Pavilions of laughter with curved mirrors are traditional at fairs and festivals. It is very interesting and funny to watch your face, distorted in unusual proportions. Of course, this is a pleasure, and we are very glad that our faces do not always remain that way! Therefore, I and my children are interested in how they will look if we apply the “Curved Mirrors” effect in Photoshop!
This lesson is aimed at the joint work of parents and children in the creation of this interesting project. Time spent together is just as important as the end result. The first part of the lesson is reserved for parents to discuss ideas that will be used when creating photos at the very beginning. The next part describes working with three different tools that can be used to create a fun effect of curved mirrors, and this part of the lesson is designed for children who can repeat all the steps. Further, the final part will again be devoted to parents in order to create the final effect. So let’s get started!
1. Photographing Children
You can not work with the images, if you do not have any. Therefore, let’s work on their creation!
A normal close-up shot would be perfect for this project. Try to create a background with a monochromatic color shade and even illumination. If possible, do not use the camera flash, because it creates a hard shadow relative to the background. I understand that not everyone has a set of lighting equipment, but if you have, then use it! Together with the children, I equipped the living room with lighting devices, and also installed a piece of white cardboard between the lighting devices as a background.
Take a few pictures of your precious models to get comfortable with the situation. This will allow you to adjust your camera settings, as well as lighting as needed.
Take a preliminary photo shoot, it will cheer up the children before we start creating funny images. It is very important to show the children that their image will remain unchanged, and it will be as sweet as it is in real life, and we just play with digital pixels for your pleasure!
Now give the command to build funny faces! The best result is the funniest face of all the funny images your child will create. Encourage your children to be creative and show silly faces. Give them faces so that they can give you faces in return! Take as many pictures as you like and have fun with the kids! Laugh with them, make fun of all this, and also enjoy this special moment, because Children are our wealth!
So, it’s time to upload photos to Photoshop and prepare photos for our little artists. Sort images, pick up those that you approve together for further processing. Remember that the best results come from the funniest faces of your children. Before you start working with the mouse and keyboard, make sure that your original image is already pre-cropped and corrected for color, if necessary.
I will show you three techniques for creating the effect of a laughing pavilion with curved mirrors. The first technique is the simplest, and the last one is the most difficult, so choose the technique that you think your child can master with your help. If you want to try all three techniques, then you will need three separate documents with which you will work. Great that we took so many pictures!
2. Simple Deformation
Hey kids! Are you ready for making funny faces? This method is the easiest and fastest. Here we will use a tool called Deformation (Warp). You will see how easy it is, and also how funny it is!
Let’s start with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)) —This tool looks like a sharp-angled lasso. Use this tool to create an active selection around the head. Be careful, when you create a contour around the collar, the contour must be made as shown in the screenshot below!
Now press the keys (Ctrl + J) to copy the selection to a new layer. Notice that a new layer has appeared in the layers palette with a selected image of the head.
Next, go Layer – Smart-an object – convert at Smart-an object(Layer> Smart Object> Convert to Smart Object). You will not see the difference at the moment, but we are ready to start creating the effect. Deformations (Warp).
Let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp) to create a transformation grid in warp mode. At the top of the screen is the settings panel of this tool. Let’s start with the parameter Shell up (Shell Upper). Did we make the image funny enough?
Now change the warp parameter to Custom (Custom). Pay attention to the grid again – do you see small dots at the ends of the lines? These are deformation points. Taking these points, pull them a little. See how the image shape changes?
Now we do the same with the lines inside the strain grid. Taking one line, shift it a little. We got an even more funny deformation!
When you complete the deformation of the face, click the checkmark icon at the top of the screen to exit Deformations (Warp).
3. Puppet Warp
This tool allows you to more distort the proportions of the face than just deformation (warp), besides that, it is a bit complicated to apply. This technique starts with the same steps as the technique. Simple Warp (Simple Warp), which was described above. Therefore, if you need to remember these steps, then you can return to the beginning of the previous technique!
Let’s start with a simple selection and creation smart facility (Smart Object), the same as in the technique Simple Warp (Simple Warp).
