Unless you've been completely off Internet for the past 24 hours, you'll have already seen the amazingly unique retouching skills of a portrait photographer in Missouri. While there is speculation on whether this is real or some kind of publicity stunt, one thing is clear: the photos are hilarious. Someone was bound to create a how-to at some stage, and thankfully, one of our favorite YouTube Photoshop wizards, Antti Karppinen, was quick on the draw. Pun intended.
Karppinen's tone at the start of the video borders between incredulity and his usual deadpan delivery, as he quickly summarizes why he is about to step undertake this technique. From drawing outlines with a black brush around the eyes, lips, and teeth (yes, I know) to evening the skin tones too much with the Mixer Brush that the poor man in the photo looks like your typical out-of-focus footage of Bigfoot, Karppinen takes us on a surreal journey. At the end of the video, he probably rightly surmises that this is going to be a bit of a trend for a while and again plays devil's advocate by asking the viewer if they think the photos are real or a hoax. So, while I'm off to watch the video again and ruin some of my own family portraits, why don't you let us know in the comments below what you think of the video and this whole situation. Real or fake?
[via Antti Karppinen]