Fake reCaptcha – Photoshop Tutorial For Trolling

Fake reCaptcha – Photoshop Tutorial For Trolling:

  1. Take screenshot of the reCaptcha you are trying to troll (even type your troll words underneath before hand, for authenticity).
  2. Paste it into Photoshop, zoom in on the reCaptcha and delete it or color over it with white
  3. Select the type tool and change the font to “Times New Roman”, and change the style to “Bold”
  4. Type your trolling word(s) then use Warp Text (Layer –> Type –>Warp Text)  to give a distorted look.  I like the style “twist”.
  5. Flatten the image (Layer –> Flatten Image)
  6. Add a slight blur to the text.  I prefer Gaussian (Filter –> Blur – Gaussian) or Motion blur.
  7. Apply the Photocopy filter (Filter –> Sketch –> Photocopy) and even the “Graphic Pen” filter (and blur slightly for effect), Basically just fool around with the settings until you get it how you want.  You can use other filters and combinations of filters to achieve similar effects.
  8. reCaptcha troll word(s) complete.

For the “ink spill” variation reCaptcha, you just need to draw a shape over top of your word and layer via copy, then invert the colors by clicking Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Invert.

Here are the ones I made up for use on your favorite site (300 px x 57 px – Drag and drop into your screen shot):



Josh August 3, 2010 at 09:27 am

That’s pretty clever. I didn’t try making one, but in your instructions – after you warped the text you flattened the image before blurring. You’re saying to “add a slight blur to the text.” If you flatten the image at that point, aren’t you going to end up with just one layer, and you’ll be blurring everything, not just the text? I think in order to preserve the clarity of that background layer (the CAPTCHA box), you could just rasterize the type layer and blur it only.


Admin (Mike) August 3, 2010 at 09:57 am

Good point.. I actually drew a marquee around the recaptcha white box area and click “layer via cut”… that way when you blur it etc.. you are only performing it on the text and the white background. Just rasterizing the text (with no white background) does not work the same for some reason.


Josh August 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

Ah, I see. I’ve learned to avoid flattening an image if at all possible. I think the reason it’s not working the same is because after you’ve flattened it you’re blurring white into the text as well as blurring the text.

Whatever you did, it worked well.


Admin (Mike) August 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

yea I think you’re right. I agree… I’d never flatten unless completely necessary.


Camon August 6, 2010 at 05:30 pm



Admin (Mike) September 3, 2010 at 08:06 pm

haha good one


DocScience August 7, 2010 at 06:01 pm

I tried typing the highpoint one, but my fingers just couldn’t type beautiful in front of it.


Admin (Mike) September 3, 2010 at 08:07 pm

haha yea it was tough to do


antibubba August 11, 2010 at 02:02 pm

To keep things legal, you should change this blog’s name to “Every Day, One Week Off”. Everything OK?


Aaron Geisler August 12, 2010 at 09:57 am

Many folks are wondering if all is well?


Raph84 August 12, 2010 at 10:28 am



Conor August 12, 2010 at 10:50 am



Robert August 12, 2010 at 11:59 am



ScottY August 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

+2 Yea what the heck? Don’t make me find a different way to kill time at work! heh


Lisa Otaku December 13, 2011 at 02:45 pm

Hi! im SO glad you made this- now i can finally make one of these things! :3



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