Want to look like Kylie? Let Internet’s most hilarious Photoshop wizard work his magic
James Fridman’s claim to fame is the witty way in which he transforms his followers’ requests into funny, often literal edits, peppered with his own comments.more lifestyle Updated: Sep 22, 2017 19:25 IST
James Fridman, a US-based graphic designer, has some mad Photoshop skills. But he uses them not to touch up photos of beautiful sunsets or make Hollywood actors look perfect. Instead, Fridman’s claim to fame is the witty way in which he transforms his followers’ requests into funny, often literal edits, peppered with his own comments.
One of his followers requested him to make her ‘look more like Kylie Jenner’. ‘But no pranks,’ she added. ‘Just give me that real Kylie look.’
Fridman shared a picture of the woman’s face with the reality star’s much-thinner lips and other features back from when she was a young teen. ‘Here’s the real Kylie look,’ Fridman wrote in the tweet, in a reference to how the star looked without lip fillers that have plumped her now-iconic pout.
When one woman asked him to ‘take the girl in the violet skirt out’, James responded by posting a picture of himself cuddled up to the girl in question.
‘I took her out. We had fun,’ he wrote.
Fridman makes it clear that those who want him to work his edit magic should not submit any personal photos that “you do not want to be made public”.
“When I first started using image manipulation software, it was something new and not as widespread as it is now, so everyone was learning and experimenting,” Fridman tells telegraph.co.uk. “I did some funny edits for friends and family, and they ended up on the internet. Apparently, people found it quite entertaining and asked for more – that’s how I ended up creating my Twitter account.”
Although Fridman may be quick in turning his readers’ elaborate requests into works of (ridiculous) art, he doesn’t hold back from reminding people that they ought to be happy in their own skin.
When a young boy asked him to make his skin white, James refused to doctor the photo. ‘If your skin was white, that would be a completely different person,’ he explained. ‘You are you who are and that’s the beauty of it.’
In June this year, he refused a parent’s request to airbrush a picture of her son to make his make up appear more vibrant. The nine-year-old has a social media profile, and his mother wanted him to make his foray into Instagram to display his make up.
“The purpose of makeup is to make a person wearing it seem more appealing by exaggerating or creating a false impression of the signs of fertility and sexual availability”, he told telegraph.co.uk. “Do kids need all that? Absolutely not.”
Fridman believes that comedy makes it easier to address sensitive subjects and make it reach a wider audience. “The omnipresence of comedy in social media has created a new way of delivering information to the public”, he says. “Entertainment accounts cater to a wider audience, delivering current news and addressing social issues wrapped in humour.”