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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

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example layout of eight photos on two 8.5x11 pages
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example layout of eight photos on a single square page
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