Did you know it’s illegal to say an image is “photoshoped”?

Did you know it’s illegal to say an image is “photoshoped”? Actually im breaking Adobe’s license agreement with this post right now. (please don’t report me)

According to Adobes license terms you have to say ” The image was enhanced with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements software. ” or they can actually pull back your photoshop license, lol.

Trademarks are not verbs.

Correct: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.
Incorrect: The image was photoshopped.

Trademarks are not nouns.

Correct: The image pokes fun at the Senator.
Incorrect: The photoshop pokes fun at the Senator.

Always capitalize and use trademarks in their correct form.

Correct: The image was enhanced with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements software.
Incorrect: The image was photoshopped.
Incorrect: The image was Photoshopped.
Incorrect: The image was Adobe® Photoshopped.

Trademarks must never be used as slang terms.

Correct: Those who use Adobe® Photoshop® software to manipulate images as a hobby see their work as an art form.
Incorrect: A photoshopper sees his hobby as an art form.
Incorrect: My hobby is photoshopping.

Trademarks must never be used in possessive form.

Correct: The new features in Adobe® Photoshop® software are impressive.
Incorrect: Photoshop’s new features are impressive.

Proper use of the Photoshop trademark

Trademarks help protect corporate and product identity, and the Photoshop trademark is one of Adobe’s most valuable trademarks. By following the below guidelines, you can help Adobe protect the Photoshop brand name.

The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun. The Photoshop trademark should always be capitalized and should never be used in possessive form or as a slang term. It should be used as an adjective to describe the product and should never be used in abbreviated form. The following examples illustrate these rules:


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5 Responses to “Did you know it’s illegal to say an image is “photoshoped”?”

  1. Falcz says:

    Fuck off its illegal, its a genericized trademark.

  2. Johny says:

    Trademarks must never be abbreviated.

    Correct: Take a look at the new features in Adobe® Photoshop® software.
    Incorrect: Take a look at the new features in PS.

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