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Hiding Information Inside Structured Shapes

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This paper describes a new technique for embedding a message within structured shapes. It is desired that one changes in the shape owing to the embedded message are invisible to a casual observer but detectable by a specialized decoder. The message embedding algorithm represents shape outline as a set of cubic Bezier curves and straight line segments. By slightly perturbing the Bezier curves, a single shape can spawn a library of similar-looking shapes each corresponding to a unique message. This library is efficiently stored using Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields (ADFs) which also facilitate rendering of the modified shapes at the desired resolution and fidelity. Given any modified shape, a forensic detector applies Procrustes analysis to determine the embedded message.

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