It is relatively easy to hide pictorial images, but this is of little value if they remain hidden. Presenting hidden images for visual purposes is a modern preoccupation, and some of the perceptual processes involved in them are described in this chapter. Pictorial images can be concealed in terms of detection or recognition. In both cases there is interplay between the global features of the concealed image and the local elements that carry it. Gestalt grouping principles can hinder as well as help recognition. Examples of images (mostly faces) hidden in geometrical designs and text as well as orientation are shown. Rather than being pictorial puzzles alone, hidden images can reveal aspects of visual processing. This chapter explores these concepts and related ideas such as perceptual portraits and pictorial puzzles.
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