The “beautification engine”

The “beautification engine”

Will this be part of Photoshop CS 5 : Digital Face Beautification?

Here’s an article about yet another research/software to doctor images and a step towards “beauty” / looking better.  (Luckily we also read that not all people came out more attractive after digital manipulation based on averageness of symmetry…).

A new computer program that uses a mathematical formula to alter the original form into a theoretically more attractive version, while maintaining what programmers call an “unmistakable similarity” to the original.

Studies have shown that there is surprising agreement about what makes a face attractive. Symmetry is at the core, along with youthfulness; clarity or smoothness of skin; and vivid color, say, in the eyes and hair. There is little dissent among people of different cultures, ethnicities, races, ages and gender.

“We have always had a huge industry to make people look better,” Dr. Etcoff said. “Everyone wants to look better. And we keep taking it further and further to all these images that have been doctored. There is a whole generation of girls growing up who think it’s normal not to look the way they really look.”

The New York Times | the Sum of Your Facial Parts

p.s. See my related posts filed under the category | http://judithdenhollander.wordpress.com/category/photoshop-manipulation/”>photoshop manipulation | the people vs the beauty industry.