International Crisis: North Korea Is Getting Even Worse At Photoshop

from the fake-it-until-you-make-it dept

There's something of a saying that goes "fake it 'til you make it." The idea is that you look and act as though you've already achieved some goal. For instance, let's say you want to graduate from that annoying weird nation all the other nations put up with but kind of hate to a big boy nation where everyone respects and fears you. Well, North Korea has been faking it 'til they make it. The problem is that they suck at faking it. They fake being an existential threat to America using video game footage and soundtracks. But threatening America is the big time, requiring big, complicated faking-it efforts. What about the little stuff? Say, head of party Kim Jong-un's required appearance for the opening of a children's hospital?


Er, that's an interesting picture. I really like the way the people in the picture pop, you know? Perhaps it's because of the colors, or maybe it's because this is one of the worst attempts at photoshopping I've ever seen.

But did you look at the shadows and the lighting? The figures appear to be superimposed—something that internet commenters in China were quick to notice. Online in neighboring Japan, amused internet commenters showed how easy it was to add individuals to this scene.
Oh well, back to being the weird kid, North Korea. Maybe when you learn to lie like the rest of the world you can come back and play with our toys.



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    Mark Wing, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:07pm

    Maybe he's got a green screen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:15pm

    Somebody should write an addon that automatically runs noise analysis on internet images to see if they were edited or not.

    The easiest way to do it is just to increase the filters values that are used to reduce noise to accentuate the already present ones.

    2 different images have two different type of noise and they will jump out when exaggerated.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:31pm

    Who is really there?

    I can tell at least 3 of them is PS-ed into the pic. But how about the others?

    Or is that everyone in the pic was not there, all PS-ed?

    Just curious...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:50pm

     

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    Drew Farkas (profile), Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:58pm

    Supreme Leader's pants

    This is probably just me, but if I were the Supreme Leader of a country, I'd get pants that fit me. Or I'd at least get them hemmed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:59pm

    Re: Who is really there?

    Open source image forensics for all.
    http://www.imageforensic.org/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Who is really there?

    The sky was edited, the building is different too, and most of them had been retouched.

    Used imageforensic(online, with open source code available under the name Ghiro) tool and fotoforensics(online) to see it.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Oct 8th, 2013 @ 9:38pm

    I can tell it's a fake. Because of the pixels... and the fact that Kim's head is a raptor.

    http://i.imgur.com/BnelFcl.jpg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 9:42pm

    It stands out as being photoshopped because the background resolution is different than the figures in the foreground.

    You see this a lot with people that are starting 3D graphics as they tend to make a figure and then use a wallpaper for the background. It is readily seen what was done for the same reason. The 3D graphic is of much higher resolution than the wallpaper in jpg.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 10:00pm

    Re:

    The sky and people are of low quality, the vegetation seems to be original and the building is of different quality from the rest.

    To do it like them you should get a high quality background and put low quality objects on top.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 10:05pm

    http://imageedited.com/

    Results-
    Image Edited?
    Probably

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 10:10pm

    Re:

    Almost forgot this is a good one as well, but there are no results. Still it's easy to use just read their little guide.

    http://29a.ch/sandbox/2012/imageerrorlevelanalysis/

     

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    Old Fool (profile), Oct 8th, 2013 @ 11:56pm

    Those grey suits are really becoming, I can see why the Onion called him sexiest leader.
    It's almost worth moving to N. Korea to wear one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 12:54am

    They all must be vampires, because they're not casting any shadows on the ground.

     

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    Capt ICE Enforcer, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 1:25am

    Seen worse

    I have seen worse, especially in the US when the government leaders give speeches about how they represent the people. Someone always Photoshop civilians being there when really it is big corporate CEO`s.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 5:35am

    Careful...

    ...Dances With Wolves was a movie senominous with gorgeous backdrops that people thought were a blue screen due to color..

     

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    nasch (profile), Oct 9th, 2013 @ 6:25am

    No way

    It's not fake! It's, um... a fill flash! Yeah...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 7:16am

    Re:

    Found the original image

    http://i.imgur.com/1ALE43G.jpg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 7:16am

    I sense a Meme coming on.

    That crowd will be appearing all sorts of places. I request a Miley Cyrus wrecking ball image when someone gets started, an Alligator park in the background and a group shot with the Teapublicans in the house.

     

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    Michael Rivero, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 7:55am

    They are using a flash

    The picture isn't photoshopped. The photographer is using a powerful flash to fill in the shadows even though it is a daylight scene. It's a common technique used by high fashion photographers, but is used less in the US because the result looks "odd" to most people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 9:30am

    Re: They are using a flash

    That flash is probably polarized too since it affects image quality only in certain regions of the image.

     

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    ECA (profile), Oct 9th, 2013 @ 10:14am

    Re: They are using a flash

    Iv seen this happen before..

    Extra FLASH to get rid of the shadows..
    but something is abit off in the picture..

    For those that think its PS...
    Do you know about PICTURE GRAINING from film?? then Digitizing, its weird..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re: They are using a flash

    We don't think, we know it is a PS.

    The noise types don't match and the ELA(Error Level Analysis) also show different areas with different image quality.

     

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    Dave, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 12:30pm

    Uncertain

    Not sure about this. It looks initially like too much fill-in flash but it certainly does look a bit odd, even allowing for that!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 9th, 2013 @ 2:05pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwoSFQb5HVk

    North korean funk for those who havent seen

     

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