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Photoshop Awards 2015

We start our next Photoshop and Elements course on Wednesday and still have places in case you are interested in entering next years awards.

It is 25 years since Photoshop first appeared and it has morphed into a verb, an idea and has it’s very own awards (no not really, well yes really but not this kind. I once saw a very unkind T-Shirt with the legend, “Photoshop, helping the ugly since 1990”

So from The Guardian we have this article about the PS Awards as seen over the last 25 years, and they are so much more interesting than the Oscars

The John Terry award for perfect attendance

John Terry joins Hollywood celebrities in one of the many Photoshop pastiches of his infamous Champions League final moment. Photograph: Massimo Marioni

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If we were to hand it to anybody else, Terry would no doubt appear in the triumphant photograph anyway. Ever since the Chelsea captain gatecrashed hisclub’s Champions League victory celebrations, decked out in full kit and shinpads, as if trying to convince the world (and himself) that he had played in the final (rather than watching from the sidelines due to being banned), wags with rudimentary Photoshop ability have been inserting him into all kinds of jubilant scenes.

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The least successful use of Photoshop for political ends Winner: the Conservative ‘road to recovery’ poster

Road to recovery? Check. Freshly tarmacked? Check. Green and pleasant vista? Golly, yes! Verges that look freshly trimmed by industrious eastern Europeans while we were still in our pyjamas? You’d better believe it. No wonder the Tories selected this photo for their first election poster, and that George Osborne claimed that it was “a British picture, a British road”. Only it isn’t: it’s a German road.

Winner and runner up in the  The most successful use of Photoshop for political ends

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Photo Op by Phillips and Kennard. Photograph: Phillips & Kennard

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So if you want to see the rest of the winners and runners up go here and if you want to find out how you can do such spectacular things and would like to join our course go here

 

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