25 must-see optical illusions that will blow your mind

Hidden tiger optical illusions
(Image credit: Rusty Rust)

Optical illusions come in many forms, from horses and tigers to moving shapes and floating ships. They're a fascinating demonstration of how our brain perceives images based on elements like colour, light and surroundings. Optical illusions have been around for centuries and in many different cultures, delighting and confusing people in equal measure, and social media loves them too, with many optical illusions going viral as they baffle millions of people. 

We've picked out some of our favourite optical illusions of each kind in our round-up of must-see optical illusions below. We've included some classics from the past and some new creations too, all to leave you bewildered and amazed. If you want to have a go at creating your own illusion, take a look at our guide on how to download Photoshop so you have the tools to make your op art or check out our guide to the best monitors for graphic artists.

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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. 

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