The Best App For Making Optical Illusion AI Photos

Optical illusion AI photos are the latest viral trend on social media.

Whether you like to call it Illusion Diffusion, #controllism or fusion art, the concept is still all the same…

Squint your eyes and reveal the hidden illusion, text or symbol, which is seamlessly and almost magically blended into the photo.

So are you ready to create those mind-boggling optical illusion photos that seem to defy reality yourself?

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But before we begin, we need to learn…

How and Why This Trend Started?

Let’s blame Reddit for this!

The technology and tools to create these kind of illusion images was already there a year ago…

namely I mean Stable Diffusion and Controlnet.

It’s a powerful combo of AI image generation tools, but it’s also complex for the average internet user.

and requires a heck of a powerful high end PC with a Nvidia GPU.

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This image and my relationship with AI… it’s complicated.

So these are not the tools for everyday designers and marketers.

However Pincel has solved this issue:

The Tool You’ve Been Waiting For

Now, let me introduce you to the star of the show: Pincel – the online app that simplifies the creation of optical illusion photos.

Say goodbye to complicated tools and hello to creativity at your fingertips!

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1) Choose the Right App

There are many ways to generate Optical Illusion AI photos using Pincel:

Here the 3 best apps explained.

Spiral AI Art Maker – Insert a text prompt and instantly generate a spiral artwork. Adjust the strength of the spiral effect for more creative control.

QR Code Art Maker – turn black and white QR codes into pieces of AI art. Play with the Readability setting until your code is scannable and also creative.

Logo AI Art Maker (the most powerful) – don’t let the name fool you… this app can be used for logos, spirals, patterns or text and anything between.

Upload any kind of reference image you want, and apply the concept into an AI generated photo.

2) Upload Your Source Image

This can be your:

  • a QR code (vector or raster);
  • a geometric shape pattern;
  • logo or symbol;
  • text or quote;

for the Spiral tool, the input image can be blank, well because… it will be a spiral anyway.

3) What the Prompt?

Now we come to the magical part.

Input images and the settings are important but the prompt is the real king!

Fortunately there’s no need to be a prompt engineer, as even something really simple can produce a good output.

I recommend you to check out and browse PromptHero for some inspiring prompts and style ideas.

NB: all the specific tools have in-depth tutorials on their own, so it is not necessary to make lengthy guides in this post.

You Have Endless Possibilities for Art and Social Media Marketing

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing and find inspiration:

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Secret Messages: Conceal a text message or quote within your photo for viewers to discover.

The “strength” and visibility of the text can easily be controlled with the “Readability” settings. This defines how apparent the text will be.

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Can you find the hidden logo? Squint your eyes and move back.

Too easy I guess?

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Hidden Symbols or Logos: Use symbols related to a theme or story to intrigue your audience. Hide a logo into the scene of a photorealistic image or artwork.

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Move back to see the spiral.

Invisible Art: Craft an image that appears to be one thing at first glance but reveals something entirely different upon closer inspection. Spirals and checkered patterns are the most popular.

QR Codes – Art with a Meaning: turn existing QR codes into fully functional and scannable QR code art.

This one is tricky… can you see the hidden word on the picture?
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Turning Elon Musk into a palm island using Pincel Hidden AI Maker.

Where Illusions Meet Reality

In a world where technology continues to amaze us, creating optical illusion photos has never been easier or more accessible.

With our user-friendly online app, you can unlock the magic of hidden artistry in your pictures whether it’s for fun or even for business.

Dive into the world of optical illusion photos today and start wowing your friends and followers with your newfound creative superpower.

The possibilities are limitless, and the results are guaranteed to be mind-bendingly awesome!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

NB: all examples on this page were created using Pincel

Martim Ramos

Founder @ Pincel – Warrior of creative expression, armed with a paintbrush. After using Photoshop for 20 years, I grew tired of its complexity and believe image editing should be easy as a brush stroke. Passionate about sharing my knowledge through blogging.