Fake Young Scalzis
Posted on October 20, 2020 Posted by John Scalzi 27 Comments
A new edition of Photoshop dropped today and one of it’s new feature sets is “neural filters” which can, among other things, make one’s face look younger or older. So for fun I took pictures of me and Krissy from the last month and ran them at the “-25” age setting, which may or may not correspond to minus 25 years.
The result: Well, Krissy certainly recognizably looks like her, and looks not unlike what she looked like when she was younger. I, on the other hand, look like (as my friend Monica put it) the creepy android version of me. I definitely did not look like that when I was in my mid 20s. Also that forehead, oy.
I’ll give the Photoshop age filter a “C” for now; it’s a fun toy, but don’t necessarily expect to apply it to your face and come up with, well, you. I mean, unless you’re Krissy and you don’t age like normal humans, anyway.
Also, I ran the clock the other direction, so here’s me at “+25” age. Apparently at some point in the future I become Bill Murray:
So I have that going for me, which is nice.
Go on then… show us a real photo of non-android you at 25!
That was funny. Enjoy!
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-25 years you makes it easier to see Athena’s resemblance to you.
Your young photoshop looks like someone overdid it with the Botox. In the young real you, you look like Jerry Springer.
Thank you! What a great photo!
It’s hard to believe we were all so young once… ;-)
Maybe in the future, you could make a living staring into the distance without saying anything!
I liked the buzz cut.
It’s more Bill Murray crossed with Robert Heinlein IMO.
Which… well, it’s not off brand.
Are you *sure* you’re not related to Bill Murray? I mean, if someone just showed me that photo of +25 you they wouldn’t even have to tell me who it was, I would have just said ‘Oh, yeah, Bill Murray.’
You at+25 looks like the down and out version of Higgins from Magnum P.I.
“So I have that going for me, which is nice.”
I see what you did there.
I’d say that plugin was blissfully unaware of male pattern hair loss, though in the +25, what’s wrong with a little optimism?
BTW, I thought you went to UChicago. What’s with the Dartmouth shirt?
I can’t be the only one curious about Athena +-25…subject to permission of course.
Oh! Do me! Do me! (in a completely non-sexual way, just to be clear.)
I visited Dartmouth to write a magazine article and got the shirt as a momento.
Krissy essentially looks the same. As though she hasn’t aged a day. You, one other hand….
The Ageless Ms. Scalzi… always a Cinderalla Story
I suppose this mean you are going to have to get funnier from here on out. I have confidence in you Bill.
I’ve dabbled in portraiture, and how peoples faces evolve as they age is a fascinating study. It is not just a matter of getting more wrinkles. There are changes in bone mass, fat distribution, and skin and muscle tone. Health, happiness, and stress are also major influences. And that old canard that people who live together start to look alike—people who know each other share mannerisms, which in turn molds how their faces evolve. Really kind of amazing.
Why has the Photoshop filter de-aged you into an oddly balding Shia LaBeouf?
Krissy looks great though!
Some teachers at my school, when it is getting near “100 Day,” will use the age filter to make their first graders look 100 years old. Always super cute!
Actually, Photoshop Wayback Machine seems to have turned you into a version of our friend Josh, which is okay, as he is currently a writer just starting to break into the biz. Real you looks like a young Dave Barry. Krissy is, as always, ageless and eternal :D
Yeah, I saw some mash up of you and Athena. Which could portend terribly for Athena.
You should start practicing your lounge singing now.
BTW, what would -25 do to Athena?
Hi John – I wonder if Photoshop can +/- eyeglasses, which are missing from your wayback photo, btw…