Car Sizes Optical Illusion

How are all of you doing out there today? I bet you’re doing great, because it’s now officially the weekend and I don’t know about you, but I am in need of some major rest and relaxation. The weather is great, so I’ve made some plans to get outside and enjoy this amazing weather this weekend.

As you’ve noticed, I’ve been posting a lot of brain teaser optical illusions up on the site recently. I have another brain teaser optical illusion I’m going to post up today that should definitely require some hardcore thought on your behalf. This illusion involves cars parked beside of each other, and they’re the same model of vehicle, but the sizes of each vehicle varies greatly. Are you ready to check out this amazing optical illusion? Scroll down and give it a look.

Car Sizes Optical Illusion


Can you tell me how this illusion was accomplished? Leave a comment in the section below with your answer and I will definitely see it. I love receiving comments, so don’t be shy.

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30 Replies to “Car Sizes Optical Illusion”

  1. Slightly curved parking lot and smaller separation of cars when farther away from photographer. That should play enough tricks to the brain (brain likes to place the concrete slabs in a straight line adding to the illusion)

  2. Dear sir
    it is perplexing but I was thinking that the length of the three cars occupy the same distance from the concrete blocks , so there is only one explanation is that the effect of the slanting of the concrete blocks in front of the cars
    I hope to hear from you

  3. okay okay first I should admit that is a great illusion. Well in a subject of relativity is simplified by saying we judge thing (cars) based on the surrounding environment (parking lot) the only to achieve such a wonderful illusion is by means of photosop> meaning the car was only photographed once and placed on multiple positions just to mess with ones perception (brain interpretation confusion)

  4. I think I know. The third car looks the largest, the nearest car looks the smallest. However, if you measure their images, they are all very nearly the same size. This effect is achieved with a powerful telephoto lens at a great distance. Because of the way this image is cropped, you think you are standing much closer to the corner of the car park. From there, you are so used to seeing a larger image for closer objects, that you brain automatically compensates by assuming that the closest car has to be the smallest. So our brians ‘make an ass out of you and me’.

  5. I do some work with Adobe’s Creative Suite — this is not difficult to accomplish. The back/largest car is “traced”, copied and pasted in the next 2 parking spaces. Then all you have to do is resize the cars, making them consequently smaller — voila!

  6. Good illusion. Must be photoshoppery, the cars look identical and I don’t think the viewpoint allows for any perspective trickery

  7. Absolutely photoshop… it’s the same car. The real one is on the top. Look through the bottom left of the windshield on the top one – you can see the right half of the front of the white van behind it. Now compare the windshields of the other two… the van is still there.

  8. I’m not sure if if the car has been pasted into the picture, butthat’s irrelevant. The cars are the same sizebased on measurements of the areas common to the picture. The center pillar, doorwidth and heights are the same. That leads me to believe that theillusion is created by the difference in the size of the concrete barriers in front of each car. The car that looks the smallest has the widest barrier whichmakes the car seem smaller relative to the other cars/barriers.

    1. That’s a really good explanation and seems to be the popular opinion on this optical illusion. :)

  9. Since the cars all measure the same dimensionally on the photograph, it has clearly been modified (if it was a real un-re-touched photo, the further away cars would measure smaller). I suspect the rear car was in the real photo, then a copy of it was used to make the center car, then another copy of the rear car was used to make the front car. As far as I can tell the concrete barriers have little or nothing to do with it. If you cover them with a piece of paper the illusion seems unaffected to me.

  10. photoshop image. One can tell by the front windshield having the same see through(part of the van’s front). The largest of the three is the true image with the van behind windshield see through generate a correct background. the other two are copies of the same car. Another give away is the angle of the two smaller cars, they are visually wrong as for the angle to the horizon.

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