A Drunk Illusion-- and You Don't Need to Touch a Drop

About: I work in IT as a manager of a team responsible for server based applications. I am also a lecturer in Database Design, XHTML and CSS at the University of London, England

This is not original but it is a classic optical illusion that can be done with any graphics application. I used Macromedia Fireworks but freeware software like IrfanView will do this easily.

First you need an image of a well known person, I chose Phoney Blair, the ex-Prim [sic] Minister of Great Britain

Step 1: Change Eyes

The trick to this illusion is to offset the eyes and mouth of the persons face. These are the main features we look at when looking at another person.

In Fireworks I use the Lasso tool; selecting a figure of 8 around the eyes, below the eyebrows and quite close the lower eyelid like the figure below:

Step 2: Offsetting the Eyes

Now using the clone feature drag the selection to just below the originals like so:

Step 3: Repeat Step One...

..but this time select the mouth. You do not have to be too precise but as close to the lip edges is good ..like so:

Step 4: Repeat Step 2...

...but this time for the mouth. Drag the mouth down to the same distance as the eyes like so;

Step 5: Tony

I have found that images where the eyes are quite prominent work well for this illusion

Step 6: You Now Have an Illusion

You can have great fun with lots of people...I rather enjoy lampooning politicians....cheers George

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    49 Discussions


    12 years ago

    ow, that hurts my head. here's another fun thing (just got it by email): pick you right foot slightly off the floor, rotate it clockwise now with your right hand, draw the number six in the air. you can't do it without changing your foots direction.

    12 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Perhaps it is you who has a funky brain, because I too could do it without a problem.


    Reply 12 years ago

    Maybe you guys are doing it wrong, or maybe you have funky brains. This one is pretty old, but it works, so.... go get your brains checked out.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    What is equally weird is to make the eyes and mouth parts upside down. (Why can't I add an image?) You can do it with a bitmap image with Microsoft Paint. I great big grin looks really grim.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    These graphics need some work. And don't you dare tell me that you only have fireworks, fireworks works just as good, you can easilly make these look lesser like images edited in MS paint, by that I mean, you could do this in paint. Anyways, not very good, not bad either, but they turn me dizzy -_-'