This work addresses the scenario where a user would like to print or
display a photo collection, without the benefit of sufficient time
(or without the inclination) to arrange the photos for viewing in
the situation at hand. For example, supposing the user had a photo
collection accessible from a server, they might at different times
like to show it displayed on a small monitor; projected onto a large
wall; printed on small booklet pages; and printed on a poster. In
each different situation, any number of factors influences how the
collection should be arranged, such as the size and shape of the
viewable area; the viewing distance; the time available to show the
photos; and the cost to produce each page of output. These facts
point to a need for methods that (1) make it easy to customize how a
photo collection is presented, and (2) generate layouts dynamically
to make the best use of available space.
In the paper referenced below, we present an adaptive photo
collection page layout that attempts to meet both criteria.
Layout is based on a hierarchical partition of the page, which
explicitly accounts for the aspect ratios and relative areas of the
photos. We present an efficient method for finding a hierarchical
partition that produces a photo arrangement suitable for the shape
of the page. Rather than relying on a stochastic search we employ a
deterministic procedure that mimics the natural process of adding
photos to the layout one by one.
C. Brian Atkins, "Adaptive
photo collection page layout," accepted for the 2004
International Conference on Image Processing, to be held in
Singapore, October 24-27, 2004
For more information, please contact Brian Atkins at
brian dot atkins2 at hp dot com
A collection of eight photos arranged on...
two 8.5x11 pages
one square page