Snapseed for Android and iOS can alter faces

Google has been making tremendous work in image analysis lately and expanding the features of their app Snapseed. Google just announced yet another new feature to Snapseed which I have yet to experiment with — Face Pose.

Face Pose uses face detection to identify a face in a photo, then maps the head as if it were in 3D space. This then allows users to change the position of the face by tilting it up or down, or panning left or right. The app also allows for pupil sizes to be changed and the intensity of smiles to be altered.

I haven’t tested this out yet, but it will be on my to-do list for next week. This feature is both exciting and scary at the same time. It provides one more tool at faking photos easily or alter the reality or perception of the image. On one hand, it can enhance a photo that perhaps didn’t turn out very well, preserving a memory rather than a missed moment. On the other, this can change the context and tone of what was captured. Perhaps theft occurs in front of a celebrity or politician. The original photo shows the celebrity or politician concerned and looking at the theft unfold. This shows concern and intent to help. What if the image were altered for this person to be looking away and smiling? Such an alteration could damage the individual’s image.

Read more about the new feature here –

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