Help with removing facial hair

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by wizof103, Dec 31, 2007.

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    wizof103 Guest

    We are in need of a software package or a remedy in Photoshop that
    will remove facial hair from an individual. We allow individuals to
    have facial hair, yet if they flee, we need to remove that facial
    hair, so that we will have an updated photo incase they shave on the
    run. I need to know if anyone has heard of such a software package or
    can tell me how this can be done in Photoshop. Thank you in advance.
    wizof103, Dec 31, 2007
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    Art Guest


    There's no shortcut to painting in stuff that wasn't in the original photo.
    To paint in the face where the beard was, you'll have to know or make up the
    outline that creates the shape of the face.

    Other than that, here's what I'd say. To remove a beard, start with the
    neck; use the eye dropper to sample the lighter colors and paint them up
    over where the beard is, then select the a couple darker, shadowed colors,
    and use plain old artistic skill to figure out where to paint the shadows

    Same with the face; you've got the colors that are in the face already, so
    sample those and paint in the missing parts.

    It's easier where the beard is thinner and partially transparent. Select
    the darkest skin color that would be visible under the beard, switch to
    paint only LIGHTEN, then paint out the beard. Then select the lighter
    colors to touch up and shadow.
    Art, Dec 31, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Frank Arthur, Dec 31, 2007
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    granny Guest

    Google is your friend! search "Forensic Art software" or go to:
    granny, Dec 31, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    I guess there is no specific software designed to deal with facial hair,
    and depending on the type of facial hair and Photoshop skill you should be
    able to use some very basic command's (technique's) to not just remove the
    Facial Hair but the Whole Head if you wish.

    So the answer is YES, but how well you know Photoshop is another story. Or
    it can be pretty simple to very complex depending on how well you know
    Photoshop. Example

    - You can use Clone Tool, Healing Tool's, Duplicating command etc..

    - You can use Paint tool on multiple LAYERS

    Or those are very basic tools that most Photoshop users should know, or
    know how to adapt other technique to similar like Facial hair, Freckles,
    Scars, Damaged Skin etc..
    Joel, Jan 1, 2008
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    Waterspider Guest

    You "allow" individuals to have facial hair???
    My goodness, no wonder they flee.
    Waterspider, Jan 1, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    I suspect that the OP works for a prison, and that fleeing is often a
    tony cooper, Jan 1, 2008
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    Waterspider Guest

    If I was running the prison, I'd concentrate more on preventing the fleeing
    than playing with Photoshop.
    Seems to me, if you can't keep "them" in custody you're gonna have a hard
    time catching them after they escape.

    Or... here's a thought-- keep all the inmates clean-shaven. I know, no
    razors allowed, but you could slather them with dilapitory cream every
    couple of days, or feed them hormones to make the facial hair fall out :-o
    Waterspider, Jan 1, 2008
  9. Or run a hot iron over their cheeks and chin when they first arrive. That'll
    prevent those crafty inmates from growing a disguise.

    How about this for a suggestion?
    When inmates first arrive, when you're procesing them, you shave them.
    Regardless of whether they want it or not. Shave them and take a photo of
    them, and put this photo in their records.
    Then if they decide to grow facial hair, you photograph them again and add
    that to their file.
    Any time they do anything that alters their appearance in your opinion, you
    photograph them and add that to their file.
    Then, if that prisoner does decide to abscond, you have a library of images
    showing EXACTLY what they look like. Not what some software application
    thinks they might possibly look like based on extremely limited info.

    Or is that too obvious?
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Jan 5, 2008
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    Waterspider Guest

    Because we're guessing it's the US prison system... yes ;-)
    Waterspider, Jan 5, 2008
  11. LOL. Fair comment.
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Jan 5, 2008
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    Gabe Guest

    What I do is a combination of using layers and digital makeup. You
    can use the airbrush to brush on facial colors (spot sampled from
    areas of the face sans hair). You can also clone areas that have no
    hair onto area that do not have hair and the healing brush works on
    some hair. Sometimes you need a combo of any or all of the mentioned
    ways. I then add some noise to airbrushed areas to match the original
    image and give a more natural picture grain.
    Gabe, Jan 31, 2008
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