October 22, 2007 in Business

New photo tool is cream of the crop

The Spokesman-Review
Courtesy of rsizr.com photo

The top image was uploaded to Rsizr, a new Web-based photo-editing site that resizes photos without distorting them. The bottom image is the result of removing certain pixels to enlarge the balloons while preserving their relative position. Courtesy of rsizr.com
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When you want to resize or edit your images online, the choices are becoming complex and mind-boggling.

Add Rsizr.com to the list of options. This beta site allows you to do things you can’t do with expensive high-end programs like Photoshop, such as shrinking or enlarging images vertically or horizontally, with not much distortion. And all this is done inside your browser; you don’t need to download software.

The service is free, since Rsizr.com for now is primarily a Web showcase for the tool’s varied features.

In terms of ease of use, Rsizr ranks with other cool image editing sites, such as Picnik.com and FotoFlexer.com.

Look at the two photos of the air balloons featured at the right. The top image was uploaded to rsizr, then retouched to enlarge the main balloon.

The resizing of the main balloon still preserved the relative position of other balloons in the image without complex photo-editing.

That algorithm Rsizr uses was developed by Shai Avidan, senior research scientist at Adobe Systems, and Ariel Shamir, a visiting researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass.

In August, Avidan and Shamir published their photo-editing trick, known as seam carving, and explained it in a YouTube video.

The Rsizr site was launched at the end of September. For a demo of Rsizr, go to spokesmanreview.com /blogs/txt.

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