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Reality is a Lie

Photoshop remixing reality – this ain’t news. But…there’s been an evolution. Now users can “stretch the truth” even more. with this awesome piece of software, developed by a neuroscientist.

Some of the new tools for removing tourists from photos, stretching pictures without distorting faces and making reality flexible are free and online.

Mr. Baldassi’s photo-editing tool can be downloaded from his Web site, liquidrescale.wikidot.com, and used as a plug-in with a popular open-source image-editing tool known as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP.

Check out this fascinating article on NYTimes.com…

(text below taken directly from article)

“We spend about 10 percent our waking life with our eyes closed by blinking,” said Michael F. Cohen, a principal researcher at Microsoft’s research division in Redmond, Wash. “If you want to take a picture of 10 people with their eyes open, you’re out of luck.”

So he and researchers at Microsoft built a tool called Group Shot, which can be found atresearch.microsoft.com/projects/GroupShot. The tool lets users identify the best parts of a sequence of pictures and merge them. It can correct for small changes caused by movement or changes in the lighting. Adobe just introduced a similar feature in the latest version of Photoshop Elements 6, which sells for about $100.

Mr. Cohen said his tool would produce photos that were closer to the reality that we perceive than a photograph.

“We’re assembling what’s really there — just not from one-hundredth of a second, but longer,” he said.

“Think of an axis from the purely objective to the purely subjective,” he said. “At one end is a photograph, a recording of what really took place. At the other end is our internal experience of an external event. There’s some place that is a little bit subjective. It’s not quite real. But if you and I looked at it, we would agree on it.”

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