Remember the movie, “Honey I shrunk the kids”? Well, this tutorial will relive that nostalgia by recreating a mini me effect in Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to “shrink” anyone and place them in a macro photography scene. Perfect for beginners or those who just want a bit of fun=)

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC

Difficulty: Beginner

Completion Time: 1 hour

Images Used in this Tutorial

Image ID: 15922947 © serezniy

Image ID: 18185758 © belchonock

Image ID: 52507949 © Daniel Jędzura

Image ID: 43525462 © kornienko

Final Result:

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in Photoshop

The Setup

Step 1

Create a new 600×500 pixel document in Photoshop. Copy and Paste the wooden floor onto the canvas. Hold Control-T to Free Transform it, adjusting the perspective so that it lies as the floor to our library.

minime1Step 2

Use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to delete the background of the several stacks of books. Then Copy and Paste the books onto the canvas, resizing them with Free Transform (Control-T) to be smaller in size and placing them onto the wooden floor.

minime2a

We need some more books. Select the books layer and Control-J to create a duplicate. Position the duplicate layer underneath the first book layer and Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Allow the second set of books to peak out from the right, then use the Crop Tool (C) to crop the edges.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopCreating Depth

Step 3

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to extract the next set of books with the ladder attached from its white background. When you’re finished, copy and paste it onto the canvas and position it to the right side. Then Merge Layer 2 and it’s copy together. Rename it, Layer 2.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopTo show depth of field, let’s blur the background books. Select the background books and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and add a Radius of 1 pixel to blur the background.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopStep 4

To add the last row of books towards the front, use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to delete the white background then use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to only select the top section of books. Copy and paste that section and place it as the foreground books on your canvas.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopHold Control-T to Free Transform the books, making them larger, and adjust the perspective so that they look like they’re sitting on floor better. Make sure the books bleed outside the frame to make the depth greater.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopExtract the kid using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). Then hold Control-T to Free Transform, resizing the boy to fit onto the books.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopNow blur these front books just like we did the background. Select the front book layer, Layer 4, and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, adding a Radius of 3 pixels to show great depth of field.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopAdding Shadow

Step 5

Merge Layers 5 and 3 together of the boy and the books he’s sitting on. Make sure the layer is still positioned under Layer 4 behind the front books.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopCreate a New Layer above Layer 4, the front books, and right click to set it as a Clipping Mask. Name the Layer, “Shadow,” set the layer to Multiply and use the Brush Tool (B) to paint soft dark shadow using a dark purple color (#382c30).

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopAdd more shadow to the rest of the scene. Create a New Layer, Layer 7, at the top and set it to Multiply. Just like before, use the Brush Tool (B) to paint shadow underneath the books, boy, and towards the front of the scene with the same dark color.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopFinal Touches

Step 6

Time for some color adjustments! First, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup. Add the setting, 3DLUT File set to FallColors.look. Lower the Opacity to 40%.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopRepeat the same steps to create a New Adjustment Layer, this time changing the Color Lookup setting to 3DLUT File: HorrorBlue.3DL. Lower the Opacity to 80%.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopStep 7

Finish this effect with a little more tweaking. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color and Brightness, and set the Brightness to -11 and the Contrast to 36.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in Photohshop

Lastly, create a New Layer, set it to Screen, and fill it with a bright blue color (#16209f), and adjust the Opacity to 25%. The final layers should look like this.

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in PhotohshopHere is the final effect!

123rf tutorial How to Shrink Yourself for a Mini Me Effect in Photohshop

And that’s it! Have fun turning yourself or anyone into a believable army of mini mes! We hope you’ve enjoyed creating this fun photo effect, do let us know how you liked it in the comments and feel free to share your results. Good luck!

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