How to Make a 3D Model of My Face Using the Computer

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How to Make a 3D Model of My Face Using the Computer
Bring a face to life using 3D software. (man image by Mat Hayward from

Generating photos and videos is a valuable process used in many fields. As the University of Miami Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering explains, computer graphics artists use 3D face models -- from realistic facial expressions to recognition -- to make many of the faces you see in games. 3D face models also aid in reconstructive surgery and positive identification of skeletal remains. Many 3D generating programs allow you to upload one or two pictures, and then adjust the features, age, gender and skin using several online tools.

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Things you need

  • Picture
  • 3D photo-editing program

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  1. 1

    Upload a picture. FaceGen's Modeller program can use one photo or several photos to make the 3D model of your face. If you would like to practice on a random face before uploading your picture, many programs give the option to create a randomised face.

  2. 2

    Edit the face. Use your mouse to click on the part of the face you want to change. Change the position of the features up and down by clicking and holding the mouse key down. Make gender and age changes to the face using the click + drag method as well.

  3. 3

    Change the skin colour and detail; blemishes and stubble or moustaches and beards are only a few things you can change.

  4. 4

    Animate or morph the face by using a customised, virtual mesh screen or choose one in the program. Once you apply the mesh screen, use program tools to give your face animation.

  5. 5

    Play around with the tools in the program. If you want a realistic-looking 3D face, do not morph it after you apply the mesh screen. For different looks, try different animations.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two photos to get the most realistic face matching.

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