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Photoshop Abuse by kevinbolk Photoshop Abuse by kevinbolk
Or "How to make any remotely skilled digital artist cry."

This was the art for one of the slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" panel I put together for Zenkaicon 2011. The idea behind the whole thing was to poke fun at common webcomics tropes, cliches, and/or bad habits and to help new creators recognize them and then either avoid them or exploit them.

This slide went with the "Horrible Misuse of Image Software" segment. It was hard to do and even harder to look at. I tried to remember back to all the mistakes I used to make when I first learned Photoshop and crammed them all into one horrifying mess. Can you spot them all? XD

Oh, and for the love of Godbeard, DO NOT FAVORITE THIS IMAGE. If this makes it anywhere near the front page I am MURDERING THE LOT OF YOU.

Ok, I'm too much a softie to do that. I will just die a little inside and gently weep onto my tablet. You wouldn't want to make me cry, would you?

BTW, the "Asian Princess Kevi-Chan" drawing for this image was taken from this comic...


:::EDIT:::- Oh, look. Front page. Well then....

You are all finks. HILARIOUS finks, but finks nonetheless. :D
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:iconmanphoto:
manphoto Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Thank you very much for sharing!!!!
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:iconkirafion:
Kirafion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I'm really cringing now.
just no .
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:iconn0-vacancy:
N0-Vacancy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why do i get the feeling that if I favorite this image for fun that i will never hear the end of it?
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:iconguntherson962:
Guntherson962 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Cause of the off chance that you actually might not.
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:iconn0-vacancy:
N0-Vacancy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ironically, i completely forgot all about this post.
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:iconfartbisket:
fartbisket Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:/
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:iconthe-average-alex:
The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
So good, so so good!
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:icondandrazen:
DanDrazen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Writer
Lens flare! Lens flare EVERYWHERE!!
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:iconwhitewings:
WhiteWings Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep....I see this in toooo many galleries, some done by people about as old as I am...sooooo sad. TT^TT You forgot the dreaded maple leaf and grass brushes, but I guess you covered that with the birds up there.
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The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
What's wrong with the grass brush D: I used it here.
[link]


But on a serious note i agree, dat maple leaf brush.....
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:iconwhitewings:
WhiteWings Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(gosh, I forgot I wrote this comment o.o)
There's nothing wrong with the grass brush, when it's done right, like you did (very lovely, btw). I actually use it myself here and there. It's just when people just slap it onto their canvas without care or size or direction, like the maple leaf one; that brush could be done right too, it's just that many don't care enough to.
I believe this is what I was trying to get at. Im sorry Id insulted you :(
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:iconthe-average-alex:
The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
eh, i forget tone doesn't carry, i was joking around xD i wasnt insulted at all xD
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:iconwhitewings:
WhiteWings Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Oops. XD
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:iconndasuunye:
Ndasuunye Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
My right eye is bleeding from looking at the pic while my left eye bleeds from setting this image on black fire. Burn horrible rastered image BUUUUURN AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
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EoraWasTooShort Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so funny that I still laugh to this even though Ive seen it 134324 times.
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:iconpadasia:
PaDasia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Sorry, I faved...
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:icon69bellasbitch:
69bellasbitch Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
*fave*

:icontrollfaceplz:
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:icongyrin:
Gyrin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Lies! you wouldn't kill your sweet watchers! (but it seems 1,074 (not including me) have disobeyed O_O')
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:icono-rlyization:
o-rlyization Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
We fav because more people need to know to NOT do this. I can't thank you enough for providing a good reference point to others who don't understand that lens flares are NEVER a good idea.
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:iconnightfenyx:
nightfenyx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
it likes much because is a great work of irony!
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:icontyrannosaurusrocks:
tyrannosaurusrocks Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
You told me not to fave it, so I had to. Sorry about that.
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:icondoink-doink:
Doink-Doink Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student General Artist
|D.....*fave*
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:iconsunshineandrifles:
SunshineAndRifles Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Laser hair highlights. Rad, bro. xD
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:iconasrath:
Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks a lot like my childhood years... when whamming effects and blasting overdone stuff was COOL.
But not any more... MY EYES! D: They bleed! Aaah!
Lol!
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:iconahmmy:
Ahmmy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Oh GOSH IT BURNS.
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:icontursy:
Tursy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
My eyes bleeding…
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:iconjr2crazy:
jr2crazy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
If this did get front page, it would be a great work of irony.
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:iconthestatelygentleman:
TheStatelyGentleman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student General Artist
COMPRESSION ISSUES.

