Or, we dump the photo into an app that ages the face, adds wrinkles, changes hairstyle, laugh about it, and then share it with the world. Well, now it’s time to unite mankind, face to face.
Facial Parts Come Together
It isn’t often that we run into a Mac or iPhone application that has as a stated goal the improvement and unification of a very divided mankind. Say what?
Yes, Mac folk, Make a Face is the app that wants to united mankind by illuminating its common heritage.
What is our common heritage? Besides paying taxes, eating too much, and watching reality television shows.
It’s the face. Most of us have a face that, for better or worse, is mostly similar to every other face up and down the street.
Eyes. Nose. Mouth. Skin. And sometimes hair. Make a Face blends faces together to create a composite of faces, which opens up some clever possibilities.
One face is worth a thousand words.
Each photo of a face is divided into quadrants where the common point is the tip of the nose.
Then, each quadrant is merged into an animated movie of the faces, or, face parts.
I started using Make a Face with family photos. Our genes are such that mixing and matching facial parts resulted in some, uh, well, interesting portraits– male and female.
Make a Face calculates and compares each of the facial proportions before pulling the face parts together.
It can also be used to create either asymmetrical or symmetrical mirror images of a face (to get rid of that mole to the right of your nose, for example).
Just for grins, faces can be distorted, reshaped, merged and blended before the animation to a movie begins.
And, of course, if a face can be blended by facial parts, a full face can also be disassembled. Regardless, Make a Face is both fun and useful. I’m not sure it could really unite mankind by illuminating our common heritage, as the app’s developer describes it, but, did I mention it’s fun?