Seam Carving GUI: a Free Way to Intelligently Resize Your Photos
Seam carving, or intelligent resizing as it’s also known, is one of the more jaw dropping features available in the latest version of Photoshop. But seam carving isn’t something Adobe invented so, if the stock market crash vaporized your Photoshop CS4 upgrade fund, there are other options.
In fact, there are several options for seam carving tools that don’t involve Photoshop. The online editor Fotoflexer has long offered seam carving tools and there’s also a free cross-platform app Seam Carving GUI that offers the most of what you’ll find in the new Photoshop CS4.
Seam Carving GUI is a little utility app that allows to you to intelligently resize an image without distorting the main element. You can also remove elements that you don’t want in the cropped version.
To give it a try download the code from the Google code page and then open up an image. Just paint in green over the parts you want to keep and mark anything you want to get rid of with red. Then resize your image to your desired dimensions and be amazed. The photo above shows just how extreme seam carving tools can be.
We’re big fans of seam carving and it doesn’t take a genius to see that these tools are going to change the way we look at photographs. Fortunately, thanks to Seam Carving GUI and Fotoflexer even those of us on a tight budget can get in on the fun.