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10 More Tech Company Photoshop Disasters

Think Microsoft has the market cornered on Photoshop blunders? Think again. These ten Photoshop goofs show how imperfect tech firms can be.

Microsoft's Photoshop Flop

Microsoft was just the latest tech company betrayed by its graphic design and marketing departments. In swapping the head of a black man with that of a white man to bring an ad to Poland, the company has attracted plenty of negative publicity, ultimately forcing out an apology. But I'm inclined to agree with my colleague David Coursey, who says this is more a case of bad Photoshop than racism. After all, if Microsoft had taken an entirely new marketing photo and replaced the black man entirely, it probably wouldn't have created so much hysteria. With that in mind, Microsoft is hardly the first tech company to look foolish due to bad Photoshop jobs. There are plenty of other examples, documented by Photoshop Disasters and others, where company marketing tries to pull a fast one on its customers, only to have keener eyes prevail.

Here are 10 examples of Photoshop disasters, blunders and foul-ups from tech companies or products.

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Camera Phone Has Magical Zoom

It's amazing what they're doing with cell phone cameras these days. Forget pixel count, this mystery phone is so advanced that it can apparently zoom back and take a picture of itself, taking a picture of its subjects. No word on U.S. pricing or release date.

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Asus and MSI's Joint Strategy

Netbooks are all pretty much the same anyway, so why shouldn't two companies use the same stock photo in their ads? The computers are actually different, but that could've fooled us as well.

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Vista and Office: Like Oil and Water

Just like the software, this runner and the track he's on should perfectly complement each other, but something's not right. The truth is in the shadows, the sunlight and the complete and utter failure of this Photoshop job.

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Computer Desk Makes Anything Possible

This was probably not so much a disaster as a prank that the graphic designer thought would go unnoticed. I'm guessing the individual either got fired or promoted for helping sell so many desks.

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Grand Theft Auto's Five-Finger Discount

You've seen this lady before, flaunting her sexuality on billboards and bus stop ads, but you probably didn't notice her unfortunate disfigurement. It appears she's been endowed with an extra finger, but has to carefully hide it for these kinds of glamour shots, otherwise her career could be ruined.

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Used to be 4 GB Big

The best Photoshop disasters are like a magic eye photo. You have to stare at it for a few moments before you can see what's happening. Here's a hint: If you're looking at the SD card itself, you're doing it wrong.

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Fujitsu Laptop, Now With Stretchable Display

Since their inception, laptops have been created with the idea that you can fold each side up into a convenient, rectangular package. Not so with Fujitsu's Lifebook A6120, which apparently sported a super-long screen to complement its traditional bottom half. Call it the first notebook with overbite.

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Motorola Razr is Perfect for Man Hands

Hands are just so stubborn when it comes to Photoshopping. With all those moving parts, it's hard to keep everything in proportion. That's why it's easier to just resize the hand and hope no one freaks out at the result. If this is the future, I'm a little frightened.

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Can't Find the Assets? Steal 'em!

When I'm searching for screenshots, I always find the ones polluted by gaming Web site IGN's watermarks, so I feel Capcom's pain here. But seriously, as the publisher of Okami, wasn't there enough game art floating around that they wouldn't have to poach it from the press? Okami's a great game, though, so we'll give Capcom a pass.

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You Don't Want to Be Looking Over There, Says Google

This last Photoshop job is more freaky than funny. Apparently there's quite a bit of terrain out in Holland upon which Google wielded the clone brush with a heavy hand. I'm guessing it's got something to do with a certain herbal remedy, but any old conspiracy theory will do.

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