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15-463: Computational Photography

Face Morph Example
Face Morphing
Due Date: 11:59pm on Thursday, October 9, 2008


In this assignment you will produce a "morph" animation of your face into another student's face. Each of you will generate two seconds of animation, which we will record onto video for you. The final video will thus be a metamorphosis through each of the faces in the class.

A morph is a simultaneous warp of the image shape and a cross-dissolve of the image colors. The cross-dissolve is the easy part; controlling and doing the warp is the hard part. The warp is controlled by defining a correspondence between the two pictures. The correspondence should map eyes to eyes, mouth to mouth, chin to chin, ears to ears, etc., to get the smoothest transformations possible.

We will take pictures of everyone in the class. Each student will then get a starting image ("picture A") and an ending image ("picture B") for the animation sequence. Picture A will be your face. Picture B will be another student or other primate. Your pictures will be available here:
Use your photo as Picture A and the next person's photo (in the directory listing) as Picture B.

You'll morph still picture A into still picture B and produce 61 frames of animation numbered 0-60, where frame 0 must be identical to picture A and frame 60 must be identical to picture B. In the video, each frame will be displayed for 1/30 of a second. Name your frames morph??.jpg where ?? is 00 to 60.

Defining Correspondences

First, you will need to define pairs of corresponding points on the two images by hand (the more points, the better the morph, generally). The simplest way is probably to use the cpselect tool or write your own little tool using ginput and plot commands (with hold on and hold off ). Now, you need to provide a triangulation of these points that will be used for morphing. You can compute a triangulation any way you like, or even define it by hand. A Delaunay triangulation (see dalaunay and related functions) is a good choice since it does not produce overly skinny triangles. You can compute the Delaunay triangulation on either of the point sets (but not both -- the triangulation has to be the same throughout the morph!). But the best approach would probably be to compute the triangulation at midway shape (i.e. mean of the two point sets) to lessen the potential triangle deformations.

The Morph

You need to write a function:

morphed_im = morph(im1, im2, im1_pts, im2_pts, tri, warp_frac, dissolve_frac);

that produces a warp between im1 and im2 using point correspondences defined in im1_pts and im2_pts (which are both n-by-2 matrices of (x,y) locations) and the triangulation structure tri . The parameters warp_frac and dissolve_frac control shape warping and cross-dissolve, respectively. In particular, images im1 and im2 are first warped into an intermediate shape configuration controlled by warp_frac, and then cross-dissolved according to dissolve_frac. For interpolation, both parameters lie in the range [0,1]. They are the only parameters that will vary from frame to frame in the animation. For your starting frame, they will both equal 0, and for your ending frame, they will both equal 1.

Given a new intermediate shape, the main task is implementing an affine warp for each triangle in the triangulation from the original images into this new shape. This will involve computing an affine transformation matrix A between two triangles:

A = computeAffine(tri1_pts,tri2_pts)

A set of these transformation matrices will then need to be used to implement an inverse warp (as discussed in class) of all pixels. Functions tsearch and interp2 can come very handy here. But note that you are not allowed to use Matlab's build-in offerings for computing transformations, (e.g. imtransform, cp2tform, maketform, etc). Note, however, that tsearch assumes that your triangulation is always Delaunay. In our case, this might not always be true -- you may start with a Delaunay triangulation, but through the coarse of the morph it might produce skinny triangles and stop being Delaunay. David Martin from Boston College has kindly given access to his versions of tsearch that work on any triangulation: mytsearch.m and mytsearch.c (compile by typing "mex mytsearch.c" in Matlab; if you get compiler errors try replacing mytsearch.c with this one).

Computing the "Mean Face"

Several fun things are possible with our new morpher. For example, we can compute the mean face of 15-463 students. This would involve: 1) computing the average shape, 2) warping all faces into that shape, and 3) averaging the colors together. However, this would also require a consistent labeling of all the faces. So, what we will do is ask everyone to label their own face (and maybe a few others of their own choosing), but do it in a consistent manner as shown in the following two images: points, point_labels. For each face image, you should put on your website a text file with coordinates of x,y positions, one per line (43 lines total). You can read/write such files with the save -ascii and load -ascii commands. If everyone does this in a timely manner, then everyone can use all of the data to compute their mean image. Show the mean image that you got, as well as 1) your face warped into the average geometry, and 2) the average face warped into your geometry. To get you started, here are the faces and points from previous years.

I'll copy .txt files into the faces directory as y'all put them up:

Bells and Whistles


To get full credit, you will need to implement a warping algorithm and turn in a video morph. You will also need to compute the mean face and show results of warping your face into the mean face. Doing some Bells & Whistles will earn you extra points. Students in the grad version of the class are expected to do at least 15 points of bells and whistles.

For turn-in, use the proj3/www and proj3/code folders, as per the submission instructions. Remember to start early, or this could happen to you!