Scientology sucks at photoshop


26 Responses to “Scientology sucks at photoshop”

  1. blearghhh says:

    I dunno, I thought it was a pretty good photoshop job. I wouldn’t have caught on if it wasn’t pointed out to me. And I’ve seen some pixels in my day.

  2. Gulliver says:

    …overtop of a line of rented trees.

    When you have to pay even the trees to show up, you know you’re in trouble. Brings a whole new meaning to astroturfing (or possibly restores the original meaning).

    • RMycroft says:

      They paid for the trees, and then they shooped them out. Were those trees union, because I think they’d have a grievance.

  3. Nash Rambler says:

    Let’s be fair; Scientology sucks at a lot of things.

    • mausium says:

      Really, you try feeding your design/publishing team nothing but beans and rice for the last ten years, and you see what you get (other than scurvy.)

    • blissfulight says:

      They are good at sucking money out of their followers.  

  4. Sagodjur says:

    Meanwhile, actually religious people like the Dalai Lama draw thousands of people to their events to the point that the Chinese are probably photoshopping out people from the crowds in his events. 

    • Warren_Terra says:

      We need a photoshop transfer system: crowds can be photoshopped out of Tibetan Buddhist events and into Scientologist events.

  5. spacedmonkey says:

    Sounds to me like he might have a case for something like obstruction of justice, filing false charges, or lying to the police. 

    • Warren_Terra says:

      They apparently got the whole several-block area permitted as a film shoot. This gives them a fair amount of authority (if a company has permits and is shooting the next Avengers movie down the block from you, they’re allowed to stop you from moseying over and trying to get into the shot with Robert Downey Jr, etcetera). Of course, there’s the question of whether such permits were appropriate.

  6. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Scientology is the North Korea of religions

  7. mausium says:

    And that 450 aren’t looky-loos from the general public, but clams bused in from the surrounding state(s).

    Fascinating in local Pacific Northwest UFO cult news, but the Nation of Islam has started hovering around the Seattle Scientology office downtown. Since Farrakhan has started making their members get Dianetics and regular audits, I guess they’ve slowly been getting more in-line with each other. I’m sure he knows what a racist piece of shit Hubbard was, but power/money/control is their god.

  8. Jon Henke says:

    I’m not so sure that picture is photoshopped. I think it may, instead, be a panorama view. That would explain the distorted perception of the size of the crowd.
    Look at this zoomed-in shot ( ) The people on the right look blurrier, but that is consistent with panorama. The confetti concentrated there also looks starkly different than the rest of the crowd, but take a look at 1:30-1:40 of Jefferson Hawkins’ video. It shows the confetti concentrated in exactly that area. Also, in the broader picture ( ), notice that many balloons are caught in the trees and some others on the right side (in the area of the alleged photoshop) are rising just above the trees. That is exactly what the video shows at about 1:40.
    Now, look at the clear, overhead picture ( ) If you look very closely, you can see two people (males, I think) in blue shirts standing beside each other on the near-side about halfway between the stage and the back of the area. There appear to be about 3-4 people between them and the trees, though it is difficult to see if there are others who might be hidden by the trees.
    Now look at the alleged photoshop. ( ) Two people in blue shirts standing next to each other with about 3, 4 or (generously) 5 people between them and the edge. And if you look (very, very closely) at the video, right after the confetti comes down, you will be able to make out two people in blue shirts who appear to be holding their arms up, clapping and turning slightly, just like the blue-shirts in the video.
    If you look REALLY closely — zoom in — you will see two people standing beside them, one wearing a dark (black, gray?) shirt, the other wearing a white shirt. Those two are also visible in the legitimate picture by omnom. ( )
    Bottom line: While I couldn’t say that NO photoshopping has been done to this picture, I’m pretty sure that the near side was not photoshopped to look larger. It’s just a panorama picture.

    • Artoo45 says:

      So where are the trees? And why are those people on the right a slightly smaller scale then those actually in the picture. Nice try.

  9. bardfinn says:

    Spontaneous Outpouring of Adoration towards Green Bunting!

  10. anon0mouse says:

    That’s kind of a miracle, right? 450 miraculously turned into 2500?  Wow! Holy Xenus with a side order of space bugs!

  11. Deidzoeb says:

    I like how they explain “Ideal Organization (Ideal Org)” — in case you’ve never heard the abbreviation “org” before.

    Scientology is perpetrated by members of a Confidence Game (Con Artists or Grifters).

    • bardfinn says:

      It is a hypnotic technique. It’s used widely throughout LRH’s Scientology writings.

      • Deidzoeb says:

        If that’s the purpose, it seems to work. I wondered the same thing when I was reading the transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement at trial. I wasn’t sure if he was speaking in pedantic military jargon with each abbreviation spelled out, or if the transcript was edited to explicate the jargon. I worry for anybody who uses that much jargon, unaware or unconcerned that it sounds like word salad to laymen. Maybe he was just being extra careful because he wanted it on the record, in detail, in the official terms. Ultra doubleplus whuck.

  12. Louanne says:

    Your “source”, the Daily Mail pulled their article. It was false, and that was easy to see to anyone who knows how to do wide angle shots. Shame on you for your shoddy research and your willingness to discriminate minorities.
    Yes, it means, the photo was NOT manipulated. With a little research you could have prevented lying to the world. For example, check the original high resolution photo:

  13.  Nice, its really nice photoshop, i am just thought its nice, but if you cannot point to that then i would have not known to it

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