Beautiful Examples of Transparent Screen Trick Photos

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Two weeks ago we published a showcase of beautiful pinhole photography1, and this weekend again we’ve got something unusual and creative to lift up your spirits and challenge your creativity. Illusions can be eye-catching and attractive and when you apply them to computer displays, the results can be quite interesting and deceptive.

Take transparent screen trick photos, for example. The idea is simple: you take a photo of your surroundings and set this photo as your desktop wallpaper. Once the display is positioned precisely, the transparent screen trick is achieved. Simple, but what can you do with this simple idea?

Below we present a short selection of some original transparent screen trick photos. The environments presented in these photos appear to have a completely transparent screen which creates an optical illusion. We also feature step-by-step-tutorials in the end of this post: and here you go — now you have something fun to do over the weekend!

Transparent Screen Trick Photos

Strobist Lighting2

Screenshot3

6/365 Clear Screen4

6/365 Clear Screen5

Untitled6

Untitled7

Peon.master8

Screenshot9

First Attempt10

First Attempt11

I WIN!!!! alternative 10/36512

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Transparent screen 314

Transparent screen 315

Transparent screen. [177/365]16

Transparent screen. [177/365]17

Experiments18

Screenshot19

Transparent Screen 620

Transparent Screen 621

Transparent Screen 122

Transparent Screen 123

Transparent Screen Experiment24

Transparent Screen Experiment25

Transparent Screen 526

Transparent Screen 527

My Transparent Screen!28

My Transparent Screen!29

Transparent screen 330

Transparent screen 331

Transparent Screen32

Transparent Screen33

transparent screen34

transparent screen35

Transparent Screen36

Screenshot37

Transparent Screen – Tristan38

Transparent Screen - Tristan39

transparent screen40

transparent screen41

Beethoven42

Beethoven43

Transparent screen44

Transparent screen45

Transparent iBook46

Transparent iBook47

My transparent screen48

My transparent screen49

Transparent Laptop Screen50

Transparent Laptop Screen51

TS-pc252

TS-pc253

Transparent Screen First Try54

Transparent Screen First Try55

Transparent Tablet56

Screenshot57

See-thru laptops!58

Screenshot59

Caffè a computer60

Screenshot61

Grayscale62

Screenshot63

Transparent Screen64

Screenshot65

iPod touch66

Screenshot67

Transparent Screen 268

Screenshot69

Added a laptop70

Screenshot71

Transparent Screen Laptop72

Screenshot73

Transparent laptop74

Screenshot75

Standing on Chair76

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Keithconroy78

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Play Desktop With Me?80

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My transparent macbook82

Screenshot83

Peon.master84

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Transparent Screen Tutorials and Resources

Just for Fun – Transparent Laptop Tutorial86
This project involves taking three different pictures. The first two will be taken at the same time, and the last will be taken after some editing. It is very important that you do not move your computer or tripod during the whole process.

Screenshot87

Transparent TFT Screen Tutorial88
Learn how to create a transparent looking tft screen by combine smart photographing with some easy photoshop tricks. You will need a camera tripod and of course a digital camera to do this.

Screenshot89

Transparent Screens Flickr Group90
A huge and growing gallery of photos with the transparent screen trick effect.

Screenshot91

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/25/the-showcase-of-beautiful-pinhole-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ride/1446398976/sizes/o/
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ride/1446398976/sizes/o/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/31117647@N02/4067457942/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/31117647@N02/4067457942/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eericchin/3902954776/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eericchin/3902954776/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/7350188/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/7350188/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourwintercoat/361951550/in/pool-43283406@N00/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourwintercoat/361951550/in/pool-43283406@N00/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/trekmtber/3178402937/in/pool-transparentscreens
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/trekmtber/3178402937/in/pool-transparentscreens
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rewam/399120866/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rewam/399120866/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelamarybutler/4480419875/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelamarybutler/4480419875/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpt/1365563763/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpt/1365563763/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3814838240/in/pool-22956349@N00/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3814838240/in/pool-22956349@N00/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross/7614352/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross/7614352/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/webel/212972906/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/webel/212972906/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3811861916/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3811861916/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khutti/259968249/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khutti/259968249/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3604386930/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyoddgeir/3604386930/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/webgrisu/3334623171/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/webgrisu/3334623171/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fromform/7900382/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fromform/7900382/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kogakure/8808727/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kogakure/8808727/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/9843710/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/9843710/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raindog/7908125/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raindog/7908125/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skintype/13050934/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skintype/13050934/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hakore/7706834/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hakore/7706834/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/scotthill/47900598/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/scotthill/47900598/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktp/224426845/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktp/224426845/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/182219003/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/182219003/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/34851626@N00/8128309/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/34851626@N00/8128309/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jre/179233636/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jre/179233636/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/revdancatt/7907235/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/revdancatt/7907235/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kap4001/2363716562/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kap4001/2363716562/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8907120@N07/1448796570/in/pool-transparentscreens
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8907120@N07/1448796570/in/pool-transparentscreens
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hi-phi/7596097/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hi-phi/7596097/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yohann-aberkane/2836258475/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yohann-aberkane/2836258475/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/owen-b/2603701273/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/owen-b/2603701273/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24741462@N02/2372097816/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24741462@N02/2372097816/
  70. 70 http://makobsan.deviantart.com/art/Transparent-screen-2-153521672
  71. 71 http://makobsan.deviantart.com/art/Transparent-screen-2-153521672
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhke/78416800/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhke/78416800/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/8349296/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/8349296/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/22774997/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/22774997/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7679190@N04/1343295812/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7679190@N04/1343295812/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/karmenrose/453719002/sizes/o/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/karmenrose/453719002/sizes/o/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewmcinerney/403097781/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewmcinerney/403097781/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/7268327/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/7268327/
  86. 86 http://macapper.com/2007/05/10/just-for-fun-transparent-laptop/
  87. 87 http://macapper.com/2007/05/10/just-for-fun-transparent-laptop/
  88. 88 http://www.photut.com/tutorial-transparent-tft-screen.html
  89. 89 http://www.photut.com/tutorial-transparent-tft-screen.html
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/groups/transparentscreens/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/groups/transparentscreens/

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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  1. 1

    haha That would actually be quite awesome if our screens really were transparent!

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  2. 103

    Hey, this transparent screen trick is so cool. Let’s search for lots of photos showing this. And all photoshopped ones too. Cool, now publish it to smashing mag and give it a creative title. Something like “beautiful” or “stunning” photos. Great. Now we have some awesome content.
    Really, I dig smashing magazine.. but this article is so useless. Where’s the quality in this content?

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  3. 154

    Liked all but my fav is “Caffè a computer”

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  4. 205

    This is SO OLD. I remember this being done years ago.

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  5. 256

    Some really inspiring photography ideas. A trend that seems to be going strong.

    Jerky Oats

    -1
  6. 307

    tee hee

    -1
  7. 358

    wow!!! its really amazing!!!

    -1
  8. 409

    this is fantastic

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  9. 460

    this is really KEWL! hehe. nice posts and photos! I should try one. ;)

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  10. 511

    i liked it)) great idea))) i did the same in photoshop))

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  11. 562

    Soooo awesome. These are really neat. Thanks :)

    1
  12. 613

    awesum work. keep it up…

    1
  13. 664

    AWESOME! tOo much cOOl!~

    I’m going to practise these Tutorials today ;D

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  14. 715

    Mohsin ali chidi

    July 21, 2012 12:18 pm

    for the few seconds photos make me think…how?

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  15. 766

    very nice picccccc. …..
    so good.

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