Size does matter: How image size affects aesthetic perception?

Wei Ta Chu, Yu Kuang Chen, Kuan Ta Chen

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Abstract

There is no doubt that an image's content determines how people assess the image aesthetically. Previous works have shown that image contrast, saliency features, and the composition of objects may jointly determine whether or not an image is perceived as aesthetically pleasing. In addition to an image's content, the way the image is presented may affect how much viewers appreciate it. For example, it may be assumed that a picture will always look better when it is displayed in a larger size. Is this "the-bigger-the-better" rule always valid? If not, in what situations is it invalid? In this paper, we investigate how an image's resolution (pixels) and physical dimensions (inches) affect viewers' appreciation of it. Based on a large-scale aesthetic assessments of 100 images displayed in a variety of resolutions and physical dimensions, we show that an image's size significantly affects its aesthetic rating in a complicated way. Normally a picture looks better when it is bigger, but it may look worse depending on its content. We develop a set of regression models to predict a picture's absolute and relative aesthetic levels at a given display size based on its content and compositional features. In addition, we analyze the essential features that lead to the size-dependent property of image aesthetics. It is hoped that this work will motivate further research by showing that both content and presentation should be considered when evaluating an image's aesthetic appeals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Multimedia Conference
Pages53-62
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 18
Event21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2013 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2013 Oct 212013 Oct 25

Publication series

NameMM 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Multimedia Conference

Conference

Conference21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2013
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period13-10-2113-10-25

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Chu, W. T., Chen, Y. K., & Chen, K. T. (2013). Size does matter: How image size affects aesthetic perception? In MM 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Multimedia Conference (pp. 53-62). (MM 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Multimedia Conference). https://doi.org/10.1145/2502081.2502102