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Q: Virtual Face and other "virtual" (but real looking) photos ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Virtual Face and other "virtual" (but real looking) photos
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: simrangambhir-ga
List Price: $70.00
Posted: 11 Jul 2006 00:38 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2006 00:38 PDT
Question ID: 745210
I have told the marketing manager that there is no more need for photo
shoots, we can get graphic designers to "mock up" real looking images
for us... now i want to show examples :-)

Can anyone please point me to images that have been purely made on the
computer (not necessarily ray traced etc... it might have been a
designer doing each pixel if that's what it takes).

I want to then print out some of these "realistic looking but not real
at all" images and put them up with some real photographs and see if
the marketing manager can pick which ones are actual photos.

I don't think we'll quite change our photo shoots - but it will go
some way into enlightning us into the capabilities of technology...

Would appreciate if someone can point me to some such images
(realistic looking but not real) and possibly some cases of people
have experimented with a similar concept. The "photos" shold include
humans ... ones that include humans that seem to express some emotion
on their face would be excellent.
Subject: Re: Virtual Face and other "virtual" (but real looking) photos
Answered By: hummer-ga on 11 Jul 2006 13:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi simrangambhir,

You'll enjoy the first two links if you haven't seen them already,
it's just what you have in mind (except unfortunately, no people). A
little challenge of 10 images (x2) - are they real or computer

Fake or Foto Version I

Fake or Foto Version II

The following are particularly well done I think. 

1) Pottery (I know you asked for people, but this one is good)

2) Black & white young woman
Viewers may find it hard to tell that this realistic image was computer-generated."

3) Scared face

4) Female face

5) Female face

6) Female face

7) Male face

8) Male face

9) Male face

Gallery view of faces:

10) Time Magazine cover

12) Black & white face

13) Black & white face

The following are less realistic. Faces, especially with expressions,
are the most difficult to do.


15) Computer Generated People

15) There seems to be a question of whether it is truly computer generated.






21) Not sure about these

Six more Realistic Images from Cornell, no people.
Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics

Ok, so I would say that in summary, computer generated faces is still
in the early stages. Morphing may be a more viable option for you, it
uses photos to generate new faces. Look here:


Morphed faces

The Perception of Facial Expressions

Morphing Software Reviews 2006
Gold 	 FantaMorph
Silver   MorphBuster
Bronzxe  Morpheus
#4 	 Morph Man 2000
#5 	 Magic Morph
#6 	 Easy Morph
#7 	 WinMorph
#8 	 Gryphon Morph
#9 	 Morpher
#10 	 VideoCraft
#11 	 Morphology 101
#12 	 Morph Studio
#13 	 Photomorph 2

I hope you find my research more than satisfactory but if there's
anything else I can provide you with, please let me know by posting a
clarification request and wait for me to respond before closing/rating
my answer.

Thank you,

Google and Google Image Search Terms Used:
realistic computer generated face images faux photos real fake
graphics people cg cgi morphed faces morphing software
simrangambhir-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Hi hummer, 

thankyou for the excellent extensive answer :-) 


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