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This is one of the better optical illusions I saw lately. Image below is in fact animated .gif file, which loops forever. What you have to do, is look at the blue and yellow negative, and then after 30 seconds or so, the photo of a mountain will appear . Even though the mountain you see is gray-scaled (black and white), your eyes are tricked and image looks like it’s in full-color (until you move your eyes though…) This fascinating work was created and submitted to us by John Sadowski and you should check John’s website to find even more innovative posts like this one!

Black and White Seen in Color Optical Illusion

  • James

    Woah, that’s nuts.

  • avenger13

    awsome :D

  • underdog5004

    pretty sweet.

  • adam

    thats crazy!!!!

  • Farted

    OOOOHHHHH…… I get it.

  • Chelsea

    no offense but its fake i was reading the directions and it then turned black and white.But i jumped lol

  • mangoman

    this is created by exhausting the chemicals that are responsible for seeing colors in your eyes. If you look at a color too long the chemical that tells you what color you are looking at runs out, and you are just seeing a memory of that color. When you look away that color’s opposite is visable… so the picture you look at first is the oppisite of the colors you would see naturally, so when the greyscale image pops up you project the correct colors onto it

  • jenn

    hahaha some people’s explainations for illusions just make me laugh. mangoman, that was….HILARIOUS

    Nice loop though

  • cubicles

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    THAT ROOOCKS

  • designnathan

    that is too cool!!!

  • virus

    lol jenn, i hope that your kidding or 12 years old at least!

    very nice color trick :D !!!

  • Archie411

    WOW thats the best I seen here
    So cool
    Seeing coulour from black and white
    WICKED

  • Jennifer

    that was cool! ahhhhh!

  • Calvin

    holy crap that was weired ha spooked me out at first because i thought it was a fake but i look at it again and i figured it out

  • Caramary

    Wicked :D

  • Hai

    damn thats unbelieveable

  • loser..

    You actually believe that? Idiots. the picture changes, it has nothing to do with your eyes. if you don’t look at the picture, it does the exact same thing…… After it turns black and white… continue to stare… it turns back to those colours!

  • chris

    oh my frikken god, you idiots believe that!? its just a photo shop trick. try not looking at it for 30 seconds and then look at it again.

  • Adam E.

    chris………. what? I LAUGH AT YOU!!!

  • bel92

    tht soo werid

  • kc

    gif animation .

  • kitty

    aawwww, I fee like i’m 6 again!

  • Silje

    wow!!! that’s.. em… sweet!!! i read the explaination mangoman wrote.. I belive it.. you CAN trick your eyes 2 see colors!! people that doesn’t belive it probably dropped out of high school pretty early… not their fault though!!

  • itsme

    some people just do not know how to read and start making fun of others. Actually their remarks are a good laugh themselves….

    If you really read the whole explanation, you will see that the illusion is that you will see is a picture that [quote] “looks like it’s in full-color” The loop only consists of a strangely colored picture (negative colors) and a black and white, there is no full colored picture, but that is exactly what you get to see if you stare at the loop.

    good luck in trying to see the magic!

  • ecass

    so the image only looped once between color and black and white… while i was reading the top instructions.

    and now it wont loop again.
    damnit.
    i’ve been staring at it for like 3 minutes waiting and it still hasnt.
    my eyes hurt.

  • Alexxx

    Ok peope like chelsea and “loser” are retarded… read the DIRECTIONS! of course the pic changes but the illusion is that u see it in ful color! not that u see the MOUNTAIN! learn 2 read. i dunno how u got past kindergarden!

  • JOSh

    nifty

  • M 2 the H O

    all the people who say “you believe that??? retarts” are stupid. its 2 pics in a loop. 1 has negative colours, 1 is grey scaled. if you look at negative coloures then look at a white page those colours change!!!
    and do u really think that they proggrammed the pic to turn back 2 black and white as soon as you took ur eyes off the dot? dont be stupid,
    its all to do with our eyes and our brain. loser and chris, u obviously havnt a clue what ur on about.
    maybe if you watched a programme about the brain or pay attention in science class u mite learn a thing or 2!
    omg, i hate pple like that.

  • Julia

    For all that insist that it is fake:

    Just because you don’t believe something doesn’t mean that it isn’t real.

  • shev

    woah!

  • chel-c

    It’s not fake. It does switch from the colours to black and white, that’s the point, when it’s black and white it looks coloured. Do you think they expect you to believe that all the sudden the picture jumps to black and white? No they don’t.

