New Software Suite to Detect Stealthy Image Manipulation

Former Photoshop product manager Kevin Connor and Dartmouth professor (and digital forensic expert) Hany Farid are working together to help put a stop to image manipulation where it doesn’t belong. Putting their two brains together they formed a company called Fourandsix, which is primed to release a full suite of software tools that will help law enforcement officers, photo editors and other interested parties detect secret digital photo manipulation.

Farid is no stranger to the image manipulation game: just last December he was asked by The New York Times to analyze the now-infamous doctored photo of Kim Jung-Il’s funeral procession, in which he found evidence of cloning that was later confirmed by another photo taken only seconds earlier.

And soon many of the techniques he uses to determine if an image has been manipulated will be integrated as tools in Fourandsix’s upcoming suite. Although the final product will be aimed mainly at law enforcement agencies and news organizations, the application of such technology — and the further development of image manipulation detection software — will hopefully lead to a less doctored view of professional photography as a whole.

Fourandsix (via PDN Pulse)

  • 9inchnail

    I thought it was quite easy to check photos for manipulation. I’ve seen software detecting montages by analyzing photos’ JPG compression artifacts years ago.

  • branden rio

    I don’t understand how this software would help anything but make the edited photos more cleverly edited, since there’s nothing stopping a photo editor from editing the photo until it passes this software’s “test” for an edit. 

  • Panda_Bear

    i’m going to have to take more advanced photoshop classes!

    game on, Conner.


  • John Stock

    Most pro photography is not Jpeg, but RAW.. This has no artefacts at all. Even med-high end consumer cameras support it.

  • Luiz Fellipe Carneiro

    Edit the photo, print it in a good size, and take a photo of the photo. Done.

  • Guest

    It doesn’t stop photo manipulation, it just makes it harder to be made. Just like hacking and virus.