Every now and then, a photo so ambiguous emerges, it's just begging to be featured on the subreddit r/photoshopbattles. From the President of France celebrating a football match to a sleepy 2-year-old, Bored Panda has compiled a list of before-and-after pictures from the wackiest PS battles on Reddit, proving that a good photo editor is nothing compared to a collective troll army. At least in terms of creativity. So scroll down, enjoy the submissions, and upvote your favorites!
If you're not familiar with it, here's how a Photoshop battle works: redditors (Reddit users) upload unedited pictures to the subreddit and its subscribers are encouraged to edit the images in any way they want and submit the artwork in the comments section where they are voted on by the community. The more votes a particular artwork generates, the higher in the section it is displayed, and the one that receives the most points "wins" the battle.
Currently, the time-sensitive and competitive /r/photoshopbattles is the 31st biggest subreddit with over 15M subscribers. On average, 111 posts appear on it every day, receiving 310 comments during their first 24 hours. One time, a picture of Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg pouring coffee sparked a Photoshop battle. Redditors used the photo to put Solberg in Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Game of Thrones, among many other scenarios. It escalated up to a point where the politician herself noticed what was going on and acknowledged the competition. "I realize that with the facial expression I have there, it can be tempting to use the picture in other contexts,” Solberg told VGTV."