"Stereograms" are these pictures that, if you look at them the right way, have a 3-D image that sticks out against a background...
There's a bit of a trick to seeing the 3-D image in the center of a stereogram: If it isn't immediately apparent, you should get up very close to the screen and then try to keep your eyes focused on the middle while you slowly back away.
Don't allow your eyes to "readjust" or you'll lose the image in the center!
I found a really cool website where you can use a free online stereogram generator to make your own! You can use their stock backgrounds or, you can upload one of your own photos. Then you choose a "mask" (black and white image where the light parts are the parts you want to stick out toward the viewer in the finished stereogram) that you can upload or use one of their's to form the center 3-D image and you can save the finished product to your image files on your computer!
The website is called: Make Your Own Magic Eye 3-D Stereogram, Easy Stereogram BuilderÂ Â . You have to register on the site to use the Stereogram Builder but it doesn't take long.
Here are some of the stereograms I made from my own photos (backgrounds) and using some of their "stock" 3-D "masks" (Oh! You can also put words/letters in them, if you'd rather...).
This first one used a photo I took of some wildflowers the other day and one of their stock masks of a heart:
This other one uses a sample of an "art nouvea" pattern that came free in the Dover Publishing weekly newsletter that I get in my email every week with a mask of a daisy flower in the middle:
This next one uses another photo I took earlier in the year of some wildflowers with a butterfly mask. (This particular one, I uploaded to the Stereogram site and they had it up as "photo of the day" yesterday and today! :o) )
This next one is my favorite. It's a photo I took during the winter of a branch of the valley oak tree with fall/winter leaves on it that uses one of their masks of a seated Buddha:
I think these are pretty cool, don't you? :o) Why don't you head on over to the site, register and make a few of your own?Â Don't forget to post 'em back here on Gather so we can allÂ look at them, k? :o)
Til next time, from the ole singlewide here in the wild hinterlands of Northern California --