Secrets of 3d street art illusion revealed, how to draw digital anamorphic perspectives.


Please watch the video below which will begin to reveal the secrets of 3d street art illusions in action, see the illusion working right before your very eyes.

Follow on through the information below it to find out how you can make your own 3d anamorphic illusions using photo editing software.

The information on this page will show you how the 3d anamorphic optical illusion works, with real life examples and videos to help you understand this interesting illusion. This will open your eyes to 3d street art optical illusions and provide you with the secrets to do this yourself.

Please watch the video below to see this illusion work in real life you will be amazed at how this really is a clever trick, something magicians have been using for hundreds of years except they do not tell you because it would spoil the fun.

Optical Illusion 3D Anamorphic Image in Action

Street art illusion

The 3d anamorphic perspective through the camera lens.
The 3d anamorphic perspective through the camera lens. | Source

The original photograph.

Below you will see the original photograph of the lighter standing upright on a piece of paper, used to create the illusion of a 3d anamorphic perspective in the video . In order to produce this illusion the whole picture needs to be distorted by making use of a photo editing software, the main one I prefer is GIMP, it is free and works really well. GIMP can be obtained if you follow this link to it and there is no need to spend $500 because its free.


The original photographic image used to make the video before being distorted with GIMP Shop free photo editing software.
The original photographic image used to make the video before being distorted with GIMP Shop free photo editing software.

The next image below has been distorted in order to make the vertical edges of the paper on which the lighter is standing on look normal and at a 90 degree angle with the bottom horizontal edge of the paper.

Doing this makes the top of the lighter somewhat bigger than the bottom, as this will be needed to make up for the distance between the camera lens and the image when it is lying flat on the surface of the table.

You might think that the image is not very different from the one above it but but believe me it is. In fact if you don't believe me measure it and you will find it is about twice as wide as the bottom or as it would be normally compared with the original image above it.

Photographic image showing it being manipulated in GIMP Shop using the perspective tool to reshape and resize it.
Photographic image showing it being manipulated in GIMP Shop using the perspective tool to reshape and resize it.

In the next image below you will notice that it is being stretched upward, resizing it to about twice its original hight, again this is to compensate for the distance that the top part of the lighter image will be from the camera lens.

Normally the further away things are from you, the smaller they look, so to compensate for this they have to be made bigger, this will trick the eye into believing that they are closer than they actually are.

Pavement Chalk Artist

Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever

I bought this book, Pavement Chalk Artist, from Amazon and was very pleased to find out more about the man himself. In the book Julian Beever explains how he came to be a street artist and how anamorphic perspective was a big turning point in his life as a street artist. A book worth owning if you are interested in the work of modern day streets artists.

 
This shows the photographic image being stretched and resized upward to the dimensions of a standard photograph.
This shows the photographic image being stretched and resized upward to the dimensions of a standard photograph.

Finally the image below is the what was used to make the video and create the 3d anamorphic illusion, notice how it is elongated and wider at the top end than the bottom end to compensate for the distance as already explained. I have put the two images together side by side so as to be able to see the difference.

There you have it 3d anamorphic perspective secrets revealed, will 3d street art ever be the same now that you know the secret?

Before and after photographic images so you can compare the difference.
Before and after photographic images so you can compare the difference.

Anamorphosis and the 3d anamorphic perspective is not a new phenomenon, it was used hundreds of years ago in great churches to glorify God and the celebration of the existence of God. There are many great works that can be seen as examples of this, with the most celebrated exponent being Andrea Pozzo.

The modern day equivalents of this are street artists such as Julian Beever who is a very popular example of the work being publicised and celabrated all over the world, through the use of 3d anamorphic drawings.

3D pavement artist.

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Out of Balance, a fine example of anamorphic perspectives, well made and gives further insight by taking you behind the illusion, thanks to Ben Woodhams.

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Azure11 5 years ago from UK

Interesting Gareth, I will download the software. I guess you would have to get it exactly at the right angle so that it looked real from the typical height of a human as I assume it would only look spot on from one angle. I was recently asked to do a 3d street art job but as I hadn't done one before I turned it down, maybe I will look into it more now as it does intrigue me!


