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(Pocket-lint) - Photoshop is the modern go-to tool for editing and altering images, but changing photographs to put a different spin on them is far from a new trend.

There are plenty of instances where photo manipulation techniques have been misused - to even change history at times. Some of them occurring long before Photoshop existed.

We've tracked down some of the best from over the years, including recent examples that did indeed use Adobe's software, to show just how popular and crazy this trend has been.  

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Removed Russian Cosmonaut

In the early 1960s Russian cosmonauts were the first to carry out an orbit of our home planet. 

Later one of those cosmonauts (Grigoriy Nelyubov) was removed from this photo after being ditched from the Soviet space program for drunk and disorderly conduct. 

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was a Ukrainian-Russian who was known for creating a variation of Marxism known as Trotskyism.

In this photo manipulation though, he is seen with Vladimir Lenin. Later when the two quarrelled he was removed from the photo. Lenin referred to Trotsky as  "Little Judas" as well as "scoundrel" and "swine" so it's no surprise he was doctored out of the photos together. 

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Joeseph Stalin and Nikolai Yezhov

During his reign as leader of the Soviet Union from the 1920's until his death in 1953, Stalin was famous for many things, including the notorious doctoring of images to remove people who had fallen out of his favour.

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Stalin and censorship

So rife was this trend that there's even a Wikipedia page dedicated to it. In this photo, Commissar Nikolai Yezhov is removed by censors after he fell out with Stalin, was arrested in 1939 and later executed.

Another classic example shows a photograph changing multiple times as the people in it fell out of good graces with the Stalin regime.  

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HItler and Goebbels

Stalin wasn't the only famous dictator prone to removing friends from his photos. There are several instances of Adolf Hitler having people censored from official snaps too.

Here Joseph Goebbels is shed from this otherwise friendly scene of Hitler and friends.

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Flag over the Reichstag

Another famous photo has one of the smallest alterations we've seen. Here, Soviet soldiers are pictured raising their flag over the Reichstag at the end of World War Two. If you look closely you'll see the original photograph shows the soldier below wearing what looks like a watch on each wrist.

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Flag over the Reichstag Original

The photo was later edited for fear that it might imply that the soldiers had been looting. There was however conjecture that one of the wrists was merely a tactical compass. 

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Churchill's trademark cigar

Many of the iconic photos of Winston Churchill feature the trademark cigar, but this one was digitally altered to remove the cigar when it was featured at The Britain At War Experience museum in London. Though why, nobody knows, not even the museum manager.  

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Fidel Castro and Carlos Franqui

Another classic case of old friends and comrades falling out of favour, this photo of Fidel Castro taken in 1968 shows him approving the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia.

The original image included Carlos Franqui who had abandoned the regime and gone into exile in Italy.  

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The Queen Mother and Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

This apparently doctored photo shows Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King with the Queen Mother and King George VI.

King George VI was removed from the final photo presumably to make the Prime Minister seem more powerful and magnetic.

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Asian Tsunami 2004 Fake

This image purports to show the incoming disaster that was the 2004 Tsunami in Asia but was revealed to have been taken on the coast of Chile with the enormous waves simply Photoshopped in.

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The accidental tourist at the world trade centre

In quite possibly one of the worst attempts at a manipulated photo we've seen (and in poor taste too) this one depicts a tourist atop the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001 just before the hijacked planes struck the towers.

It was later revealed that Péter Guzli had taken the image and doctored it for friends.

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Sad Keanu in the Situation Room

The Situation Room was a photograph originally taken in the White House showing various members of the National Security Council including Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and others watching the events unfolding around the special forces mission to capture Osama Bin Laden.

The photo was later Photoshopped heavily across the internet after being posted to the White House's official Flickr account and included such joy as Sad Keanu being inserted.

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Deceased Osama Bin Laden

After the mission to capture Osama Bin Laden and his subsequent death, several fake photographs of his body appeared online.

Most notable was this one that was shown to be a composition from several different doctored photos with the majority of the picture being made up of a frame from the film Blackhawk Down.

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Korean Military Might

In an attempted show of military might, this photo was released in 2013 by the Official Korean Central News Agency, apparently showing military manoeuvres being carried out by North Korea.

Closer inspection shows some of the hovercraft to be clones with inaccurate wakes, possibly to make the force appear more intimidating.

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Kim Jong Un Fake Korean Missile launch

Photos released in 2015 show Kim Jong-un watching a test-firing of a ballistic missile from an underwater submarine – posing a serious threat to America and the rest of the world.

At the time its authenticity was questioned as the photos appeared to be heavily modified and included discrepancies with the reflections of the missile exhaust flame on the water below.

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Adopting them same technique and blending photographs from modern times with a bygone era, Xav Marseille sets a modern scene blended with the past but without the backdrop of war.

In a series of photos dubbed "Then & Now" we're thrown back through time via locations we might find familiar in our everyday lives.  

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George Bush upside down book

This classic photo from 2002 shows President Bush holding a book upside-down when visiting the George Sanchez Charter School in Houston Texas. The photo purports to show Bush as the buffoon that many people thought him to be. 

In fact, on closer inspection the book shows signs of being digitally doctored and the original image shows the book the correct way up in his hands.  

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David Cameron Fake Poppy

British Prime Minister David Cameron came under criticism in 2015 after a photo of him wearing a Remembrance Day poppy was posted on Downing Street's Facebook page.

The poppy was clearly Photoshopped and the official page was forced to take the photo down after a sea of ridicule that included many follow-up edits poking fun at the Prime Minister.  

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The Scuba Diving couple

An unsuspecting couple on holiday in Australia had their photo snapped underwater blissfully unaware that there's a great white shark lurking behind them.

Of course, this one was quickly outed as a fake, but at least it's reasonably well done.

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Helicopter Shark

Another classic case of two photos being merged together, this photo dubbed "helicopter shark" purportedly shows a great white shark leaping out of ocean to grab a free lunch in the form of military personnel climbing down a Black Hawk ladder.

Gaining popularity in 2001, helicopter shark was quickly found landing in email inboxes across the world.

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The Beatles Abbey Road without cigarrette

The original album cover to the famous "Abbey Road" album from The Beatles shows Paul McCartney holding a cigarette.

At a later date, an American poster company removed the cigarette from the picture. They did so without permission and no seems to know why.

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John Lennon and Che Guevara

Another famous photo puts John Lennon and Che Guevara together strumming out some tunes. An unlikely duo indeed.

No surprise then that this is yet another in a long line of fakes and the real photo is of Wayne Gabriel and Lennon. Here Che's face has been superimposed over the top with almost convincing results.    

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A British soldier calming civilians

This modern doctored image (top) was a culmination of two other photos combined to enhance the composition and emotion of the shot.

Here a British soldier is pictured in Basra urging Iraqi civilians to stay down and take cover. The staff photographer, Brian Walski altered the image to improve the end result.

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US National Debt Counter

This doctored photo was taken during an American Republican convention in 2012 but was altered to show the US National Debt counter above the slogan.

In reality this counter was on the other side of the convention arena and could not be seen from this angle.

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The many faces of Hitler

Near the end of World War Two, the Allies were concerned that Hitler might try to escape Germany and assume a disguise of some sort.

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