How many times have you seen something with your own eyes and not realized how truly incredible it was? It’s one of the most frustrating parts of life, but it happens to the best of us. Luckily, these pictures made from text are so well done that they will make you do a double take even if you know they’re there! They’re cleverly disguised as regular images and messages, but their actual meanings are absolutely amazing. Check them out below and prepare to be amazed!
One of these signs is not like the others. Can you figure out which one? It’s probably pretty obvious if you look closely, but some people have had trouble with it in the past, so don’t feel bad if it takes you a while to get it right. The sign pictured below was spotted by Reddit user Eclaire_Nott on their way to work in London. It was created by street artist Banksy and features two men with their arms around each other. One man has his hand over his mouth and another has his eyes covered up by tape. The sign reads: Graffiti is a crime / Except when it says ‘GRAFFITI IS A CRIME.’ If that seems confusing, that’s because it really is!
This headline for a billboard was part of an installation in London called Silent Streets, by artist Andrew Kromelow. The work focused on how London had become louder and louder—and how technology has contributed to that noise. This piece made you do a double take because it looks like there are real words written on a billboard…but they’re actually just pictures made with text.
For example, one word is Google—it appears as if someone wrote Google out on a sign, but instead of using letters, he used other images: Google is represented by a picture of a man looking through binoculars (because google means to search something using binoculars). In fact, all these pictures were created from text; each word represents something different than what it seems to be.
This unique wallpaper might seem like text, but it’s actually pictures made from text. The clever design was created by two graphic designers at Creadev who share that they were inspired by graffiti. To create each piece, they broke down their original pictures into thousands of parts and then rearranged them to form an entirely new picture using only letters. Though these are sure to catch people’s eyes when they enter your home or office, they are guaranteed to make you do a double take!
The Book Cover
This is an example of what happens when you type out random letter combinations in different fonts. And also when you arrange them nicely and put it on your bookshelf.
It looks like an ordinary book cover to me, but I guess if you look at it upside down and squint a little, it could look like a goblet holding some gold coins. A bit of typography magic at work here that might make you do a double take.
Here’s how: Most of us know how to create pictures made with text as shown above. Or pictures made from text , just by typing letters in different font styles and arranging them into words or images. But did you know you can also use text characters to create pictures that are meant for another purpose? Say hello to highlighter pen doodles…yes, they really exist! Check out these awesome examples below.
Some people can take a sentence and turn it into an entire paragraph of interesting words, images and ideas. They can weave words together to form something that is more than just a pretty picture but also much more than just text. You can refer these to as text poems, or sometimes as concrete poetry. Regardless of what you call them, they’re compelling in a way that seems to draw your eyes right through them.
And there’s certainly an art in making that happen. In case you want to try your hand at making some text pictures for yourself, we’ve put together some examples of great ones so you can see how we do it. If you like these examples, be sure to check out more on our list of 10+ Examples of pictures made from text to Inspire Your Creativity. And if you have some favorites of your own, feel free to share them with us in the comments!