  • mgreen3

    one word… WOW

  • Chelsea

    FAKE. Eff-ay-cake! Fake! It’s not really colour, the whole time is black and white people! Your eye’s just trick you. They make believe in colour.

  • Emily

    >>FAKE. Eff-ay-cake! Fake! It’s not really colour, the whole time is black and white >>people! Your eye’s just trick you. They make believe in colour.

    Ummm… Whoever you are, “Chelsea,” I hope you do know that *thats precisely the point*. It’s not an “Eff-ay-cake” (facake?). It’s an *optical illusion*. Oh-pee-tee-eye-see-ay-el Eye-el-el-you-ess-eye-oh-enn. *Meaning* your eyes and your brain “trick” you into seeing something that isn’t there. That’s the *point*!

    Gosh, why am I even explaining this…

    Anyway, gotta say the picture was pretty frakkin’ sweet. Too bad it goes away when you move your eyes. I keep wanting to look around at the picture to see the details of the “color” photo. (And for about half a second I actually contemplated taking a *screenshot* of the color pic before I realized… um, duh. LOL)

    And BTW, mangoman, thanks for the wonderful explanation. It makes a lot of sense.

  • silly

    ok that was weird. i changed while i was reading the instructions…

  • Red

    ok…you people are confusing each other. let me try to explain, for anyone confused…

    the picture you first see is just the colours of the original mountain, but reversed, e.g. the colours turn into their opposite colours. the blue bit of the sky is orange, etc. after you stare at it for a while the image of the colours become temporarily burned into your retina. these colours will reverse again if you look at anything grey-scaled, e.g. the black and white picture of the mountain.

    if this makes no sense, open Paint and draw an orange circle. stare at it for a while and then look at the white screen next to it. does it turn blue? correct answer: yes.

    mangoman was right, but he made it sound complicated.

    p.s. if you missed the first loop and you can’t get it to loop again, refresh the page, dumbass.

  • CrazyGal

    SWEEEEEEET!

  • panchocahcondo

    well i’ll be a bare assed monkey’s uncle… this scared the crap out of me

  • Ashlee

    At first i stared and then i restarted and walked to the kitchen then when came bk the muoains had already appered..

    It just goes. it nots really illusionly

  • sum1

    well to all of you think its fake, ur wrong, we studied this exact picture in my psychology class today, Its not a photoshop trick or anything, it happens because of cones and rods inside of our eyes, sum people that are colorblind would see this picture in different colors, their cones which are the ones that percieve color cannot read the same information as people who can read colors the way we’ve been taught them to us. Its complicated .. but cool. if u want to see other cool ones go here …

    http://www.johnsadowski.com/big_spanish_castle.php

  • mixedcutie

    Wow that is some cool shit right there!!!!

  • Juliemagix

    I’m pretty sure it’s fake.

    Put your mouse on the picture, close your eyes for a long time, and when you open them the picture’s already black and white.

  • nikolle

    That is so cool! it is supose to turn from yellow and blue negitive to the black and white. then when it turns to the black and white keep staring and the black and white turns into full color!

    This Roxs!!!!!!!! :)

  • Sam

    hm…I’m going to go make one :)

  • Sam
  • harajukugirl

    woah…lots of commenbts for this 1

  • meeow

    I love this one! it’s so kool! =^_^= i really don’t care how it works just as long as it works lol!

  • Chelsea

    OMG! This is such a fake!

  • sigh

    @Juliemagix: Yes. It does change. We know. There are 2 images connected in a loop. One is inverted color. One is black and white. Are you with me so far? The trick isn’t that the picture suddenly looks black and white. The trick is: (pay attention) After you’ve been staring at the dot at the center of the color inversion for 30 seconds, if you are then shown the same picture in black and white, it will kind of look like it’s in its natural colors, until you take your eyes off the dot and then you can tell its in black and white.

    It has nothing to do with “figuring out the puzzle.” There is no “trick” going on. The authors of this post aren’t lying to you. It’s an optical illusion. It happens to everyone (most people?) just because of the way our eyes work.

  • Lizzy

    Omg some people are so stupid!!! Ofcourse it is suppose to change to black and white thats the point!!! Im 14 and I get it god!!! Read the instructions properly before making stupid comments next time!!!

