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Thursday, 23 August 2007


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There is a concept called previsualization or "seeing like film." Now I read about photographers who "see like Photoshop," that is, while they are photographing they are previsualizing what the image will look after post processing.

After watching the content aware resizing movie I wonder what will it be like when photographers start to "see" like this software? As in, "this will be a nice image after I stretch/compress it."

Dear Mike,

Yeah, covers don't count and, no, that one ISN'T sideways. Cropped, yeah, but seeing as the original was square...

I ain't gonna go back and check old issues if you won't.

pax / Ctein

You will be aware that subscribers to the British "Black and White Photography" receive a copy without cover blurb. Whether the should-be-sainted Ailsa crops, I'm not sure. BTW you did fit the type fairly nicely into Ctein's composition.

Regards - Ross

Speaking as a web designer this would be an absolute Godsend.

Speaking as a photogrpaher - I wouldn't deploy it on photographs as "photographs".

But it will still rock on other decorative imagery/graphics.

Bring it on.


"BTW you did fit the type fairly nicely into Ctein's composition."

I can't take credit for that--it was probably done by Preston Publications' longtime Graphic Design Director, Lynne Anderson (formerly Lynne Surma). Lynne was recently involved in a terrible accident and has endured several operations during her recovery, so she is much on my mind. She's a talented, sensible and friendly person who I learned a great deal from.


The mildly creative techie in me thinks this is ultra cool and looks forward to monkeying with it.

The photographer in me thinks this is dangerous and wonders what new opportunities have just opened up for photo thieves.

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,

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