Blue and Black Dress Explanation

This dress photo hit the internet by storm yesterday. So what do you think, is it blue and black or white and gold? I’ve recreated an optical illusion in this article to show you exactly the blue and black dress explanation.

Blue and Black or White and Gold Dress

Blue and Black or White and Gold Dress

Here is a link to the original post on tumblr – bellasfault.tumblr.com

 

The Optical Illusion Explained

What color are these two circles?

white gold dress illusion

Do you see gray and brown or maybe white and gold.

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What about these circles?

blue black dress illusion

Do you see light blue and dark brown or even black. The fact is that both of these images contain the exact same colored circles, there is absolutely no difference between the two images except for the background.

Why do some people think the dress is blue and black and others see white and gold?
It all depends on which information your brain decides to fill in. Most of what we perceive is actually not what we directly see, our brains do a lot of processing to fill in the blanks.  It turns out the dress is actually blue and black.  But if you see blue and black you realize that the image is somewhat washed out.  Those who see white and gold would agree that the image looks dim.  If you see white and gold your brain is processing the image as a white and gold dress with a shadow over it or dim lighting.

More on the Optical Illusion
By changing the background behind the cirlces we are forcing our brains to process the colors a certain way. Here are all 4 circles in the same image.

 

blue black white gold dress illusion

The upper set of colors look noticeably different than the lower set of colors. The image of the dress is a bit more complicated because it obviously does not have a solid background which makes the illusion nearly impossible to replicate exactly, but this is the principal behind the optical illusion that most people see. Here is another optical illusion showing the same principal but only comparing different shades of gray.

The “A” square and “B” square are the exact same color

A and B are the exact same color

A and B are the exact same color

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