The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 August 2006

Picture this

Retouched photos from the Middle East!

No, not fake news. We're talking digital face beautification, and here's a snippet of the abstract:

[G]iven a frontal photograph of a face (a portrait), our method automatically increases the predicted attractiveness rating of the face. The main challenge is to achieve this goal while introducing only minute, subtle modifications to the original image, such that the resulting "beautified" face maintains a strong, unmistakable similarity to the original.

What for, you ask?

Professional photographers have been retouching and deblemishing their subjects ever since the invention of photography. It may be safely assumed that any model that we encounter on a magazine cover today has been digitally manipulated by a skilled, talented retouching artist. Since the human face is arguably the most frequently photographed object on earth, a tool such as ours would be a useful and welcome addition to the ever-growing arsenal of image enhancement and retouching tools available in today’s digital image editing packages. The potential of such a tool for motion picture special effects and advertising is also quite obvious.

I'd be content if they'd just require it for driver's-license photos.

(Via Popgadget.)

Posted at 8:20 AM to Almost Yogurt