Sometimes you take a photo and the lighting’s just right, you look bomb AF — BUT — there’s an awkward bro in the background or your friend’s eyes are closed or you wish you looked just a tiny bit more tan. Lucky for you, a little magical app exists that can help fix all of your aesthetic woes. Photoshop can amp up an otherwise dull photo, alter annoying background subjects, and most importantly, it can be used by Instagram celebrities to poorly shave off inches from their waists and cause massive uproars from fans when they’re caught. We see you, Kardashian clan.
But what happens when you go out looking for Photoshop help by asking the good ole World Wide Web? Cue James Fridman, a British graphic designer, Photoshop master, and ultimate troll. He’ll take your request and give you EXACTLY what you wanted, sometimes responding quite literally or with a mischievous comedic kick. Oh, you wanted to look older? Be careful what you wish for because Fridman’s about to slap a set of wrinkles and a bald head on you. He’s not only on point with every single Photoshop edit that he makes, but he has the perfect amount of intelligent snark in his commentary to boot.
In a day and age where internet trolls have commandeered political Facebook posts and ramped up their sexist and racist drivel, it’s almost refreshing to see a little trolling that keeps it lighthearted and technical. It reminds me of a time long, long ago when the Internet was just a bit of AIM and MySpace and people just wanted to discover new music and talk to their crush for hours and hours. Ah, those were the days. Thanks James Fridman for making us laugh in such a f*cked up, messy world.
These are 25 of the absolute best of Fridman’s Photoshop Trolls: