Legendary Photoshop “Troll” Has the Funniest Fixes for People’s Photos

Funny Photoshop Fixes by James Fridman

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There’s the old internet adage, “don’t feed the trolls,” and that is generally great advice. But if you have the chance to cross the “Photoshop troll” (aka James Fridman), don’t miss the opportunity. The designer purports to “fix” people's photos, and their requests are pretty standard, like removing the hair from someone's face. Fridman fulfills their requests, but it’s just not in the way you’d expect. He’ll often interpret their directions literally, which results in images that are as funny as they are bizarre.

Fridman has made a name for himself as a Photoshop troll, and for years he’s been coming up with new ways to surprise people. He’s able to do it with even the most seemingly simple of images. One request, for example, is of a man in a suit with a giant watermark over part of his head. “Hey James, can you please remove the watermark?” The person asks. Fridman’s fix is simple yet ingenious. Instead of painstakingly removing the watermark, he simply cut the entire section of the photo. The man now has no mouth or chin and his nose is attached to his neck. “There you go,” Fridman responds.

Since we last chortled at his work, Fridman has had a book published about his photos titled The Joy of Photoshop: When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help. It features some of his best-loved and funniest manipulations. It’s now available on Bookshop, where a purchase helps support an independent bookstore.

Legendary “Photoshop troll” James Fridman is known for “fixing” pictures for people—but not in the way you would expect.

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He takes the requests literally, resulting in manipulated photos that are as funny as they are bizarre.

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Fridman has made a name for himself as the ultimate Photoshop troll, and for years he’s been coming up with new ways to surprise people.

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Sometimes, the fixes are overt while other images are more subtle.

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One thing they all have in common: they're sure to make you laugh.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by James Fridman.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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