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Autochrome Portrait

Mervyn O'Gorman, an electrical engineer, captured these beautiful photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England over 100-years-ago. These century-old photos from 1913 depict her wearing vivid red clothes, with the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background, using a process called Autochrome Lumiere process. This technique involved using glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Photoshop Hilarity Ensues

Photo credit: Reddit via Pleated Jeans

There are just some things you shouldn't be doing online, and that includes asking random forum (4Chan) members to Photoshop an image. This person either was looking for trouble, or genuinely had no idea what disasters were about to ensue, after asking "Can someone Photoshop the Eiffel Tower under my finger?" Continue reading to see more of the crazy examples that the members responded with.

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Negative Art

Brian Lai, an artist Brian Lai from Malaysia, takes photo-realistic drawing to a whole new level by creating sketches with inverted colors. That's right, they look like abstract works of art until a filter is applied to invert the colors, allowing one to admire the portrait and, thereby, positively appreciating the artist's negative rendition. The hardest part? Adjusting the tone and shading details, according to Lai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including "The Dawn of Killer Robots".

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Horse Great White

Photo credit: Hybrid Animals / Reddit

There are sub-Reddits for just about everything, including bizarre animal hybrids. First up, we have the mystical "Shorse", which is exactly as it sounds, a great white shark combined with a horse. If this creature did exist in the wild, on both land and sea, things might be a lot scarier, but should it only be confined to the oceans, a "Shorse" wouldn't be all that bad, right? Continue reading for more.

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Adobe Photoshop First


February 19th marked the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop's first release. To celebrate its birthday, we bring you the very first demo, along with a minute-long compilation animation made up of a host of Photoshop creations. In the second video, you'll see everyone from Bilbo Baggins to the lovable green Shrek, made from the original working files provided by the artists themselves. In 1987, Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, began writing a program on his Macintosh Plus to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. This program, called Display, caught the attention of his brother John Knoll, an Industrial Light & Magic employee, who recommended that Thomas turn it into a full-fledged image editing program. Thomas took a six-month break from his studies in 1988 to collaborate with his brother on the program. Thomas renamed the program ImagePro, but the name was already taken. Later that year, Thomas renamed his program Photoshop and worked out a short-term deal with scanner manufacturer Barneyscan to distribute copies of the program with a slide scanner; a "total of about 200 copies of Photoshop were shipped" this way. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why moms get nothing done.

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GhostSwimmer

The US Navy has officially unveiled "Ghost Swimmer", an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. It measures 5-feet-long, weighs nearly 100-pounds, and can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. Practical uses include security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections. Ghost Swimmer is capable of operating autonomously for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether. "Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe," said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering's Advanced System Group. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized Star Wars Christmas lights on a house.

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Photoshop Troll

When you need a picture digitally altered, the last place you'd want to go are online forums / message boards, social networks, and classified ad services (Craigslist). As you can see above, these people decided to ask random forum members to Photoshop their image, but ended up with disastrous results. However, if you actually paid a real graphic designer to do the job, all of these can probably be completed within 15-30 minutes. Click here to view the first image today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing instant karma for an iPhone thief.

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Fantasy Scenes

Photo credit: John Wilhelm

Due to all the technology available today, many children are entranced with mobile games, social media, etc., but John Wilhelm wanted to kick start the imagination of his three daughters. So, he created this fantasy-like photo series, in which his three daughters are digitally placed in fantastical scenes. How does he get them to pose? Wilhelm says, "I usually try to inspire them by telling them an interesting story about an upcoming project. We simulate the studio situation without the camera. Once upstairs in my little attic/studio, there's often not much more time than two to three minutes before they loose their attention and motivation. Sometimes sweets can help." Continue reading for more images.

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Colorized Photos

Photo credit: Colored History

Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.

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Mr. Bean Painting

Photo credit: Rodney Pike

Rodney Pike, an illustrator and caricature artist, demonstrates his expert photo manipulation skills with these hilarious insertions of comedian Mr. Bean into famous historical portraits. For those familiar with the original pieces, it's a nice surprise to see this star's awkward facial expressions underneath a feathered cap, a head of long golden hair, or the recognizable coif of George Washington's. Continue reading for more images and information.

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