Content-Aware Image Sizing

This very cool video by Dr. Ariel Shamir shows off his presentation on content-aware image sizing that was presented at SIGGRAPH this year.

It demonstrates a software application that resizes images in such a way that the content of the image is preserved intelligently. The video describes it better than I can, but the basic idea is that if you want to stretch out an image, it will keep the key elements of the photo in sensible places while filling in less important areas. The same goes for shrinking an image – it will eliminate the less important features of an image and leave the main subject areas intact and in the same relative location as they previously appeared in the image.

Just take my word for it and watch the video. It’s cool.

I would love to see some high-resolution before-and-after pictures to see what kind of quality this software is capable of producing. If the quality is good, it could be a genuinely useful tool (with some huge ethical implications for photojournalists!).

I’m also curious about the future plans for the software. It looks like it is currently a standalone application, but I expect Dr. Shamir could make some serious cash if he licensed this program to Adobe for an inclusion into Photoshop.

Update: Thanks to the user migawka below who has made the video available on youtube.

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12 Responses to “Content-Aware Image Sizing”

  1. Magaluf says:

    Really nice – it will be free :)?

  2. Di says:

    That is seriously clever – you deserve a huge pat on the back – take a bow you people!

  3. Raoul says:

    This is a fantastic advance in image resizing. It blew me away. Just wrote about it on my own blog.

  4. Andrew says:

    This is really cool. How will I be able to do this?

  5. Stanislaus says:

    I hope that he does not licence this off to Adobe. It would be a terrible shame if it remained a closed-licence deal and if the technology remained in control of a corporation like Adobe.

  6. vjete says:

    I want to download this tool!!!!!

    where can i find it??

    ive been googling for 2 houres..

  7. Irmgard says:

    If you are looking for a software to try out seam carving, take a look at

    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,

  8. Delia says:

    I believe this is offers fantastic developments for image processing .Actually there are already some great tools for image processing, the Photoshop monopole is long gone …..there are a couple other tools right now that are a lot better. One of my favorites among them is Reshade. I’ve discovered it by trying their online free tool and was amazed by the results that it offers. I immediately bought it and ,believe me it took a lot problems off my head.

  9. Suavsilk says:

    so when can i download it?

  10. dsawchuk says:

    A version of this is available in Photoshop CS4. Not exactly a free download. I’m not currently aware of any free apps that will do this.

    Anyone out there want to make a suggestion?

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