Never Ending Staircase Illusion


Neil Rhodes contacted me recently, and suggested we feature some of his realistic photo-shopped optical illusions. As you see, the theme is nothing we haven’t already seen, but the results Neil accomplished speak for themselves. Impossible structures are often posted to this blog, and they usually appear in two separate forms: either as real camera shots (made under proper angle, with no digital manipulation involved) or they are simply painted and don’t exist in real-life. This version is something in between. I can’t recall we had such a realistic digitally manipulated photos in the past. Correct me if I’m wrong. Additionally, Neil included link to one of his tutorials, where he explains in details how you can create a Never Ending Staircase yourself.

Never Ending Staircase 1 Optical Illusion

Never Ending Staricase 2 Optical Illusion

Never Ending Staricase 3 Optical Illusion

  • Facebook User

    Nice “art” but not illusions… You clearly see the up up up down the “staircases” make and really… those belong in a whatyoucandowithphotoshop website, not here.

    • Dolphin

      It is an illusion,appears as an illusion a lot,but not in places like the beach like in the photo.Personally,I like it.Keep your bad opinions to your self.

    • priya

      people should decide whether its an optical illusion or not ands then paste it or share it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • priya

      i agree wid u……….facebk user????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bob the Builder

      im not replying,just to lazy to scroll down.

      I can make that,very easy

  • Care Bear

    I try to avoid stairs at all costs with the possible exception of working escalators. Never ending stairs sounds like something I might find in Hell which is why I try to behave myself.

    • priya

      niiiiiiiiiice dude
      gud 1

  • Qbee37

    No illusion here. We all create this one every time we fold a shipping box closed one flap at a time and then tuck the last flap under.

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  • LB

    Obviously photoshopped-the shadows don’t line up right, and the staircases seem precariously balanced (at best). If you show photoshopped items, they should be amazing (since you could do anything with photoshop, and that’s no longer an illusion) or real versions of impossible objects (but depend on the viewing angle)

  • Jenni

    I really like the fact you included a tutorial with this

  • Tobias

    The rock on the left of the first picture looks like an old ship:)

  • Rick Haviland

    The illusion is lost in the rocks, would make a better photo-art exibit.

  • anonymous

    ok ive never got this illusion, its really bad, coz the staircases go, like facebookuser said, up up up down. its obvious.

    • Bob the Builder

      its really like this,just not as steep

      / / / /

  • Nick

    Realistic digitally manipulated photos? Those pictures look pretty lame, and amateur,

  • avanderhoek

    i think u could have done doesn’t have a real kick 2 it when u look @it.

  • Rahul Aithal

    Good photo. But I am sincerely trying hard to find it an illusion.

  • That’s awesome!

  • Mike

    The stair blocks are arranged in a diamond. The angle of the photo makes it seem as if it’s a never ending sequence. If you actually trace the blocks one by one, you will find that there is no up, up, up, down. They do flow either all up or down but some people perceive an up, up, up, down flow from taking in the big picture all at once. It’s not photoshop either. Their lightweight blocks, likely styrofoam glued together and placed in a way to create said diamond shape.

    • Bob the Builder

      yea,and about the shadows,do you see where the sun is? for all you know (LB,im talking to you) the sun couldve been in my butt at the time!!!!

  • TS

    Those limestone stacks in the background is The Twelve Apostles in Victoria Australia.

    Just so you know…

  • annonymous

    lol. this one is fair lame.

  • Phil

    Why is it that people always go down the “this is photoshoped” road. the description clearly says this is a digitally manipulated photo.

  • Excellent 3d works

    • amydawson

      its so confusing

    • Janelle

      it is like totally bad

  • Thanks for your comments on my work, sorry that some of you find it “lame” but excellent that others seem to find it great! If you find it not up to your tastes please share with us your attempts and how this can be made better, we would all be interested to see your attempts so we can comment and share our opinions on how well, or badly you have done!

  • Janelle

    soooooooooooooooo lame who would like it?

  • Jassie

    Get a good one

  • Neil Rhodes is a top class designer in the world. As I see there is old 3 photos here.

  • World class designer

  • World class Designer.

  • Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for posting this. It helped me so much!!
    Blessings to you!

  • Wonderful Image and Post really nice !

  • I did not know about it before. But Thanks for sharing this information.

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