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Interactive Picture Frame Design

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106827D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Levine, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program is disclosed for interactive composition of a framed picture. The picture captured in digital form is displayed on a conventional graphics workstation. The operator can select the style, dimensions and colors of the frame and overlying mats, observe the appearance on the screen, and alter the arrangement to obtain a desirable composition. The background color may be selected to match the wall on which the picture is to be hung. The program output is a list of dimensions and colors to be used in constructing the framed picture.

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Interactive Picture Frame Design

      A program is disclosed for interactive composition of a framed
picture.  The picture captured in digital form is displayed on a
conventional graphics workstation.  The operator can select the
style, dimensions and colors of the frame and overlying mats, observe
the appearance on the screen, and alter the arrangement to obtain a
desirable composition.  The background color may be selected to match
the wall on which the picture is to be hung.  The program output is a
list of dimensions and colors to be used in constructing the framed
picture.

      The Figure shows the elements of a framed picture, consisting
of picture image 1, cardboard mats 2 and 3 with rectangular cutouts,
and frame 4.  Here, mat 2 is on top of mat 3 and has a larger cutout.
The number of mats may be greater or lesser according to the visual
effect to be achieved.

      Although such a program may be operated from a keyboard, the
preferred method is to use a contemporary graphical user interface
such as OS2 Presentation Manager*, controlled by a mouse or
touch-screen.  The "menu bar" 5 in the Figure lists the basic options
such as selecting a frame or the number of mats.  Selection is done
in the usual way with the mouse or touchscreen.  When selected, the
possible choices for that option are displayed.  For example,
numerical or textual choices can be displayed in a drop-down menu,
colors in a pop-up palette, and frame sections as small images...