No one was safe from the Photoshop monster this year — not celebs, not models, not Kate Middleton, certainly not the Kardashians, and bizarrely, not even animals.
From magazine covers to editorials to ad campaigns, art teams got a little carried away with digital post-production. Some blunders were pretty hilarious, like when a French clothing brand inadvertently showcased a nude dude in a childrenswear ad, while some were just unnecessary, like when Ikea removed all the women in its Saudi Arabian catalog.
Of course, the public wasn’t buying it, and poked fun at the industry’s obsession with digital airbrushing — the Fotoshop by Adobé parody video is a pitch-perfect response, while a German street artist’s critique on H&M‘s swimwear ads was insanely clever. A group of teenage girls also took the problem into their own hands, and staged protests asking Seventeen and Teen Vogue to be more transparent about their post-production policies.
All that said, we have no doubt that photoshopping will still rear its ugly head next year, and we’ll probably never stop writing (and laughing) about it. So, while we wait for 2013’s first Photoshop disaster, check out this year’s 15 biggest failures below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.