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Low-Tech Stereoscopy: Word Ladders

September 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment


Word ladders are a relatively easy stereo effect to draw by hand.  Print a phrase on a sheet of graph paper, centering one word per line.  Place the sheet on a light box.  Center your phrase on the left side of a card, and trace the first word.  Then, trace the second word, but move it over a bit to the left.  Trace the third word, moving it a bit more to the left; and so on.  Repeat the process for the right half of the card; but move each word more to the right.

Place the finished card in a stereoscope, and the words will seem to get farther away; cross your eyes (without a stereoscope), and they will seem to get closer.

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Diversions · Stereoscopy

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  • 1 The Coyote // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Excellent and simple instructions for one of my favorite visual effects. I have several books of these stereoscopic images, and I really like the otherworldly sensation of “seeing” the ghostly third dimension, and of holding the image once it comes into focus. A nice meditation, good for focusing the breating while maintaining the visual.

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