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I Was Roasted By Over 100 Photoshop Experts And Here Is The Aftermath

I Was Roasted By Over 100 Photoshop Experts And Here Is The Aftermath

Ah, a visit to Venice beach during sunset, what a great feeling!

Coming from out of town, it's a pretty nice place to be. Perhaps I got so wrapped up in it the moment that I had no idea what would happen next. 

You see, my friend John Schell (and world-renown photographer) who was kind enough to spend some time with my superstar gf Bella Kotak and myself (some schmuck) on our trip out to LA. He proposed the idea of going to Venice for sunset. I was stoked! I'd never been but I wanted to check it out like a tourist. They wanted to photograph each other and just hang out on the beach! I got to play the part of assistant, behind the scenes photographer, and resident creepy tourist. I mean, who wears jeans on a beach? This hipster, that's who. 

As Bella's boyfriend (a.k.a. holder of things) I wore her hat and kept a watchful eye on the rest of their belongings. John looked over mid-shoot and saw the humor in the moment and decided to steal a snap. In stride, he asked me to pose so I looked away longingly.  Such a gaze to make even Bella jealous of the sun.

Something felt really wrong at the moment. I knew that sneaky hipster was up to no good. His dastardly good looks swayed me to do it anyway.  

Eventually, he posted the photo on my Facebook wall. I thought the worst thing that would happen would be everyone asking why I have a Canon strap with a Sony camera! A true photographic sin. I am surprised I wasn't banished to the shadow-realm because of it to be honest. 

If you don't know me, I am a photo retoucher. I push pixels for a living and live my life in Photoshop. Likewise, my circle of friends are pretty well versed in Photoshop and they're also pretty damn funny. 

I almost face-palmed so fast that I almost knocked myself out. I figured it would just get lost in the sea of posts. 

NOPE. 

My "friends" decided to run with it and they began putting me in questionable situations.

Hilarious. -_-. You're all awful. 

It just kept going, day after day. With about 100 people contributing to my eventual sadness, I figured I would share some of the best ones. I mean, for your entertainment of course. 

Don't say I don't do anything for you!

If you would like to see all of them, you can find them (here) and (here).

 Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh

 Chris Knight

Chris Knight

 Stuart Kortekaas

Stuart Kortekaas

 John Schell

John Schell

 Zohar Ralt

Zohar Ralt

 Roderique Arisiaman

Roderique Arisiaman

 Matt Blum

Matt Blum

 Alicia Rae Hansen

Alicia Rae Hansen

 Robert Jewett

Robert Jewett

 Jonas Jensen

Jonas Jensen

 Jacob Rosenvinge

Jacob Rosenvinge

 Benjamin Scott

Benjamin Scott

 Viorella Luciana

Viorella Luciana

 Benjamin Jon

Benjamin Jon

 Dallas Southcott - Just taking care of my family.

Dallas Southcott - Just taking care of my family.

Duncan Cheng

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 Jason Kruppa

Jason Kruppa

 Kristian Dale

Kristian Dale

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 John Schell

John Schell

 Jason Kruppa

Jason Kruppa

 Vincent Munoz

Vincent Munoz

 Paul Tirado

Paul Tirado

 Amaninder Hunjan

Amaninder Hunjan

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 Kevin Berry

Kevin Berry

 Alaxandra Cameron

Alaxandra Cameron

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 Robert Jewett

Robert Jewett

 Danh T. Phan

Danh T. Phan

 Ettore Franceschi

Ettore Franceschi

 Ettore Franceschi

Ettore Franceschi

 Jacob Rosenvinge

Jacob Rosenvinge

 Chad DiBlasio

Chad DiBlasio

 Cherry Wong

Cherry Wong

 Benjamin Scott

Benjamin Scott

 Drew Blood

Drew Blood

 Dave Kai-Piper

Dave Kai-Piper

 Toan Thai

Toan Thai

 Rudy Bonafiz

Rudy Bonafiz

 Toan Thai

Toan Thai

 Lisa Minogue

Lisa Minogue

 Pawel Ojczenasz 

Pawel Ojczenasz 

 Gerry Kingsley

Gerry Kingsley

 Pawel Ojczenasz

Pawel Ojczenasz

 Andrea Tran

Andrea Tran

 Duncan Cheng

Duncan Cheng

 Jason Kruppa

Jason Kruppa

 Donne Ashlock

Donne Ashlock

 Derek Heisler

Derek Heisler

 Karl-Filip Karlsson

Karl-Filip Karlsson

 Pawel Ojczenasz

Pawel Ojczenasz

 Gerry Kingsley

Gerry Kingsley

 Nick Suarez

Nick Suarez

 Terrence W. Blanton

Terrence W. Blanton

 Paul Tirado (I can't quit you coffee) 

Paul Tirado (I can't quit you coffee) 

 Jacob Rosenvinge

Jacob Rosenvinge

 John Werner

John Werner

 Jeff Dotson

Jeff Dotson

Interview With Pro Commercial Retoucher Sef McCullough

Interview With Pro Commercial Retoucher Sef McCullough

Fairytale, Fashion, And Magic - A Phase One Workshop In New York City

Fairytale, Fashion, And Magic - A Phase One Workshop In New York City