Woo-hoo! It only took 7 years for one of my patent applications, Previewing and manipulating a framed image print, to be approved.
An apparatus and method of generating a visual representation of an image based product. Where the image based product is a picture image, the method produces a framed prototype image showing the picture image framed within a frame. The method includes providing a frame image showing the frame in a perspective view. The frame image has a picture portion corresponding to the portion of the frame used to view a picture mounted in the frame. The method includes mapping the picture image to the picture portion of the frame image in order to generate the frame prototype image. The method also includes presenting an enhanced edit set along with the frame prototype image. The enhanced edit set includes user manipulatable tools for editing either the picture or the frame in the perspective view.
Many thanks to Paul Haeberli for collaborating.