15 Stunning Pics That May Or May Not Be Fake

Diply 13 Apr 2018

Before I was writing for Diply, I loved to dabble in photography and image manipulation. When I was younger and first discovered Photoshop, I would participate in online Photoshop contests and battles for "prizes" (they weren't anything exciting).

Now it seems like anyone can be a Photoshop wizard, and it's becoming harder and harder to tell the real images from the fakes. Seriously, at first glance I had no idea if these photos were photoshopped or not!

1. Despite looking like two composite images, this is not actually photoshopped.

Reddit | Gulo_gulo_

The illusion is created by lining up the building on the top right with the brick wall on the bottom left. It certainly is an interesting photo!

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2. So maybe they upped the saturation on this, but it's actually free of any manipulation. 

Reddit | sivribiber

I think what makes this so beautiful is that the yellow from the wheat and the purple from the lavender are totally complimentary, making it seem spectacular.

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3. This photo of a tourist was supposedly taken during the 9/11 attacks.

Tourist Of Death | Tourist Of Death

But it's definitely a hoax. This tourist had actually taken the photo years before and photoshopped it as a joke for his friends. A cruel, sick joke, that is.

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4. This photo has been going around for as long as the internet has existed, I swear!

Hoax Slayer | Hoax Slayer

This one IS photoshopped. It seems like wherever there's water in strange places, someone is going to add some sharks to it.

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5. I honestly believed this to be true.

Hoax Slayer | Hoax Slayer

Ever since I rode the Jaws ride at Universal Studios, I believe sharks will attack just about anything. But no, this photo is a hoax. It's actually a compilation of two different photos.

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6. Considering how long ago this was, I'm sure lots of people believed it.

Snopes | Snopes

Once again, this is a compilation of two different photos that happened several years apart. I guess people want to believe anything!

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7. I think this photographer has to be an animal whisperer.

Facebook | Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova takes all sorts of gorgeous photos with real animals! Yeah, I can't believe this is not photoshopped either!

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8. Boats create a really weird illusion when you look at them from interesting perspectives.

Reddit | ArkadiusBear

This photo also is NOT photoshopped. The vantage point the photo was taken at gives it a really flat perspective. It's quite interesting.

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9. Doesn't it look like there's a boat floating in the sky of this village?

Imgur | Imgur

It seems like something straight out Peter Pan, right?! Well there's no magic here, it's just the Sutro Tower in San Francisco on a cloudy day.

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10. This totally seems like an adorable drawing on top of a photo, but it's actually not!

Imgur | phonedojo

This sculpture actually exists within this park. It certainly adds something to the space, especially on a beautiful day!

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11. Apparently Heath Ledger was well known for skateboarding around set. 

Reddit | cdmccabe

But he didn't skateboard over Christian Bale, he just jumped over him and someone photoshopped the skateboard under him. Still sounds like fun though!

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12. As much as people may want to believe this is true, it's not.

Snopes | Snopes

If you look closely you can see that someone actually flipped the book in President Bush's hands to make it seem like he was reading upside down.

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13. This mountain range definitely looks like someone took a digital paintbrush to it.

Unbelievable Info | Unbelievable Info

But it's totally real! Excuse me while I go pack my bags, I'm going on vacation, stat!

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14. What is with adorable tiny animals doing cute things?

Snopes | Snopes

This photo was spread around as being a Fennec Hare, but those don't actually exist. The photo was created for a Photoshop competition a few years ago. It's adorable though!

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15. How freaking cute is this baby elephant?

Snopes | Snopes

Well, he's not actually as cute as this photo would suggest. As much as I want to believe a tiny jumping elephant was caught on camera, he wasn't. This is photoshopped.

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How many of these photos were you able to guess correctly?

Giphy | Giphy

COMMENT to let us know which ones tripped you up the most, and don't forget to SHARE with all your pals!

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