Few weeks back, I had written about Photoswapping images instead of Photoshopping them. Here’s another groundbreaking algorithm for “content aware image resizing”, thanks to Michael from Techcrunch:
The research paper, as well as a downloadable video, by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.
Note the differences between the earlier algorithm and this one. The earlier one used a large database of images to add or replace image sections. This one doesn’t work with any external images, and is purely an algorithmic advance towards higher content awareness of the existing image itself. Now you can easily use photos from your Ibiza vacation to print family-friendly photo albums!
It is fascinating to see how we’re making advances in algorithms even today — why wasn’t this invented all these years that Photoshop has been around? (Simple answer: because no human mind had conceived and invented such an algorithm before).
I do wish the inventors get richly rewarded for this magnificent piece of work!
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