/r/MagicEye

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A place for Magic Eye Illusions!

  • Quick tutorial on how these work

  • Vox 10 minute exposé:

  • "The secrets of Magic Eye"

  • Handy image to tell if you are viewing Cross View or Parallel View.

  • Be advised, Parallel view Magic Eye images are the most popular here. For Crossview content, check out /r/CrossView. or /r/MagicEye_CrossView.

  • Online Magic Eye Solver/Viewer

  • Offline Magic Eye Creator for Windoze (old)

  • Versions of "Sistem", Offline Magic Eye Creators made by u/Pixelfest:

  • GUI for Windows

    Commandline Only for Win, Mac, Linux, and whatever else can run the .net runtime libraries.

  • Text-only Autostereogram Creator:

  • Newer!

  • Older..


  • Magic Eye images, more generically known as stereograms, became a wild hit in the 1990's. A stereogram might be described as an image within an image, where the second image requires the eyes to focus behind the image as opposed to on it.

    While technique differs, many seem to agree that some combination of crossing your eyes (not entirely though, remember you're trying to look past the image, not at a point between the image and you), letting your eyes go unfocused, and getting your nose all up in the image's business assists in determining what the hidden image is. Once you do find the hidden image, don't get too excited and try to focus on it, or you'll likely lose it and have to start over!

    Submit some of your favorites or even make your own!

    Also, check out our friends at /r/CrossView, /r/ParallelView, and /r/MagicEye_CrossView!

    /r/MagicEye

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    46

    I do a lot of Moiré effect art and was wondering if there is any crossover between the two? (Might look off on phones, or cooler idk)

    5 Comments
    2024/01/29
    23:14 UTC

    64

    Very blue

    37 Comments
    2024/01/29
    00:58 UTC

    544

    Whiskers

    31 Comments
    2024/01/28
    02:39 UTC

    34

    Haven't seen many animated ones, but I was surprised by how easy it was to keep track of the image. Bad Apple as a Magic Eye

    21 Comments
    2024/01/27
    09:24 UTC

    379

    When you think it's going be one thing based on the initial patterns...but turns out to be something else entirely

    I thought this one was going to be text of some kind just from looking at the squiggles and irregularities in the base image before focusing, but nope...I wonder if there's anyone out there who has a knack for "predicting" what the focused stereogram is going to be just based off the base image.

    34 Comments
    2024/01/21
    01:32 UTC

    33

    I've been playing Pokemon unite and this loading screen kept popping up and remind me to go check this subreddit more often

    It's really nothing special. When you get it right it just makes the screen look like it has depth. I figured it might be good for beginners

    1 Comment
    2024/01/21
    01:05 UTC

    19

    I tried at a Minecraft world

    11 Comments
    2024/01/19
    23:04 UTC

    218

    Steampunk Kitty

    10 Comments
    2024/01/19
    20:41 UTC

    458

    This is a diverging stereogram.

    39 Comments
    2024/01/17
    22:27 UTC

    520

    This says a lot about society

    59 Comments
    2024/01/16
    05:28 UTC

    150

    100% spider free! Now with even less spiders! No spiders in here!

    9 Comments
    2024/01/15
    23:27 UTC

    153

    1995 - first magic eye I was able to see

    Took three solid days but I finally saw it. I was so happy to be able to find the same exact image on google search. Enjoy!

    118 Comments
    2024/01/15
    01:03 UTC

    128

    Inspired by welchy's rings/ripples (link in comments)

    12 Comments
    2024/01/14
    04:04 UTC

    1,462

    First time seeing a moving “ magic eye” didn’t know they were a thing..

    132 Comments
    2024/01/12
    19:34 UTC

    572

    Somewhere in the woods

    35 Comments
    2024/01/12
    18:30 UTC

    579

    Kittens & Butterflies

    28 Comments
    2024/01/11
    20:33 UTC

    278

    I noticed my tie does the thing.

    31 Comments
    2024/01/11
    01:16 UTC

    77

    Things That Float

    8 Comments
    2024/01/07
    01:20 UTC

    15

    Please help me.

    Hi, I've been trying to do this trick for a month but no... it just doesn't work and it's starting to upset me. So the thing is, I can do crosseyed 3d perfectly, like the ones you combine 2 pics to 1 then see it 3d. That one is crystal clear for me. But when it comes to regular magiceye images where you relax your eyes and look far away, I just can't see it. What I'm doing is, I look through the screen like I'm looking at a far away mountain. Then I bring the image close to my eyes. So what supposedly should happen is that I have to connect the patterns into a connecting one like in the crosseyed one. The thing is tho because I'm focused to far away, the image is reaaallly blurry. Alongside with that, I'm getting that effect that when you look something unfocused, it's getting like really blurry and the dominant color of that magic eye photo covers the entire image with that color. I tried slowly moving the image away but that just resulted same. I don't know if it's the technique that I'm doing wrong but I feel like I'm missing some really interesting thing that people seem to enjoy. Please somebody help me. What are your suggestions/tips?

    18 Comments
    2024/01/02
    21:03 UTC

    222

    🥳 Happy New Year! 🥳 - Object array stereogram (with Venus, Earth & Moon, and Mars)

    14 Comments
    2023/12/31
    22:53 UTC

    343

    All time favorite.

    22 Comments
    2023/12/31
    19:00 UTC

    361

    Cheers to a new year...

    🥳💫🍻❄️

    79 Comments
    2023/12/31
    14:24 UTC

    130

    Mood

    19 Comments
    2023/12/31
    08:41 UTC

    0

    Code red

    29 Comments
    2023/12/31
    08:40 UTC

    255

    Butterflies 🦋🦋🦋

    13 Comments
    2023/12/30
    20:45 UTC

    564

    Magic Eye Poem

    45 Comments
    2023/12/30
    16:59 UTC

    235

    Klingon Bird of Prey

    65 Comments
    2023/12/30
    07:58 UTC

    152

    My first magic eye!

    62 Comments
    2023/12/30
    05:20 UTC

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