Originally Posted by Pawnmower
Austin, i believe they did open it in illustrator for one thing (not photoshop)..(1st error of thought)..but for another thing, I have a ton of experience with image files...assuming you do, how do you explain the layers being as they are and the date stamp being a single image, unmerged as well as the green background?
What is your explanation for this, have you opened and looked at the file ?
I also disagree with your premise that the paper copy is needed to determine if there was 'shopping' involved. You could use a control document. You are also quite wrong on that point.
Illustrator, Photoshop... either way both translate the file.. so my point is the same.
I not only have a ton of experience with image files but I actually have written software that encodes them.. so I know them on a very very low level as well. The layers can pop up based on the settings used to scan and encode the doc. That is a major problem when dealing with PDFs. I have seen far squirrelier things get grabbed and made into it's own layer for what appears to me no reason at all. Happens all the time when encoding an image as a PDF.
You are correct, if someone watermarked a giant smiley face or did some such.. you could tell it was "shopped"... but in this case the video doesn't prove anything.
I have not opened the file itself, I am just going off the videos. There is nothing in the videos that I couldn't recreate with a legit file and poor judgement on software and settings, and that alone disproves their premise.