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Flickr + Composite Image Maker + Silverlight Deep Zoom

19 March 2009 2 Comments
Flickr + Composite Image Maker + Silverlight Deep Zoom

First install Silverlight v2.0 [HERE] then check this out: http://www.francisshanahan.com/zoom/ then come back and read the rest.

Silverlight 3.5 was announced recently so I finally took 5mins to look at their “Deep Zoom” technology. Deep Zoom provides a way to view a HUGE image by converting it into what they call an “image pyramid”. Similar to what Google Maps does. It just so happened that I have a thing that makes huge images. It’s a side project I’ve been working on for about 18 months now. Anyway, I fired it up and made two huge images, one of a Tiger and another of Ethan. More on how these images were created in a later post. Meanwhile email me if you’d like an image of your own.

For now enjoy the Deep Zooms of these images HERE: http://www.francisshanahan.com/zoom/default.aspx
Make sure you click the Full Screen link for full effect.

NOTE: If you’re not seeing anything , install Silverlight first by going here [http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/] and look for the “runtime” link on the right (midway down).

2 Comments »

  • Rick Haberman said:

    I think that your composite photos are amazing. I would really like to create one for myself.

    I am a novice at design but I am eager to learn. I have just purchased Microsoft Expression Studio and downloaded Deep Zoom Composer and have been practicing with them.

    Could you please tell me how to get started on a project like yours? Any help that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Rick Haberman

  • Francis (author) said:

    Rick, the composites are created using software I wrote myself. There are tools out there that’ll make them for you but I’ve never used any of them. Once I had the mosaic image created it’s a simple process to create the Deep Zoom. Just create a new project in DZComposer, then export as an Image Pyramid. There are a few tutorials with detailed steps on the web if you google image pyramid and Deep Zoom. Hopefully that’ll get you started. Enjoy!
    -fs

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