Transparent X-Ray Devices… Illusion?

Another post full of photos! Transparent desktops were quite popular year ago. They were followed by all kind of “Transparent Devices” all the way to transparent billboards. Many of them are still laying on my disk, so I made a comprehensive collection, and posted it to this article. You probably won’t see these any time soon, so enjoy it for now, and try to decode how each of them were created. Some were quite easy to make, some not. I’d like you to tell me which ones you liked the most, and why?

100 Replies to “Transparent X-Ray Devices… Illusion?”

  1. Some of them are really good, some you can tell, but the one with the guy with his hand through the computer is great!! Great find!

  2. all of them are pretty sick, but the one i cant figure out (if legit) is the one which the guy has his hand come out of the screen in a “rockstar” signal

  3. YAY! First Comment XD wow this is awsome, its like the computer 1 that it looks like the computer is transparent with the dog. Very interesting…. and AWSOME!

  4. the one with the guy sticking his hand out of the computer is the coolest. I still can’t figure out how it works.

  5. I like the sweater arm reaching into the keyboard the best. Second best would be the guy wearing the shirt with stars on the sleeve. They really are illusions, not set up easily with just a picture of a picture arranged well.

  6. Notice you cant see the bones in the the finger in the x-ray illusion at the top. Other than that, some great illusions here.

  7. The one with the guy in blue leaning through the screen was awesome :D The one from behind the computer was also a great. Thats my favorites.

  8. I like the 6th and 13th ones. I figured out how they made the 6th one (hand is on the desktop picture, sleeve is real) but I don’t know how the 13th one was made. Perhaps sticking a picture of his hand to his laptop? =S

  9. Only thing I noticed is that in that one picrure the girl don’t have any pants on…. ;) Otherwice cool pictures.

  10. woah gosh that’s so weird…

    Some of them don’t have screens at all… and the one with the girl? it can’t be Xray cause her shirt’s still in the pic.

    but still, woah.

  11. most likely most of those were set backgrounds on the computers/phones….. harder ones are the ones wiht people’s hands coming out of them…good job!

  12. 1st comment!
    how did the guy with the computer and the hook em horns do it
    he’s on like both sides of the computer

  13. a couple of them were probly real but most were either just pics of the part then put up or there was no screen

  14. I love the one where he is doing the “rock” thing and looking through the screen.

    That’s way cool.

    Did not, however, enjoy seeing the chicks butt.

  15. well those are REALLY cool, but i hate to say it, but at least one of these is physically impossible, and therefore, must have been ‘shopped.
    the one u am referring to is the 4th one up from the bottom, with the guy doing the hand gesture. it is physically impossible! nonetheless, great collection.


  16. they all look like a photo was taken, tham put on each machine, ie the ipods, computers…. but there is one I don’t get… the fourth from the bottom… his hand is coming out of the computer???!!?!?

    1. The picture of the guys hand thru the computer is an easy trick to do u take the back of a computer and the screen off then you take a photo with your arm thru the screen and u photoshop the icons on there. it’s that simple

  17. Most of these were made by taking a picture of the thing, then perfectly aligning it with the thing. BUT HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY DO THE ONE WITH THE GUY’S HAND STICKING OUT?! P.S. The 10th one offends me.

  18. u can tell that the back of the ipod, and computer have been removed and just the screen that projects the light is there. Too simple. Great work though!!!!!!

  19. if u look closely at the one where the guy is sticking his hand throught the computer screen, u can see a hole cut throught the screen so the man’s hand can fit through.

  20. Great overall, but be careful with the skin pics like the one here of the girl with no pants. I’m looking at this site at work.

  21. You should get your brother to post some more magical tricks on your sister site Mighty Magical Tricks. It have been ages since last post, and I know he has something to post because I have sent him some stuff ;)

  22. I love the one with the guy’s hand through the screen. I may seem like a total freak by asking this….but how is that possible….?

