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Hybrid image optical illusions were first invented by some guys over at MIT, I think. These images are able to change interpretation as a function of viewing distance. In this example below, you might think that what you are seeing is absolute. If you are standing somewhere near to your monitor, you should be seeing blurry pictured leopard. But wait! When you move away few meters you probably won’t see anything (hehe). Still, if your eyes are healthy, you will see some other animal. No need to explain further, since we had many similar examples in the past. Sorry if the illusion isn’t what you expected, but I promise next one will be more decent. I was in a hurry today.

Leophant Hybrid Illusion

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39 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    i like it…but it was hard to find it…1st coment??

  2. Anonymous says:

    1st :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    i had i relly hard time finding it but i pick it up right as all of it came to place

  4. Anonymous says:

    Still illusions are illusions, and when they trick you into seeing something different, it’s still fun. Good work and keep them coming, you always have interesting images!

  5. Kevin says:

    first second!!! who cares!!! the important thing is we are commenting about this really cool site

  6. Anonymous says:

    elephant

  7. Screaming Doubles says:

    i think its lame.
    its like they simply transposed the shadow of an elephant right over that of a leopard.
    i find it no entertaining than drawing a circle over a square.

    sry, but sometimes the truth hurts…

  8. rich says:

    lol this was by far the easyist illusion ever! I didnt even have to load the page to get it! I saw could see it with my windows sidebar widget lol..

  9. Shannon says:

    I could already see the other animal from really close to my computer. Still a pretty cool illusion though :)

  10. Andy says:

    Have I missed something or is that kind of rubbish?

    A picture of one animal with a blurred picture of another animal on top?

  11. Anonymous says:

    yea it looks like an elephant or something!

  12. Anonymous says:

    i get it, but even though i was far away, the leopard was stronger. you can see the other animal close up anyways.

  13. Anonymous says:

    democratic version?

  14. Anonymous says:

    this wasnt so hard. but it was nice of you to take the time and get an illusion for us.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Was it supposed to be a pig? ‘Cause thats kind of what the outline looks like, but going farther away it looks the same…

  16. LifeSucks:'( says:

    i didn’t even need to move… to easy!!!!

  17. Vern says:

    Think i see an elephant … tell me if im wrong.

  18. Anonymous says:

    elephant!?!

  19. lacrosse lover says:

    the leopard stands out more than the baby elephant. but this is cute!!! i like it. (3rd?)

  20. Anonymous says:

    how is this an optical illusion? it just looks like a fuzzy leopard superimposed onto an even fuzzier elephant

  21. Anonymous says:

    not really absolute, you can even see the blur of the elephant quite clearly

  22. Another Anonymous says:

    photoshoped

  23. ralph skinner says:

    If your brain sees one thing, the leopard close up, then another thing the elephant from a distance, when both are there, that is an illusion.
    ralphskinner@hotmail.com

  24. Adi says:

    FINALLY a positive to having an astigmatism!!!
    haha no getting up is necessary for me! just take off my glasses, amazing :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    To me it looked like a bear with a fish squirming outside it’s mouth. Well then I also could see a elephant. Pretty cool illusion!

  26. Anonymous says:

    actualy if you squint your eyes you can see it a little clearer :]]

  27. Goeny says:

    This is not hard at all. I have this site on my iGoogle and even there (When the picture is much smaller then on the site) i could see it was an elephant.
    Next to that, the title of this pic tells you what it is. “Leophant”.

    Maybe ppl would see something different when the title is changed to something like leopork. Ppl see the things to what they expect. If you expect an elephant because of the title you will prob see the elephant imidiately. When you expect a pig out of the title it will be much harder to see the elephant.

  28. Maria says:

    that was sooo easy!!! I got it like in 1 second…

  29. Anonymous says:

    It looks like it was a picture taken from a car window with a reflection to me… cool picture though :)

  30. sexy babe says:

    i saw like straight away it was sooo easy its soo a elaphant and a cheatah this pic is rotten ..;

  31. BBall24 says:

    OMG!
    I didn’t notice it ’till I was walking away!
    I looked over an’ it waz a elephant!

  32. tristin says:

    ITS AN ELEPHANT

  33. Whitney says:

    If u go far away and look, it looks like an elephant more than a leoperd

  34. Whatcamallit says:

    Elephant? Looks like a hippo for me.

  35. Quiana says:

    Hippo? Hippo??? hippo’s don’t hav trunks u idiot!
    anywauz, that’s a really cool illusion, even though u can c what it is before u move…

  36. maaah says:

    i saw both right when i forst looked at it i was like: oh cool a leopard and an elephant and my face is approximately 1 1/2 feet from my monit…

  37. n/a says:

    This seems similar to gamma correction (used when scaling images).

  38. Speedy says:

    I noticed the elephant being normal distance from the screen.

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