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  • Liquid Scale "Smart Resizes" Your Pics

    It's hard to get a picture just right, especially when using your iPhone to take snapshots. People move around, you sometimes have to deal with distracting stuff in the background, and there's always the chance that some stranger just walks past at just the time when you're tapping the shutter button. Fortunately, a German startup has come up with an app that can move individual elements of a picture around, resize them, or remove them entirely.

    Liquid Scale does an analysis of the image on your phone, and detects the subject (or subjects) as opposed to the background. It then allows you to manipulate the subject and background separately. Those inconvenient pictures of you with an ex? Totally sanitized with this app. Seriously, I tried to use the "content aware image resizing" function of the app: edge detection can be sketchy unless there's sharp contrast between foreground and background, but you can manually select areas with ease.

    In addition to the cool National Enquirer style image editing where you get to remove people from a picture, the app is also useful for image resizing: keeping all the elements you want in a picture but crowding them together, with minimum distortion, in order to make a smaller image or change orientation from vertical to horizontal without losing anything. The way it all works is through what is called "seam carving:" following a high-gradient line to determine the edges of objects in an image and then "carving" them out of the background.

    This is fairly sophisticated image processing for a mobile app, and while the quality of the result is not up to the level of the Content Aware Scaling function of Adobe Photoshop CS4, the price is also a lot lower - $1.99 on the App Store.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Liquid Scale "Smart Resizes" Your Pics started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Very cool, sounds like a must have.
    1. danielharkins1991's Avatar
      danielharkins1991 -
      This could be very useful. Im always taking pictures with random people in.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by danielharkins1991 View Post
      Im always taking pictures with random people in.
      orly? lol

      It does look like a cool app to try out
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stealthbravo View Post
      orly? lol

      it does look like a cool app to try out
    1. danielharkins1991's Avatar
      danielharkins1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitbull2o08 View Post
      HAHA. yeah i am. just random people around town.. thats how i normally spend my saturday.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Sounds interesting. Just don't get arrested
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Time to bust out those pics with the ex!
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's awesome.
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
    1. thomax00's Avatar
      thomax00 -
      Not working for me.

      Tried actually selecting areas I wanted to erase; the app goes in for processing the pic and then ... NOTHING is happening

      iPhone 3Gs running 3.1.2
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      has any one noticed what the pic above is actually doing lolzz,its kinda funny
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Hmmm, looks to me the person wanted the skinner person next to him.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      very nice gotta get thos
    1. tom28's Avatar
      tom28 -
      Hokey app - did you notice the girl that remains has inherited a new arm that isn't hers?
      Good thing it wasn't a hairy guy in the middle!!
      Also, there are still three sets of footprints!! LOL
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i bet its descent. but it'll just gather dust.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That is mess up pictures. He edit out his big wife so he can be next to his skinny daughter.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      WOW!!! Now if they can only make an APP that can limit AT&T's involvement with the iPhone! Wait a minute.... that's right, it's called "Verizon"!

    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      WOW!!! Now if they can only make an APP that can limit AT&T's involvement with the iPhone! Wait a minute.... that's right, it's called "Verizon"!

      It's called *sn0w. Meaning any of the sn0ws and you can go to T-Mobile. Well it is still taking out ATT's involvement.