  23. the 13th one is a fake computer the guy put a picture of him in it and the guy cut a hole in it for his hand!!!!

    also the 10th one is the best :D

  24. ok, look. the only way someone can stick their hand through and have a desktop with icons and stuff is if he used photoshop. his hand is perfectly set, and it’s still 3d. he used photoshop.

  25. Number 13 you can see a ring around his hand of it sticking out that is glass or plastic with a hole to stick his hand through

  26. can figure all out except the one with the guy reaching thru the screen….. think it may be a computer with no screen in it then just adding the icons in after … not sure but thats all i can think of. what do others think?

  27. adding to my last comment, they put the bottom portion of a monitor really close to the camera. Or they just use a webcam to take a photo, andthe things behind him were photoshopped.

  28. also adding to my last comment, i liked all of them in all sorts of ways.2, 3, 5, 7, and 13 were my favs!

  29. omg…omg…OMG!!! the guy reaching out(4th from last) is AMAZING!!! idk how he did it…maybe photoshop, maybe a paper version of his hand taped to the computer where the screen ends…but OMG!!! and i loe the last one cuz its uber origional…i think he has the tablet so that the screen flips backwards and it looks like ur looking rite thru the comuter and can still see the screen…omgomgomg…HOLLA TIET THO!!! ;D p.s. i <3 this site oodles…its A-mazing!!!xoxoxo…peace out girl scout!!!

  30. i kind of doubt the monitor would still work if the guy cut a hole in it. I’m sure he probably photoshopped his hand in afterward…

  31. i got it!! the computer has no screen, but has a plastic sheet (or part of it) to have like the aim chat! so he just has his hand through it!!

  32. Um whoever said there is a hole cut in the laptop for the guys hand is stupid. The screen wouldn’t work if they had done that and also it would have to be big enough to fit his whole hand not just his wrist!

  33. Um, to the person below..
    If you’re looking at it at work, shouldn’t you be WORKING? Get back to work, loser! Soo it shouldn’t matter. The tenth one was awesome. :)

  34. Most of these are just people who take a picture put on device and carefully position it. The more complex ones are simply photoshop tricks using transparencies.

    Set up a camera, take a picture of whatever, put your device of choice into the position and take that picture, and merge the two in photoshop after. Throw on some light distortion on it, tweak the colors, add icons or whatever you need to do to make it look more legit.

    Come on people!

  35. They are back to back transparent photos taken from another picture or such as photoshop edited.

    1: Take a picture of the main background and make it transparent.
    2: Take a picture of somthing that another person is holding or showing, i.e. a phone.
    3: Take a picture of a person’s hand and put it on opaque, then edit using photoshop or something.

  36. on the tenth one you are so stuck on looking at the girls butt that you don’t see that the picture is not aligned. the door lines are not in the same spots. and if you look at her legs next to her picture she has red pants that just disappear on the computer.

  37. ive always wondered..cant u put it on camera and put it where ever and it’ll show the cam as b-in transparent.. or wit the x ray maybe he has that as his screen and puts it where the home screen should be in a humans body and then u get the thought that,that computer shows in x ray? i dont know if im right its just a thought.But i donno how those others r transparent may b they r just made that way but i dont hav one idea how those ppl could get their hand and stuff in the labtop

  38. Ok the one with the guy sticking his hand through the pc….. i know that he took a picture of his face and put it as his background….. you can tell that but the hand idk…..

  39. ok for #13 i get it he cut a hole throught the screen to put the hand through then used picnik premium to add the pictures and make them really small for the icons then type with text below the pic so i lookes lyks an icon

  40. some of them are just photos of what’s behind them… but the x-ray ones are pretty cool. Yeah, and number #13. Impressive.

  41. what im guessihng is that the screens are pictures. first they would take the picture and then set it to the exact area so it looked as if the screen was transparent..? hmmm..

  42. For the guy that his hand sticking out of the monitor, I think that removed the screen, glued a transparent sticker as there is a rectangular shadow behind the place where icons are and then simply did not use transparent sticker for the other half of the monitor. Simply put: One half of the monitor has a transparent sticker, the other doesnt.

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