Countering Stryker’s Punch: Algorithmically Filling the Black Hole

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Michael J. Bennett (2017)
  • Publisher: Code4Lib
  • Journal: Code4Lib Journal (issn: 1940-5758)
  • Subject: Information resources (General) | Z | ZA3040-5185 | Bibliography. Library science. Information resources

Two current digital image editing programs are examined in the context of filling in missing visual image data from hole-punched United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) negatives. Specifically, Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill feature and GIMP's Resynthesizer plugin are evaluated and contrasted against comparable images. A possible automated workflow geared towards large scale editing of similarly hole-punched negatives is also explored. Finally, potential future research based upon this study's results are proposed in the context of leveraging previously-enhanced, image-level metadata.
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