Hidden Image

Do you see a logo where the girl's face is? Select the image. How about now? Learn how to create a hidden image in this tutorial (IE only)!

4 Steps
Important Tools:
  • Define Pattern
  • Crop Tool
  • Layer Palette
  • Invert Colors
  • Blending Mode

Step 1 - Creating the Pattern for the Trick
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First we will be creating the pattern we will be using for the trick.

PatternCreate a new image 2x2px and using the Pencil Tool set to 1px, draw something like the image to the right. You may want to Zoom In ( View > Zoom In ) to do this.

Define your pattern ( Edit > Define Pattern ) and close the image.

Step 2 - Preparing the Images
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Open two images: one as the cover image, and one as the image that is hidden until selected.

Hidden ImageHidden ImageI will be using the image with the woman’s face for the main image and the n-sane logo for the hidden image.

Crop and resize the two images so they are the same size.

Step 3 - Creating the Trick
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Create a new image the same size as your other two images and paste both your images onto it.

Layer OrderThe two images should be on two separate layers. Move the cover image layer above the hidden image layer.

Fill PatternCreate a new layer and move it above the hidden image layer but below the cover image.

ExclusionFill ( Edit > Fill ) this layer with the pattern you made in Step 1. Change the Blending Mode of this layer to “Exclusion”.

Step 4 - Final Adjustements
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Activate on the hidden Image layer on the Layer Palette and invert the colors ( Image > Adjustments > Invert or press Ctrl-I ) .

Change to opacity of the cover image to change how well you can see the hidden image when selected.

Final Hidden ImageMore opacity means a less obvious hidden image when not selected but a much weaker hidden image when selected.

Less opacity means a more obvious hidden image when not selected but a much more visible hidden image when selected.

Have fun!

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