Hiding files within JPG

October 28, 2006 at 6:46 am (Media, Photos)

You can always use an encryption software or password protection on zip/rar to protect your private files from prying eyes; but if someone tries to open them he would know that something is hidden there because of the protection you put up. Now consider a simple JPG image and your secret files are hidden inside one image. If someone opens the file, he would see that one image, but when you open it you can pull out any file from it, now how cool and protected would that be.

Learn to hide files within JPG @ The tech tray

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September 18, 2006 at 10:54 pm (PC, Photos)

This fine tutorial explains in illustrated detail how to photoshop your favorite contemporary house into an elderly, rotting haunted mansion.

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See the technique @ seb4d

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Cardboard Office

August 16, 2006 at 8:55 pm (Humor, Photos)

Some guy named Mike returned to work after his summer vacation to find things pretty much the same at the office – except that his entire workstation was covered in cardboard, right down to the phone, computer screens, picture frames and pencil holder.

This is one of the best – large scale office prank anyone pulled up. Take a look at the photos to see what Mike saw.

Cardboard office photos @ Geek Invasion

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When graphic artist get bored

August 16, 2006 at 6:25 am (Humor, Photos)

Graphically “enhanced” collection of hilarious photos. Some are so good that they look just real as if no tinkering have been done on them. But these are all fake photos and created by someone in free time just for fun.

Take a look @ djorn

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De-Blurring Photos

August 14, 2006 at 7:44 pm (Photos, Science)

And while talking about innovation in photo technology here is another one. I kept telling a friend of mine that one you degrade quality of anything, resize photos to smaller size or reduce bitrate of audio/video. Then you cannot bring it back to better (or even original) quality. But things are about to change with this technique.

The technique is based on an algorithm that deduces the path that a wobbling camera took when a photo was shot, then uses that path to reverse much of the resultant blurring. The method isn’t a miracle cure, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto have used it to significantly help a wide variety of sample images.

According my personal observation the result is slight improvement over “sharpness” filter available in Photoshop / Paintshop pro, but the technique used to accomplish this is far superior than standard filters and plugins. Which means there is lot of room for improvement and there may come a time when this is done in realtime in cameras. You take picture and whatever wobbling or motion was there would be cleared out automatically.

Details and sample photos available @ Cnet news

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Beautification Algorithm

August 14, 2006 at 7:00 pm (Photos, Science)

Yesterday I posted about Britney Spears pre-photshopped photos. And you all may know that each photo of models/celebs must be tweaked “a bit” (ok! “a lot”) before printing. Well what if you had the same technology in your camera, and it beautified you automatically?

Tommer Leyvand, a researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel, has done just that. Leyvand has developed a new algorithm that can improve the looks of human faces in photos so they appear as better versions of themselves.

The technology, called a “digital beautification” algorithm, apparently makes tiny adjustments to the distances between hundreds of different facial features, according to the report. That way, it can alter the person’s appearance only subtly in a matter of minutes.

Learn more @ New Scientist

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Mouse playing Nintendo DS

August 13, 2006 at 10:15 pm (Console, Games, Photos)

Aww! How cute..

MousePlayingDS

Thanks Destructiod for such a nice photo.

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Britney Spears : Pre-Photoshoped

August 13, 2006 at 12:33 pm (Media, Photos)

Everyone knows that Computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paintshop Pro) are used to “beautify” the beautiful stars. But did you ever know exactly how much difference do they make. Well we have samples of Britney Spears photo shot for Glamour magazine. Take a look and be a judge yourself.

BritneyPhotoShop

Full photo @ Hemmy’s Blog

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Photo effects online

August 10, 2006 at 12:31 am (Internet, Photos)

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New web tools just are too good to be just mere <html>. Thats the power that comes with new upcoming technologies like Web 2.0 and .Net. Everyone comes up with next big idea. Picture2Life is also one such online Application site. It is basically a simple photo touch up tool. You can edit any photo you have online on MySpace, Flickr etc. or upload a new one and then correct it.

The tools supported right now are Brightness, Gamma, Contrast, Hue, Grayscale, Watermark, Sepia, Rotation, Shadow etc. You can also make collage of photos. So, if you don’t have any touch up tool on ur desktop or at any remote location / public PC then you can easily give a face lift to your photo on this site.

Visit now @ Picture2Life.com

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Day of tentacle Mural

August 10, 2006 at 12:06 am (Games, Photos)

Lucas Arts adventure games are what I truly regard as “The” Games. And if you are from GTA generation then you probably don’t have any idea what I am talking about. These games which comic characters and hilarious storylines are unforgettable memories of my earlier computing days. And my favorite adventure game of all time (even more than Monkey Island series) is “Day of Tentacle”, featuring the three weirdo heroes on a mission to save the world from evil tentacle.

I just feel sorry they never thought of making a sequel to it. And there are many more people like me who miss this game as much as I do. And now comes the topic of today the “Day of Tentacle” mural. This designer painted his apartment wall and decorated rest of apartment in the “loving” memory of this game. Do visit the site for many photos of how he did it, and even list of materials and supplies so that you can do it too.

DOTT mural

Visit the actual site @ Pixel Guerilla

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