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different shades of red optical illusion

Look at the red blocks in this picture. Do you know what to look for when you spot an optical illusion like this? That's right, the red looks like different shades because of the surrounding colors. The red on the left appears darker and the red blocks appear lighter on the right side. This is basically a contrast illusion.

The reason it appears this way is because when the red is on a relatively light background (such as yellow) there is more contrast, and thus, relative to it's surroundings, the red appears darker. On the other hand, on the right side of the page the red is not on the yellow background, it's on the blue background. These have a similar hue, or color intensity, in fact, the red may be slightly lighter in hue than the blue, so the red appears lighter. This is an interesting optical illusion.

Now if you want to look at this picture a little bit more, there's a second illusion that we can talk about. Look at the red cross on the right side. Hah! See, it's not a cross, it really is just some red dots, but since your brain likes to make patterns, you'll at least see a horizontal red line, that looks like it's hiding behind the yellow bars. Don't worry, that's a good thing that your brain can recognize patterns, it helps your problem solving skills!

 


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Diamonds appear to be the same shade. But they're not!

Same Shade Diamonds

Wow! It will look like the diamonds on the top are much darker than the diamonds on the bottom.

Perfect and printable! This is a very strong optical illusion, and is even noticeable in the small image to the left. Doesn't it look like the top row is considerably darker than each successive row?

moving red spiral

Moving Red Spiral
Sometimes, while I'm just playing around in Photoshop, something appears, as if by magic. This illusion was one of those that just jumps off the page.

It's a large red spiral on a purple background that appears to jump and move. Works better for some people than others, but if you like the moving illusions, you'll love it! Although this small image might move a bit as you read these words, the larger versions are even better!

» Moving spiral image...

9/13/2011 - Floating Wood Blocks Video
Created these floating wooden blocks and attached them to a globe. Watch the video and see how the blocks follow the camera! Pretty amazing!

You can launch the video on this page, or go to the page that describes it a bit more View the video...

moving backgrounds

Moving Backgrounds

It moves! You must zoom in to get the full illusion. You'll see the rings rotate, even though they are not moving at all.

We've created several sizes so you can use as your desktop background.

 

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