05 September 2007

Masterful image sizing

Ever wanted to make an image bigger, smaller or better composed, but scaling stretched it out of proportion and cropping cut out the good bits? The answer is in a breakthrough technique called "seam carving", and it's the future of Photoshop and the dynamic Web.

"Seam carving for content-aware image resizing", by Ariel Shamir and Shai Avidan, is like "smart" cropping and it's virtually invisible. Objects in an image can be magically removed (sans stamp tool), mountains and oceans can be lengthened (without stretching), even paintings can be redesigned to suit your sizing needs. All because the computer automatically takes into account what's important in the image and what isn't. Don't take my word for it, check out the demo below, and you too will be eagerly awaiting the plugins to follow...