Soulwax CD Cover Illusion


Reader NiteSpeed from Holland submitted these two ubercool album covers yesterday. His short description says: “Take a look at this album art cover from the band Soulwax. Look at it from different distances”. In short, that’s all you have to do. You’ll probably think that NiteSpeed and me have gone bananas, but there is a hidden message in these two pictures below! I assure you! Remember the time, we tried to guess which celebrity was hidden in that “How TV Works” illusion? This optical illusion is quite frankly the same, only much better. It works best if you open the images full size. Step away from your monitor for few meters, and you’ll feel enlightened! Similar illusions include Einstein in Dices and Marylin Monroe seen through Pixels. Magnificent! Thanks NiteSpeed. There are probably few more illusions of this type on the site, I just can’t remember them. Did you know we now have over 900 posts on this site, and more than 3000 illusions altogether? I’ll have to make a new category for these illusion album covers probably – they just don’t stop appearing in my mailbox :)

  • auralsculpture

    I want to know how to make these …

  • Anonymous

    1st post!!!!!! stand at a distance it says “soulwax any minute now

  • Anonymous

    Wow! But i could see second one without moving.

  • Margaret

    that is SO cool! i wonder how it works.

  • Utopian

    Cool! You can also read them if you scroll quickly with your mouse…

  • Venom

    I LOVE THESE!!!!!
    Its easier to see if you slightly cross your eyes or stand futher off.
    But its great!

  • Anonymous

    wow thats amazing

  • ItalianCommunist

    Che figata!!!

    I’m Italian, I think the meaning of this is about “What cool!!!”
    Congratulations at the creator!!!

  • Kenneth W. Davis

    Interesting! I got the message in the second image right away, but I couldn’t see the first message clearly until I was scrolling the page. Somehow, vertical movement made the first image reveal its message.

  • john

    Thats the most ballin thing ive seen in a while. how did they do this? because i want to try it out.

  • Anonymous

    the first one is hard to see.
    the second one is very easy to see.

  • Pouch

    It also works if you blur your eyes.

  • KAT

    So far as i can tell, i am NO 1 comment. I guess these (kl) illusions are all about the changing sizes of the dots and how far apart the lines are in the lettering compared to in other places.

  • Anonymous

    Wooow really Cool! :D Nice one ^^

  • Anonymous

    I can see it. I never managed to see things in images like this. But now i did it!!

  • NiteSpeed

    Great illusion if you ask me ;)!

  • Eshita

    It also works if you scroll up and down fast.

  • nubnub

    well done

  • Anonymous

    COOL!!!!!!!!!! I actually saw them for once!

  • eR

    Cool! I’m curious, how does this work?

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  • TastyPaper

    Wow, I love these, I want to make that! I think I can figure it out…

  • Anonymous

    Cool! The first one says soulwax any minute now, and the other soulwax nite versions

  • Wilton


    If you stare at the black one for a LOONGGG time, you see intersecting lines.

    If you stare at the red one for a LOONNGG time, you see…rainbow spokes and the lines become moving waves!!!

  • Anonymous

    I can see it no matter what. I don’t get it.

  • highly flammable

    That’s amazing! If you look closely, it seems like some of the circles in the cells are smaller than others…

  • Santhosh

    copy the image to desktop and open in any image viewer. simply zoom out 2 or 3 times. you will see the lines clearly.



  • Anonymous

    Click and hold the CTRL button and scroll down on your mousewheel. You should see the message easier on the first graphic then. Pretty cool huh!

  • Card Magic Tricks

    Blur your eyes


  • Joseph

    This effect is actually pretty damn easy to make. Just make a simple repeating pattern like in the background of the first one, and put some large black text over it with an opacity around 10%.

  • William

    anyone else notice you can see them without moving if you scroll the screen back and forth?

  • victor berger

    That isn ‘t the way to do it, Joseph. The raster of the words has a slightly smaller dotsize than the other dots (but all dots are white, not 10% grey). The easiest way to make this is by putting dark grey text on a black background and then raster the image and invert it. A perfect tool to do this is by using vectoraster, where you can adjust dot size and spacing manually.

  • daniel

    please could someone tell me how he did this exactly? i already tried vectoraster and dark grey on black but it didnt worked.

  • ann

    I saw another one like this on the sight which was a picture of John Lennon. I sceamed for about ten minutes. I didn’t know they could do that

  • Anonymous

    the black one u have 2 stand back but the red one is easier

  • Anonymous


  • lucy

    i dont no what to do any1???

  • Anonymous

    in the black and white one it sais
    soulwax any minute now, the red and white one sais soulwax nite version. (if you were wondering i’m 11 years old- yes me again).

  • Anonymous

    i dont know wut to say oth er than:


    I’m very impressed!

  • Kevin

    works if u just move ur screen

    might be easier for me with laptop but helped me

  • Anonymous


  • mrsjones5

    if you move your head around it looks like there is words on the bottom pic

  • Nate

    i just moved back from the picture. or squinting works too

  • megan

    these images are rrealy cool. it took me a minute to actually see what they were saying

  • matt

    all these comments and no props go to the creator – well done Rich mate, for coming up with yet again amazing artwork.

  • ALex

    The first one is cool because it is both a hidde4n image and the cool dot illusion too!

  • Starlet

    if you wear glasses it’s so easy to see these. just take off your glasses. always works for me

  • soulwax any minute now and soulwax night version

  • slb6676

    if you scroll up or down really fast you can see it too

  • ZL123

    Soulwax any minute now.

    But I can clearly see the second one without moving away.

  • AX


  • Dolphin

    More everyday things should have at least simple illusions like this CD cover.

  • i didnt see it till i looked up on to my computer i literally crouched on the floor and looked up to it lol XD im a dork

  • Grace

    They have another album like these

  • Brittany

    I just crossed my eyes. and was able to read it. “soulwax any minute”
    soulwax nite version”

  • vicki

    wow this is awesome, and slightly crossing the eyes does the trick.

  • tay

    If you scroll up and down slowly you can read the 2nd 1

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