    I’m talking to you chelsea, loser, chris, ashlee, juliemagix you are all idiots!!! I hope you are younger then me otherwise you should be ashamed of your ignorence!!!

  • Anonymous

    dammit, dont u know how to use ur BRAINS?
    I didnt read the instructions and i understand the illusion!
    i agree with lizzy, idiots…

  • Anonymous

    KOOL!!

  • loser

    thats soooooo
    cool
    =^.^=

  • sexy

    thats goood

  • Anonymous

    This is fake, I was pretty sure it was from the start but I printed the screen anyway and copy it to paintshop and I’m still waiting for it to turn colors.

  • pangloss

    did the same thing and nothing happened. i also noticed that it changes color fom time to time even though you won’t stare at it for 30 s. one word to put it: FAKE

  • Anonymous

    I can see a face in the mountain. It is in the left under the loop. After it turns black and white you can see it.

  • Juan

    One way for all of those non-believers out there to see that it is ONLY 1 inverted color and 1 B/W image is to move your eyes around is circles, squares, triangles (whatever, as long as it’s random) while the inverted pic is on, and you’ll see that the image becomes a B/W, and is never in color, proving that it is an optical illusion, not just a loop of an invert, a color, and a B/W.

  • dan

    all i have to say is that this is awesome and chelsea and all you others who say its a fake are losers who apparently dont understand the concept that just because something is interesting means its fake. you are blights on society and i voice the public opinion that if you cannot comprehend something as basic as this that you refrain from spreading your idiocy to the rest of us

  • Anonymous

    fake only .gif!

  • dan

    simple test: you look at the dot and do as it tells you, get someone else to look only when it turns to b/w. you will see color, the other person will see b/w

  • Anonymous

    Some people are so stupid. This illusion is freakin awesome. Nothing fake about it.

  • Shauzia

    F-A-K-E PEOPLES!!!

  • PrincessUnique

    I agree. I mean I scrolled down the page, then when I scrolled up, it was black and white. Its asom, and all. But Is it real?

  • Jessica

    Some of the people who leave comments here are incredibly stupid. And when I say stupid, I mean, how the heck did they manage to turn on their computers?

  • Anonymous

    How do you do it?

  • Ellie

    mangoman how stupid can you get? it’s faked. it changes colour every so often. its a different pictues. stop boring us with your chemical crap

  • Anonymous

    the best illusion ever!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is stupid! it changed while i was readin the instructions!! this is so fake! i could do better!

  • FutZAAH

    At first I was like: ‘Whutafuzzzchabunuuuh?!? You put the colour photo in? Until I read the description and was ‘Omguuuuuhtyabuzunz….Fuchaaa!

  • Alexiorsay

    Love it!!!

  • E R ! N

    completely fake.
    wow.
    the people that actually believe that this works.. RETARDS.

    i was reading the directions and all of a sudden the image changes.
    i wasnt even staring at it like the directions say.

    dont be so gullible people.
    :}

  • Anonymous

    u guys r idiots the picture actually changes itz not an illusion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    what a great fake :D

  • william

    people who think this is fake are either one of two things, not critically observant or just plain stupid. One way you can prove it’s not fake is look at the picture and see how long you can make the illusion of color last. Time it. Next time around look away quickly and look back. The second time will not last as long as the first gauranteed and you want to know why? because it’s not fake! So just enjoy the stinking illusion.

  • william

    i just realized why people think it’s fake, they’re like yeah the picture changed. i wasn’t even looking at it and it changed. WOW! no duh! yeah it changes to a freaking black and white image but if you stare at the dot it looks like a color photo when it changes from the abstract colors. plus if i’m staring at this little box i’m typing in and it changes “out of the corner of my eye” it will still create the illusion “out of the corner of my eye.” people are incredibly stupid sometimes.

  • i*is*awesome

    k and um by the way ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY KNEW THAT THIS WAS NOT A FAKE…. U ROOOOCK!!!!

    but i rock more…
    haha lols jk…
    but not really
    =^^=
    ;P

  • Emma

    some people are so dum, jus for the record, this IS real. i print screened it just as it turned black and white. as i was doing it, it still went colourful BUT when i checked it, IT WAS BLACK AND WHITE. so there! its real

  • Anonymous

    it’S not fAKE guys..!!!

    we know that there are two pix ryt? the one are the negatives and the other the black and white..!!l00k at the black dot during the negative-colored pix are shown
    and when the other picture(w/c is black n white)appears,you can see that the sky turns to blue and my technique is to look rapidly at the grasses and the sky and you can see that it really changes into a colored picture.not black and white nor neagtive…just plain ccolored pictures…

    try it again..and you can really tell that it’s true..!!

