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Monday, 18 July 2005

Core Image Fun House

Filed under: Mac

Am I just behind, or is Core Image Fun House the coolest thing ever?

With Core Image, Apple has basically built Photoshop into the OS, except that all of the filters are real-time. If you’re on Tiger, install the Developer Tools (on the Tiger install DVD) and go into /Developer/Applications/Graphics Tools/.

My favourite so far is the Glass Lozenge distortion filter; try combining it with Torus Lens Distortion. Wicked cool.

Granted, it’s just a demo, and a number of the filters are frankly toys, but don’t be deceived; there are also serious tools like text overlay (with Apple’s legendary typography control), perspective correction and numerous options for correction of colour and exposure.

I’m just curious as to how long it is before we start seeing CI-based apps; how much effort is it going to take to build an Open-Source Photoshop (or at least ImageReady) killer on top of it?


6 Comments

karl said:

  • It was before Tiger but it was already a good start.

http://www.macdevcenter.com/lpt/a/4711

I haven’t see yet demo using the new framework with Python.

Thursday, July 21 2005 at 2:28 AM

karl said:

This could help you too. http://developer.apple.com/documentation/GraphicsImaging/Conceptual/CoreImaging/ci_tasks/chapter_3_section_1.html

Saturday, July 23 2005 at 11:17 AM

Peter said:

open source… http://www.gimp.org haven’t seen photoshop on my comp in 2 years.

I use the windows and linux version. haven’t touch Mac in ages. have fun.

Monday, July 25 2005 at 10:30 AM

Marc g said:

Well as long as your talking about cool graphics hat tricks check this out. http://research.microsoft.com/projects/ParaTexSyn/paratexsyn.wmv

Wednesday, July 27 2005 at 3:48 AM

Cookie said:

Speaking of PhotoShop replacement:

http://www.chocoflop.com/

Thursday, July 28 2005 at 7:39 AM

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