If there’s one art form that is truly the soul of the 20th century, it has to be Photoshop. Few other things express the bizarre humor and creativity that has come to life in the age of the internet. And one man has found a way to create an art form all his own: taking Photoshop requests and fulfilling them as literally as possible.
James Fridman has a following of over 1.5 million people on Twitter and it’s no secret why: his Photoshop jobs are absolutely hilarious. Whether you’re asking him to remove something from your background, make you look cuter, or add a fun prop, he never gives you exactly what you wanted. But you could say that he gives you what you need. He’s like some sort of Photoshop Yoda.
Keep scrolling to see some of his greatest works: and get ready to laugh because this guy truly has a sense of humor.
He’s a graphic designer who has a special take on his job. In fact, his specialty is doing work that is not what his clients request, and people absolutely love him for it.
If your romantic photo hasn’t turned out quite the way you want, just talk to James! He’ll fix it right up and make sure that you and your partner are the perfect match.
If you look very closely, you can see that there is still an outline of everything in the photo except for the lamp. Now that’s commitment to a very bad joke.
Sometimes the funniest thing you can do is exactly what’s asked of you. And sometimes the result is a piece of body horror we’ll never forget.
So James isn’t actually at fault for what he’s done. People need to be more specific. Imagine sending a photo to James is like making a deal with the devil: he will find every loophole and exploit it.
What are statues of babies peeing FOR if not for this piece of beautiful artwork? I’m sure the sculptor is proud to know their work is being used for good in this world.
It’s important to have romance in your life, usually provided by an oddly buff older man running along the beach.
To be fair though, James knows what’s important in life and that is dogs. Dogs with cute faces, with no distractions like people.
Be careful what you wish for. James might put you in a refrigerator. Then you’ll truly be “cool”.
To give you the career you’ve always wanted as a construction worker. Now there’s a picture you can hang on the wall for years to come.
You need some ice bro? Because you definitely are not getting a girlfriend.
You should be placed in prison James, this is unforgivable. Why would you do that to someone’s nose?
The scrap of jeans is the piece de resistance. That kid never stood a chance.
He created an entire background when he moved this guy. Maybe he also should have given the dude a shirt.
It might end with a tree eating your face. But maybe you’re into that, we’re not here to judge. We’re just here to look at weird Photoshop jobs.
Hold on those boys look like they’re about twelve, they absolutely should not be cracking open a cold one!
But they might have some unexpected consequences. Think carefully about what will happen if you get what you want.
I meant they needed a tweak to their photos, but James gave them a tweak to their bodies. This is some Cronenberg-level horror right here.
“Did you get the guy out of your picture?”
“What did it cost?”
I would say that, yes, that is a little bit closer.
When you’re reaching out to James Fridman for Photoshop help, you’ve got to be specific. Real specific. More specific than you’ve ever been about anything in your whole life.
I don’t know how seriously these people are taking their Photoshop requests — they have to know James is going to mess with them, right? — but I think this pic is much cuter with them at the end of the bench, in their own little world, than it would be with them at the center.
That girls’ dress length is just fine. Personally, I think his sleeves are too short.
One guy looks one way. Another guy looks another way. Let’s see the enemy try to sneak up on them now.
Somehow, I get the sense that ol’ James here is ready to turn anything vaguely round-shaped into an ice cream cone. I’m sure he’s got the .png of the cone ready to go.
I hate to see this blue-suited guy go, but I love watching him leave…
(Because it’s a funny animation. Get your mind out of the gutter.)
And for this dude in the back of the car, his pick-me-up is the power of rock and roll. How can you ever be tired again when you have a mic in your hand and the power to sway your fans with your music?
Won’t somebody please think of the boyfriend?
What do we think is this Photoshop requester’s endgame? She asks James to get rid of the armpit hair, he does exactly what she asks, and then what? She shows the boyfriend? How’s he supposed to feel, knowing the love of his life hates something that grows naturally out of his body? That’s devastating.
No one wants to be seen holding hands with their friends. That’s weird. Could even change the relationship. But being a bar for him to stretch out? That’s a total bro move.
What kind of haunts me about this one is the idea that this kid isn’t wearing a hat, but that the hat is part of him genetically.
But once I did? I remembered the video for Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” right away. It’s the one where he was naked with Lisa Marie. Remember that? It was weird, and made me feel weird.
I feel like edgy teens these days are not getting enough mileage out of the fact that the word “ass” is both a more crude way of saying butt and also a name of a donkey.
