Five students from Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore have created Photosketch, an exciting new program that translates simple sketches into seamless photomontages created from images pulled from the web. Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Chen, Shi-Min Hu, Ariel Shamir and Ping Tan presented the project in a research paper for Siggraph Asia 2009. Photosketch users draw a bare bones sketch and layout of the image they'd like to create, labeling each item with a basic i.d. Photosketch then searches the web for matching photos and then uses a blending algorithm to figure out which images would work best for the process. The result is a startling photo image based on the original layout.
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