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LEGO colors + computer settings = real magic!

We have featured several wonderful LEGO creations and experiments by Sean and Steph Mayo (a.k.a. Siercon and Coral), and today I would like to show you one of their latest ideas using the LEGO color-palette and your computer’s ability to invert colors. šŸ™‚

The LEGO dioramaĀ above is called Invert Island, and for a good reason. As you can see the colors are all strange and unnatural… should we say ugly? However if you invert the colors on your computer screen, you will seeĀ the whole sceneĀ magically turn into natural colors! To see the effectĀ hold theĀ followingĀ keys on your computer’s keyboard:

  • For PCs hold: Shift + Alt + Print Screen (PrtSc)
  • For Macs hold: Control + Option + Command, and press 8

There are other ways to invert colors on your screen in case the above method doesn’t work. (For example some smallerĀ computers have the Print Screen option missing from the keyboard.) You can still invert colors, but you may needĀ to do a little research on how to do itĀ on your specific device. Inverted colorsĀ are usually used in low contrast situations, or by the visually impaired. So just in case you have trouble with this step, I’m also including of what you suppose to seeĀ once you hit the magic keys. šŸ™„

Clever, isn’t it? Just look at thatĀ beautiful starry sky! AndĀ the water effect alsoĀ turned out nice. Oh,Ā and those hideous pink and baby-blue treesĀ are nowĀ lovely shades of green. Also note the LEGO skeleton. Sean and Steph shares that they choose to go with a white skeleton in the original diorama, because using a black skeleton merged into the sand too much once the colors were inverted.Ā Just a fun little detail…

I have no idea how Sean and Steph think up stuff like this, but I believe this method has great potential for further experimenting by those who are willing to think outside the box. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! Oh, and before you start to worry that your computer broke or something, just hit the same keys to revert your screen back to normal. šŸ˜‰

You may also like to check out some of the other works of Siercon and Coral:

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  • The Yellow Ninja October 15, 2012, 11:22 AM

    THAT IS AWESOME AND AMAZING! :mrgreen: that is SO cool! Thank you for posting what it should look like. It didn’t work for me (inverting steps.).

  • gid617 October 15, 2012, 11:27 AM

    That’s a great idea, I wonder how long it would take to figure out what colors whould invert to what?

    • admin October 15, 2012, 2:29 PM

      I was wondering aobut that too! šŸ™„

      • Darth Awesome October 16, 2012, 7:59 AM

        Admin, they are actually showing pics of the upcoming Hobbit sets on LEGO.com!!! You can see better photos of details and play features!

        • Darth Awesome October 16, 2012, 8:01 AM

          Can you write a post about it?

  • zane zx October 15, 2012, 11:32 AM

    cool,i will not work for me but it still looks cool!

  • Meloetta October 15, 2012, 5:39 PM

    That is amazing. I especially like how the shadows’ color invert to make it look like everything is glowing!
    I made it work on my computer by using the windows magnifier in the start menu.

  • gid617 October 15, 2012, 5:53 PM

    Well, I just tried the computer setting you gave us. . . It sure changed the colors but the pictures stayed the same! šŸ™„ Not sure exactly what happened there. . . (at least I got it back to normal. . . šŸ˜€ )

    • admin October 16, 2012, 9:19 AM

      Those are just generic settings that should work for most people, but it really depends on your computer, operating system, etc. The idea is that you want to reverse the colors, so whatever way your computer does that should do the trick. šŸ˜‰

  • joakimthoresen October 16, 2012, 6:34 AM

    PC instructions didn’t work for me either, but as Meloetta says, use the mangnifier:
    1. Click on the “Start” menu. Type “Magnifier” in the search box. Click on the Magnifier application to open it.
    (When the Magnifier application opens, your screen will be zoomed in. Click the negative button (-) until you’re zoomed out all the way.)
    2. Click on the gray gear to open the “Preferences”. Put a check in the box that says “Turn on color inversion.

    Enjoy šŸ˜‰

  • Coles Girl October 17, 2012, 11:42 AM

    Wow. That is pretty! I think that’s awesome :] I for one would LOVE to try it!

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