DailyDirt: Digital Photography Magic (aka Photoshopping)

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    Rekrul, 29 May 2015 @ 2:39am

    Will these algorithms be released to the public so that they can freely incorporated into any image program? Or will they be exclusively used in stand-alone programs and Photoshop?

    I don't consider myself an artist, but I like to occasionally try my hand at image editing, and it's always disappointed me that the only two practical options for most advanced editing are Photoshop (ridiculously expensive and reportedly confusing to use) and GIMP (free, but confusing to use).

    A couple years ago I started a project to produce a digital version of a copy protection map (black printing on dark blue paper) included with an old C64 game. It didn't scan very well and it was recommended that I use GIMP to improve the scans. I tried, but couldn't get anything approaching a usable image out of it. I'm sure it's capable of doing what I needed, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

    I ended up processing the images in Irfanview, which is much more intuitive (if more limited) and then tracing them in Ultimate Paint, which is the most intuitive drawing program that I've yet found for Windows.

    I don't have Photoshop (nope, not even a pirated copy) and trying to use the drawing tools in GIMP was a pain in the ass.

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