Wednesday, July 13, 2005

past blog entries about databending images

it has occurred to me that if google is going to point to me whenever someone looks up the term databending, then if i actually care about promoting the art of bending rather than just being a publicity whore, i should probably assemble a list of links to other noteworthy bending sites. there aren't necessarily a whole lot of them, but i could probably find a half-dozen or more good links to put up (the databenders list being the most obvious example; in fact, i will probably find most of the other links by browsing through the databenders archive).

so coming soon i'll update the image databending gallery to add a couple links sections to the right column of each page. one of those will be the previously mentioned "noteworthy bending links" section. but i will also add another section--blog entries about image databending--so that interested parties can easily find just about everything i've written on the subject (posts to forums and the databenders list aside). hell, i myself had forgotten about some of these posts.

if i were using a blogging service with a "categories" function, this info could be pulled automatically (so long as i had a "bending" category and tagged all such posts with it). but blogger has no such function, so i had to manually go through the blog and find them all. since i was doing that anyway, i decided to post them here in a fit of metablogging:

my first image-bending post!
update to previous
rr8 bent picture gallery
databent posters: my art on your wall
second bends
recycle your face
we didn't start the fire
application-sensitive image-bending
results of the image-bending experiment
and now for something completely tangential
the bollywood bends
big new bent gallery
bring out the GIMP (for image databending)
google-bending for databending
databending images in wordpad
the wordpad effect

so there you have it, in chronological order no less. i'll get to compiling a list of offsite links soon, but that's a bigger project and will require a little more time.


djempirical said...

sweet dude.

not that i've had some success, i'll hopefully be able to devote some more time to it, so all this compiling will be useful.

djempirical said...

hey -- have you done any experimenting as to whether the size of the file affects the bend?

for example, if you take image A at 1600x1200 and bend it, and then bend the same image after it's been resized down to 400x300, is it the same? i'm guessing it'd be very similar, but i'd also guess that they're not identical, especially when the size difference is large.

stAllio! said...

image size naturally impacts bending simply because you have more or fewer bits of data to work with. but i agree, i haven't seen much evidence that it affects the way a file will bend.

so if you took the mcdeviltoast pic, resized it, and then ran that through the wordpad effect, it would still show the same characteristic warping, but i suspect it would not be identical. of course, there are a limited number of bending techniques that are repeatable enough to really do a controlled experiment (the wordpad effect seems to be one, though).

it is interesting to note that small bent PSD files seem much less likely to open in photoshop than larger files: if a PSD keeps breaking, increase it in size and it might bend without breaking. though i came up with the "double layer" trick, which works pretty consistently, to overcome that problem (and the fact that it works suggests that the bendability depends more on the file size than on the image size).

djempirical said...

that would make sense, considering that header info probably doesn't increase in size with the file size.

Anonymous said...

excellent blog--im going to give u a shout on mine-friendlydub

Anonymous said...

Thanks stAllio!

You are first up when "databending" is searched, unfair of course, but glad you stepped up to the challenge...Can I whore out my own site to you in hopes you'll either add it to your list or just leave my post up for others to see?

I call it "deconstructivist" mostly, but databending is also very accurate.