21 mind-blowing trompe l'oeil illusions

One of the best trompe l'oeil illusions, showing a giant sphinx cat
(Image credit: Braga Last One)

Trompe l'oeil illusions use realistic-looking imagery to fool us into believing that an object could be real. Often using anamorphosis, which requires them to be viewed from a certain angle, this method of creating illusions has been used for centuries, and there are artists that have perfected the technique, creating trompe l'oeil illusions that truly do trick the eyes.

Businesses have got in on the fun too, using Trompe l'oeil, or trick of the eye, illusions for everything from eye-catching billboards and video campaigns. To provide some inspiration, we've rounded up some of the best trompe l'oeil illusions that we've seen, covering a wide range of styles and placements from around the world. 

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.