New Hilarious Photoshop Edits By Master Troll James Fridman Who Takes Photo Requests Too Literally (18 Pics)
If you’re into photo editing, Photoshop wizard James Fridman needs little introduction. Time and again, the British graphic designer takes the internet by storm by tweaking photos upon request — and never turning down an opportunity to troll them. Our photography-loving team here at Bored Panda has already covered his witty antics here, here, and here. But because we’re such huge fans, we just had to do a follow-up!
Time goes by, seasons change, yet people still fail to learn one lesson his edits teach: be careful what you wish for. James independently transformed trolling into an art form equipped only with brilliant retouching skills and great humor. He gladly accepts submissions to alter an image and entertains us by sending back comically unexpected results.
Want a picture with a mask on your face? Check. Need to remove your ex-boyfriend from the pic? Absolutely! Below, we wrapped up a new batch of posts with the most hilarious and literal interpretations of the specifications James received. So continue scrolling, upvote your favorite ones, and be sure to let us know what you think of them in the comments.
As you’re scrolling through this list, you’ll notice James has a talent for finding the most literal interpretation of the requests he receives. And it's no surprise the masses are entertained by his comedic photo edits and blatant misinterpretations. At the time of writing, he has amassed millions of devoted fans eagerly waiting for the next masterpiece to grace their feeds. Over 1.6M followers on Facebook. More than 2.1M admirers on Twitter. A whopping 2.3M loyal fans on Instagram. It’s hard not to love James’ work and his great sense of humor, right?
The content James creates is appealing to anyone looking for some quality humor. And he doesn't intend to stop — the Photoshop guru is open to requests and will happily edit anyone's pics. From improving their physical appearance to making their surroundings more dramatic, his hilarious edits give people exactly what they asked for (yet didn’t expect!). After all, he warns all the submitters in the description of his social media feeds: "Do not submit any personal photos that you do not want to be made public. Terms and conditions apply."
"I don't consider myself a graphic designer, it is more of a hobby," he told The Telegraph. "When I first started using image manipulation software, it was something new and not as widespread as it is now, so everyone was learning and experimenting."
"I did some funny edits for friends and family, and they ended up on the internet. Apparently, people found it quite entertaining and asked for more — that’s how I ended up creating my Twitter account."
While James is a very well-known social media sensation, however, he doesn’t seem to feel comfortable in the spotlight. There’s only one picture of him online, and this was the only interview with the press we could find. While the creator tends to step away from the public eye, he prefers that others get some attention — in the funniest possible way.
James is well aware of the humorous impact he has on social media platforms. "The omnipresence of comedy in social media has created a new way of delivering information to the public," he said. "Entertainment accounts cater to a wider audience, delivering current news and addressing social issues wrapped in humor. It makes it easier to work through sensitive subjects."
However, "It is now quite a trend to get offended by almost everything," he added. While some people may get upset by James’ hilarious shenanigans, his work clearly has good intentions. For example, many followers also applaud the times he simply refused to carry out a request to edit the photos. He'll just share a touching message about the person in the picture, reminding us that nobody’s perfect and that there’s more to social media culture than selfies and likes. By doing so, James challenges unrealistic beauty standards that are so evident online, as well as promotes the importance of self-acceptance and welfare.
Moreover, he also founded the James Fridman Foundation as a way to help young people handle the difficulties they face today. "Our mission is to support and help children and young people in developing their skills, understanding, and capabilities that will enable them to navigate the obstacles they encounter as they grow and participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals."
As it states on the foundation’s website, modern society creates many hardships for the young that can impact their mental well-being and healthy development. "Lack of knowledge, understanding and appropriate skills on how to build resilience and emotional shield leads to an inability to work through challenges modern life has put upon them," it says, aiming to help and support children and young people affected by social issues through art, humor, and creativity.
If you enjoy James’ work and content, then you might be interested in his recently published book, The Joy of Photoshop: When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help. In 2021, the photo editing wizard collected some of his best-loved and funniest image alterations, as well as never-before-seen pictures, and put them all in one place for his fans to enjoy. What was your favorite entry on this list? What do you think of James’ approach to these photo edits? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments!