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By on November 11, 2006, with 25 Comments

Like it or not, this is illusion as well! Dominik Rieder from Switzerland made this unique trick. I think it would be best to let Nick explain this one himself: “This is also really nice… perhaps not new but crazy. Once I had to do some artworks in the office: we wanted to sell paper clips in @-design. The color of the clip was white and because the picture must have been on white background I simply added a shadow to make a contrast. On a background color like blue it normally looks like a shadow, but on a white background the “@” seems to be embossed. Some times it also changes… If you’ve got Corel, open the cdr-file and pull the @ from blue to white and backwards – I really like this effect… Greets from Switzerland!” More examples can be found inside. This submission reminded me of our previous 3D Stencil Hearts. Be sure to check Flickr category as well! Probably you noticed how I made some changes to every category… they are updated and easier to navigate now!

  • Pandas

    actually, on the blue i think that it looks like a cutout, not a shadow. the white on white thing is cool though

  • YellowLedbetter

    This isnt even close to being an optical illusion. Its just a three dimensional object with a shadow, just like every other three dimensional object has. By this logic i could look down at my own shadow and say “hey, theres another person laying on the ground there!” and call that an optical illusion. ITS JUST A SHADOW!!!

  • t3knomanser

    Nah, to me, it always looks like a drop shadow.

  • jooose

    i cannot see how this would impress anyone in the entire universe :S

  • Patrik

    Whats in it?



  • Bobby

    Has no one ever seen a drop shadow before?

  • yeah

    umm… not really that awesome… i understand wat u r talking about though…

  • me

    …..T_T. not very impressive….

  • me, myself, and i

    i don’t get it

  • lizandcannon

    i dont get it

  • Fab Fab

    Very subtle stuff, not really an illusion, but nice anyway… Super great site, thank thank you again & again…

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  • cALIco

    Not that interesting but I do like those paper clips! They are cool :P

  • meeow =^.^=

    that’s kool stuff

  • -++-

    :/..Thats pretty much the worst one in a while. Scraping the bottom of the barrel?

  • Red.

    Haha, I actually thought the idea of using the @ sign as a paper clip was cooler than the actual illusion. Neat idea though.

  • chick

    Boring, not an illusion; but cool paperclips

  • hateit

    ditto on yellowledbetter

  • Grand Dizzy

    I don’t get it. I don’t see anything weird about the shadow at all.

  • ChocoBunny

    The pics don’t work.

  • Hey Ahn

    Tried refreshing the page twice but the photos aren’t loading. :(

  • midurs

    i dont know what it is because it didnt come up! :~

  • Another Anon

    Where’s the pics?

  • someone

    ??????????????……Dont see ANYTHING!!!!!! (except words, duh.)