Our Favorite Photoshop Battles of 2017

IMAGE CREDIT: VIA REDDIT / Shashakeitup

by Lex van den Berghe

posted on 12-22-2017

As the year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on what was achieved in the past 12 months, plan future goals, oh, and decide who used the Lasso tool most effectively. Each year countless Photoshop battles appear on Reddit (much to the delight of all of us on the Photoshop team), pitting artists against each other to see who can manipulate an image in the best and wildest way. The creative results bring the laughs, so buckle up and come along as we highlight some of our favorite Photoshop battles of 2017.

Santa Claus with a sword

Santa Claus knew that with winter coming, he needed to prepare, and the internet helped him out.

Image credited to Reddit user TheMaddest_Man

He’s ready to battle it out with his legion of armed elves.

Image credited to Reddit user Shashakeitup

Before battle, Santa had to stop for lunch to get his favorite kebab.

Image credited to Reddit user artunitinc

Relaxing infant

This baby grabbed a little “R&R” while on vacation, and the people of the Internet had a field day.

Image credited to Reddit user whatsmyname2u

One creative genius gave the baby a Baywatch-worthy makeover.

Image credited to Reddit user mandal0re

Another thought the sleeping baby exhibited model behavior.

Image credited to Reddit user i_am_a_bot_ama

Dancing at a wedding

This party animal was caught dancing the night away and became instant bait for a battle.

Image credited to Reddit user PerplexedLabrat

He was pumped about Rose and Jack dancing together.

Image credited to Reddit user Smilax

But being a backup dancer is where he really found his groove. (It’s all in the hips.)

Image credited to Reddit user 2Thebreezes

Kitten leaning on a tire

Someone found this cute kitten chilling on a car tire and figured, why not let it chill somewhere more interesting?

Image credited to Reddit user Craydan

The kitten stopped by the local watering hole for a cold one after a day of hard work.

Image credited to Reddit user 8bitBonfire

During its free time, this kitten likes to shred some sweet waves.

Image credited to Reddit user jidery

Salt Bae goes to vote

Salt Bae became an instant phenomenon online and when he went to vote, it was Salt Bae 2.0.

Image credited to Reddit user malcolmX_

He seemed to have been auditioning for his part in the ballet.

Image credited to Reddit user i_mormon_stuff

And he’s quite good at dunking a basketball – look at that form!

Image credited to Reddit user SuperTararot

Squirrel touching water

Mirror, mirror on the wall — who’s the furriest one of all? We’ll let the Photoshop battlers decide.

Image credited to Reddit user froggie2feet

This squirrel was the youngest competitor at the X-Games this year.

Image credited to Reddit user WhamBamJakeSmith

He needed a break before continuing to search for Robin Hood in the forest.

Image credited to Reddit user Hg201

Dog trying to catch a ball

Owner: You gonna catch the ball?
Dog: I’m gonna catch it!
Narrator: He in fact was not going to catch it.

Image credited to Reddit user Marmite_Badger

This dog hit the high notes that Mick Jagger just couldn’t.

Image credited to Reddit user -doitforjohnny-

One of these kids is not like the other.

Image credited to Reddit user Shashakeitup

Yearly wrap-up

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but thanks to Photoshop, a picture’s worth a thousand more. Photoshop Reddit battles have delighted us over the years, and 2017 was a year for the books. Now, put down your Pen tools and answer this: What was your favorite Photoshop battle from this past year?

Topics: Creativity, Art

Products: Photoshop, Creative Cloud