GODDAMMIT.

I can't bring myself to look at this any more.

But I still will.
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lolistick Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
FRONT PAGE GET
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ArtsyBlondeChick Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Kevin, you're going to give me nightmares with this picture. Let's see all the things wrong here:

1. The image in the background isn't rasterized.
2. The pixels are blinding me
3. That text in the corner takes away from the picture
4. Those birds are a... brush, I believe. And
5. LOL I love your Kevi-Chan thing. But its just a little scary.

Did I win?? :)
Great job by the way.
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:iconterrahv1:
TerraHv1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Aaaaaaaaand favorited! Cry for me, CRY THOSE SWEET, DELICIOUS TEARS!!!
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:icon32-teahousemoons:
32-teahousemoons Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student
beveled comic sans and dodge tool highlights with what it looks to be like a 10px soft edge brush at 50dpi...

:iconitsbeautifulplz:
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:iconquilsnap:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011   General Artist
I totally made one of these [link]
it was fun trying to remember all those problems, was it not?
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:iconmisteramatuer:
misteramatuer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lmaooooooooooooo stockimage ftw
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:iconpingo1387:
Pingo1387 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry, but I favorited it because you said not to :D
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:icontimmcosplay:
TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I personally think you didn't abuse photoshop enough here. XD
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:iconthewizofodd:
TheWizOfOdd Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:+fav:

:icontop-hatplz:
:icontrollfaceplz:
:icontuxedoplz:
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Steel-Avatar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student General Artist
COMIC SANS!!! BEVELED COMIC SANS! That and the low-res image.

Job well done Kev.
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MyGrotesqueElegance Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
im faving it just to screw woth you......YAY NARCASISM!
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:iconloyaute:
Loyaute Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I favorited it!
Whee!
*Poofs to another dimension*
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:iconhaleymarie:
HaleyMarie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
OH THE PAIN. O.O
...I was a photo editor for some newspapers for two years.
End the pain!! D:
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:icondonoghu:
Donoghu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Sir Kevinbolk, I must tell you... that blood came out from every holes in my faces while looking at this...

At least, I MUST NOT show this to my butt as... blood might comes out of it...

This stuff is DANGEROUS. Should be a hasarous symbol around it... Wait... found one! [link]
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:iconkirite:
Kirite Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wanna hang this on my wall xD.
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:iconastro999:
astro999 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
More favorites than every single deviation I have ever made combined, awesome work!
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:iconeshianfulika:
EshianFulika Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear god.
Ridiculous copyright in lower right with crappy emboss.
Cliche quote blatantly posted top right to force it to be more 'poetic'.
Copy Pasta doves with the hue adjusted red.
Stock Photo still has the copyright, and is filtered to look more painted.
Overuse of the lens flare.
Line art looks like it was set on the color burn filter, and or scanned in at a really low resolution.
The shading and highlights look like they were painted on with the burn and dodge tools.
Then there's the outerglow around everything!

There's probably more, but this hurts to look at.

Cant say that my gallery is without these though. I remember making all of these mistakes when I got my hands on Photoshop.
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:iconirkinexperiment995:
IrkinExperiment995 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I'm not even remotely skilled at digital art and this makes my eyes burn.
I hate when people do this.
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:iconlegendofzeldagirl:
LegendofZeldaGirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What's the name of the song those lyrics are from, i forgot.
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:iconrain-tear:
Rain-tear Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
hahaha too late!! xD
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:iconseuraaron:
SeurAaron Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
31818 views. FINKED.
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:icontubesock427:
Tubesock427 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm into graphic design.

I saw this and I gagged.
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