With 17.8 million members, 'Photoshop Battles' is one of the biggest subreddits out there. And for good reason. This place offers not only to test your image manipulation skills but also invites everyone to vote for their favorites.

Which is not as easy as it sounds. Every competition produces dozens of top-shelf entries that are so funny and creative, they probably end up as desktop backgrounds on countless devices around the globe.

Eventually, however, there can be only one victor. So to congratulate the best of the best, we at Bored Panda once again compiled a list of pictures that won these fierce contests.

Continue scrolling to check them out, and fire up our older publications here and here for more.

#1

This Cat In A Cone

This Cat In A Cone

pangolin_nipsl1p , Shashakeitup Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

So many judgy eyes

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#2

This Green Pepper

This Green Pepper

Claustrophob , V_LochNessLobster_V Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is brilliant.

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To learn more about the magic of Photoshop, we contacted Spanish visual horror artist Eduardo Valdés-Hevia

Firstly, Valdés-Hevia explained there's a difference between image editing and manipulation. The first term is a more general one and includes any change you make to a picture. "Most professional photographers edit their shots, mostly in terms of color, contrast, and cropping in order to achieve a certain atmosphere and enhance the image," the artist told Bored Panda.

"Photo manipulation, on the other hand, usually refers to deeper changes in an image or combining several photos to create something new. This includes everything from removing pimples on someone's face to creating deceptive propaganda or, as in my case, producing art."

#3

This White House Chef

This White House Chef

vijju007 , einlj Report

Hydroboi
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be at the top🤣🤣

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#4

This Starfish At An Aquarium

This Starfish At An Aquarium

BayArea1227 , mandal0re Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Patrick has a thicc butt

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#5

Trump Peeking

Trump Peeking

jebbaok , HallucinoJER Report

Losferatu
Community Member
2 months ago

SAVAGE!

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"Photo manipulation, or more specifically the composites you'll usually see in Photoshop battles, usually consist of adding a subject to a background," Valdés-Hevia said. 

"The first step is finding a background image that fits your subject or vice versa, then masking the subject away from their original background, and then matching things like the lighting and color of both scenes, adding shadows and sometimes skewing perspectives to trick the eye into believing it's all a single picture!"

The artist highlighted that a very important part of Photoshopping something is hiding your edits, usually by hiding the most obvious edits with shadows, fog, or pretty much anything else you can imagine and manage.

#6

This Jogger Interrupting An Engagement

This Jogger Interrupting An Engagement

BayArea1227 , Xerceo Report

birdie
Community Member
2 months ago

no one looking at the dog?

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#7

Trump Watching People Celebrate His Loss

Trump Watching People Celebrate His Loss

reddit , idea4granted Report

Losferatu
Community Member
2 months ago

If only...

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#8

Black Cat On Monday Night Football In New York

Black Cat On Monday Night Football In New York

DJ-Fein , mandal0re Report

Geeki Nikki
Community Member
2 months ago

Goooooo!

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#9

This Dog Catching Leaf Blower Air With Its Mouth

This Dog Catching Leaf Blower Air With Its Mouth

NearlyOutOfMilk , xprmntng Report

Christopher Bowers
Community Member
2 months ago

The dog looks like a demogorgon from Stranger Things.

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Of course, such a multi-layered process poses a lot of challenges, but Valdés-Hevia thinks that "the biggest one when compositing images is usually the first step, finding the right background (or subject) to add into your photo."

"Ideally, you'll be able to find an image that already matches the perspective, lighting, and colors of the other one, but that's usually not the case," he explained. "The more different your background is from your subject, the more work you'll have to do to integrate it. As counterintuitive as it sounds the less work you need to do, the better your final image will look!"

#10

Second Breakfast

Second Breakfast

14thCenturyHood , JJ935 Report

JB Darré
Community Member
2 months ago

You shall not fast !

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#11

This Cat Biting A Cardboard Box

This Cat Biting A Cardboard Box

lukasshannon , Deafca7 Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

RUN IT'S THE CAMPIRE!!!!!!

