I hang out on some chat boards where people sometimes will photoshop stuff, just as a joke. As a result, I’ve been doing a fair amount of image editing myself (although I use The Gimp, not Photoshop).

I’ve found that this habit has a weird side effect: I have gotten used to thinking of images on the web as malleable things. When I came across this pic on Boingboing:

Cafe guy, dark

My immediate reaction was to fix it:

Cafe guy

And that’s just tweaking the brightness. I guess I’m easily amused, but to me there’s something vaguely astonishing about how scrolling the little brightness bar reveals things in the shadows. How long will it be before every image on the web will be futzable in this way, straight from the browser?

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  1. Roberto Said,

    April 11, 2005 @ 6:46 am

    You could write a greasemonkey extension that add controls for every image on a page. The image URL and the control position could be sent to a script running on your server using a XMLHTTPRequest. The script would process the image — using convert or PIL — and return an URL for the tweaked image stored on the server. Finally, the greasemonkey script would swap the original image with the new one. :)

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