Without a doubt, the technology that exists today for photography and visual effects means that we can no longer distinguish between reality and montage. There are montages so well achieved in programs so advanced, like Photoshop, that they have outwitted more than one. Or even not so advanced programs, but very tenacious and expert editors who know how to handle them well.
Editors who have the talent and precision to make an amazing photo montage that can fool even the most judicious for photographs.
This has proven to be a problem at times when we fall for deceptions. Likewise, when we really need the veracity of the photo, but it looks so well achieved that we could not tell if it was retouched even with our good eye.
However, there is more than one trick and even a program and application on the internet that can help us and facilitate these problems. Next, we are going to bring you some solutions and methods that you can use to check the veracity of a photo. And in this way, see if you have any filters, edits, or montages.
How do I check the details of the photo?
The first and easiest thing you can do is check the metadata of a photo. If you have a photo downloaded, transfer it to your PC. Right-click on the photo and see properties. In the window that appears, click the details tab. This will show you a long list of details about the image.
The resolution, date of capture, and modification among many other things distributed in several sections. The direct section that interests us is “origin” since if the photo was edited or exported from a program, it will necessarily appear there. Keep in mind that you may find the metadata removed from the images, but it is still an effective booby trap since many are unaware of this relevant clue.
What pages help me to see if a photo is edited?
Another more specialized way is found on the Fotoforensics page. This page allows a more direct and accurate analysis of photos and can easily unmask a montage. You must upload a photo from your computer or copy the URL of a photo online. The page will also show you the more advanced metadata of the photo.
However, the specialty of this page is that it subjects the photos to a special dark filter. The way to find out the edit of a photo is as follows.
When passing the photo through the dark filter, if it is real, it will have to be seen evenly in the filter. The edges should be symmetrical and everything should look the same; black and white pixels that do not stand out. If there is any editing in the photo, this will be noticed because we will see the edited part with purple pixels.
This is because a photo is edited or filters or montages are added, the original pixels are altered. In this way, adding disparate values and colors that do not match the original environment.
This difference will coincide in the photo as some light flashes of that purple color. The margin of error for this is that in very bright photos the natural light flashes can also be highlighted in the filter.
However, it is a matter of logically analyzing and seeing if it is normal for those flashes to be in the photo or in that area of the photo. If there was the manipulation of pixels, the filter is ideal to unmask a montage.
How can I compare or see the origin of a photomontage?
Similarly, another simpler method when they pass you an edited image is to search for it on Google. Open the Google Images section and drag the photo you want to test there from your computer. Hopefully, the results will match the photo to where it came from, what page it came from, and who took it. A similar photo service is given in its other section of Google Photos.
Also, you will find the original version if you think it was edited. Other pages where you can use these specialized searches are Jeffrey’s Image Metadata Viewer and TinEye. These pages help you find results from the origin of the photo as well. When it was released, where, and if it was released.
How to use and share the same mouse and keyboard on two or more computers
These days it is very common to meet someone who uses more than one computer at the same time to work, but constantly changing mouse and keyboard can become tedious. Therefore, today we will explain how to use and share the same mouse or mouse and keyboard on two or more computers simultaneously.
Below we will show you all the options that exist so that you can finally order your workstation in a comfortable way, eliminating all those extra cables, and optimizing the space you have. It is as simple as connecting a wireless keyboard to a PC.
Software to share mouse or mouse and keyboard on two or more computers
The first option you should consider if you use two or more computers and want to share the same mouse and keyboard is to download software that allows you to connect these devices to each PC. In this section, we will talk a little about some of the best software that you can use for this.
- USB Network Gate. Also known as USB over Ethernet, this software provides secure access to almost any device via a USB connection, even if they are not in the same room or if it is a Mac and a PC.
To use it, you only have to download the application on both computers: to which you have your mouse and keyboard physically connected, and to which you want to share this connection; and then choose ‘Share local USB devices’ and ‘Connect remote USB devices’, respectively.
- Synergy. This application was specifically designed to share mouse and keyboard on an unlimited number of computers via WiFi, whether they use Windows, Linux, or Mac. Just download it and you can even use a shared clipboard and customize hotkeys.
- Input Director. This application has the limitation that it can only be used on a Windows computer, but it allows you the same functions of sharing clipboards and customizing the hotkeys that Synergy offers.
- ShareMouse. This is probably the easiest application to use among those we have mentioned, but it has the peculiarity that it only works if all the computers that you want to control with the same mouse and keyboard are connected to the same WiFi network.
Use a KVM switch
If you still don’t know what a Switch is, we invite you to find out a bit about it before reading on. This piece of hardware will allow you to connect multiple computers to a single monitor, so you can control them all with a single mouse or mouse and a single keyboard.
All you need to do to make this work is connect all the computers to the switch, and connect your mouse and keyboard as well. Then, you must use the switches that the switch has to be able to control one or the other computer at the same time without changing the mouse or keyboard at any time.
Although it is easy-to-use hardware, and adaptable to both Windows and Mac, it can be very expensive (especially compared to the free software options that we mentioned in the previous section). This is not to mention that it can become annoying because of all the cables that connect to it.
Use a remote desktop application to share keyboard and mouse on two or more computers
Applications that allow you to have remote control of a computer are becoming more and more popular, especially if you have to telecommute and cannot take the PC you use at the office with you. Although sharing the mouse and keyboard is not exactly their main function, they are very useful to achieve this end.
Today there are multiple remote desktop applications. Although TeamViewer is one of the most popular, there are many free alternatives to this app. By downloading any of these applications you will be able to access all the files and resources of the remote computer, including control over the keyboard and the mouse.
We hope that with any of the options that we show you in this article, you will be able to use and share the same mouse and keyboard on two or more computers simultaneously without any major problem. And remember that you can also connect a keyboard and mouse to your mobile if you wish.
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