Turn a grown-up into a toddler with some help from Photoshop!
Photoshop offers a whole bag of tools and tricks that makes pulling portraits into new shapes as simple as dragging your mouse. In this tutorial, we’ve taken inspiration from Cristian Girotto’s surreal series of portraits, which reveal the inner child of fully-grown adults.
To reverse the ageing process, it’s worth thinking about the differences between a child’s face and an adult’s face. In general, children have smaller noses, less defined cheeks, chubbier features, bigger eyes and flatter eyebrows than grown-ups. We can make all of these alterations with the amazing Liquify filter, which enables you to push, pull and morph pixels. Once done, we’ll finish off by removing tell-tale signs of age, like wrinkles and blemishes, then add rosy cheeks.
We’ve used two portraits, taken moments apart, for this project. For the second shot we moved the camera slightly closer to the subject’s head (the slight change in perspective makes the oversized head look more realistic) but you can still get good results from a single portrait – if you want to surprise someone by working from an existing photo, for example.
Whether you want to create a fun portrait like this, or just make your subject look younger, the way you light the face plays a big part. Large, frontal lighting fills out any shadows, and softens wrinkles, crow’s feet and eye bags, so for our two start images, we positioned a big softbox above the camera, with a reflector held below the chin. A second ‘edge’ light came from behind the subject to the right.