    ..nice illusion!!!AWES0ME..!!

    ..L0VEiit..!!!!ü

  • Anonymous

    ice tried it before and didnt get it but i just did. [a few days after trying it the first time]

  • sez

    I love these ones!!

  • ME haha!

    i love how some people think it’s all fake. i’ve done it myself at home. it has an easy explanation. mangoman explains it. i love these things they totally rock!

  • Anonymous

    that’s so cool! definately one of the better afterimage ones. when it first changed, i thought it was merely a regular color photograph that was there to trick me, like the “scariest illusion ever” actually has no illusion in it, it’s just scary. then i moved my eyes… that’s crazy!

  • Anonymous

    I tried printing it 2 see if it was real! guess wat?! it isn’t! ha!

  • giovannimainardi

    I JUST CANT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE CANT UNDERSTAND THIS!!!! OF COURSE THAT IF U PRINT IT, IT WONT WORK, ITS A .GIF IMAGE, IT CHANGES !!! THERE ARE 2 PICTURES, ONE WITH SOME INVERTED COLORS AND OTHER IN BLACK AND WHITE, IF U SEE THE INVERTED BEFORE THE BLACK AND WHITE, THE BLACK AND WHITE WILL BE IN COLORS!!!! CANT U GET IT?? U FUCKING STUPID BITCHES! YOU GUYS CANT BE SO STUPID, I CANT UNDERSTAND HOW DUMMIES U GUYS ARE!!! THINK A LITTLE, 2 IMAGES, SEE ONE FIRST AND THE OTHER WILL BE IN COLORS!!!! UNDERSTAND ???? OR NOT YET???? GO TO HELL U FUCKING STUPID GUYS, GO TO SCHOOL, LEARN SOMETHING, LEARN HOW TO READ. THE DESCRIPTION EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE SAYING, BUT U GUYS JUST CANT UNDERSTAND, ITS IMPOSSIBLE THAT U HAVE MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD!

    • Oh, help, society is nuts

      Read the name. Yea, I am talking about your type. “Normal.”

  • Anonymous

    This is bull. It’s an animation that goes to the greyscaled mountain every 30 seconds or so…there’s no illusion…

    Its a waste of badnwitdth is what it is. Just remove it.

  • coolbug488

    at the end is quotes from the instructions basically saying “no duh” to the people saying that it is a gif, or there are two pictures.

    how is it fake or photoshopped? that’s the question i’d like to have answered from the people insisting it is.

    and…
    *i saw those same faces someone else mentioned
    *i do get how to do this *not fake* picture thing, but i think the blue mountains is a weak blue, because when the picture goes to grey-scale, i see the blue sky, but i still see mostly grey mountains. but i know i’m doing it right, because i did get a blue sky. i at least understand the concept here.

    ” Image below is infact animated gif, which loops forever. What you have to do, is look at the blue and yellow negative, and then after 30 seconds or so, the photo of a mountain will appear . Eventhough the mountain you see is greyscaled (black & white), your eyes are tricked and image looks like it’s in full-color”

  • Yermurat

    completely fake.
    wow.
    the people that actually believe that this works.. RETARDS.

    i was reading the directions and all of a sudden the image changes.
    i wasnt even staring at it like the directions say.

    dont be so gullible people.
    :}

    OMFG try reading it again!!! dumbass!!! do u really think that most of us are so stupid that think that a weird picture becomes black and white one?!? hahahaha then read the description again!!!
    if we are retards, then u r twice ‘tard!! =P

  • Anonymous

    Okay fools that think they are so smart bcuz they realized the picture changed…… it was meant to changed take the description for example."What you have to do, is look at the blue and yellow negative, and then after 30 seconds or so, the photo of a mountain will appear . Eventhough the mountain you see is greyscaled (black & white), your eyes are tricked and image looks like it's in full-color (until you move your eyes though…)"
    OKAY DO YOU GET IT…..THE PICTURE WAS MEANT TO CHANGE SO THAT U CAN SEE THE IMAGE IN FULL COLOUR…
    THIS MESSAGE WAS MEANT FOR… YERMURAT, NO.86 AND NO. 73…. FOOLS

  • sapphire_star

    Maybe I'm broken or something but I didn't see it.. the only thing was the sky looked blue for a second when it changed to black & white.

