Masthead Small Images Fading Illusion

One question we get asked a lot is how some ProPhoto users create the effect in their masthead slideshow area where it looks like many small images are fading in and out, one at a time.

A good example of this is this blog.

Creating this effect is a lot simpler than it seems. The basic trick is this: even though it looks like single, small images are fading in and out by themselves, really the whole masthead is fading in and out each time. What these ProPhoto users have done is create multiple composite images in Photoshop, each comprised of several smaller images. The images are the same except for one small image which is changed. Because 90% of the image is exactly the same, you can’t see anything when it fades into the next image, only the single smaller sub-image appears to change.

Here’s a sample of four such images to show you this concept. Picture these entire images fading one into another, and how that would produce the appearance that just single images were fading in and out.

masthead-composite-illusion-1

masthead-composite-illusion-2

masthead-composite-illusion-3

masthead-composite-illusion-4


One question we get asked a lot is how some ProPhoto users create the effect in their masthead slideshow area where it looks like many small images are fading in and out, one at a time.

A good example of this is this blog.

Creating this effect is a lot simpler than it seems. The basic trick is this: even though it looks like single, small images are fading in and out by themselves, really the whole masthead is fading in and out each time. What these ProPhoto users have done is create multiple composite images in Photoshop, each comprised of several smaller images. The images are the same except for one small image which is changed. Because 90% of the image is exactly the same, you can’t see anything when it fades into the next image, only the single smaller sub-image appears to change.

Here’s a sample of four such images to show you this concept. Picture these entire images fading one into another, and how that would produce the appearance that just single images were fading in and out.

masthead-composite-illusion-1

masthead-composite-illusion-2

masthead-composite-illusion-3

masthead-composite-illusion-4

One question we get asked a lot is how some ProPhoto users create the effect in their masthead slideshow area where it looks like many small images are fading in and out, one at a time.

A good example of this is this blog.

Creating this effect is a lot simpler than it seems. The basic trick is this: even though it looks like single, small images are fading in and out by themselves, really the whole masthead is fading in and out each time. What these ProPhoto users have done is create multiple composite images in Photoshop, each comprised of several smaller images. The images are the same except for one small image which is changed. Because 90% of the image is exactly the same, you can’t see anything when it fades into the next image, only the single smaller sub-image appears to change.

Here’s a sample of four such images to show you this concept. Picture these entire images fading one into another, and how that would produce the appearance that just single images were fading in and out.

masthead-composite-illusion-1

masthead-composite-illusion-2

masthead-composite-illusion-3

masthead-composite-illusion-4

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