How to make a black, negative of a picture so that you can see it, blink, and original appears

The original, viral negative that allows you to see a picture

Here was the original picture with the original instructions:

negative not beyonce

    1. Stare at the red dot on the girl’s nose for 30 seconds
    2. Turn your eyes toward the wall/roof or somewhere else on a plain surface
    3. Blink your eyes quickly
    4. What can you see?

    You probably see Beyonce, but that's because you've been drinking. Its actually a professional model named Deepika Padukone. The actual picture is here:

    not beyonce deepika padukone


How you can make a negative of a picture and get the same effect if people blink:

  1. Make a copy of an existing file
  2. Right click on the file
  3. Open with Paint
  4. In Paint for Windows 7, its really convoluted
    1. Click the down arrow under Select, just above the picture
    2. In the drop down, click “Select All”
    3. Now right click on the picture, and at the bottom, click “Invert Color”
    4. Save the file
    5. BOOM
  5. in Paint for Windows XP,
    1. its actually similar, but it can be easier just because there is a Menu Bar item called “Image” that allows you to “Invert Colors”
    2. or you can actually do a <ctrl/I>

Now try this with one of your pictures. It doesn't work well with every picture, and seems to work best with pictures with light backgrounds that have a person with dark features, especially dark hair.

If you make a good one, post it online or on Facebook, send me an email or put the URL in the comments so that other people can see it.

If I get enough emails or comments requesting it, I’ll create a blog entry that shows how you could have figured who the picture was, with some cool tricks.

A test - who is this?

not beyonce either



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