  • emosasquatch

    Whoa, it’s kind of alarming just how many people missed the entire point of the illusion because they failed reading comprehension.

  • Tim

    I think the problem we have here is that loads of people nowadays just do not have the attention span to look in one place for 30 seconds and so they never see the colour illusion. And if they do they assume it must have been the computer somehow knowing to change the image to black and white at the precise moment they defocus.
    Awesome optical illusion!

  • smiley

    cool stuff but some people are IDIOTS

    ^^^
    0 0
    ___

  • smiley

    and listen to giovannimainardi coz he said:

    I JUST CANT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE CANT UNDERSTAND THIS!!!! OF COURSE THAT IF U PRINT IT, IT WONT WORK, ITS A .GIF IMAGE, IT CHANGES !!! THERE ARE 2 PICTURES, ONE WITH SOME INVERTED COLORS AND OTHER IN BLACK AND WHITE, IF U SEE THE INVERTED BEFORE THE BLACK AND WHITE, THE BLACK AND WHITE WILL BE IN COLORS!!!! CANT U GET IT?? U FUCKING STUPID BITCHES! YOU GUYS CANT BE SO STUPID, I CANT UNDERSTAND HOW DUMMIES U GUYS ARE!!! THINK A LITTLE, 2 IMAGES, SEE ONE FIRST AND THE OTHER WILL BE IN COLORS!!!! UNDERSTAND ???? OR NOT YET???? GO TO HELL U FUCKING STUPID GUYS, GO TO SCHOOL, LEARN SOMETHING, LEARN HOW TO READ. THE DESCRIPTION EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE SAYING, BUT U GUYS JUST CANT UNDERSTAND, ITS IMPOSSIBLE THAT U HAVE MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD!

    and he’s right!

  • Happy Jelly Bean

    OOOOH!!!! ok, it changes to a mountain by itself, but if you do it right, the you can see the black and white mountain in colour. So it is cool, just the directions aren’t very clear.

  • Happy Jelly Bean

    Ok so the thing that started this whole virtual fight is the directions. Their unclear. Soem people beleive that if you look at the negative for 30 seconds then it will flip to a grayscale mountan. However in reality, if you stare at the picture of a negative for 30 seconds, then look at the grayscale mountainscape, it appears that the grayscale is in colour. I think people need to stop fighting over this small misunderstanding.
    Finnally i want to ask virus and others about their comments on 12-year-olds. Are you implying that all 12-year-olds are stupid and don’t have the mental capacity to understand optical illusions? If not then maybe i got the message wrong, but that’s how i interpreted it. Can you please explain to me if you were or were not implying what i think you were in another coment?

    P.S. 12 year olds can also enjoy optical illusions.

  • Anonymous

    That’s one of my fave illusions. my mother freaked when she saw this one. I love the colors!!!! IGUANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ish

    i wasn’t even watching d pic n it changed! nt real; i dont think so

  • Anonymous

    Its the best optical illusion I’ve seen so far. People should read first before they comment(sigh… why do I even bother. Its obvious that they don’t get the point and won’t bother trying to get it.)

  • Anonymous

    that is so crazy!

  • Anonymous

    It Is Fake!!! If You Look away from the screen and it still changes. If Ya think it’s real ya an idiot!!

  • Anonymous

    People who think its fake here is an explanation. It starts with messed up colors like purple and yellow and than it turns to black and white and back to yellow and purple again. IF u r staring at the dot in the middle, when it turns black and white it will kind of look like it is in its ORIGINAL colors.IT IS NOT A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF IT DOESN”T WORK FOR YOU THEN WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nic

    WOOOOW… You would think after 90ish comments, people would finally understand how this works. But no, they’re too stupid/oblivious to understand. Guys, don’t say anything, but just think. Jeez…

    P.S. I’m 12 and I understand this :P

    • ZL123

      I’m 10 and I understand it.

  • Anonymous

    i dont understand why all of you are fighting over it being fake or not….its only 1 pic of 2 colors and 1 black n white pic of a rocky mountain…stare at the black dot and when it switches to the black n white pic ur eyes r telling you its n color till u look away ..but u know its a black n white pic..idiots i tell ya hahaha

  • Anonymous

    wow these people really hate 12 year olds. i am a 7th grade teacher and work with them almost everyday. I can assure you, that sometimes these children’s mental capacity astound even me!

