Based on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-SSu3tJ3ns
, Content Aware image resizing is awesome.
Using the program at http://rsizr.com/
, I've manipulated a few pictures of my old friend James Duke.
This is the original picture
This is the picture again, expanded
this is the same picture one more time, zoomed.
Notice how the people and the splash (which I specifically selected in the program to avoid editing) stay the same, while the scenery, lake, trees, etc, scale. It's incredible!
Here is a picture I found on Wikipedia. It's just a moon and a castle with some mountains.
If I had simply resized the image in Fireworks or Photoshop, this is what it would look like.
But, using Smart Image Resizing, I have identified the moon and the castle as parts of the image i want to keep unedited.
You'll notice in the second image how there is an artifact to the left of the moon. This is from the way that the process works. I hope that they find a way to fix this bug, and I bet they will.
Again, here is the image as if it were stretched in a typical program
and here is the image after being stretched using retargeting
There are issues with this. It produces extreme artifacts, and seems to work best with picture that have a lot of jumbled vectors. Anything that has obvious, angled lines will pretty much be ruined.
If you try to delete a part of the picture, it makes that its first priority, even if there is a smarter way. For instance, I had, say, asked it to remove the moon and the castle, instead of saving them, it would have created a blotchy line from the upper-right to the lower-left.