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Internet is a great source of information and news of every kind. You can find a lot of articles as well as pictures.  But how to know if what you read and look at is original or fake?  As far as articles and news are concerned, it is sufficient to go to well-known websites such as Cnn.com or Fox.com to see if what you just read on that blog matches with what these important news networks are reporting. As far as pictures and images are concerned, well, the whole matter is far more trickier. In fact, unless you are a seasoned photographer, there is no way for you to know if a picture has been retouched and tampered using famous photo editors such as Photoshop. If you wish to know if a picture is original or not, here is an amazing, freeware software able to help you in a couple of steps.

JPEGsnoop, thanks to a refined technology detects if a picture is original or fake. To do that it uses a series of filters and settings used in any digital camera  as well as a huge number of compression signatures.  As a result you will get a full, detailed report saying to you what digital camera or software was used to take and manage the photo. Here is a list of its most important pictures:

  • Extracts information indicating the quality and nature of the JPEG image compression.
  • Reports what digital camera or software was likely used to generate the image.
  • Able to read the following formats: JPG, .THM, .AVI*, .DNG, .CRW, .CR2, .NEF, .ORF, .PEF, .MOV*, .PDF.
  • Determines quality setting used in Photoshop

If you want to know more or wish to download JPEGsnoop, visit the official website.

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2 Comments to “How to know and understand if a picture is original or fake”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Thanks for the app suggestion. It helped me!

  2. jerome_ho Says:

    Nice application. It does what it promises and it is for free. I advise this app to those people who have to do with a lot of pics and wanna know if they are fake or original.

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