Journal

Photoshop Anomalies

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While I was working on the 2018 update of my online portfolio (i.e. what you see on the website right now), something very interesting (but very inconvenient) started happening almost every time I brought an image into Photoshop CC on my computer. The placed images (and often times other things that was already in the art board as well) would just pixelate and shuffle, like an old TV when its antenna weren't right and those sliding puzzles they used to give out as "in-flight entertainment" when I was younger.

Having worked as a tech support call center all through college, my first reaction was to record what was happening for trouble-shooting purposes. So that's what I did, diligently screen-shooting away and annotating those .PNGs with details of their occurrences. However, as Photoshop tripped more frequently (and my bug reporting effort dwindled), it started to become less about collecting evidences for making my case to Adobe, and more about collecting for the sake of collecting.

I started to see beauty in the glitches' bold colors and random disarrangement. I gave up on trying to identify the cause and pattern of this bug (I don't think there's any to be honest, it just sort of happens when it happens), and just have fun, taking it as a sign to take a break from working, and making a hobby out of it.

 
 
 

So yeah, some people collect vinyls, Japanese kids collect insects, rich people collect arts, I collect Photoshop anomalies.

Here are some of my favs from the collection:

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If I'm completely honest, some of these screenshots look way cooler than anything I can deliberately create using Photoshop with my current skill set.

 
 
 
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I still haven't reported this bug to Adobe, and don't think I am going to. Too much work, too small chance of it getting fixed. It happens less frequently now (around twice a week), and I discovered a workaround of bringing images into Illustrator first, before copying and pasting it into Photoshop. This has worked for me a 100% of the time so far. Hopefully, Adobe will fix this in their future updates some day, but until then I guess I'll just keep screen-shooting. Who knows, they might come in handy some day.

 
Jes Noparat