They could be saying “ass” in front of their pastors so long as they had a donkey around!
I remember kissing my first girlfriend and thinking “I wonder what this looks like? I’ll just take a quick peek” and when I did she was doing the exact same thing.
I still have nightmares about it to this very day.
If I was this kid, what would truly horrify me about this Photoshop is finding out just how much I look like Kevin from The Office. No one wants to look like Kevin from The Office. Not even Kevin from The Office.
And James turned this boyfriend into a dog. A cute little boxer dog. At least this Photoshop gave the guy a definite cuteness upgrade.
I remember Jerry Seinfeld had a bit about how much more insulting it would be if, instead of giving someone the finger, you gave them the toe. You’d be in traffic, had to take off your sock — the toe would mean that you really meant your revulsion, because you were willing to put in the work to show it off.
I don’t know why this dude couldn’t find weird items and wield them like medieval weapons and also get laid (just so long as he wasn’t trying to do them at the same time).
The Polish babes are swooning.
Sure, the dude made a typo, but could it be… the greatest typo of his life? When he marries a cute Polish girl, we’ll all know the answer to be a resounding “yes.”
You don’t want to extend your boyfriends’ legs’ business hours too long. Creating a scarcity — time when your customers want to visit your boyfriends’ legs but cannot — is actually really good for your brand.
I would say I’m 1,000 times more likely to forget to take my shoes off than I am to forget to put shoes on. Wouldn’t her feet hurt? That feels like an uneven surface.
Sometimes it seems like James is just all Photoshopped out. In this photo, he couldn’t even be bothered to turn down the opacity on a soft brush and paint some gas clouds.
Look, we all love Harry Potter and want to be Harry Potter characters, but turning into Dobby feels… frightening. Not only did he live a life of mostly misery under the Malfoys, but he died pretty horrifically. Also, I don’t think his “best friend” Harry ever really liked him unless he was helping him cheat in the Triwizard Tournament.
Thing is, there’s no such thing as flawless skin, or eyes bluer than already-blue eyes. We just gotta learn to accept ourselves, says the guy who spends most of his time Photoshopping people to be uglier.
With most of these Photoshops, I understand how James does it — he uses layer masks, free transform, etc. But this one, for whatever reason, makes my eyes go cross. What did he do?! Why is she bigger? I’m at a loss.
Okay, this is the one — the best Photoshop of them all. It looks like the picture was taken in the split second between the water hitting him and him realizing what was going on and reacting. True brilliance.
This one is so funny to me. He kind of did what the guy asked, but also not at all? It was just so surprising. I love it.
You’ve heard the old “teach a man to fish” parable, right? Well, James here is using Photoshop to impart that exact same lesson. Most of these Photoshops are a troll — this one is a valuable new way of looking at obstacles in your life.
He comes up with a new way to prank you. Curses on you James! You’re too wily for all of us!
I never would have imagined Peking. Still, he did do what they asked and everyone knows if you follow the exact letter of a request no one can ever complain.
She feels our pain, our sadness, our Photoshop. And if you don’t think so, you’re un-American.
The sound effects really take it to a new level. Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly be any more.
You could have an oblong head and no one wants that. What’s truly baffling though is that James chose to also change every other head in this picture.
Bigger, remove, resize, move. You definitely don’t want to pair any of those words with body parts or you’ll end up in deep trouble.
Nor is that how we use human bodies. Put it back immediately or you’ll be grounded.
This costume is too frickin’ cute! Petition to ask James to put it on every single person in every single photo ever.
But isn’t it more fun to simply hide it? Who knows what’s behind that dress? It’s like an exciting wedding day mystery.
James has you covered. By a cow costume. And another pun. James, are you a dad? Because you have strong dad vibes.
Is this how you learn to ski? I think this is how you learn to ski.
Look you guys should know by now that you can’t just say “the sign” without specifying which one, because James is now the bestower of signs and there’s nothing you can do about it.
I bet if she actually did show up to her senior prom with a tower of pizzas she’d instantly become the class hero
Something to keep in mind, kids.
Aaaand a great way to ruin an expensive musical instrument.
I guess there is such a thing as too much passion.
Honestly, with that much self-confidence and style, this woman deserves to be in the foreground of every photo.
I love how natural her pose is.
Because she’s a tree?
His work really is impressive.
No one would ever guess that this photo was altered!