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Students on campus, original shot. There's a wealth of amazing work being done with imaging technologies. Right here on our campus there are folks working with image recognition technologies that are teaching computers what stuff looks like. Some of the amazing technologies are finding there way to market; which means non-technical people like me get to use relatively non-technical versions. Yay.

Liquid dialog. Lately I've spotted newbie questions on design forums that want to know, simply put, how to change the proportions of an image when resizing without distorting the image. It seems to be fairly common, so when I saw an opportunity to try new software that claims to do just that- I grabbed it. Liquid Resize has received great press, has demonstrated amazing capabilities, and offers a free, 90-day fully functional trial.

I grabbed the campus photo shown at the top and opened it in Liquid Resize as my first experiment. The software only seemed to be able to open jpegs and couldn't open the first TIFF version. In my first attempt I used the brush tool to mask out what I wanted to keep. Then I set the needed end size as something completely different- a vertical instead of a horizontal with one dimension larger and one smaller.

The application chugged for a bit with my steam-powered processor, then turned out results not nearly as nice as the demos that I've seem. Still, just doing this with the computer doing the looking and judging is pretty amazing, I think. A human newbie, at this stage of product development, could probably beat it using Photoshop. And maybe another hour or so.

Liquid dialog. With my second attempt, I used the Liquid Resize brush to mask out what I didn't need. For my target dimensions, I left the height unchanged, but entered a narrower width. Again, a less than stellar image resulted, but this seemed a bit better than a few amateur Photoshop attempts that I've seen. I'm impressed. I understand this sort of tool needs crafting and the crafting will come with more use. Best of luck and best wishes to the folks at onOne Software.

I have to admit, too, that I started using this thing right out of the box. I didn't read directions or even think too hard about what the machine may need to produce optimal results. Maybe I'll spend a small amount of time on it- after all, my skills are crafted by use, too. Just right now, there's no way I'd use the thing for professional work. Maybe in a few years when machines have gotten better and I've gotten worse.


The quality of this one definitely isn't as good as that other rescaling algorithm.

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