Hidden Pictures

Hidden Pictures

Remember the I Spy books?  Recall your addiction to Where’s Waldo?

Now it’s time to create your own hidden picture page using Photoshop.  Here are some amazing examples of this kind of work.

You will use the following tools in PhotoShop to create your page.  Click here for practice images:

  • Magnetic Lasso tool
  • Quick mask tool
  • Layers (organizing and labeling them)
  • shapes
  • text
The audience for your page is anyone ages 5 and up.  Keep all images school and kid friendly.  These pages will be bound into a book and used by my own kids.  They love these hidden pages.

Your page should include the following elements:

  • labeled layers in Photoshop (not layer 1, layer 2 but skateboard, sloth, etc) that relate to the hidden object.
  • a theme (Star Wars, outdoors, playground, skateboarding, classroom)
  • at least 10 hidden objects.  Be tricky but don’t make your viewer use a magnifying glass.  However, if you are hiding a robin is it a bird or Robin?
  • at least 15 total objects (five that aren’t hidden)
  • a written key on the image that lists all the objects to be found.  Use a font that goes with your chosen theme.  The key should appear on the page and not on a separate page.
  • ON a separate page make a copy of your Hidden Pictures and turn it into an answer key.  HIGHLIGHT or CIRCLE each hidden item and let this serve as an answer key for your viewers.
  • how do you turn in your work?  Print out your hidden picture page as well as your answer key.  Save your Photoshop files like this: last name_hidden and last name hidden answer.  Then email me both files as attachments to rmilstead@gmail.com.  Put “hidden picture” in the subject line.

Getting started:

1. choose your theme.

2. create a folder to store your images.

3. find a background image for your page.  Use the Google image search tool to narrow down to LARGE images.

4. collect relevant images and put them in the folder that you created.

Ok now on to PhotoShop:

1. Open a new file in Photoshop and give it the following settings:

  • click on File, New
  • select U.S. Paper from the preset dropdown menu
  • the dimensions of the page are 8.5 by 11 inches. You can swap these to make your image landscape or portrait.
  • make sure that the resolution is set to 300

2. Now bring in your background image.  Use the File, Place option to pull in this image.

3. Now begin your work on the hidden pictures. Your goal is to cut out the image so that it has a natural shape.  Then save the image in Photoshop and use the File, Place command to bring in your hidden image.

4. Your image will be on a separate layer.  Double click on the layer name to give it a name that matches the image.  This helps you to ID which layer is which.

5. As you work save space for your text list of hidden items.