New Image Resizer May Soon Be Part of Photoshop

30 08 2007

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Adobe Hires a Slew of Very Impressive Individuals

A couple of days ago, I posted a video showing off some new image resizing technology that could really open a lot of doors for photographers, photo manipulators, and graphic artists of all kinds. It’s been one of my most viewed posts since then, so I’m pleased to present you with this follow-up: one of the guys responsible for creating this technology, Shai Avidan, has been hired by Adobe. This is excellent news for everyone who thought like me and were dying to have this technology as a part of Photoshop.

According to an Adobe Blog post, Shai was not the only imaging heavy hitter that Adobe recently hired. Wojciech Matusik, a big name in multi-aperture photography and 3D television has also joined the Adobe team along with Sylvian Paris, a pioneer of matching tones in photos and generating 3D data from 2D pictures.

With any luck, Adobe will be the force responsible for allowing this dream team of developers to get the most potential out of their technology. It also means that alternative image editors like the GIMP may fall even more behind Adobe’s flagship product. I just hope the next version of Photoshop (CS4?) will have some of these functions built in.

Here’s the video again if you missed it:





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