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Occasionally a Photoshop contest appears, where dozen of authors submit their works in order to win a prize. One such contest was recently held, where the main theme involved optical illusions. I love it when I stumble across these, because it means bunch of fresh material for us! One of the submissions I found quite peculiar, was created by Nasir Khan and was based on a hidden girl’s face. Now, don’t be fooled like I was! The main hidden face isn’t the cloud one, nor the rock formation below what seems to be an impossible object of some sort. It’s something else instead. Closest hint I can give you is to look for the negative space. Something very similar to this one. Do you see it now?

Spot The 3 Hidden Faces


91 Responses
  1. Frumpy Jones says:

    Yeah.. Not seeing this. The other two faces and the “similar to this one” just about jumped off the screen at me, but I’m not seeing the third one….
    Anyone wanna throw me some hints here?

  2. Dave says:

    OK, I found it. My hint is “bird’s eye view”

  3. Mark P says:

    I saw the girl’s face immediately. I only see one of the other two faces though.

    That’s not really an impossible object. It’s just a mobius strip.

  4. Gavin says:

    I actually find these hidden face illusions to be a bore. Not to be negative, they just are not really that interesting or clever…

  5. Craig says:

    lets see.. one at the rocks.. maybe one in the clouds.. and… HEY there’s a couple people on the sailboats.. do they count? joking

    Don’t see the third yet

  6. brent says:

    yeah, I see the rock and cloud, not seeing the 3rd…

  7. Cyn says:

    I got the one in the clouds and the main girls face (where the gull is the eye), and I think the third is a slightly different girls silhouette in the rock face itself.

    I think the object is just a distraction.

  8. ambiguityanon says:

    WOW. Nice one. I *thought* the cliff face looked peculiar (hint hint)

  9. andrea says:

    One is in the top right cloud. And the other two share the rock boundary line -The seagull is the eye-

  10. T.J says:

    I see..three faces and a mobius strip/impossible object thing.

  11. Rob says:

    Actually, the third is pretty cool.

    The “bird’s eye” hint is a good one. If that didn’t help, then let’s say that this last face has a very fluid neckline…

  12. ali says:

    ooooh sneaky…. it took a long time to find it, but I see it now. Dave saying “bird’s eye view” is a good hint.

  13. JMAN12 says:

    There is one in the clouds, one in the water + one curved in the cliff!!!

  14. chris says:

    ok so theres a face under the rock cliff

    there is a face in the clouds in the top right corner
    and thats all i see. does the bird have anything 2 do w/ one of the faces?

  15. Helena says:

    I liked this one. It took a minute. The other two jumped right at you, but the hint about negative space helped…

  16. zach says:

    ahah… got it the rock the cloud you the bird is looking at you

  17. earthling says:

    Once again, this proves that people are very good at spotting patterns, or constructing order from disorder. We are especially good at ‘recognizing’ faces. There are dozens of patterns in this photo that resemble faces, but only one that is clearly meant to be a face.

  18. Mucker says:

    “Aging Has not Been Kind”

    Have you tried following this link you idiot?

  19. krissyk says:

    Y’all missed the very faint head in the top center of the *mobius strip/impossible object thing*. I counted 4, in that case.

  20. krissyk says:

    Actually, studying the cloud patterns, I have spotted even more facial images. Anyone see the dog head?

  21. josephine says:

    It’s part of an obvious face

  22. Bandi says:

    look better friends…..
    there are a lot more faces!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hint: take a good look at the clouds

  23. I agree with earthing. If we stared long enough we would no doubt find “dozens” of faces.

  24. Kidsrock12347 says:

    i see the rock that looks the face and then the couple kissing in the clouds!!! very cool, the couple reminds me of my bf!! i lovve him so much, i prob tell him bout this site

  25. Kidsrock12347 says:

    nvm, i see 4 people, a couple kissing in the sky, the rock, and then the outline of the rock with the bird as an eye!

  26. colton says:

    lol birds eye view.. good one

  27. Orack Bobama says:

    face in the clouds

    girl outline against the rock

    little face in the rock.

    Guy on boat making an ‘O’ face.

  28. anon. says:

    i didn’t see the two faces that shared the rock boundary line until later. that’s pretty cool.

  29. A. Nony Mouse says:

    I see four faces (If the bird’s face counts) :-)

  30. Robbie says:

    The outline of the girl face in the close rock is part of the bird one, it’s both of their front faces and a clever way of using the outlines. Try not to concentrate on the bird to much but the outline of the rock next to the bird. I’m sure you’ll get it now if you haven’t already =D

  31. Sathish says:

    I found all the 3 Faces.

  32. t00tall10169 says:

    wicked placement of the 3rd face. had to use the clue in the paragraph to help me find all 3

  33. jh says:

    I DONT’T SEE IT!!! this is so frustrating!

  34. elle says:

    ahh i see it! it took me a very long time to find it, but now that i have, it’s the only face i see!!

  35. qwertyuiop says:

    this is weird
    i can see the ‘hidden’ face and the one in the rock formation, but i cant see the one in the clouds…
    for people who cant see the hidden face, the rock formation and the hidden one look like they are kissing

  36. Lisa says:

    Took quite a while to see it for me, I think because I couldn’t get the whole picture on the one page – I needed to seriously zoom out before I saw it!

  37. cp rules says:

    NOW I GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Whit17 says:

    i saw the rock immediately. and then the third one, which is opposite the rock really. but had a bit of problem with the clouds actually.

  39. Ryan says:

    I think I found these in a very different order than everyone else. First I saw the girl with the “bird’s eye”, then the cloud. Sadly the last one took me a while; but would it be the dark head in the rock, with the curly type hair? Still not completely confident in this…

  40. mennoillusion says:

    ummm, i see a face above the boat? same size as the boat, in the trees just a liiitle bit left from the boat.

    does anyone see it too?

