Photosketch, a new software program designed in China, allows users to turn simple sketches into customized photographs. Gizmodo has more:
According to authors, their software can take any rough sketch, with the shape of each element labeled with its name, find images corresponding to each drawn element, judge which are a better match to the shapes, and then seamlessly merge it all into one single image.
PhotoSketch’s blending algorithm analyzes each of these images, compares them with each other, and decides which are better for the blending process. It automatically traces and places them into a single photograph, matching the scene, and adding shadows. Of course, the results are less than perfect, but they are good enough.
The program heralds supreme possibilities for fun, like sticking celebrity heads where they don’t belong, and compiling photos from bits of copyrighted images. I can see a storm of copyright issues riding Photosketch’s tailcoats if the program gets widespread use.