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By on March 12, 2006, with 45 Comments

How many shades of green do you see in the picture above. Would you believe there is only one?

Shades Illusion


45 Responses
  1. Mr. Noticetheobvious says:

    Duh. If you stare at where the black and yellow lines meet, you will be able to notice that it’s the same shade.

    • ANR says:

      DUH!!! If you don’t waste too much time staring and just look at the picture, you’ll see they are orange bars – NOT YELLOW!!

  2. Meg says:

    *cough* What yellow?

  3. Leftie2 says:

    *cough cough cough* Yes Mr.Noticetheobvious, would you kindly point out the yellow lines in the picture? I think my eyes are failing me.

  4. DaNi :] says:

    Come on! Its Orange Mr.IDontNoticeTheObvious.
    Per-Lease!! ;D

  5. Hai says:

    *cough cough cough cough* yellow, Mr. Noticetheobvious?

  6. :) says:

    um……..ur stupid Mr. Noticetheobvious. Are you color blind? Freak.

  7. what? says:

    I don’t see anything but one shade of orange.

  8. Nachos Yummy says:


  9. alana says:

    i see only 1 color of black, orange and green *cough* the point?

  10. Pandas says:

    yah. that one is simpler than the rest

  11. meeow? says:


  12. Stupid fools says:

    There is only ONE color of green and ONE ORANGE and ONE black :p… the illusion is that it looks like the lower green is darker than the upper green…

  13. Caz says:

    Yeh, cuz the black lines are in between the bottom greens, but if you look at both the greens together you can tell they’re the same, its good though :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    The black lines, make the green below them seem darker, as if a shadow appears.

  15. PerfectPoodle says:

    GAWD people, lay off mr.Inoticetheobvious!Come, on its obvious he means orange!Cool illusion!

  16. pirategurl says:

    well the illusion isnt so cool to pick on people that say yellow instead of orange

  17. Anonymous says:

    the illusion isnt that good to be mean to each other yellow and orange what ever close enough caugh*** caugh**** dont mess with me

  18. Sonya says:

    Mr.Noticetheobvious if you really noticed the obvious you would notice there is no yellow in this picture, but orange

  19. Anonymous says:

    cough* cough* you ppl are mean!!!!!!!!

  20. % says:

    cough* cough* cough* we’re not mean, it’s just that stupid Mr. Didnotnoticethemostobvious should look carefully before he says something.

  21. Anonymous says:

    what do they mean would you believe ther is onley one shade of green? thats all i can see and i’m onely 10.

  22. Czur says:


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  24. Heather says:

    Tell me if I am colour blind but I think that there is only 3 colours. Orange,green and black. I SEE NO YELLOW HERE!!!!God people drink more coffee to stay awake!!!

  25. futuretransitdriver says:


  26. Eric says:

    if you look in the middle they wiil turn the same

  27. jen says:

    one shade of green thats obvious ……right

  28. Detective Kitty says:

    this one was a little easier to figure out…

  29. knows everything says:

    icredibly easy. its the same shade of green. thats kinda gettin’ old..

  30. Anna says:

    OH how funny, a guy said yellow instead of orange! NOT! Grow up fools!

  31. mumfydood says:

    yeah u realllly notice the obvious dont u ORANGE NOT YELLOW helooooooooo

  32. a says:

    whats with all the coughs???

  33. Citizen1000 says:

    Well, I don’t see yellow either, but I see red…

    Does anyone see red color too??

  34. Samijane. says:

    since when did orange become yellow?

  35. chey says:

    um yah if u compare one line of the bottom green to the top u then can tell that they are the same color ! mny guess is that the black makes the bottom green look darker then the top

  36. Tony says:

    To ;) — Don’t use “color-blind” as a slur. I am partially color-blind & at times it’s hell. Many things in life are color-coded, & I have to ask strangers to help me.

  37. Makeymakeyyy says:

    I see that everyone is ANGRY at the person who just said YELLOW. But, please have some forgiveness of his/her FAILures and forgive…OH WHAT THE HECK! IT’S FUCKING YELLOW FOR HEAVEN SAKE!

    • Andrew J. Coleman says:

      Watch the language please!!! My four year old cousin looks on this site with me. Now he is asking me what that word means! The F****** means!!

  38. Austin says:

    Its because the black kinda surrounds the green, so it makes the green look darker because our eyes carry over the darkness of the black into the green. Same thing with the ORANGE NOT YELLOW bars only lighter.

  39. The Illusionist says:

    By the way if the post here is waaaaaaayyyyyyy past,well I see how this simple illusion with three colors turned out to be large argument.

  40. The Illusionist says:

    Oh and by the way if you look into other illusion sites, youll see that this picture is moving

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