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Gareth Pritchard 5 years ago from North Wales Author

Hey Azure11, you can use a perspective grid to do this, I have done it on A1 sheets of paper and if you look closely at the very first photograph on this page you will see it's a camera pointing at an anamorphic drawing. You can also find out more here http://howtodraweasy.com/1399/3d-drawings-anamorph... as it is more detailed solution to the problem, thanks for getting in touch. Gareth.


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iiimusicfreak27 4 years ago

Cool, I was about to do a hub on 3D street art too, haha ... I just might cause I did 2 myself. Awesome experience it was... Great hub sir!:)


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi iiimusicfreak27,

I will become your fan just in case you do I want to see it, thanx for the comment and kind words, Garth.


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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Voted up and across. You're teaching me such a lot now i'm following your great and interesting hubs. Thanks Gareth


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi sheila,

You should do an image search for street art and just take quick look at the couple of hundred images they are magnificent. I mean just scroll through them all down to the bottom and back, and then have a nice day.

Thank you, I been playing with your rainbow and looking at your hubs, no that does not mean anything of the kind, it means I went off on a buzz, like a buzzy little bee, Gareth.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

How cool! Sounds a bit complicated to me, but then I am not all that tech savvy. What great directions though. So clearly written!


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for the comment, it will be complicated if your not tech savvy as you will have no experience or understanding of image editing, not it's difficult you just don't really know.

Thanks also for the vote of confidence as well, Gareth.


Ben Woodhams 4 years ago

Thank you for the brilliant post - I've been wrestling with anamorphic perspective for ages now, I had a particular problem with fixing the relatiuonship between the 'birds eye' plane, and the 'as viewed plane' - as I was doing it on a large scale. In the end I used cameras and freehand (=running back and forth) instead of computer and/or projector, just because I thought it was easier. Anyway, this is my finished result... Hope you like it, Cheers Ben

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OK9Te7f_YE


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hey Ben Woodhams, that video link of yours stays in because of the value and contribution it brings. I gave it a big thumbs up and it will be going in my Tube favorites, the music is fabulous, proper groovy. I am so glad it was helpful, so glad we both had a success and sorry it took me a while to get round to answering this, I don't think I was notified but I might have just seen a link without watching it and said no. What ever, it's an apology.

Thank you, Gareth.


Cecila Oden 4 years ago

I see! I had tried just re-projecting the image at an angle but that didn't work at all for some reason: the image was too narrow at the top. Your method would work much better.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Yes it has worked for me with a few images and I am glad you found it useful, thank you for the vote of confidence in the comment and leaving the comment. Gareth.


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Absolutely brilliant. I really thought this was something only the gifted few could do. I am quitting my job tomorrow and setting up as a pavement artist. Voted up and damned useful.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi seanorjohn, absolutely brilliant to you too, I am glad you liked it and thank you for the vote, happy days, Gareth.


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belleart 2 years ago from Ireland

great hub, its amazing


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Gareth Pritchard 2 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi belleart, happy you liked it , thanks.


Armando 2 years ago

Wow, i really don't know what''s going on but, i still have problems to create my grid...and I would like to draw something in two days :)


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Gareth Pritchard 2 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Armando, you need GIMP, it can be done in Photoshop but I don't use it anymore so I am not as familiar with it. Get the image you want to recreate into GIMP and create a grid over the top on another layer or alternatively you can use the guides lines that pull out from the side of the work area/window. If you uses the guides then when you have your grid over the top of the image you can just press print screen on your keyboard and it will make copy of everything you can see on your screen. You can the cut the image with the grid over the top out of the bigger picture and paste it into another image work area. When you have your grid drawn over the top of the image you want to recreate you can then distort it so it is like I have explained in the hub page with your grid over the top as one layer. If the layers are separate then it will not work because the grid and your image have to be on one layer. When you have made this as it should be, twice as wide at the top as compared to the bottom and twice as high as the original image was.

You can then paste it into another rectangle work area and divide it up evenly so that each section can be pasted into a word document and printed onto A4 paper. If you do that you can then just trace the whole thing onto your drawing area and finish it off by hand using paints or whatever. If you are trying to do this on a pavement or street then you will have to measure it out with a tape measure and some string or rope to get your lines right. You will also need a camera on a tripod so it can be fixed in the viewing position and you can use it to make sure what you're doing actually looks like it should. Hope this helps, Gareth.

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