Make a Face is software
to divide photographic images of human faces into quadrants whose common
point is the center tip of the nose. These quadrants are then merged to
form cohesive, but individually recognizable, facial images from multiple
facial graphic sources, with the aim of uniting mankind by illuminating
its common heritage.
Make a Face has also quickly developed into a social networking platform
enjoyed by friends, family, and people everywhere who enjoy looking at
facial pictures of themselves and others joined into an infinite number
of interesting and animated combinations. If you like looking at yourself
in the mirror (on a good day), and if you like looking at other people,
then Make a Face gives you a means by which to look at people from an
interesting array of perspectives. Any picture of any face, including
historical figures and well known personalities, can be integrated into
the Make a Face display sequences. For people who enjoy looking at people,
Make a Face gives them a way to see themselves in ways they have never
seen themselves, from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Features are included to divide facial graphics, or any other graphic,
into grids with up to sixty-four sections, and the sections of those grids
can then be compacted, dispersed, blended, swirled, crunched, assembled,
looped, shuffled, and wander off into interesting displays of the faces
or other graphics you enjoy looking at.
- For best results use pictures that have been
taken with a similar, neutral, background, with the subject facing directly
into the camera. Ask your subjects to show medium sized smiles. Limit
your graphic file sizes to 28 kb. Larger files will slow down Make a
Face’s animated sequences.
- Using the "Import Picture" button,
crop that part of a picture you have chosen to import that goes lengthwise
from the exact top of the head to the exact bottom of the chin (not
the neck), and encompasses a width that extends the width of a finger
past the widest part of each ear. Then give it a name no longer than
5 characters. If each of your cropped pictures frame the face with closely
similar dimensions, there will be excellent results with quadrant alignment
during animation. View Sample Pictures.
- Next double click to set the point at which
to divide your facial graphic into quadrants. For symmetrical results,
when double clicking to set the quadrant segments, double click at the
very tip of the nose.
- If the graphics you choose adhere to the above
parameters, your blended faces will be symmetrical and align themselves
almost perfectly, yielding an interesting study of different facial
characteristics, both of people related to each other, and of people
with very different ethnic backgrounds.
- Clicking the "Make a Face" button
will start an automatic, random selection sequence of mingled faces.
A click will stop it. Clicking the popup menus at the corners will allow
you to choose which specific face quadrants you want to display. For
added amusement, there are buttons on the storage page that will disassemble
and/or reassemble the components of the graphics you have stored.
- You can, of course, also create all sorts of
weird, peculiar, funny, and dysmorphic effects by double clicking in
lopsided places on your imported graphic. A few experiments will give
you the idea. Don't worry. There is a delete button on the storage page
that will allow you to eliminate unwanted graphics.