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In a Photoshop contest, held 2 weeks ago (where main topic involved optical illusions), there was an interesting submission I almost overlooked. As you can see, Justin manipulated the below photo in such a way, that there is a girl’s face hidden somewhere inside of it. Don’t let the Moebius strip drive your attention a way, it’s more about the branches. I had some trouble seeing the illusion at first, mostly because I was heavily influenced by our widget’s logo (it uses the illusion in pretty similar way). There was also an illusion where you had to spot the baby hidden inside the tree branches. So I thought Justin just had modernized one of these two. If you also have trouble spotting the illusion, use the expandable solution below the picture. Btw, how you like those expandable solutions I started adding lately?

Face in Branches Illusion

Expandable Solution:

Face in Branches Illusion


61 Responses
  1. Andrew Barks says:

    wow i see the face it is looking down on the impossible opject from the top left ;)

  2. Barbarella says:

    There is something not quite right about her face but once you see it, it’s quite obvious.

  3. popesantaxiv says:

    I seem to be seeing more than one face.

  4. tina says:

    that is good but did spot it straight away

  5. Circus says:

    That girl has a mighty beard!

  6. Jessy says:

    not as pretty as some hidden art but not bad

  7. Melinda says:

    Wow I really like that one. I couldn’t see it until I click the solution link. I really like the new solution link.

  8. Even after identifying the lips, i had trouble getting the entire face!! Not a good looking one! Eh!!

  9. Angie says:

    Creepy! its in the middle left of the picture.

  10. I think I found the woman in the branches. It’s a good illusion, it took me some time to find her. As for the expandable solution bar, I think it’s a great idea. As a matter of fact I’m going look at it after I submit my comment.

  11. angeliqa8 says:

    I had to look at the expandable solution but i still don’t buy this. If this were a real face it would be pretty deformed, the nose is way too far to the right and the left eye is way to far out too. I was impressed by how perfectly shaped the lips were, they should have left the illusion at that.
    and whats the point of the moebius thing floating in the pic anyway?????

  12. David says:

    @Barks: Yes and it is made of the impossible branch:)

  13. Vurdlak The expandable solution works great.(I didn’t cheat either).

  14. Rob Kattenburg says:

    Turtle? What turtle…..
    Just kidding!!!
    This is a good one. Had trouble at first. Was trying to find it in the dead space.

  15. Asha says:

    This is a cool illusion…I love the expandable solution! I thought I saw the face but wasn’t sure until I looked at the solution. It’s great to have the option of knowing whether you really saw it or not!

  16. yogirl says:

    Very cool, I saw more than one though.

  17. Care Bear says:

    Looking at trees is fun. At least this one isn’t looking back. That can be unnerving.

  18. Care Bear says:

    BTW, is that an impossible object or did Daffy Duck mismplace his bill again?

  19. Scuter says:

    I like the expandable solutions…keep doing that!

  20. cgimusic says:

    I can see the face but I don’t understand how the solution helps you find it. It just takes away the glass-style ring at the bottom of the picture.

  21. Jesper says:

    Just look for fake branches and you’ll see it…

  22. shehzad says:

    well i think i can see his face and a eye closed

  23. josephine says:

    The solutions are really helpful

  24. Mia Jackson says:

    Wow,that face could use some chap-stick…

  25. qwertyuiop says:

    ahhhhh shes looking into my eyes!!!!!

  26. Greeng11 says:

    Cool! Easy and cool! I like it!

  27. James Travis says:

    Well I don’t see any faces in the top left but I do see a face just within the moebius strip and slightly to the left of the tree trunk !

  28. No one, says:

    OHH Jeez! I thought I saw something, but I gave up and looked at the solution, wow, I never would’ve seen that!

  29. Helena says:

    I liked that one. Very cool

  30. Whitney N. Ollivierre says:

    idk if i just got lucky but i saw it almost immediately! the lips were a give away tooo! =)
    Expandable solution? Good idea! (Y)

  31. Shehzad Khan says:

    Well i see a face and i think his eyes are closed or opened i dont know what but i see a nose lips

  32. Shana Schroeder says:

    That’s where I see it too!

  33. peace-angel says:

    Wow, far too easy

  34. Hungry Max says:

    I found her! ;D Her face is a little bit cartoony, though.

  35. Max Orione says:

    I found her! :D
    Her face is a little bit cartoony, though.

  36. Aiden Couper says:

    pretty average in my opinion, but I can imagine how difficult it would be to get a new illusion every day, let a lone a really good one.

  37. Steve Young says:

    That one is pretty cool. I like the expanded soludtion I must say I saw what could be faces elsewhere in the picture. I did not see the solution face right away. cool pict. keep up the good work.

  38. Chris says:

    i dont see anything… someone help me!

  39. Gregory Padilla says:

    I thought a mobius strip was not an impossible object. Can’t you make it out of paper and tape?

  40. NeeL says:

    Wow! Really nice!!

    I saw hundreds of faces and half faces:
    one the lips, one below that with the girls chin as a hood, one left of her big eye, one in the nose, above that, in the branches left, etcetera.

    But I never saw the big face until I clicked te solution button. (which I like!)

    I want this one as a poster for my new room!

  41. caux says:

    it’s marilyn monroe

  42. DetectiveKitty says:

    saw it right away…but it isn’t bad…and i like expandable solutions…so that eventually you’ll find the answer instead of having to read the comments

  43. Andrew Barks says:

    their are 2 faces one using all branches and one using the sky as skin

  44. Paul Bar says:

    I can see all sorts of almost shapes, but sadly not the girl.

  45. Someone says:

    hey, that’s cheating! the branch shaping her chin comes out of nowhere! and that’s quite an ugly face

  46. johnnyBIG says:

    I have been a fan of this site for a while and the one thing that I always thought was missing was the cheat button (solution) thank you for adding this!

  47. Dolphin says:

    Witch face does he mean?The one at the bottom,the one in the upper right corner or the one in the upper left corner?

  48. McFly says:

    there is no face and the solution doesn’t solve anything.

  49. Laharl says:

    This one is very cool.

  50. :) says:

    WTF .. LOL .. i had hard time looking as to where the face is .. but luckily, i am able to .. ahahah

  51. hannan says:

    i found the face, but i cannot find the baby..

  52. tommytomtom says:

    i cant see it!

  53. tommytomtom says:

    someone give me a hint!

  54. goblin says:

    that’s crazy, it’s like she’s looking directly at you, but also i noticed a face in her right eye..is that the so called baby?

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  56. Tom says:

    There is no baby, he mentioned a past illusion that had a baby, not this particular image. But the face is on the top left

  57. Grace says:

    Looks like your logo. :)

  58. mindmaster says:

    there’s a baby in the middle

  59. Farooque says:

    The baby is perhaps next to the tip of the girl’s nose and is standing upright with its face toward the onlooker.

  60. Quinty says:

    I couldn’t see it, but when I saw it you keep seeing it..

  61. Mat says:

    I can’t see it and the solution is the same but without the wierd transarent thing… Please help.

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