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Face Control plug-in

By Redfield Plugins Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 28, 2013

Redfield describes its Face Control plug-in for Adobe Photoshop as a precision tool for facial expression synthesis. It applies highly controlled distortions to images, especially faces, to achieve subtle or dramatic effects. It can alter the Mona Lisa's famously enigmatic smile or turn the most charming movie star into a leering, sneering villain. It's optimized for facial close-ups, but it works on any image in Photoshop. It's freeware that downloads with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Installing Face Control isn't quite like installing an ordinary app since you must browse to Photoshop's plug-in folder. Not to worry if you can't find it: Just save Face Control to a folder in a memorable spot (like the desktop). Click Photoshop's Edit menu and select "Preferences"/"Plug-Ins." Select the check box for "Additional Plug-In Folders" and browse to the folder you created. When you restart Photoshop, Redfield's plug-ins should be at the bottom of the Filter menu. Click "Redfield" and "Select Face Control II." If there's an image open in Photoshop, it will appear in the main window of Face Control's separate interface. To the right is a preview pane with a mask inclusion slider for selecting parts of the image and a variety of similar tools for Skew, Angle, Shift, and Deformation distortions. There's a neat, little menu of preset expressions like frown, mincing, and sideways, and the Help page is packed with examples.

But the best way to learn how to use Face Control is to just start using it. Since Face Control had Sean Connery's James Bond as a sample image, we turned to his "Goldfinger" nemesis -- awesome British actress Honor Blackman. We know it's practically impossible to improve on the withering looks she gave 007, but Face Control pulls it off. "You look worried, Mr. Bond!" Take our advice, Photoshop users, and add Face Control to your arsenal.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0

General

Release May 3, 2012
Date Added March 14, 2012
Version 2.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 58,588
Downloads Last Week 10
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Developer's Description

Face Control plug-in is a precision tool for facial expression synthesis, for making caricatures from photos, and for animated portraits creation. It is very easy-to-use freeware program. The plug-in uses self-organizing lens technique that looks like so called liquify manipulation.

The shape of lens duplicates the image relief, you can adjust the lens integrated characteristics, such as skew, shift, and angle of refraction. The random variations generator helps you to create a grotesque caricature with just a few mouse clicks. The misbalance of some facial metrics can be easily corrected with help of your Image Editor tools, like the liquefy filter of Adobe Photoshop.