Photo realistic 3D cartoon face modeling based on active shape model

Zhigeng Pan, Huansen Li, Mingmin Zhang, Yibin Ye, Xi Cheng, Alvin Tang, Ruigang Yang

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We present a novel framework to automatically build 3D carton face model from a single frontal face image. We use the improved ASM algorithm to automatically detect the deformed key feature control points in the face image. The deformation of the control points is compared to that of a standard (average) face, and exaggerated based on face shape and the type of organs and their pitch. RBF-based smooth interpolation is used to generate a 3D model from the exaggerated control points. The resulting 3D human face model not only preserves the identity of the subject in the photo, but also looks cartoonish with exaggerated facial features. Experiments with a large number of real photographs show that our framework is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactions on Edutainment II
EditorsZhigeng Pan, Adrian David Cheok, Wolfgang Muller, Abdennour El Rhalibi
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5660 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • 3D human face modeling
  • Cartoon deformation
  • Feature detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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