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Not Photoshopped Photoshop Pics

Blur Effect

Photoshop has made it so that anyone can take a mediocre photograph, upload it to the computer and end up with a great shot after a little editing. While it’s a great step forward for photographers and amateurs alike, it has led to a lot of “professional” photographers who don’t really know what it takes to make a photo great from the start – without all the bells and whistles of photo editing software.

Fortunately, there are a number of talented photographers out there that know how to make a great photograph without any additional editing. Occasionally, those photographers decide to show off their skills by trying to do crazy Photoshop-style effects without using anything but their camera. Artist Henry Hadlow took this idea to the extreme by making up his own Photoshop window with the help of a few friends.

The first pic is perhaps the simplest, mimicking a blur tool by simply messing with the focus depth in the shot, but the erase and color change tools took a lot of creativity and dedication to put together.

Not Photoshopped Photoshop Pics

Not Photoshopped Photoshop Pics

This last picture isn’t by Henry, but is instead the Flickr user wandaaaa‘s interpretation of a real-life Photoshop window with all kinds of tools open. Personally, my favorite touch is the paint tubes spread out over on the right.

Not Photoshopped Photoshop Pics

While I’m on the subject, I just want to wrap up these fun projects with a stop-motion video showing you how to make cookies with Photoshop.


43 Responses
  1. qwertyuiop says:

    thats really cool! I especially like the video…
    wish I was as good at stop motion of that (thinks of english assignment in grade 8…)

  2. Richard says:

    Love the stop motion, must be a newer version of photoshop, mine wont make cookies. be great if it would.

  3. David Blair says:

    Really Cool! I would never have guessed these pics were not edited!!!!!!! Good Stuff!

  4. Riju says:

    This is amazing.

  5. Nisheeth says:

    Any idea on how he coloured the person in the third pic?
    But over all, this is an example of great photography. Hats off!

    • Ladyhawk says:

      I don’t know how he did it, but my sister is a photographer and I know she used to hand color in pictures. It’s done on the negative strip. Of course, that was also before digital cameras…

    • haley b says:

      uhhhhh…. he colored him with photoshop! lol

    • Kimon Frousios says:

      Body paint very likely.

    • Grace says:

      I think he made a sort of life/size pic of him and covered it with blue cellophane? My best guess.

    • Narelle says:

      Speaking as someone who dressed as a smurf for Hallowe’en last year, it’s fairly easy to paint your entire body blue! You can see a bit of a smudge on the inside of his arm, which makes me think it’s definitely body paint.

    • MM says:

      The second picture: The guy was holding a glass thingy, correct? Actually the checkerboard pattern on the wall was made into a piece of paper, the stuck on the glass thingy. It takes a llloooooooong time to position everything accurately.

      The third picture: The guy probably was painted blue(yeah, I know, seriously weird, but then it’s an illusion,right?)then he wore blue clothing and held a fake paint bucket and pour something(not sure whats coming out of the bucket) like paint.

  6. sun-ts says:

    blur effect is the best!

  7. Yimmer says:

    That was really funny!
    He should do the lasso tool around his neck…
    I thought the best was the ERASE. Talk about an invisibility cloaking device.

  8. ZL123 says:

    So cool! So cool!
    It really looks photoshopped.
    Maybe it’s GIMPed!


  9. Jace says:

    Love the video, It’s great to see how creative some people can get!

  10. RickyM says:

    I love today’s offering. Really skillful and great fun. Thank you.

  11. Cyphis says:

    lmao that was quite enjoyable! =P

  12. Strauss-Kahn says:

    But,,, where is the ‘freeze-icon’ – to make ice

  13. Entharion says:

    @Nisheeth Probably he used photoshop ;) or he just wore a blue shirt, dyed his hair blue and used water based paint to paint his skin.

  14. Dolphin says:

    Love these! Wish people would admit to photoshop these days. Also,love the video.Very creative (Both things,I mean,not just the video).

  15. Yannick Anckaer says:

    this is just plane flour awesome

  16. rd says:

    Very creative.

  17. Slammer says:

    That’s awesome. Love the erase effect the best. I’m guessing they just painted that guy blue? Or used some sort of special dye. That stop motion must have taken hours to make, but the effect was well worth it. Same with the real life Photoshop pic. I’d love to have something like that just on one of my walls!

  18. kitia98 says:

    I tried to get cookies on my Photoshop but only my browser will install them. Then my anti-virus program keeps getting rid of them.

  19. chris says:

    if you look closely at the first one, the eraser checkers are brighter than the background ones

  20. Nathan says:


  21. Eizabeth says:

    the video reminds me of an art project i did in 5th grade…..and over all, this was awsome!!!!!!

  22. Leigh says:

    Really cute in a cool artistic kind of way

  23. Rachel says:

    Well he probably colored the person in the third person with the bucket tool. Just like the picture shows, but there are other ways to do that as well.

  24. Rachel says:

    Sorry scratch my last comment- actually one of my canon cameras has the ability to select an object and change its color, including a whole person.

    • Peter says:

      lol, I hope you are ironic, they have airbrushed the person (with real paint) or just used ordinary blue theather color (blue)

  25. Padma says:

    That video was so cool but did u notice that they hit cut instead of copy.

    • unknown says:

      It was meant to be cut because incase you didn’t notice they disappeared when cut was hit instead of being copied

  26. me123987645 says:

    hahaha i thinh the stop motion is pretty funny and the pictures are cool!

  27. John Gause says:

    This is totally cool. The vid is very funny

  28. Blair says:

    Wicked! Genius!

  29. Isaac says:

    blur effect: used a blurred window with a menu i guess
    erase tool: i think the erase tool effect was made by making that person to use a shirt with the pattern similar to the background
    fill with color: i ain’t sure, hoow? one thing about this. the person holds a kind of rope to hold the tool. they should make it a real tool.

  30. kennt--- says:

    I like the last one……….. It’s like its placed flan on the table but yet I guess It’s glued on the wall……. easy but clever

  31. cool froggy says:

    he probably slept in a blue bath but i like the cookie one we tried it out (it kinda burnt ~:’( but we tried ) its really good i wanna go into photography know :)
    Great skills

  32. vimeo says:

    something else like these:

  33. There’s certainly a great deal to know about this topic. I like all of the points you’ve made.

  34. Norris Harrington says:

    Well, I’m obviously late to this, but how wonderful. The video especially made me smile the type of smile that one can feel all the way to the core.


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