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#12

Dog Wearing Plastic Bags To Go Pee In The Rain

Dog Wearing Plastic Bags To Go Pee In The Rain

u/skidmcboney , DrWankalot Report

WinterBlossom
Community Member
2 months ago

Grandmother??

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#13

Sculpture In Iran

Sculpture In Iran

IrwinJFletcher , Oats47 Report

Archer Harris
Community Member
2 months ago

Ooooooo I like this one.

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If you also would like to try image manipulation, Eduardo Valdés-Hevia recommends getting some free software like Gimp, or some cheap one like Affinity, and just giving it a go.

"Photoshop battles are a great place to start, actually!" he said. "I used to participate in them when I was starting out and they were a wonderful learning experience! I also recommend looking up some people doing photo manipulation on YouTube or Twitch to pick up some techniques and see what other people's workflow looks like."

In fact, Valdés-Hevia has a Twitch channel himself and you can watch him in action here!

#14

Dog Standing On The 102nd Floor Of The Empire State Building

Dog Standing On The 102nd Floor Of The Empire State Building

idea4granted , idea4granted Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

Why doesn't Wikipedia post this image on the page of 'Anxiety'

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#15

Shopper With Pool Noodle Radius

Shopper With Pool Noodle Radius

pleetf7 , dystopika Report

SCP 504
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah, the negotiator!

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#16

Man Flipping Rice

Man Flipping Rice

SpaghettiEddies , PDAisAok Report

kit cat chunky
Community Member
2 months ago

fake rice sadly

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#17

Buddha Statue At A Railroad Crossing

Buddha Statue At A Railroad Crossing

ElBigotePerfecto , staffell Report

Bellala
Community Member
2 months ago

The big brother

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Of course, there are purists who think a picture should remain the same as it was produced. But photo editing is almost as old as taking them. Consider Abraham Lincoln, for example.

During his 1860 campaign as a Republican candidate for the American presidency, right after the birth of photography but before its widespread dissemination in the media, Lincoln had a problem. A lot of US citizens didn't know what he looked like.

This gave rise to rumors of his ugliness. While the North Carolina newspaper The Newbern Weekly Progress focused more on his character, writing that Lincoln was "coarse, vulgar and uneducated," the Houston Telegraph, on the other hand, told its readers that he was “the leanest, lankiest, most ungainly mass of legs, arms and hatchet face ever strung upon a single frame. He has most unwarrantably abused the privilege which all politicians have of being ugly."

#18

1960s Hairstyle

1960s Hairstyle

darwinhercules , ILL_DO_THE_FINGERING Report

ChickenNugget (he/him)
Community Member
2 months ago

She reminds me of Garnet from Steven Universe!

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#19

A Partially Peeled Yukon Potato

A Partially Peeled Yukon Potato

chemispe , InacentTako Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

I AM POOT

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#20

Baby Platypus

Baby Platypus

reddit , Bert_the_Avenger Report

Geeki Nikki
Community Member
2 months ago

Infinapus

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#21

This Dog Wearing A Box Helmet

This Dog Wearing A Box Helmet

Idk-I-Just-Do-Stuff , LFDT Report

Geeki Nikki
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww he's so adorable!

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Even though the rumors of Lincoln's bad looks stayed mostly within Democratic circles, he didn't want them to spread and turned to a well-known photographer, Mathew Brady.

In many ways, Brady seemed like the perfect candidate: yes, he did not take many of his own photos, but he "conceptualized images, arranged the sitters, and oversaw the production of pictures." Plus, according to the New York Times, Brady was "not averse to certain forms of retouching."

#22

This Happy Corgy Walking On A Train Track

This Happy Corgy Walking On A Train Track

jebbaok , Obi-wan_Ken0bi Report

Aran Lindvail
Community Member
2 months ago

Is that a train behind him?

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#23

Trump At Mt. Rushmore

Trump At Mt. Rushmore

dfGobBluth , arist0ttle Report

Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
2 months ago

How dare you insult the monsters??!!!

