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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Anonymous Coward says:

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.

Anonymous Coward says:

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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