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Get Taller on Demand with Spring: One of the Quirkiest Apps We’ve Ever Seen

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In portraits, we’re well aware of the role physical proportions play on how a subject looks. Generally speaking, longer legs, an elongated neck, and other such physical attributes dramatically affect the aesthetic quality of portraits for many, be it subconsciously or not. And while ethics are rightfully called into questions when changing these proportions in Photoshop, it’s continuously done.

Looking to take this questionable practice and capitalize on it in the mobile market, developer Kim Taewan has created an application for both Android and iOS called Spring.

Spring’s goal is to “help you adjust your body proportions,” according to its app description. By utilizing a rather unique and simple method of overlaying lines onto the hips, shoulders and ankles of yourself (or a friend) in a portrait, the app automatically alters the physical proportions of the subject, presumably to a more appealing ratio.

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As you could expect, with the warping of the subject, the background also gets slightly adjusted, which could make for some awkward ‘Photoshop’ fails if you’re not careful. Beyond the obvious background issue at play, the only position that really works with this is a straight-up, front-facing portrait, which most mobile photos aren’t.

The app is free to download and take for a spin, but to export any high-quality images, you’ll need to make an in-app purchase. You can find the app on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.


 
  • Mike

    Horribly disfigured.

  • Brett

    I have no issues with manipulating your body in photos really, just in how it’s advertised. “Make your body looks sexier”. Outside of the bad english, it’s a bit bothersome in that way.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    “You would be look like a model”

  • http://acorner.net/blog Alexandra G.

    LOL…So what happens when your friends see you and go: “Hmm, you’re still short!”
    Or those that didn’t know you that would be like: “Hmm, I thought you were taller”!
    This is really stupid…sorry…it goes by the assumption that you’ll never meet anyone again face to face! LOL Because those who already know you, know how short you really are!

    Ohh wait, is this so some company starts making high heel shoes for men who portrayed themselves online to be taller than they are, and now they’ll have to back that up? hahahahahahaha

  • http://www.tylertrahan.com/ Tyler

    I’m 6’6″ and curious to see what I’d look like normal size. Is that supported?

  • http://WWW.LIFEASCINEMA.BLOGSPOT.COM SEAN SHIMMEL

    Must be some kind of squeezed and squashed app out there

  • gidj

    I’m 99% sure, given the developer’s name and the emphasis on being taller that this comes out of South Korea. There is a national obsession there with height, and no real qualms with misrepresenting one’s appearance.

    Source: I lived in Seoul for four and a half years.

  • http://www.blakebronstad.com Blake Bronstad

    Am I the only one who thinks this will serve…other..purposes? (Tinder users come to mind)

  • docholliday666

    Engrish!

  • james

    #cockselfies?

  • David Vaughn

    You should have thought about that before you grew so tall.

    ;)

  • http://khpf.tumblr.com Kelsey Higham

    Yes, that’s supported.

  • http://www.tylertrahan.com/ Tyler

    A fair point, sir.