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Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java™ Applications by Romain Guy, Chet Haase

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Chapter 8. Image Processing

IMAGE-PROCESSING tools such as Adobe Photoshop and The GIMP offer a wide variety of filters you can apply on your pictures to create various special effects (see Figure 8-1). When you are designing a user interface, it is very tempting to use those effects. For instance, you could use a filter to blur an out-of-focus element in the UI. You could also increase the brightness of an image as the user moves the mouse over a component.

Figure 8-1. Applications like Adobe Photoshop have advanced image-processing capabilities.

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Image Filters

Despite the impressive-looking results, image processing is not a difficult task to ...

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