App Automatically Detects Photoshopped Images

Scientists have created a new software program that will automatically detect any image that has been modified in Photoshop. The software is now tuned to faces, but it will be able to flag any type of image, they say.

The application — created by Hany Farid and Eric Kee of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire — uses eight statistical parameters to detect real changes on the model, not general modifications like cropping or colour adjustments. It can sniff geometric modifications like reshaped face features or body parts used to make models appear thinner. It will also detect texture changes, like smoothed skin.

They trained their program using input from 350 volunteers, obtaining an 80 per cent accuracy. The first version of the software is tuned for faces, but the scientist claim that they can easily repurpose it to detect manipulations in any kind of images, such as those presented by scientists in research. Or, you know, the classic Apple rumour spy shots.

For now, they hope that advertisers would include the manipulation percentage next to the model faces and bodies, as a warning label to women who may fall into self-confidence problems that eventually may lead to anorexia and other eating disorders. That's a great idea that is not coming soon enough. [Nature]

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    ... or maybe just stick to 'shopping blemishes and issues with lighting/makeup rather than the physical shape of a body.

    Every day I see very attractive, even beautiful girls who no doubt do not spend every waking moment caring for their body and appearance. How is it that photographers fail so hard to capture said beauty that they need to make up for their incompetence with Photoshop?

      /hasclearlyneverdoneaphotoshoot

        Are you saying that professional photos all looked terrible before computers?

      Actually part of it is correcting the inherent failures OFF photography itself- not just the skill or lack thereof of the photographer.
      Even the best cameras with the best lens, best lighting, with the most skilled photographer will still not necessarily produce what you can see with your own two eyes, or the "impression" you get from looking at that scene. You can look at Photoshop as an artistic medium that bridges that gap.

      -Besides, cameras introduce distortions and produce false images: lenses thin or fatten faces, enlarge features, lighting flattens out features but it can also deepen them as well depending on the angle... there are so many variables and the thing is that photography has never, ever been a fully "honest" medium. Photoshop doesn't add a layer of fakery to it, rather it's just another tool in the same photographic process.

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