For many decades flipbooks have been a part of our lives. They can be found at movie theaters and they can also be found in the hands of children everywhere. But, flipbooks do come with a bit of a mystery.
How do flipbooks work?
It is not obvious how flipbooks work and most people believe that their workings are an unknowable magic trick! Maybe you want to try making your own flipbook before reading on to find out how they work. [Link to an example flip book.]
Before we answer this question it helps to know more about what exactly a flipbook is and where it came from. The idea behind the flipbook actually has its roots in animation – but we’ll get back to that later.
The flipbook is a small, pocket sized book that contains an assortment of images with the intention of creating motion through flipbooks.
The flipbook can be found in four different book sizes: –
flipbooks for kids –
passport flipbooks –
credit card flip books
Business card flip books
These flipbooks are very portable and can easily be shared. They allow you to share your favorite videos with friends or even create mini-movies just for fun!
Flipbooks are created by stacking several printed pages on top of each other to create a reader friendly flipbook. Each “page” contains one image which becomes part of the sequence when you flip through them quickly. As these pages pass through your hands they create the illusion of motion.
The flipbook is a very simple device that has evolved over the years into several different versions. Each version of flipbook works by creating a flipbook animation sequence.
One recent idea for flipbooks is to take still photographs of things like pets, cars, celebrities or even landscapes and turn them into flip books with interesting effects! You can make your own flip book using this idea – it’s simple and you don’t need special equipment. To find out how to do this check out my other blog entry:
And now for that big question – How do flipbooks work? There are several theories about how flipbooks exactly work, but the most popular explanation suggests that when you flip through pages quickly you can see one animation, while when flip slower you might see a stop-motion effect. The flipbook effect is created through the persistence of vision. In other words – our eyes get “tricked” into believing that they are seeing a sequence of pictures in motion.
You have probably experienced the flipbook effect if you have ever been watching television with a camera panning across a scene or perhaps scrolling down a webpage with images side by side. For more information about how this works please check out the wiki entry on persistence of vision .
So there it is – now you know exactly how flipbooks work! And if flipbooks give you an idea for your next invention… maybe creating them will be your dream job! There’s nothing