One of the most requested features from users of our apps is being able to easily cut themselves out of a photo — or, conversely, to change the background around them. That kind of feedback is partly a result of the supremacy of the selfie, but it’s also a reflection of how people want the ability to remix photos in creative ways. Whether you want to fake yourself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or cut your ex-boyfriend out of the background, there hasn’t always been an easy way to do it without relying on complicated graphic design programs. Now, you can do it quite easily with an Intel® RealSense™ Technology equipped laptop and Pixlr Desktop.
Starting today, if your Windows laptop is Intel® RealSense™ Technology equipped, you’ll see some new and innovative features in Pixlr Desktop that let you capture photos in a new way. We built this capability into a special build of Pixlr Desktop using a prototype laptop that we carried with us to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. This sneak peek of the capability for our dedicated users was a big hit:
Make a Selfie Mask
If you’re a Pixlr Pro member and your device has an Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera inside, you’ll now see an option to “Open from Camera.” This fires up your webcam and lets you take a snapshot of yourself with a mouse click or via a timer.
Once you do, Pixlr will create two masks for you: one of your figure and one of the background. You can then apply effects to either of these masks, just as you would normally work with masks in the Influence Panel. It’s a quick and easy way to make a selfie mask.
Make a Selfie Sticker
Even if you’re not a Pixlr Pro member, you can make a super selfie by turning your figure into a sticker you can save in the app and reuse again and again. As with selfie masks, this option is available to people with Intel® RealSense™ 3D cameras, and you’ll find this option in the Stickers menu in the form of a “Create sticker” button. This fires up the camera and displays a live grey-screen view of your figure. You can pose in specific ways if you like.
When you’re ready to capture, Pixlr automatically cuts your figure out of the background and displays you as a sticker. You can resize, rotate, and use this just as you would any other sticker. Place yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower instead of in front of your boring old refrigerator. You’ll see a new sticker category just for these captures, which you can save for later if you choose.
These sensors are already available in some laptops and will be rolling out to tablets and eventually to phones. In addition to helping you make super selfies, this technology is being used to add gesture controls for computer users and even to capture facial features for integration into games. It’s a smarter camera that’s giving app makers like us a new range of possibilities.