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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 Illusion

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169 Responses
  1. James says:

    Woah, that’s nuts.

  2. avenger13 says:

    awsome :D

  3. underdog5004 says:

    pretty sweet.

  4. adam says:

    thats crazy!!!!

  5. Farted says:

    OOOOHHHHH…… I get it.

  6. Chelsea says:

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

  7. mangoman says:

    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

  8. jenn says:

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

    Nice loop though

  9. cubicles says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    THAT ROOOCKS

  10. designnathan says:

    that is too cool!!!

  11. virus says:

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

    very nice color trick :D !!!

  12. Archie411 says:

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

  13. Jennifer says:

    that was cool! ahhhhh!

  14. Calvin says:

    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

  15. Caramary says:

    Wicked :D

  16. Hai says:

    damn thats unbelieveable

  17. loser.. says:

    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!

  18. chris says:

    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.

  19. Adam E. says:

    chris………. what? I LAUGH AT YOU!!!

  20. bel92 says:

    tht soo werid

  21. kc says:

    gif animation .

  22. kitty says:

    aawwww, I fee like i’m 6 again!

  23. Silje says:

    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!!

  24. itsme says:

    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!

  25. ecass says:

    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.

  26. Alexxx says:

    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!

  27. M 2 the H O says:

    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.

  28. Julia says:

    For all that insist that it is fake:

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

  29. chel-c says:

    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.

  30. mgreen3 says:

    one word… WOW

  31. Chelsea says:

    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.

  32. Emily says:

    >>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.

  33. silly says:

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

  34. Red says:

    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.

  35. CrazyGal says:

    SWEEEEEEET!

  36. panchocahcondo says:

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

  37. Ashlee says:

    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

  38. sum1 says:

    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

  39. mixedcutie says:

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

  40. Juliemagix says:

    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.

  41. nikolle says:

    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!!!!!!!! :)

  42. Sam says:

    hm…I’m going to go make one :)

  43. harajukugirl says:

    woah…lots of commenbts for this 1

  44. meeow says:

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

  45. Chelsea says:

    OMG! This is such a fake!

  46. sigh says:

    @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.

  47. Lizzy says:

    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!!!

  48. Anonymous says:

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

  49. Anonymous says:

    KOOL!!

  50. loser says:

    thats soooooo
    cool
    =^.^=

  51. sexy says:

    thats goood

  52. Anonymous says:

    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.

  53. pangloss says:

    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

  54. Anonymous says:

    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.

  55. Juan says:

    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.

  56. dan says:

    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

  57. Anonymous says:

    fake only .gif!

  58. dan says:

    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

  59. Anonymous says:

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

  60. Shauzia says:

    F-A-K-E PEOPLES!!!

  61. PrincessUnique says:

    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?

  62. Jessica says:

    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?

  63. Anonymous says:

    How do you do it?

  64. Ellie says:

    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

  65. Anonymous says:

    the best illusion ever!!!!

  66. Anonymous says:

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

  67. FutZAAH says:

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

  68. Alexiorsay says:

    Love it!!!

  69. E R ! N says:

    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.
    :}

  70. Anonymous says:

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

  71. Anonymous says:

    what a great fake :D

  72. william says:

    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.

  73. william says:

    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.

  74. i*is*awesome says:

    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

  75. Emma says:

    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

  76. Anonymous says:

    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

  77. Anonymous says:

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

  78. sez says:

    I love these ones!!

  79. ME haha! says:

    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!

  80. Anonymous says:

    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!

  81. Anonymous says:

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

  82. giovannimainardi says:

    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!

  83. Anonymous says:

    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.

  84. coolbug488 says:

    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”

  85. Yermurat says:

    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

  86. Anonymous says:

    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

  87. sapphire_star says:

    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.

  88. emosasquatch says:

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

  89. Tim says:

    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!

  90. smiley says:

    cool stuff but some people are IDIOTS

    ^^^
    0 0
    ___

  91. smiley says:

    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!

  92. Happy Jelly Bean says:

    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.

  93. Happy Jelly Bean says:

    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.

  94. Anonymous says:

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

  95. ish says:

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

  96. Anonymous says:

    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.)

  97. Anonymous says:

    that is so crazy!

  98. Anonymous says:

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

  99. Anonymous says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  100. Nic says:

    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

  101. Anonymous says:

    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

  102. Anonymous says:

    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!

  103. Anonymous says:

    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

  104. Aurelie Elvina Kabir says:

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

  105. anonomous says:

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

  106. HHHhhh says:

    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

  107. iris says:

    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….

  108. Anonym says:

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

  109. SuperGanj says:

    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.

  110. John says:

    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.

  111. John says:

    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.

  112. 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…

  113. Person says:

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

  114. HEY! says:

    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.

  115. jorigo says:

    just one word, amazing!!

  116. Fred Schlonz says:

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

  117. Elly says:

    It’s not fake.

  118. justin says:

    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

  119. Andre says:

    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

  120. Andre says:

    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

  121. Sharon says:

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

  122. Hanna says:

    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.

  123. fakeass pic!! says:

    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!

  124. GaBrIeL says:

    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

  125. John says:

    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.

  126. Alexandra says:

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

  127. random says:

    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.

  128. megan says:

    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

  129. Anonymous says:

    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???

  130. THIS IS DEFINATELY REAL!!! says:

    3 wurds… read my name

  131. Mags says:

    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.

  132. Ignorance says:

    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…

  133. Alisha and Via says:

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

  134. Nemanja Curcic says:

    Really nice ! Not fake (-_-)

  135. LOLZ says:

    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?

  136. lol says:

    it’s fake

  137. ginny says:

    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

  138. Skidy says:

    Very confusing for an 11 yr old girl like me

  139. D'ohster says:

    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.

  140. ORLY? says:

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

  141. ALex says:

    I can se all theese things without the reverse colors

  142. Stuts says:

    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…

  143. LOL says:

    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

  144. kurt says:

    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.

  145. pookie says:

    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!!

  146. sebastian says:

    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

  147. Alison says:

    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.

  148. MonicaAlexieaa says:

    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.

  149. tooom says:

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

  150. eiji says:

    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 says:

      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

      :)

  151. BLAZE says:

    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.

  152. anonymous says:

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

    • Smart says:

      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.

  153. Martin says:

    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.

  154. anonymous says:

    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.

  155. STUPID says:

    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 says:

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

    • Smart says:

      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!

  156. Auc says:

    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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