Resize Photos with Gusto Using New Algorithm

23 08 2007

It happens all the time. I’m editing a photograph in Photoshop or some other image editor and I really wish that I could play around with the size of the picture without having to worry about pixelation, loss of clarity, distorted images, or any other strange abnormalities. All of you who have ever tinkered around with a picture know exactly what I’m talking about.

Well, fear the crop tool and the resize option no more. Two scientists at the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science in Israel have created a new algorithm that provides retargeting, or content aware resizing. Yes, the technology analyzes the image and then stretches it based on a variety of detailed calculations. In other words, the program selects the relevant areas of an image, keeps those intact, and stretches or removes areas that the algorithm decides are unnecessary. You can see this new technique in action in the movie clip below.

So what does this new technology mean for us? A Photoshop plug-in, perhaps? Or even a standalone program would be wonderful – and worth big bucks to anyone who edits images professionally. Hopefully it won’t prove to be too costly.

– Eric Norton

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24 09 2007
Irmgard

Hi,
If you are looking for a software to try out seam carving, take a look at http://www.thegedanken.com/retarget

The program that you can download there (for Windows and Linux, and free) is already highly optimized concerning speed, and apart from enlarging or decreasing image size you can also use masks to protect or delete certain parts of your image.

Have fun,
Irmgard

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