!

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Request: We just graduated, please make this more interesting!

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Request: Please make the guy jumping in the center more awesome! "More ridiculous" The funnier the better.

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Request: Please make me cooler. The cooler the better!

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Before: Please give me some protection! Please, nothing terrible!

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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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Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Eric is Beijing based writer and all around FAT man. You can contact him @ FatAsianTechie@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @FatAsianTechie.

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DISCUSSION

Chinese people are cool and have a great sense of humor when it comes to things like this. It's too bad that few of these PS gurus will find a job appropriate for their skills.