The Amazing World of Photo Editing Before Photoshop

Today, manipulated or 'shopped photos are common in the media and in our everyday life, but that wasn't the case for most of photographic history. Here are some of the most interesting trick photos and image manipulations made before the first version of Photoshop was released in 1989. » 3/27/13 3:07pm 3/27/13 3:07pm

Koalas + Wolf Jaws = Pants-Soiling Terror

Prepare for disappointment, drop bear aficionados. The photo at left of an extremely ornery koala has been circulating around the internet recently, but it's sadly just a manipulation of Flickr uploader Oz_drdolittle's photo of a drenched koala. And if you're bummed the monster at left doesn't exist, know that reality… » 8/02/12 3:00pm 8/02/12 3:00pm

Russian activist photographed meeting with aliens, robots and…

Usually, when a political figure is photographed in disreputable company, he tries to cover it up. But when pictures surfaced of Russian blogger and protestor Aleksei Navalny meeting with Voldemort, the Terminator, a "gray" alien, and even that notorious lout Bender, he displayed them proudly on his blog. » 1/09/12 2:30pm 1/09/12 2:30pm

Researchers quantify just how badly your favorite celebrity is…

Photoshop is a reality in the world of photography, but it gets out of hand when advertisers and fashion directors completely transmogrify the original image, creating an unrealistic and impossible result. New research proposes a way to codify how heavily Photoshopped an image is. The only catch? The industry has to… » 12/02/11 7:30am 12/02/11 7:30am

Classic Board Games Photoshopped into terrifying horror films

Battleship, Monopoly, Ouija — these are all real board games Hollywood has been turning (or at least attempting to turn) into major motion pictures. But what about the rest of the classic brain teasers? A Photoshop contest challenged folks to imagine even more board game movies — by creating horror movie posters. The… » 10/14/11 6:30am 10/14/11 6:30am

Here's the winner of our fake monster contest!

To celebrate the end of Cryptid Summer, we held a quick contest to see which of you could create the best fake monster picture. After all, cryptid hunting is about awesome fakery as often as it is about finding a genuinely new species. All your entries were awesome (here you can see round one and round two of the… » 8/19/11 11:15am 8/19/11 11:15am

You tell us what Bane is reading on this piece of paper

Earlier today, we posted photos of Tom Hardy decked out in Bane attire on the set of The Dark Knight Rises. One of the stranger snapshots has Bane staring intently at a scrap of paper. » 7/31/11 12:00pm 7/31/11 12:00pm

io9 readers transform eye-gougingly bad X-Men posters into works of art

Several days ago, we were absolutely baffled by the lamentable posters for X-Men: First Class, which depict silhouettes of Charles Xavier and Magneto incubating their own giant heads. » 3/20/11 1:15pm 3/20/11 1:15pm