unless he really wanted to keep the birther issue alive on the Internet so that trusting Democrats would have more reason to heap scorn on Donald Trump an other people who question Obama;s American heritage.
After Obama released the latest long form birth certificate, I thought it would be fun to wait a while and then check on what the birther critics had to say. A quick search on google for : “photoshop experts Obama birth certificate” reveals many, many stories by partisans and experts who use Adobe graphics programs.
It’s easy to let the news media characterize the Birthers as part of the lunatic fringe, and generally is a side issue when so many issues are far more important. Once again, I thought the hoopla about the new long form Obama birth certificate was baloney until I started searching for the techniques used and testing them out in my own copy of Adobe CS5 Photoshop and Illustrator. Articles are appearing now by non-political folk who are examining this pdf file and assessing how it was created.
When the pdf file is downloaded into Adobe Illustrator, you can follow the steps in the tutorial below, and sure enough, the alleged birth ccertificate is a composite of separate graphic elements. The ccertificate is not just a fake, it’s a really bad fake. Even my limited pand illustrator skills reveal the sloppy workmanship. For a while there, i thought I was looking at another Al Jazeera fraudulent photo, not an image from the White House.
This video was borrowed from Infowars. a clearly right wing site. http://www.infowars.com/new-obama-birth-certificate-is-a-forgery/
By Steve Cooper
The Conservative Monster.com
An ANONYMOUS Photoshop expert emailed me and she said this detailed step by step process on how to make the same birth certificate. Of course the left wing criminals in the media will not question the validity of this document, because they are part of the conspiracy.
The Birth Certificate just issued as proof of Obama’s birth in Hawaii appears to have been altered in Photoshop. The document appears to have been typed on white paper then floated over official green paper (on a separate layer).
The white portion of the layer containing the typewritten information was then selected by the “Magic Selection Tool” in Photoshop and then cleared – exposing the green official paper underneath. The document appears not to have been cleaned up.
Residual white remains around the letters and inside the boxes containing an “X” on the Birth Certificate. This can be plainly seen when the document is enlarged to 200%. Rush Limbaugh is right that Obama’s hand was forced. It is my opinion that a poorly executed falsification resulted. Take a look for yourself.
President Obama’s Birth Certificate PDF has “Layers” This was interesting…..are there any Photoshop experts out there? Why are there LAYERS in this birth certificate? Was this altered?
Critics: Obama’s Latest Long-Form Birth Certificate Is a Fake …Update: More Expert Opinion
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:31 PM
Long-form pdf link.
Photoshop expert and author of more than 17 books on computer graphics Mara Z. sent this in:
Look at the attached JPG… (which shows what you will see when opening the PDF in Illustrator and how to get there)… but to recap… if you open the PDF in Illustrator (instead of Photoshop) – Select the entire document and go to the Object menu and choose Clipping Mask > Release. Repeat as necessary until all clipping masks are released. Also open the Layer and turn off the visibility of each clipping group and you can see all the numerous places in which information was added (edited) into the form.
Lastly, look at the attached 1961 sample image found on the Internet of a legitimate 1961 Hawaii Birth Certificate (which someone posted to show what a real certificate would look like from that year in Hawaii)… look at the marks on this Internet version and you can see this was the template for Obama’s BC handiwork. The handwriting is exactly the same between posted Internet image and Obama’s fake version — the placement of boxes and marks are in the exact same position, dates are where the modified clipping masks occur to adjust dates to fit for Obama, but the handwriting of dates match (except for the clipping mask changes). Even the Cert. number is only off by the last two digits (which…you guessed it… happens to be a clipping mask layer).
Finally, also wanted to make the point that regardless of where Obama is born, he’s still not a Natural Born Citizen since both parents were not born on U.S. soil but I won’t hold my breath waiting for the media to educate the public on this fact.
More doubt… Another graphics designer reported it was a fake.
I have been using Adobe Illustrator since the original version (Illustrator 88) came out in 1988.
I have attached a few Illustrator files that I believe will provide evidence that I am indeed an illustrator expert. I can send out the original files if you wish.
The comments made by Mara Z are very interesting. The first question is – what was the source of this pdf file? If the pdf file came from Obama’s people, the claims that this document was “doctored” may indeed be of merit. The first question is, why are there any layers on this document at all? It was clearly created in Photoshop, which is always used for image processing.
The second question is, if you look at the file I have sent as Obama Certificate Actions 01, you can see in the actions palette that there were 24 actions performed on this file before it was made into a pdf. Many of the actions are not Illustrator functions, but are Photoshop actions. Thus, this file was created in Photoshop, and exported as Photoshop 5 (why, that’s a very old version?) and it was next saved for the web (a Photoshop action) three times.
Again, first, we need to ascertain where this file came from.
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