  41. debbie says:

    Come on. It’s cloud,rock,water.

  42. HC says:

    I only found 2 faces :/

    And the ‘impossible object’ isn’t impossible.
    It’s called a ‘Möbius band’ and the one on the rock was made by MC Escher.
    Here is a link to the original by Escher: (http://www.escherinhetpaleis.nl/index.php?objectID=608)

    • Topher Cooper says:

      Well, it is and it isn’t a Möbius band/strip (a topological figure created by putting a single 180 degree twist in a ring — it has only one edge and one side). If you take a Möbius strip and cut it up the center of the surface all the way around it falls into a two sided two edged ring with a double twist in it (try it). The figure is similar to that but held with the cut edges in place.

      If you ignore the cut, though and just think of it as a transparent stripe then this is similar to a Möbius strip. I say “similar” because a Möbius strip has no holes in the surface (a surface of “genus 0″) but this has six holes (genus 6).

  43. ella-the-person says:

    where is the boat? i think i see all the people but i have no idea what everyone means by “the boat”!!!

  44. andrea says:

    I see 2 in the rocks and one in the clouds.

  45. C.C says:

    Very sneaky! The ‘birds-eye view’ had me stumped for a second, but now I see three faces :D
    I think the.. shapy thing.. whatever it is has nothing to do with the faces.
    Maybe the person who made this just got bored and added it :P

  46. Dave Swan says:

    I actually found a fourth. a left facing profile in the ripples in the bottom right hand corner.

  47. Xheia says:

    There is obviously only one face. The other two just look slightly like faces…
    I don’t really like this illusion; it was too simple and a bit unoriginal.

  48. name says:

    i think if you look at this long enough you can find a shit ton of “faces”

  49. Elliot says:

    the 3rd one is really good once you see it but it took me a while to find lol

  50. AnimeFan says:


  51. pj chuz says:

    One in the rock, one in the sky.
    The third one is the negative side of the rock, therefore,m the third one is in the water.
    (hope this is correct)

  52. emil says:

    First i saw the negative space on the cliff side, with the seagull as an eye, then I saw the one in the clouds. I also saw the positive space of the cliff side but i was in doubt if it was intended to be the third silhouette, because it doesn’t look much like one. Does all three count?

  53. McFly says:

    I think I see all 3.I don’t know.

  54. McFly says:

    Wait! I think one of the faces is a fish!

  55. lilly says:

    i can see the 1 on the side of the rock and if you look at it the other way from the water and the one in the sky wats with the big persons face i dont see it?????

  56. gennia11 says:

    oh i see it! hint: the seagull is the eye

  57. elaine says:

    I thought you had started to show the answer,in a pic under the comments would be a good place.

  58. tt says:

    @earthling: that`s what i thought, too. i only see one face in this picture, being the “negative” one with the bird as an eye. the cloud and the rock itself (seen as a “positive”) only very vaguely resemble the idea of a face.

  59. juan says:

    there are two in the clouds kissing, and one in the rocks

  60. Thanos says:

    well it is the rock formation.. either way you take it. even if you think that he formed the rock on his photoshop to make it

  61. Eddie says:

    On a wing and a prayer the girl kisses the rock.

  62. TheMatrix says:

    @tt same for me…really stumped..I only see the negative…

  63. Ari says:

    I think there’s only supposed to be one face, just like all the other pictures that only have one hidden face. You might say there’s three, but there’s only one that resembles anything like a face. That “cloud one” is not close to a face.

  64. Hey Ahn says:

    I see it now. Thanks for the hint, gennia11!

  65. Marimuthu says:

    1. //Look on the OUTSIDE OF THE ROCK FACE//
    2. Frog
    3. ??

  66. :) says:

    awesome :)

  67. uni anni says:

    The main face is beautiful, the bird is the eye!

  68. shawn says:

    I stared at this for 45 minutes and i still dont get the “bird’s eye” clue. Please help me out

    • chessalands says:

      In the description click on the link that says, “something like this one” and you’ll see what he means.

      I had to click that link before I found out what the pic was. It’s very awesome :)

  69. shawn says:

    What does ‘negative space’ mean too?

  70. jojo says:

    tilt the screen so that it gets darker. the contrast will turn dark brown, blue, and black. then look carefully at all the faces. there a girl with a jug on her head. a boy looking ahead. and a girl’s eyes with a mask like a muslim woman. at least that is what i got from it.

  71. Nao says:

    There are faceses every where in this picture.. its seems the entire image was made from faces. can you see what i see?

    68 on rock alone, possibly more
    8+1 perfect facial figure on cloud
    3 on mountain.
    3 on trees
    4 on imperfect shadow’ish figure on water exclude 4 just edge of rock and water alone.

    if picture are clearer there could be more.

  72. Crigget says:

    I see a giant pokémon in the forest to the right… just above the boat.

  73. jsld says:

    I counted 16 and since there is no answer given with this image, you can’t say I’m wrong.

    Go on, there are 16 faces here. Find them all.

    Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there are 20 or more.

  74. someone says:

    I saw the cluod and the main right away, but the rock…?

  75. gabby says:

    WOAH!! When you look at the seagull the water appers to be moving!!! Well, it does for me anyway

  76. Dilara says:

    1. Rock face
    2. Opposite to rock face
    3. the cloud

  77. AmericanKid1887 says:

    I fount it hint ” Birds ‘Eye’ View “

  78. glittergirl says:

    i found the “birds eye view” one. but if its ment to be a girl shouldn’t she have hair? it looks more like a boy to me.

  79. bob says:


  80. bob says:

    i cant see the rock formation one, a little help here!?

  81. Grace says:

    I c 4

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