Method for automatically creating cropped and zoomed versions of photographic images

  • US 6,654,506 B1
  • Filed: 01/25/2000
  • Issued: 11/25/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/25/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of cropping a digital image comprising:

  • inputting a belief map of a photographic image, said belief map comprising a plurality of belief values, each belief value at each location in said belief map indicating an importance of a photographic subject at said location, wherein a photographic subject having a highest belief value comprises a main subject;

    selecting a crop window having a shape and a zoom factor, said shape and zoom factor determining a size of said crop window;

    positioning said crop window such that said crop window is centered at a center-of-mass of said main subject;

    moving said crop window such that said crop window is completely within said image;

    moving said crop window such that a sum of belief values of said crop window is at a maximum; and

    cropping said image according to said crop window.

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