Overview:Using only a cheap digital camera, some masking tape, and Illustration or Photo-Editing software, you can make some amazingly-handsome Trompe-l'oeil/Forced Perspective wall-art (yes... very much like that awesome parking garage that everyone on earth forwarded you). Your friends and neighbors will be astounded by your cleverness.
Viewed from the proper angle, the illusion of a 2-dimensional "flat" image is presented, but viewed from the side you will see the gross distortions that make the "proper" angle possible.
Note of Thanks: This Instructable was influenced greatly by--and wouldn't have been possible without--the help I received from this thread on AskMetaFilter. There are some smart and creative folks there who can really help a guy out with a project. (If you can wade through the questions about recipes, pets, or relationships, you'll find some absolute gems.) Thanks guys; awesome input.
Step 1: Tools and Materials Required
- a Blank wall meeting at a corner
- a Vector or very-high-resolution raster image or logo (here's one source I like... there are hundreds more)
- a Digital Camera - I used a cheap, old 6 Mp Canon, but I suspect you could get good results with even a 3 Mp camera. Much lower than that, and you might have problems.
- Drawing or Photo Editing Software - (I used Illustrator and Photoshop CS2, and provide instructions for these packages, but there are several other Free and Non-Free software packages that would work just as well).
- a Measuring Device
- Masking Tape (Must be a visibly different color than your wall).
- a Printer or other output device. - You can Rasterbate your image, or have it done fairly inexpensively at a print shop. I'm not big on Kinkos, but they can do it pretty cheap -- (<$5)
- a Utility or X-Acto knife
- a Spirit Level
- a Second Color of Masking Tape
- a ladder or step-stool
- a Second Set of Hands (makes the ceiling bit a lot easier... but far from a requirement).
- a Protractor or Combination Square
- Sandpaper (for surface prep)
- a Vinyl Plotter (or make a friend in a sign shop. Completely optional -- looks great printed, too.)
- Cleaning Solvents (for surface prep). I used a mild soap and then rubbing alcohol