These memes are known for their striking imagery, but unbeknownst to many, they’re actually Photoshopped. The formats we’ve come to know and love have originated from photo editing rather than existing in their original appearance in the wild. And a lot of them are cats for some reason. All of them have left lasting marks on the meme community, and most people are unaware of their origins.
Photoshop has long been a staple of meme production, but many of us aren’t aware of just how much it factors into the creation of each new meme. Photoshopped images often gain much more popularity than their original counterparts, and it can be surprising which ones, even photos with only small edits, have taken off. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most popular memes that were created with Photoshop; you’ll likely recognize all of them, but now that you know they’re edited, you may never look at them the same way again.
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