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What Kind Of Man Inserts Himself Into Old Print Ads??

October 20, 2011

What kind of man inserts himself into old print ads? A humorous illustrator. Uh… me, for example. And look at the admiring glances I’m getting!!

I guess women just can’t resist a guy with a pencil neck…close-up of revised old magazine print ad for Playboy Magazine asking what sort of man reads Playboy with illustrator Mark Armstrong holding coffee-stained portfolio and getting admiring glances from two beautiful women

It all began when I stumbled across an old Playboy Magazine promo (see below). The temptation was too much.

I was only going to paste in my head for a quick joke, but decided to get fancy and see how “seamless” I could make it. I used Photoshop’s Liquify tool to caricature myself, complete with pencil neck. What’s scary is how natural the shoulders looked after I Liquified them to fit the neck.

I’m not sure what the guy’s holding. Googling “Beacon’s” did not produce any helpful results. But it looked like it could be a portfolio case– and after adding a stenciled hint and lots of coffee stains, it did look like one!

I added new copy at the bottom, and splashed on a few coffee stains there as well. After blending all the changes into the darkish original, I flattened the image and brightened the whole thing with a simple Curves adjustment. Here’s the Before and After:side by side comparison of original old magazine print ad for Playboy Magazine asking what sort of man reads Playboy and doctored version with illustrator Mark Armstrong caricature inserted

And here’s the revised ad by itself. I do seem to be laying it on rather thick…  : )old magazine print ad for Playboy Magazine asking what sort of man reads Playboy with illustrator Mark Armstrong holding coffee-stained portfolio and getting admiring glances from two beautiful women

What do you think? Is it a successful photo manipulation? Am I blessed with more
than my share of manly charm? Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2011 11:02 AM


    You have outdone yourself, sir! Absolutely one of your best Photoshop transformations. Love it! I think many people would love to be morphed into their favorite magazine.

    And if I’m not mistaken, I think the lady in the back is giving you the eye. Nice.



    • October 20, 2011 2:00 PM

      My dear fellow! Coming from a suave, sophisticated, and debonair guy like yourself, that means a lot– thanks a heap!

      Yes, that woman in the back is giving me the eye– good thing she’s too vain to wear her glasses!! : )


  2. October 21, 2011 4:05 AM

    I love it! Excellent work all round! Gotta get me one of those pencil necks…



    • October 21, 2011 8:12 AM

      Many thanks! It’s good to know I’ve got some “street cred”… : )

      Yes, pencil necks come in handy. Ya never know when you might need a pencil, that’s been my experience… : )

      Thanks a lot for stopping by!


  3. October 21, 2011 10:21 AM

    You’ve done a great job! You made my day definitely!


  4. robpixaday permalink
    October 27, 2011 12:34 PM



    • October 27, 2011 4:58 PM

      Your kind word put a smile on my face, and your fiendish laugh made my hair stand up and do the watusi– many thanks!! : )


      • robpixaday permalink
        October 28, 2011 6:07 PM



        • October 28, 2011 8:17 PM

          I don’t think I ever got a smiley face for a comment before.

          After thinking long and hard about it, I’m going to interpret it as a good sign… thank you!! : )


  5. October 27, 2011 1:17 PM

    What do you think? Is it a successful photo manipulation? I was amazed by what you did, and yes this was a successful photo manipulation.


    • October 27, 2011 5:02 PM

      It’s not successful until you say it’s successful– ’cause you da boss! Thanks, TT!! : )


  6. October 28, 2011 1:33 PM

    I have not checked your work for a while, and I am amazed at what I see. 😀


    • October 28, 2011 6:02 PM

      I am delighted to see you here, and I sincerely appreciate your very kind comment!

      I’m going to vacuum my welcome mat and add some gold sparkles to encourage your return! : )


  7. kirinjirafa permalink
    November 23, 2011 7:53 PM

    I love this. Seriously- the vaguely self-deprecating angle on an ad which, frankly seems to be taking its product way too seriously is just hilarious. I love your work!


    • November 23, 2011 9:54 PM

      What a lovely comment– my sincere thanks. Yes, it’s one of those ads that clearly needed to have its nose tweaked. I felt I had to step in and do the job personally… : )

      I’m very happy you found my blog, I should be delighted to have you stop by anytime– thanks again!


  8. February 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Oh… I love your technique and style… You really are a genius!


    • February 6, 2013 2:20 PM

      I just can’t think of anything to add here– you have summed up the situation perfectly… : P

      (Thank you, my Dear Sweet Dolly– mmmmwahh!)


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