There are lots of photos out there that are fake looking, but they aren’t photoshopped.
- It’s clear and understandable at a glance – there’s a girl’s head on a spoon.
- The proportions are right – the head is not too big and not too small, so it’s possible.
- It’s funny – there’s a girl’s head on a spoon (so I don’t care how it’s done.)
- But I think the most important element is the shadow underneath. Here she is without the shadow (in an admittedly bad clone-tool erasing job):
Without the shadow, it’s flat. The shadow is what causes it to work and fool us.