Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing

Here is a SIGGRAPH 2007 presentation by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir on a novel way of resizing images. Arbitrarily resize an image while keeping important parts whole. It’s quite impressive, until the baby is squished. Can also be used to eliminate people from your pictures, Stalin-style. Coming soon to your Photoshop.

Comments 5

  1. Chris Wells wrote:

    I have been doing that for years in Corel. Adobe is so far behind in editing tools it is an endless wonder they are the “industry standard”.

    Posted 05 Sep 2007 at 1:21
  2. Jurie wrote:

    Yeah, but the way they do it here is cutting edge. It’s the resizing more than the removing people.

    Posted 05 Sep 2007 at 4:33
  3. Chris Wells wrote:

    The nice part is that it automatically resizes when you collapse the window, but the technique of removing gaps inbetween contours and blending edges has been a two step process in Corel for ages. For example this took me longer to upload and copy-n-paste the links than it did to do:


    Two Steps:

    I guarantee you would need 1 extra step after CAIR to fix what only a human eye can discern as important content.

    Posted 05 Sep 2007 at 5:09
  4. Jurie wrote:

    O.o magic!

    Posted 05 Sep 2007 at 6:08
  5. Deliaresizer wrote:

    This smart image processing algorithms are really great. I’ve stepped upon a tool that takes advantage of this new technique at can browse the online gallery to see some real professional work with great quality and accuracy. If this doesn’t convince you, you can check it out on the website at

    Posted 01 May 2008 at 13:16

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