Following the computer-manipulated image showing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak walking in front of US President Barack Obama and an attempt to digitally increase the number of protesters in Yemen, the Arab world might be facing another Photoshop embarrassment.
Syria's official news agency recently published a photo of the newly appointed Hama Governor Anas Abdul-Razzaq Naem being sworn in by President Bashar Assad.
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However, the image aroused the suspicion of British newspaper Guardian, which sent it its imaging expert David McCoy who determined – the picture seems to have been manipulated.
Photoshop mishap or visual illusion? (Photo: AP)
The photo, McCoy noted, combines two images digitally merged in order to create the impression that both men were present in the same room.
McCoy also said the two men are not looking directly at one another. "Assad appears to have had the edge detail on his hair smoothed out, in contrast to the harsh, overly sharpened edges visible elsewhere on his body."
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