I stumbled upon Conrad Hackett’s nifty little Twitter trick tonight, which managed to put a smile on my face and scratch my head for a brief instant 🙂
The tweet plays a bit of a mind trick by asking the user to double click the picture.
Upon looking at the “first” photo, it appears to be a white and grey illustration of a kid laying in his bedroom.
Once double-clicked, the photo “transforms” into the same kid laying within some heavenly atmosphere:
So how does it work?
I must say, this is a nifty trick. It uses an extremely simple technology but uses advanced photo illustration techniques.
You see, when a photo is double clicked within Twitter, it is opened up within an overlay that uses a darker background than the one on Twitter’s timeline.
The photo takes advantage of this by using contrasting colors. That is basically it!
I tested this by opening the PNG up in Photoshop, dropping a transparent layer below the photo, and filling it with black.
Image credit goes to TAKI.