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#24

Puppy In Snow

Puppy In Snow

Gen_KenobiH , Sgt_Peppers_L_H_C_B Report

Bellala
Community Member
2 months ago

The mighty pupper

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#25

Dog Avoiding Hand By Bending Backwards

Dog Avoiding Hand By Bending Backwards

nFNN , Meganezuki Report

BC_Animus
Community Member
2 months ago

DDP Animal Yoga?

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In February 1860, right before Lincoln gave the Cooper Union Address that would help secure him the Republican presidential nomination, Brady had Lincoln pose for what would soon become one of the first widely disseminated photographs of the soon-to-be president.

Lincoln places his hand on two books, his eyes staring into the camera; behind him is a column and a neutrally colored wall. Click.

#26

Black Cat In Darkness

Black Cat In Darkness

AWU_Hades , MrDarkboy2010 Report

Speedgoat
Community Member
2 months ago

Pew pew

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#27

Cross-Armed Squirrel

Cross-Armed Squirrel

Planejet42 , xprmntng Report

Synsepalum
Community Member
2 months ago

Or Trump being harangued by Angela Merkle at the G7 meeting in Canada.

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#28

This Dog Dressed Up As Pennywise

This Dog Dressed Up As Pennywise

JusticeBonerOfTyr , mandal0re Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

I will never see Pennywise the same again

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#29

Kid With A Face Mask At The Eye Checkup

Kid With A Face Mask At The Eye Checkup

joecranium , WudWizard Report

Eric Soliday
Community Member
2 months ago

If you missed the sand people, Boba Fett show everyone.

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To quash once and for all the rumors of Lincoln's ugliness, Brady also added some special effects. He focused excessive amounts of light on Lincoln’s face in order to distract the viewers from his frame. He had the future president curl up his fingers so that they wouldn't appear that long. And, finally, Brady even "artificially enlarged" Lincoln's collar so that his neck would look more proportional.

There's no right or wrong photography. It's whatever you prefer.

#30

Eagle Wrapped In A Towel

Eagle Wrapped In A Towel

PeanutSte , future-boy67 Report

Gabrielle Riley
Community Member
2 months ago

That eagle looks like he wants to sell you something . . .

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#31

Chinchilla On My Mind

Chinchilla On My Mind

Pragalbhv , CptSasquatch Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

Chelvis Chinsley

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#32

This Red Panda About To Enjoy Some Snacks

This Red Panda About To Enjoy Some Snacks

prolibshow , Maymayfish Report

Anonymous
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww it's so adorable

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#33

Two People "Fighting" On The Beach

Two People "Fighting" On The Beach

reddit , staffell Report

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

Y M C A !

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#34

Bride Standing In The Ocean

Bride Standing In The Ocean

SchrodingersNutsack , willdhsmith Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 months ago

this is brilliant!

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#35

Chinese Porcelain Makeup

Chinese Porcelain Makeup

PeanutSte , staffell Report

Anonymous
Community Member
2 months ago

That's so pretty

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#36

Dog On A Windy Day In Ireland

Dog On A Windy Day In Ireland

SchrodingersNutsack , maddsgn Report

W̸̟̯̜͋ ̶̙͠O̴̱̦͋ ̷̧̮͙̈Ọ̵̚ D Y
2 months ago

skydiving boi

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#37

Stag In The Morning Frost

Stag In The Morning Frost

supremegalacticgod , mandal0re Report

Polar_bear_lover
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful antlers

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#38

Sculpture In Ireland

Sculpture In Ireland

CharlieAndArtemis , InnererSchweinehund Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

Sus

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#39

Curly-Haired White Mouse Sniffing A Pink Flower

Curly-Haired White Mouse Sniffing A Pink Flower

smolprincess928 , SligPants Report

Gabby M
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh I want a curly haired white rat now!!!

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#40

This Cat Warlock

This Cat Warlock

gotmefooled , YeOldeGreg Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 months ago

Hah hah, isn't this a scene from the Japanese anime, Fullmetal Alchemist?

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Note: this post originally had 117 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.

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