  • Anonymous

    haha thats obviously fake. it changes back and forth in a loop. and it also says dont take your eyes away or it will go away. try it

    Me

  • Aurelie Elvina Kabir

    Oh my gosh! How did that happen? I kinda feel dumb right now. And freaked out….

  • anonomous

    Lol what a bunch of morons its fake… it changes to grey and then it gets coloured to fool you and you believed it!!

  • HHHhhh

    for people who think it’s fake just take a screenshot of the orange-blue image and one of the mountain image, crop them and recreate the loop image by yourself. Or just look away when the orange-blue image is no and look only when the mountain appears – you’ll see it’s totally monochrome

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/black-and-white-seen-in-color-illusion_14.html iris

    whats with that?..it changes even though you dont stare at the dot at the middle….sheesh….i understand it..but…anyway…i just passed by…
    im a 12 year old girl…bye….hope to see something nice….in this website….

  • Anonym

    When I llooked it and blinked the picture changed. I was like “Amazing”, but then i red the comments.

  • SuperGanj

    I was getting frustrated because It wasn’t working for me, but after many tries I saw it. That was one of the neatest things I’ve seen. That’s so very cool how that works.

  • John

    People who don’t understand these are so idiotic and stupid that they can’t even read the beginning paragraphs. I always loved these and understood how they’ve worked since I was 10. People who don’t understand it don’t understand it because they refuse to read a bit of writing, and miss out on a great illusion.

  • John

    And by the way, it is SUPPOSED to be inverted and then grayscale, the changing between them is NOT the illusion, and all the people who say it’s fake when it switches images, go burn in hell.

  • http://www.wallaceinfo.com Kirby Wallace

    Simple solution. Watch the thing and the instant it changes to b/w, hit your print screen button. Then paste that into a word documnet or paint program and look at it for as long as you want. If that’s too technical for ya, then hold your digital camera with the shutter button ready to click, and take a photo. Then look at it. You will see that it is indeed black and white. It’s just your eye post-processing negatives…

  • Person

    Fake, I read the comments and then scrolled up and it was black and wite already

  • HEY!

    For those of you who think it’s fake, YOUR MORONS. It’s suppose to change to black and white. When it changes your brain mixes up the black and white image your seeing with the orange picture you used to be seeing. The mix of colors tricks your brain into “seeing” a full color picture.

  • jorigo

    just one word, amazing!!

  • Fred Schlonz

    Amazing ! What a great effect ! It is also amazing how many morons claim this is fake. READ first, then think, than try it !

  • Elly

    It’s not fake.

  • justin

    This is real. If you don’t concentrate on the colors, and you are just staring at another part of ur screen, when it changes, you can clearly spot that it is black and white

  • Andre

    Okay for all of you who thinks this is fake.. is fucking stupid! Listen, the picture is SUPPOSED to change.. thats the whole point!! stare at the picture and once the picture DOES change, you will notice the picture has colour to it.. Now, redo this and dont look at the picture. You will then notice that once it does change, its only black and white where as the first time you did it, you saw the picture in colour once it changed

  • Andre

    Okay for all of you who thinks this is fake.. is stupid! Listen, the picture is SUPPOSED to change.. thats the whole point!! stare at the picture and once the picture DOES change, you will notice the picture has colour to it.. Now, redo this and dont look at the picture. You will then notice that once it does change, its only black and white where as the first time you did it, you saw the picture in colour once it changed

  • Sharon

    That is insane…even the colors invert to where the sky is blue and the land is a natural orangish color….pretty cool.

  • Hanna

    This isn’t fake. Actually there’s a test where you are put to observe for a hole minute four blocks (blue purple red and yellow) (like in a window) with a black spot in the middle. After the minute your supposed to turn your sight into a white page and you’ll see the same blocks and colors but in inverse positions.

  • fakeass pic!!

    ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm here! its fake! obv it changes so blatantly its ridiculous! download it and check in paint or even check its file size movin pics are bigga dan dis one shud be!

