Art Studio Werner Bedorf 

Digital art engineering

Alternating double images

The alternating double image plays with the eye of the beholder. It consists of two images, depending on which side you look from, you see one image or the other. Although this technique of displaying images is very old - it dates back to the 18th century - the optical effect has lost none of its fascination to this day.

There are other variants such as the lamellar image, which can display three different images, and the lenticular technique, which, however, requires a special microlens film. I have worked exclusively with two-way images, but in my digital implementation I have taken into account special aspects such as eye focus *) and keystone correction *).

Focus of view : Asymmetrical widths of the image strips for optimum image perception from two special observation points.  These two optimum observation points are located to the left and right of the center of the image with a viewing angle of 45 degrees. At these points, the viewed parts of the image merge seamlessly and without occlusion to form the original image. I usually use a viewing distance of one meter to calculate the alternating image geometry.

Keystone correction: Adjusted, successive enlargement of the parts of the image further away from the viewer so that no "jumps" of image lines occur at the borders of the image strips.

The effect of the corrections can be illustrated using the example of a picture on the right.
Also applies analogously to the other (left) image. Of course, all information only applies to the optimum viewing position (45 degrees)

Sample image with regular structure
(as a measurement object)
and the selection frame that marks the image area to be displayed.

Without corrections:
(symmetrical slats)
View from right to left:

In the front area the other (blue) image is shown, in the rear area there is already occlusion.

Focus view correction:
(asymmetrical slats)

The image is displayed without interference from the other image and without obscuring your own image components.

Plus keystone correction:
(successive enlargement)

The image is displayed without distortion, but is no longer complete.

The correction is not useful for all subjects.

Examples     (Display alternating images by moving)

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  • WB_01C
  • WB_01B


  • WB_02A
  • WB_02C
  • WB_02B


The technique can also be used very well to display two private photos in one picture (with frame).  

  • WB_L
  • WB_M
  • WB_R

Other beautiful motifs that I have already realized are bridal couples, siblings or even two grandchildren.

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