September 04, 2007

Image-resizing coolness comes to Flash

The content-aware image resizing technology that I mentioned last week is starting to be put to the test on the Web.  Developer Patrick Swieskowski has created an interactive Flash-based demo that lets you scale an image horizontally or vertically. To prove that it’s not a canned/pre-processed implementation, the Flash UI lets you specify other images to process. (Here’s one I tried.)  John Dowdell links to more good resources, including experiments and info from Henry Yee, Lee Felarca (another SWF-based demo), and Joa Elbert (including source code).

Where will all this lead?  Hard to say, though it’s clearly touched nerves, good and bad. Some photogs are dispirited, though it makes me wonder where, and by whom, the line between acceptable & unacceptable manipulation is drawn ("Skies aren’t that black, Ansel").  Who gets to say that color gels & graduated ND filters are okay while digital resizing isn’t?  Me, I welcome tools that help tell great stories.

Posted by John Nack at 9:23 PM on September 04, 2007

Comments

  • jimhere — 4:00 AM on September 05, 2007

    Well, since the Dada-ists proved that you can’t trust a “photograph” in the early 1900s, no one should be surprised that this kinda trick is possible in the early 2000s.
    Of course, it’s tackiness level will be much higher than in Dada times because so many more people have computers than had darkrooms back then.
    It IS tacky but its fun-ness should keep it going.

  • Pedro Estarque — 8:23 AM on September 05, 2007

    Freeware Photoshop plug-in anyone ?
    Or even better, since Shai Avidan has been hired, could we have this in Photoshop 10.5 ?
    Right there under warp in transform, or in Filter/Distort (anywhere really, 11.0 is just too far away :) )

  • A. Dias — 11:09 AM on September 06, 2007

    I have nothing against image manipulation for artistic purposes. As you point out Ansel Adams’ classics are significant manipulations of reality. The irony of this Flash example is that the example chosen appears to be “Lone Cypress” on 17-Mile Drive, a supposedly copyrighted vista. :)

  • John Davies — 12:49 PM on September 07, 2007

    I wonder if a similar type of slicing could make images seamless.

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