Freeware to merge two portraits into a realistic composite!

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Wildlife Sensitive, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Does freeware exist to automagically merge two portraits?

    If not, can we do it in just a few steps using freeware such
    as Irfanview, Gimp, ImageMagick, Kolourpaint, Paint.NET, etc.?

    This is for an art project - where the goal is to take many
    pictures of actors, and then take a picture of a dozen classmates,
    and then morph a specific actor with a student's real picture.

    Since it needs to be done only for this one project, that's why
    I first ask for freeware.

    Since it needs to be done a hundred times, that's why I ask for
    an automagick solution or, at least, a relatively simple solution
    that has, say, only a dozen steps (or so) for each morph.

    Are there freeware steps that merge two faces together in a
    way that looks realistic in the end?
    Wildlife Sensitive, Feb 5, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    use the 30 day free trial of photoshop.
    Guest, Feb 5, 2014
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  3. I don't know about all of the software you mention, but certainly
    both GIMP and ImageMagick can do what you ask about.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Feb 5, 2014
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    bad sector Guest

    thinking about how i would attempt this strictly with what i have right
    now i would try a merge of some duration in kdenlive, then run the
    resulting video and hack out the frame that best matched what I want.
    There is also a little known prog called dvd-slideshow but both impose
    a bit of a learning-curve

    my 2
    bad sector, Feb 5, 2014
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    Jasen Betts Guest

    I find several morph tools, but none automagic,

    do you have a freeware face recognition library?
    Jasen Betts, Feb 5, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    it can, but there are much better options, with a lot less hassle.
    Guest, Feb 5, 2014
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    charles Guest ? ?

    charles, Feb 5, 2014
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    VanguardLH Guest

    It? Two were mentioned. So which one is "it"?

    You don't bother to mention ANY of those better options so the OP could
    know about them. Until you actually mention those better options, you
    don't know any despite implying you do.
    VanguardLH, Feb 6, 2014
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    charles Guest

    The software? Two such examples were given.
    charles, Feb 6, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    i said it in my first post in the thread. do try to keep up.

    here it is again: adobe photoshop, 30 day free trial. don't even waste
    time with amateur apps.

    he said he only needed it for the one project, so 30 days should be far
    longer than needed.
    Guest, Feb 6, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Sure, this can be done with ImageMagick, but the problem isn't the tools
    themselves, but rather the data they get. I.e. how does the application
    know exactly where the mouth, eyes and other facial features are in the two
    portraits in order to accurately morph between them?

    The -fx function of ImageMagick's convert tool can do some really neat

    But your best bet is to use Xmorph, which has a GUI for setting up the
    grids for the two images, which needs to be done for each image pair, but
    then you can process them all automatically from the command line.
    Sandman, Feb 6, 2014
  13. I ran the following on Ubuntu:
    $ sudo apt-get install gtkmorph

    And then I ran gtkmorph - and now I'm trying to figure out how to use it
    to morph two portrait photos as a test case.

    I'm not sure what your question is asking about the "freeware face
    recognition library". I don't have a clue what you're asking. Sorry.
    Wildlife Sensitive, Feb 7, 2014
  14. I also installed xmorph from

    $ sudo apt-get install xmorph

    Now I'm trying to figure out how to use these two programs.
    It will take a while before I can report back.
    Wildlife Sensitive, Feb 7, 2014
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    Jasen Betts Guest

    If you want it automated you need an automated way of setting up
    the key points needed to perform the morph.

    I've not looked at photoshop recently, maybe it can do this?
    Perhaps someone from can answer wether it can do that,
    and also how easiy it is to handle repetituve tasks on individual files.
    Picking one file from 150 is not the sort of thaing that most GUI's do well
    If you can find a way to precompute the filenames that will save
    you one of the most stressful GUI operations.
    Jasen Betts, Feb 7, 2014
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    Jax Guest

    It's not freeware. Tbink about it!
    Jax, Feb 7, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    it's *completely* free for 30 days.

    it's the full deal, not a trial version that is feature limited.

    he said he only needed it for one project, so 30 days should be far
    more than necessary.
    Guest, Feb 7, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Personally, I wouldn't steer anyone to (the full) Photoshop for a
    single project. While it's possible to complete the project in the 30
    day period, it's just too likely that the person will want to do
    another project later. This is especially true if the project turns
    into something the user likes.

    That second project will require the person to spend some money or
    start all over again in the search for freeware. Once a person uses
    the trial version, that person cannot use the trial offer again.
    (Although, the person can fool Adobe and use the trial using a second
    email addy.)

    It's not necessarily a bad thing to be forced in joining the CC to
    continue to use PS for future projects, but there would have to be
    interest in doing things other than morphing faces.

    I have no idea what's involved in morphing faces using Photoshop, but
    if it can be done in Adobe's Elements, it would be better to recommend
    using that on a trial basis. If future projects come up, at least
    Elements is a relatively inexpensive program with myriad uses in other
    image processing.

    I did try something like what is being described, but that was quite a
    while ago using an animated .gif with the aid of another Adobe
    program. Back when I was using PS5.5, PS5 came with Image Ready
    Tony Cooper, Feb 7, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    then they can buy it.

    the key is that they can use the best software for their project and
    not settle for lesser apps.

    at the end of the project, they can decide if they want to keep using
    it or not. if the full photoshop is more than they need or they don't
    want a monthly plan, they can get photoshop elements, which is very
    affordable (about $50-60, typically) and a one time purchase.

    they can also use photoshop cc as needed, activating on the months they
    want to use it and deactivating when they don't. depending on usage
    patterns, that could be even less than buying elements every couple of
    that's fraud.
    obviously, if someone wants to buy a product, they would need to have
    an interest in using it for more than one single project.

    if they're going to use a free trial version, why not use the top of
    the line product? they don't have to use every single feature, but it's
    there if they want to use it.

    if they do decide to buy something, then they can decide if they need
    all the bells and whistles or whether a lesser product might suffice.
    at that point, they can explore their options, from adobe and other
    Guest, Feb 7, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    So is intentionally using the trial version for a project with no
    intention of actually evaluating the program. The trial version isn't
    intended to be a freebie for a project.
    "No" to what? "No" to it can be done in Elements? If so, what
    features in the full version are needed? As usual, you take a
    negative position without explaining why.
    Who said they intend to use a free trial version? The request was for
    As usual, you come to argue with someone else's comments without
    contributing any useful information. Typical "nohelp".
    Tony Cooper, Feb 7, 2014
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