Activate the tool Deformations (Warp) select option Convex (Bulge), install Bend (Bend) 50%.
Next, go Editing – Puppet Warp (Edit> Puppet Warp). Now you can consider the image as a piece of stretch matter, which can be stretched to get funny faces. We need to add a few control points to our material so that it can be stretched. Place one control point between the eyes, and another at the top of the head.
Add a control point to the tip of the chin and pull it down. Do you see how the chin starts to grow? How easy was it? Thus, this technique works … we add a control point, and then we shift it!
Continue adding control points until you change the facial features and the face becomes completely ridiculous!
Click the checkmark icon at the top of the screen to exit Puppet Warp (Puppet Warp) and see your work. Great job!
Result after applying Puppet Warp (Puppet Warp).
The latest technique is the funniest, but at the same time the most difficult! This technique is known as Plastics(Liquify)!
There is no need to create a selection, but the best solution is to first convert the image layer to smart object (Smart Object) (for how to create a smart object, see section Simple Deformation (Simple Warp)).
Next, go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify). Changes made by this filter are made using a set of tools similar to a brush, which are located on the left. Each tool is slightly different from each other, and we, in turn, use most of them!
The first tool is a tool. Deformation (Forward Warp Tool (W)). This tool shifts parts of the image! Make sure to The size (Size) the brush was large, about 250, and Pressure (Pressure) 50. Next, try moving the center of the mouth area upwards. Repeating the action, lower the corners of the lips down.
Switch to the tool Bloating (Bloat Tool (B)). Now just make sure that the brush size is larger than the size of the eyes, about 300. Click the brush several times in the center of each eye to enlarge them.
Tool Shrinkage (Pucker Tool (S)) is the opposite tool. Bloating (Bloat Tool). So, click the brush several times on the nose to reduce it slightly.
Oh! Overdone and twist the face too much? If you need to fix something, use the tool. To reconstruct (Reconstruct Tool (R)). Just paint over the restoration area with a brush to magically restore everything to normal!
Play around with different tools to stretch your chin, as well as enlarge your ears. When you are satisfied with the result, as well as the degree of image distortion, click the OK button to complete the filter.
Filter result Plastics (Liquify)! And how funny is your job?
5. Final Effects
So, it’s time for the parent part of the job to complete the final touches to complete the project. Before we continue, make sure that your child does not have offenses about funny faces. The main thing is that the children’s faces do not look horrible or nasty – this is just a way to create a ridiculous image, like in curved mirrors!
When working with tools Deformation (Warp) and Puppet Warp (Puppet Warp), the image was copied to a new layer, which is located on top of the layer with the background. During the deformation, the edges of the image were shifted, and now they may not coincide with the background. This is especially noticeable in images where there is a patterned shirt. To fix this, add a layer mask to the layer with a funny face and use the soft black brush to mask the areas that need to be fixed on the mask.
Now we need to add some interesting light effects to the image. Make sure the layer with a funny face is active and on, go Filter – Camera Raw (Filter> Camera Raw Filter). Increase parameter Definition (Clarity) to about 15, and the parameter Vibration (Vibrance) up to about 10 – your settings may differ, but you can use the above settings as a basis. Next, click the ‘OK’ button to apply the filter.
Navigate Layer – New Layer (Layer> New Layer (Shift + Control + N)) and in the window that appears give the name of the new layer Lightening / Fading (Dodge and Burn). Set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), and also put a tick in the box Fill in the neutral color of the “Overlap” mode (Fill with Overlay-neutral color). Thus, we will add a new layer with a gray fill, which will not be visible due to the blending mode.
Choose a tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool, set the value Exposure (Exposure) 7%. Using a large soft brush, paint over the areas of the image, accenting light highlights, and also focusing along the contour of the face, hair, including the eyes.
Now, switch to the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool, set the value Exposure (Exposure) 7% for creating deep shadows due to light brush strokes.
We have completed the lesson!
How did you get off? My results are presented below.
Congratulations and great job! I hope that this lesson inspired you, and you will try to create your own pavilion of laughter with curved mirrors.