You probably remember a few months back when a simple dress took the Internet by storm overnight. Almost everyone had an opinion about this color illusion—whether it was white and gold or blue and black. Some even saw it one way, then it changed to another color, seemingly like magic and sometimes right before their eyes!
That’s the beauty of a color illusion, though. You may see one color, but your mind is blown when you find out that it’s actually a different color. The brain plays tricks on you in the right conditions. Today’s illusion is a color illusion. Granted, it’s not as complex and amazing as the blue and black / white and gold dress illusion, but it’s still pretty neat. Take a look at the picture below and tell me how many different colors you see…
Chances are you saw four colors—green, white, red, and pink. But, if you remember that this is a color illusion, you probably already know that that’s not the case!
You brain is playing tricks on you! In reality, there are only three colors—green, white, and pink. The pink looks much lighter on one side because it’s surrounded by white squares and much darker, almost red, on the other side because it’s surrounded by the green squares. If you don’t believe me, that’s okay. Open this color illusion image in a photo editor and use the color picking tool to check for yourself!