  • GaBrIeL

    WOOOOOWW!!!
    you think this is fake because you are idiot
    if you use the little peanut who you call brain you will see
    when your brain gets used to the blue and yellow image, the image changes to black and white and therefore the brain “blend” the colors and creates a true color image
    xD

  • John

    Ok, you guys who say this is fake, yeah, you’re dumbasses. The illusion is NOT the colors changing. If you think that’s the illusion and say “ITS FAKE IT CHANGES TO BLACK AND WHITE HAHA LOL YOU ARE STUPID TO BELIEVE THIS” then I will forever wonder why you were born with a pea as a brain.The illusion is this – You stare at the black dot in the middle, the negative image is “burned in” to your eyes, and when it changes to black and white, it looks as if it’s the real colors. I feel stupid having to explain it to you idiots who say it’s fake.

  • Alexandra

    oo thats cool i kept my eyes still and it stayed uintill it changed into the negative color thing

  • random

    This is only for the people with the mental capacity to read – READ FIRST, THEN LOOK. And stop thinking that the change is the illusion.

  • megan

    i’m sorry but this is definitely fake, it worked for me so i copied the yellow and blue image and pasted it in word to make sure….it didn’t work there even after staring for over a minute…and when i momentarily flipped back to this page it changed without much staring at all

  • Anonymous

    Something weird here… im probably sure im the youngest and i dont think its fake. I saw some here are 12 yes i know.. but i am TWELVE. COMON A TWELVE YEAR OLD IS SMARTER THAN ALL OF YOU WHO THINK ITS FAKE???

  • THIS IS DEFINATELY REAL!!!

    3 wurds… read my name

  • Mags

    The most amazing thing is the people who truly believe it’s fake. I’m not sure if that’s funny or pathetic. If the peanut works a little download the image and open it with a gif editor to see there’s only two images in the gif, none in colour. You can also see in the code that there’s only one image loaded… If that isn’t enough, well… maybe it’s all a plot from the CIA. Ha.

  • Ignorance

    haha…OMG like it changed from negative to monochrome!!! duh its two images that are on a loop!!! FAKE!!! wtf? what idiot says that. the whole concept of the illusion is for one negative picture to prelude a monochrome picture to give the full color effect. Go google it. Go ask someone at an art museum. Go ask your teacher. make one yourself. its real. I actually think most people say its fake just to be controversial. haha some people…

  • Alisha and Via

    Geez, its not fake. in the words of comment #3 Nic, we are twelve and we get it! IDOITS!

  • Nemanja Curcic

    Really nice ! Not fake (-_-)

  • LOLZ

    WOW! So cool, NOT fake btw. How stupid can you be not to look at a dot for a bit and see that it appears to be in full colour, Seriously?

  • lol

    it’s fake

  • ginny

    very cool :) i cant see the colour on the mountains very well when it changes to the black and white but i can definately see the blue sky

  • Skidy

    Very confusing for an 11 yr old girl like me

  • D’ohster

    It’s not fake! It’s supposed to change from negative to
    Black & White. You’re supposed to see it in full color, that’s the illusion.

  • ORLY?

    haha it’s a fake you just added frames to animate a picture :P

  • ALex

    I can se all theese things without the reverse colors

  • Stuts

    It is not fake… people who say its fake dun get the illusion… you are not supposed to see it turn into black and white, its supposed to look like colour when you change it to black and white.

    Basically it works by “tiring out” your oppositely colour sensing neurons. What happerns is, for example, you tire out your orange sensing nuerons. then when it turns greyish, both your blue AND orange neurons fire, but since your orange neurons are tired, you only “see” blue.

    something liddat… if i’m not wrong this would work with any negative-> greyscale picture…

    BTW, there are no orange sensing neurons, its actually a combination of colours but the explanation is simplified…

    • ZL123

      Malaysian/Singaporean ah? Lol. Hi.

  • LOL

    fakeass pic!! says:
    October 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm here! its fake! obv it changes so blatantly its ridiculous! download it and check in paint or even check its file size movin pics are bigga dan dis one shud be!

    ^^^^^^^^^ MORON ^^^^^^^^^^^
    supposed to look like a colored pic when it changes but when you move your eyes it goes back to b/w

  • kurt

    Try putting your hand over part of the image. It’s pretty cool. I’ve got to try a piece of blue paper or something next time.

  • pookie

    If your just tuning in, Read the directions THOROUGHLY! The opitical illusion is not the blue/purple/yellow negative turning into a black and white picture. The optical illusion occurs when it changes from the colored negative to black & white.

    Rest (not stare) your eyes on the black dot while it’s in the blue/purple/yellow negative. As it changes to the black & white, that picture will now (appear) to be in color. Now, the color will not be vivid, but you can definitely see a blue sky and a little bit of green from the plants (at least it did for me) ENJOY!!

