Ear-to-ear Capture of Facial Intrinsics

Alassane Seck, Abhishek Dutta, William Smith, Bernard Tiddeman, Hannah Dee, Arnaud Dessein

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We present a practical approach to capturing ear-to-ear face models comprising both 3D meshes and intrinsic textures (i.e. diffuse and specular albedo and normal maps). Our approach is a hybrid of geometric and photometric methods
and requires no geometric calibration. Photometric measurements made in a lightstage are used to estimate view dependent high resolution normal maps. We overcome problems of fixed photometric viewpoint by capturing in multiple poses. We use a multiview reconstruction pipeline of structure-from-motion followed by multiview stereo to compute a base mesh to which the photometric views are registered. We propose a novel approach to robustly stitching the normal maps and intrinsic textures into a seamless, complete and detailed face model. The resulting models provide photorealistic renderings in any view.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2016


  • Diffuse albedo
  • specular albedo
  • photometric stereo
  • multiview stereo
  • face capture


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