Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Liquid Rescale

For those of you who use Adobe Photoshop on Windows, you may be looking forward to the new feature in the forthcoming CS5: Content-aware Fill. When I saw this announcement, it reminded me of a similar feature already present in GIMP on Linux: Liquid Rescale.

Not sure what this does? Take a look at some of the Examples. Liquid Rescale is very impressive, and has been around since about 2007. And it's dead simple to install on Linux. From the command line, as root, just type: yum install gimp-lqr-plugin. Or, you can install via the "Add/Remove Software" menu dialog.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and is a graphics program very similar to Photoshop. Most Linux distributions include GIMP.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting. It's a very similar concept but very different in execution. Like most functions on GIMP, it seems much clunkier to me.

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  2. The method by which it works is very different as well; if what you want to do is something like the first two examples in the video that I saw, the Liquid Rescale mechanism for doing that seems a fair bit inferior. Then again, the Liquid Rescale does stuff that the Photoshop content-aware fill thing doesn't, so pick your feature.

    I did see mention in the /. thread of another Gimp plugin for doing similar things, but I forget what it's called.

    It'd be interesting to do a photo-by-photo blind comparison between the different methods once CS5 is released.

    Still, all of these techniques are really impressive. Like there's no way that any of this stuff "should" work... but it seems to do so decently well. Crazy.

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  3. > I did see mention in the /. thread of another
    > Gimp plugin for doing similar things, but I
    > forget what it's called.
    It's called Resynthetizer:
    http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer

    The analogous of GIMP Liquid Rescale in Photoshop instead is called content-aware scale.

    (BTW also DigiKam has the Liquid Rescale feature.)

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