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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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: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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:iconartsyblondechick:
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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:iconsteel-avatar:
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  Hobbyist 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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:iconmindomundo:
Mindomundo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This would be a great example for my old Digital Imaging class XD
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:iconrenee-niels:
Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... The caption makes me think of that one song from 'The Producers...' Please tell me that was accidental.
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WeirdnessMaster25 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
BUTBUTBUTBUT KEVIIIIINNN
YOUR ART IS SO GOOD BY ITSELF
IT NEEEEDSS TO MAKE THE FRONT PAGE
no seriously dude I wish i had been there to see this ><
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sagethethird Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
:fear: the pixelation, badly cropped photos, badly placed text, horrible effects ON the text and not to mention the copy past on the bird! the horror haha

there are too many to point out without turnint it into a text wall...lol
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:iconpudding510:
pudding510 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;A; This is what happens when I try to use stock photos for backgrounds. I don't have the pleasure of owning Photoshop :iconcryforeverplz:
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pudding510 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW, I faved.
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:iconmiles-prower-power:
miles-prower-power Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I faved...:icondealwithitplz:
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knight-mj Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most beautiful artwork I ever see its so... so... well I respect you so I make it a fav.

just kidding...
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lizleeillustration Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
BUT I LOVE ANTI ALIASING
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:iconcrazy-book-worm:
Crazy-Book-Worm Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
*cries*

I see... Comic sans, an extra full stop after the ellipses, STOCK PHOTO obviousness, burning and dodging, excessive filter use, random copy-pasta doves, oversaturation, solar flare, she's been blown up too big and the pixels are showing, copyright all over everything, all those weird backdrops, halos, font presets, etc.

Did... Did I get everything?
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Arseen33 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
:D These are my most favorite kinds of pictures.
I theorize that this happens when one is exposed to late 90's American cable Sailor Moon from birth to age 5. -_- *nodnod*
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ShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Er-hem... MOAR LENSFLARE!
ಠ_ಠ
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:icongraven-imaging:
Graven-Imaging Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
MY EYES
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:iconhopelessrain:
HopelessRain Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Needs moar lens flare :)
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:iconjon-wood:
Jon-Wood Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Needs moar artifacting.
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:iconkevinbolk:
kevinbolk Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
My god, are you trying to KILL me? I barely got out of this one alive as is. :D
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:iconmrside:
MrSide Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
There are great hidden truth in this picture.XD
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TealSkeletore Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Let's see.. burn and dodge tools, water mark, lense flare, comic sans, using the same brush/templates/shapes more than once (the birds), filter, photo background, istock watermark, ugly ass red watermark that screams unprofessional-ism... is that it?
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
giant-ass watermarks (including and especially the DA default one) make me want to shove a live kitten down the artist's throat.
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Cheesecake-giri Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
this is brill.
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