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…Iran loves Photoshop (and missiles)?

Missiles

Apparently Iran is not interested in threatening the world with its missile prowess after all.

Instead, it’s decided to impress everyone with its mastery of Photoshop’s clone stamp tool.

If you happened to have missed it, an image of four Iranian missiles shooting skyward circled through the media recently, with small, local outlets jumping on board and publishing the image on their front page. Guilty as charged included The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, and several other newspapers, as well as BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com, and many other major news Web sites. What they all failed to notice was that if you look closely, a few of those missiles look a bit too much alike.

Either someone in Sepah News decided that three missiles just wasn’t enough for the shock and awe that they were going for, or an overzealous intern got a bit too happy with their new found skills, but either way, it just goes to show you that even the most basic photo editing skills are enough to fool news editors in need of a few extra sales.

Anybody want to buy my picture of Bush holding a baby in his arms and a grenade in his teeth?

[Via: New York Times Blog]

…Adobe Photoshop Express won’t replace Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe’s newly launched Photoshop Express is a very beautiful looking, though unfortunately feature poor online photo editing solution.

If you’re looking for an online Photoshop replacement, then this is not it; but if you’re looking to do some simple editing with the power of Adobe doing most of the work for you, then Photoshop Express might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

One of the coolest features is definitely the ability to take the app full screen (and by full screen, I mean FULL screen), allowing you to easily forget that you’re working in a web environment. The downside is that you’re still working in a web environment, so things slow down a bit when you’re doing processor heavy tasks.

Tools include the ability to crop and rotate, auto correct, adjust exposure, remove red-eye, tune various aspects of the image, and add certain effects that work well at times and terribly at others.

One benefit of using the service is that Adobe is providing 2 GB of complimentary storage for your photos so that you can save and share them right from the Photoshop Express app itself.

It’s definitely not perfect, but it is a good start, and worth checking out, so hop on over and see what they’ve got going on.

[Adobe Photoshop Express]