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St. Andrew's Face Morpher
January 10, 2005 3:32 PM   Subscribe

St. Andrew's Face Morpher lets you upload a photo, and then morphs that photo so the person looks more caucasian, or afro-caribean, or older, or younger. Or drunk. Or like the person is 1/2 monkey. (Many more options available.)
posted by 23skidoo (23 comments total)

 
It works best with higher res photos, where the person is pretty much facing straight at the camera.

My favorite things to do with it so far are 1) to upload a woman's photo but mark it as "male", and then have it feminise an already female face, and 2) try and turn one celebrity into another (Christina Ricci is apparently Rose McGowan as a child).

I tried to turn Michael Jackson into himself and it just crashed my browser.
posted by 23skidoo at 3:36 PM on January 10, 2005


ditto. I have a from-below-and-to-the-left pic of myself and no xform method works right.
posted by pmbuko at 3:38 PM on January 10, 2005


now if it could just make you hot.
posted by wbm$tr at 3:39 PM on January 10, 2005


holy shit. old me = my dad. like, uncannily so.
posted by krunk at 3:51 PM on January 10, 2005


Double post, but still very cool (and to be fair, the original post linked to the URL "perceptionlab.com", so it would have been hard to spot on search.

The "feminised' version of my headshot looks scarily like my mother. "Afro-Caribbean" me looks a little like Yaphet Kotto. "Old" me, sadly, just looks like... me. (sob)
posted by enrevanche at 4:03 PM on January 10, 2005


Old me == mom. I need to send her a printout of this, she'll crap herself.

This is the coolest thing I've seen in ages. Thank you!
posted by pookzilla at 4:10 PM on January 10, 2005


Old me looks pretty cool. The baby is way freaky, if only because of the beard. Bizarrely, feminine me just looks like me. Also, with pictures where I'm wearing glasses, you can see how the eye transforms work because the glasses bend out of shape.

Aging friends makes them look suspiciously like their parents.
posted by seanyboy at 4:18 PM on January 10, 2005


And pictures of the puppets from Disney's small world look freaky when aged.
posted by seanyboy at 4:26 PM on January 10, 2005


krunk: me too, i was totally blown away by that. people always tell me that i look like my dad but i never believed them, but maybe they're seeing something i don't.
posted by christy at 4:26 PM on January 10, 2005


How weird is it that I think masculinized me is cute?
posted by amber_dale at 4:37 PM on January 10, 2005


Um, seanyboy, do you mean this link instead?
posted by Monday at 4:48 PM on January 10, 2005


Masculinized me looks like a serial killer. The red eye does not help.
posted by pookzilla at 5:06 PM on January 10, 2005


All I get's a grey box and it says I need to download the java plugin at java.com, but when I get there the download page says "down for maintenance." Sometimes stuff just don't work out. I really want to try it. I took pics and everything. Damn.
posted by wsg at 5:23 PM on January 10, 2005


Emily Dickinson, we hardly knew ye.
posted by Creosote at 7:41 PM on January 10, 2005


*sigh* - I'm glad I caught this yesterday before it got overloaded... Such a shame. Hmm, I wonder - is it possible to cache a java app locally?
posted by PigAlien at 8:26 PM on January 10, 2005


WAY cool. My wife is bi-racial. Morphing her into one race didn't change her, but morphing her into the other changed her a great deal. But it was in exactly the reverse order I would have predicted.

And, WOW, I did me as older. So frikkin' creepy. My dad died a few years ago, but, damn, that was HIM staring back at me.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:44 PM on January 10, 2005


I guess I should be glad I was born an Asian guy since I make a really ugly Caucasian and a truly hideous girl.
posted by gyc at 8:55 PM on January 10, 2005


Oy. Older me was depressing enough, but masculine me was totally my older brother.

The racial transformations felt like caricatures, though. Afro-Caribbean applied to all the white faces I tried looked like a minstrel show flashback every time. Worse yet, when I tried the sample black guy from their site, the Caucasian transformation turned him into David Gest.
posted by maudlin at 10:06 PM on January 10, 2005


I could move the eye circles, but not the mouth oval. Tried two different browsers (Opera 7 and Netscape 7).

WTF?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:21 AM on January 11, 2005


That, my friends, is some scary shit.

Baby me...{shiver}...
posted by gottabefunky at 8:44 AM on January 11, 2005


I had trouble getting the mouth oval to move as well, you gotta click right in the center to get it to move.
posted by manicroom at 9:49 AM on January 11, 2005


This thread is probably already dead (and soon to be deleted?), but a small note: if you use a simple, flat graphic .gif as your input image, you get to see a ghosting of what the algorithm is using as it's ideal form for each of the transformations.

I didn't see any information on the site about how they've programmed this. Did I just miss it?
posted by nobody at 5:38 PM on January 11, 2005


Oh, found research information through the other thread's link.
posted by nobody at 5:44 PM on January 11, 2005


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