Optical Illusion - Two Lines

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This Instructable will show you how to make a simple optical illusion. This illusion is called the Poggendorff Illusion and has been around for a while.

So what's happening in the image below? What is that red line doing there?

Go to the next step to see what's going on inside the black rectangle.

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Step 1: Inside the Box

Here you can see that the blue line actually leads into the red line. Sure, the color contributes to the illusion, but it can be confusing even if the lines are all black.

Step 2: Black Lines

Here we can see two black lines going in and out of the black rectangle. I'm sure you know what's coming, but go to the next step to see what's happening inside the box.

Step 3: Inside the Box

As you can see, one of the lines is continuous, but it shifts from being the top line to the bottom lines.

Step 4: 2 Lines With Color

If we go back to the colored lines, we can see the same effect.

Step 5: How to Make It

You can use many different graphics programs to recreate these images. Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, or any other. As long as it can make lines and rectangles, and they all can, you're fine.

Start by making one diagonal line.

Step 6: Copy the Line

Copy the line and paste another one just a little bit below it.

Step 7: Copy Both Lines

Now copy both of those lines and move the copy so that the ends of the two lines come together like in the image below.

Step 8: Put a Rectangle on Top

Just drop a rectangle on top and you're done! Now you can play with making the lines different colors to recreate the images from the beginning of the Instructable.

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    19 Discussions

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    slayer04madhops0620

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it makes it appear as if the both lines are connected but in reality only one is to the other on the opposite side, it's a trick of the eye

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    Sarah86slayer04

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well... don't really work with me cause I got geometric vision. Since birth, I have problem to see the distance, so my deep vision rely on geometric form.

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    schlenbeaSarah86

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It's too bad. You should really see how fascinating the illusion is. You're definitely missing out. I wish I could help you see it.

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    Allonsymadhops0620

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    basically u see the blue line comin into the black rectangle, and u see a read and blue one coming out the other side. ur brain thinks that the blue lines are connected, when actually its the read and the blue line connected. get it?

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    sharlston

    10 years ago on Introduction

    this is so cool any more cool ideas then please email them to mattyts@live.co.uk

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    imonsei

    10 years ago on Introduction

    heh. I actually thought it was a trick but i guessed that the line above went between the two at the bottom :P

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    amakerguy

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I fell for the trick to. Brains are so cool, I like them because there always a mystery.

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    ChrysN

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice illusion, it is scary how easy it is to trick our brain.

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    PizzaPlanet

    10 years ago on Introduction

    nice sweet blows ur mind a little that what we see is not reality... excuse me i just finished reading the watchmen comics deep stuff

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    hg341hg341

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    im sry i sayed that worng

    well done i liked it a lotyou fooled me too

    thats what i ment to say