Noupe Editorial Team January 22nd, 2020

28 Droste Effect Examples

Droste effect

The Droste Effect is used to classify images or photos that are recurring within themselves. On paper, this goes on forever but in reality, it only goes as far as the resolution allows.

The term stems from the Dutch Cacao brand with the same name. In 1904, the Droste used an image of a nun holding a tray of hot cacao and a box of Droste Cacao which had the same image on it. It was created by the artist Jan Misset. It quickly became the signature design of the company and later on any recurring image or photo was called as Droste.

Interestingly, it wasn’t the first time recurring imagery was used but the Droste Powder Cacao was when it was first named. The Droste effect was used in some art pieces in medieval periods as well. 

Droste Effect
Famous Droste Powder Cacao package

Creating the Droste Effect used to be a little complicated but thanks to tools like Photoshop it’s relatively simple to do. There are some tools other than Photoshop dedicated to the Droste effect but usually, they also break the images and the outcome is less than ideal compared to Droste Effects created with Photoshop. 

Spiraling Droste Examples

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Plain Droste Effect

Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect

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Droste Effect
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Droste Effect
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Bonus for Classic Rock Lovers: Pink Floyd’s First Double Album from 1969 Ummagumma’s Cover

Droste Effect Pink Floyd
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