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When Joe's head winds up on Jane's body

May 19, 2008 - Steve Murch
Did you see the story about the yearbook screw up in McKinney, Texas?

Somehow the company that put together the yearbook changed 39 percent of the 1,400-plus photos, according to Friday’s Dallas Morning News. Among the problems with the photos were: • Some girls' heads were on boys' bodies • Some boys’ heads were on girls’ bodies • Some necks were stretched • Some outfits were altered • One girl was pictured without clothes, with a blurred chest • Another girl had an arm missing

There also were photos where some kids were made to have the same clothes, and some that had printing on them had it blurred. Apparently there are unconfirmed reports that other Dallas area schools also had problems with their yearbooks.

The McKinney Courier Gazetter reported today that 34 of the photos “were altered was caused by the simple act of saving over the original scanned files.”

Now having worked with Photoshop and then called photos into the designated spot, I can see where someone could easily stretch someone’s neck or squished someone’s head. However, putting someone’s head on another body, same sex or not, requires someone to intentionally alter the photo.

It definitely sounds like the yearbook company has some explaining to do.


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