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The Shadows Are All Wrong: 'Photoshopped' Algorithm

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Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a metric to apply to altered images to address how much Photoshopping a picture has undergone, in an effort to provide more truth in advertising and prevent unhealthy body image issues. Hey, I'm 5'4", 240-lbs and cool with that.

Farid and Eric Kee, a Ph.D student in computer science at Dartmouth, published their research this week in the journal National Academy of Sciences.


The tool would work on a rating scale of one to five. Farid and Kee created a base metric by analyzing and statistically measuring results from various before-and-after photos. They then correlated these findings with a study group that was asked to rank the amount of photo alteration on a scale of one (very similar) to five (very different). This numbered metric could then be algorithmically applied to photos of, say, celebrities and models to reveal just how much photo-manipulation took place.

You want to know how much photo-manipulation takes place? I'll tell you -- TONS. It's true, the last unaltered celebrity photo was actually taken in the 90's. THE 1890's. It was sepia-toned.

Tool Reveals Which Celebs, Models Have Been Photoshopped [mashable]

Thanks to Pat, who looks stunning even without photo manipulation. I'M SAYING YOU'RE HANDSOME, BRO.

There are Comments.
  • utera

    yes they wear makeup too.
    tool is worthless since it requires the original photo as well

  • omg why the fuck would Josh Duhamel ever marry THAT? She's 90% synthetic material.

  • double_LL

    daisy? DAISY!! where are you? you were right all along!

  • If you want this software here is the linkĀ http://goo.gl/sUu0C

    no need to thank me.

  • Be sure to check out the link where you can actually use the program on certain test pictures:

    http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/fa...

  • It is not Dartmouth University but Dartmouth College.

  • They could have picked a better test image. No amount of Photoshopping could save that trainwreck.

  • jegormeister

    she was altered even before any photoshopping

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