Friday, January 27, 2012

So…Not that you asked but what is a stereogram?




A few years back in my daughter’s elementary school library there hung a picture on the wall.  On first glance it simply appeared to be an abstract design, but it was much more than that.  It was a stereogram, sometimes called a magic eye.  The librarian told me that if I stared at the picture just right, like magic, a three-dimensional image would appear.  And she wasn’t saying what it would be.

She elaborated further saying that there are several methods used in order to bring the image into view.  The most common was to hold your nose right up to the image and slowly back away.  Imagine how stupid I must have looked trying again and again to discover the secret. 

Then one day I was a bit tired and my eyes did that staring into space thing they do when I haven’t had much sleep.  Voila, there in front of me was a dinosaur, seeming to jump right out of the frame.  Yes I finally saw it, and thus began my fascination with stereograms.

Now, I may be an oddball (as if you didn’t already know that) but I am able to see stereograms as soon as I look at them.  So I bought an app for my ipad that allows me to create my own depth maps and then create original stereograms.  I am just beginning to play with it but since I can see them in seconds I am a perfect stereogram designer.  So for your viewing pleasure I present my first simple…stereogram.  Can you tell what it is? 

Note:  I believe if you have certain eye conditions like astigmatism you will not be able to see the image…sorry

16 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

I LOVE these things!! After I saw my first one, each one since has been easy. I won't say what I saw in your picture to keep from spoiling it for others. I didn't know you could do this through the computer. That's AWESOME!!
Catherine Denton

Wanda said...

I'm still staring.....I'm not giving up...I'll be back!

Nora CG said...

I stared and stared and I can't see nothing yet, but one thing I saw,.. the image getting bigger just for a few seconds.

Carol said...

I can usually see these but not today ? I'll be back to check on it :0)

jyothisethu said...

yes they are amazing. i have 3 such pictures...

craftattack said...

This is AMAZING! Valerie

Magic Love Crow said...

Ok Crystal, I love stereograms, but I suck at them! LOL! I have been staring and can't see nothing yet! I hope you tell us all what's in there!! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Crystal said...

Stacey it is a very simple image...think Valentine's day...hint, hint

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Yes, I saw it!These are amazing!

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

That's so cool! It looks kaleidoscopic! Happy PPF :)

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

That's so cool! It looks kaleidoscopic! Happy PPF :)

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

That's so cool! It looks kaleidoscopic! Happy PPF :)

Betsy said...

Oh, we have a book of these! Once you get it...you get it! ha.

Mary Hysong said...

I can stare for ever but never see the picture but maybe you are right,... I have astigmatism. Thank you for stopping by my place, happy PPF!

Alicia C said...

thats exactly right-- as soon as you see them, you can never stop 'seeing' them again

Melisa said...

I've seen these in books and can usually see the image, even though I have slight astigmatism. I can't see this one, though. Maybe it is harder to see it on the computer screen. It's pretty cool that there is a computer program to make them!

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