  • sebastian

    the people that say that it’s fake are right, if you scroll down so the center dot isn’t on the screen and you can see the comments, but some of the picture is still showing, it’ll STILL change!!! try it, it might take a while, but it still is fake

  • Alison

    You look soooo retard (excuse me) for saying it’s fake.
    It’s SUPPOSED to change. The picture changes from weird colors to black and white, NO OTHER COLORS. If you stare at the distorted picture, the black and white picture appears in regular colors, THAT’S THE ILLUSION. Just blink if don’t believe it.
    Gosh, y’all are the stupidest people ever. Makes me ashamed to even call myself human -__-
    That’s an amazing illusion, by-the-way.

  • MonicaAlexieaa

    You guys are so stupid. The picture is supposed to change. It is supposed to be looped. The orange and bluish photo is not supposed to turn to black and white(that is not the illusion), the b&w photo is supposed to colorize until you move your eyes. Dumbass kids.

    • DaEgg

      Thanks for saying that. Now I don’t have to like a do with every other illusion like this one!

    • Poop

      watch your language!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samantha-Morales/100000534832841 Samantha Morales

    its kinda cool

  • tooom

    i see a few faces in the image when it gains colour.

  • eiji

    You guys are so stupid. The picture is supposed to change. It is supposed to be looped. The orange and bluish photo is not supposed to turn to black and white(that is not the illusion), the b&w photo is supposed to colorize until you move your eyes. Dumbass kids.

    C’mon man, you don’t get it aren’t you ?
    You need to see the blue n yellow negative and focusing to the dot in the centre n when the black n white image, u can see the mountain in full colour.. You stupid deuch bag

    • MonicaAlexieaa

      First of all, that’s what I was saying. You just misunderstood me. I KNOW that the orange/blue is supposed to switch back and forth to the black and white photo. I was saying that that wasn’t the illusion like people think it is. The illusion is truly the black and white photo seeming like it was in color. Second of all, learn how to spell the word “douche” before calling me a douche-bag

      :)

  • BLAZE

    while its black and white you can still see it in colour without seeing the negative part just focus your eyes on the dot again and the sky appears to be blue and you can see a tiny bit of colour in the rocks.

  • anonymous

    its totally fake….2 images, one inverted and other black-white are just moving in a loop alternatively..there is no illusion…FAKE

    • Smart

      People, go to the directions, learn to read them. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GIF! the second picture is actually in black and white, but if you look at the other picture for a few seconds first, it is in colour.

  • Martin

    Astounding how people in this thread having no reading comprehension.

    Here is how this works:
    There are 2 images, one of ‘negative’ colours, one of a black and white mountain.

    The illusion is that if you stare at the negative colour picture for long enough and then stare at the black and white picture, the black and white mountain will appear like it’s actually coloured in, but it’s not.

    It’s not fake, it works. It’s meant to transition from the ‘negative colours’ to the ‘black and white’. The illusion is the black and white picture appearing to be coloured in (But it’s not, check for yourself with a Print Screen and pasted into an art application).

    All of you guys (and girls) calling Fake etc. has left me with the feeling that there is no hope in the future. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS NEXT TIME.

  • anonymous

    I’m 13, and i understand it. god. you people who think its fake…
    Okay. easy solution.
    Read Hello, Red Fox, by Eric Carle.
    I’m sure most kids my age read it around 1st grade. So go back in time, you dumbasses, read a book meant for little kids, and you’ll get the illusion.

  • STUPID

    FOR THE THIRD @!$%$% TIME , STOP @!$%$% POSTING A @!$%$% FAKE ILLUSION THAT IS A GIF.

    AND @ Martin : I READ THE @!$%$% INSTRUCTIONS BUT STILL IT IS @!$%$% FAKE???? Y U NO @!$%$% UNDERSTAND ME ????

    • Smart

      IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GIF! READ THE ******* DIRECTION RETARD!

    • Smart

      Also, you look at the black dot in the colored pic, then it changes. The mountain will be in color. SIMPLE, EASY ILLUSIOJN IF YOU KNOW 1ST GRADE ENGLISH!

  • http://www.auctionshow.com Auc

    I find it funny that the people who don’t understand it / calling it fake are mostly the ones calling everybody else morons.

    Proof that they have this need to put other people down in order to feel better about themselves and their own stupidity.

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