Remove That Cart. Photoshop Request Fail

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Just like most artists who share their work on the internet, I often get emails from people I don’t know. Typically, they are just expressing their appreciation for what I create or write, or asking me some photography- or retouching-related questions.

Yesterday, I got a message from a stranger, sending me a point-and-shoot type photo and giving me precise directions as to what I should do for him.

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Needless to say, that’s not how I spend my time (retouching snapshots for strangers at no charge), and normally I would disregard this message, but this time (thanks to the Retouching Academy team members, and specifically to Jaron), I took a moment to share the source file in our RA Community Group.

I made sure the owner of the photo was Ok if my friends touched it up for him, of course.

And here’s what we have come up with:

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By Raphael Chan

By John Paul Zampetti

By John Paul Zampetti

by John Paul Zampetti

by John Paul Zampetti

by me

by me

by Christina Kaykova

by Christina Kaykova

by Christina Kaykova

by Christina Kaykova

by Jemma A: Happy Easter! :)

by Jemma A: Happy Easter! :)

by Tina Barker

by Tina Barker

by Owen Tiernan

by Owen Tiernan

by K-reine Photodesign

by K-reine Photodesign

by Levi Sherman

by Levi Sherman

by Simon Jenkins

by Simon Jenkins

by Renuar Locaj

by Renuar Locaj

by Hermawan Tjioe

by Hermawan Tjioe

by Fernando José Contreras

by Fernando José Contreras

by Fernando José Contreras

by Fernando José Contreras

by Keith Archer

by Keith Archer

By me over Octavian Craciun's artwork

By me over Octavian Craciun’s artwork

by Alicia Rae Hansen

by Alicia Rae Hansen

by Vicky Quenault

by Vicky Quenault

by Akshay Sawant

by Akshay Sawant

by Erin Shephard

by Erin Shephard

 

by Courtney Dailey Croll

by Courtney Dailey Croll

by Mehmet Kocaman

by Mehmet Kocaman

by Mehmet Kocaman

by Mehmet Kocaman

by Daive Rich

by Daive Rich

by Mark Candari

by Mark Candari

by Tony Anastasi

by Tony Anastasi

By Istvan Angyal

By Istvan Angyal

by Viviana Stockwell

by Viviana Stockwell

 

PS: Just so you guys know, the owner of the photo is laughing with us.
He admitted that he had never asked anyone for retouching services, so he did not know any better 

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's photo.
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21 thoughts on “Remove That Cart. Photoshop Request Fail

  1. Well played! After being put through all that…I hope someone at least provided him with a ‘normal’ one, as requested, for being a good sport!

  2. So what you’re saying is, if I want a picture of someone photoshopped into amusing scenes for free, I just need to send you a private message, pretending to ask you for something else? :)

  3. So instead of providing the requested service (which you portrayed as a waste of time) and possibly developing a customer out of it, you chose to pump out 30 ridiculous images (which truly WERE a waste of time) to mock them for asking? Maybe it’s just me? But your actions seem counter-productive. The bigger waste of time would have come if the “victim” had not allowed you to repost these. I’ve found taking a few minutes to help someone out pays dividends down the road. Some people build bridges, other burn them down. It’s your call…

    • Makes sense to me. Retouching it would have no benefit for him. Oh, ONE customer? This exercise has probably driven hundreds of people to his site. I know Im here for the first time via FB. Additionally, even if it had no tangible financial benefits it was at least fun and hence NOT A WASTE OF TIME.

      • Well put. And yes, dozens of thousands of people have actually seen these. Would go completely unnoticed if I just quietly retouched it, like the gentleman above proposed.nnBesides, the guy in the picture and I have been sharing a lot of laughs since day one, and those RA members who actually spent a minute of their time on retouching these have been having a blast seeing their names on the biggest sites in our industry and beyond. So everyone’s happy here for sure. Don’t be jealous, CaptQT :)

  4. OH MY GOD…this…this is wonderful, I would want all of those pictures! especially the pirate one, and Spock, and the dog ones (sexy facebook profile picture! whaaat!). If I send you a picture can you do all of the sillyies for me too?! Also I am willing to pay money for this level of awesome.

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