While there is a ton of information on the web, nothing beats a books for providing
the greatest detail on a topic. I also find the mobility of a book to be indispensible -
I can read and learn whereever I go.
The bad news is that the heyday of stereograms has somewhat passed. The 1990's saw
a flurry of activity - corresponding to the technical developments which made stereograms
The good news is that the books that were written are just as relevant today, as they
were when they were written!
Recreational Viewing (Images)
Create Your Own Stereogram / Programming Information
- Incredible Stereogram Eye Tricks (2005)
Gary Priester, Gene Levine
Review in work ...
- Stereogram (2002)
VIZ Media LLC
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- Create Stereograms on Your PC (1995)
Waite Group Press
In a nutshell, the book covers the basic theory and history of stereograms.
It also includes quite a few image mostly black and white, but with some color
images as well. Most of the book describes how to create stereograms using the
eight (8) programs included with the book.
- Stereogram Programming Techniques (1994)
Charles River Media
Despite the title, the book spends a great deal of time going over the history of
stereograms, including its many variations. Several of the chapters are provided
by guest authors, so the book does not provide a consistent thread. The chapters
include a great deal of source code and there is a floppy disk with more software
and code. I'd like to have seen much more commenting on the code, and on several
aspects of the algorithms which were only mentioned in passing.
- Making Random Dot Stereograms (1994)
Bob Hankinson, Alfonso Hermida
Contains the discussions on stereogram concepts and history, along with various
images (B&W as well as color). It effectively uses random text stereograms to
explain how a single image stereogram works. In addition to explaining how to use the
stereogram generation software that comes with the book, the author spends
a fair amount of time showing how to create a depth mask using PaintBrush.