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myWebFace

Introduction

I have been asked to review a tool that may be useful to me and to others. This was to be done by way of surveying the various tools made available at the DiRT directory (http://dirtdirectory.org refers), or by way of some other web-based search engine. The tool selected for the fulfilment of this assignment is myWebFace. This is available at: http://home.myWebFace.com/faceApp/ .

The myWebFace tool allows a person to be creative not only in photo editing, but also to create a cartoon image. The image can be of the self or of another. The picture editing is however limited unless one is willing to pay for service. To compensate for the limitations of the free service provided I engaged the photo editor tool available at www.pizap.com as this give more option where myWebFace is lacing. However, both myWebFace and pizdap.com are photo editor tools and neither provide for video animation. To overcome this limitation I engaged the video maker kizoa tool, available at: www.kizoa.com . Example of the videos are set out in the last section of this review.

MyWebFace: Research and Evaluation
In researching the myWebFace tool I found an article by Chris Hosea (03 Feb 2011) named “People are looking better: Christopher Williams at David Zwirner” (in the work: Article: and the imaginative promise). Therein the myWebFace tool is mentioned among others. The article elucidates the view that by way of contemporary technology a person can easily “apply dramatic effects to photos” and “create a cartoon version of themselves”. The journal also article encourages people to engage with same (http://articlejournal.net/2011/02/03/people-are-looking-better-christopher-williams-at-david-zwirner/ refers).

Upon research into the practical application of the myWebFace tool I found that to install it in a computer either Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista is required. Moreover, (i) the tool takes up 1 MB of space on the C drive, (ii) it needs 16 MB of RAM and Internet access to work.

With regard to the practical use of the tool I found a website named freelancer which advertises that a person can hire professionals who are experts in using the myWebFace tool. They will create an animation or animated image(s) for such a customer. The service also provides help (upon separate payment) for customers who want to know how to create their own animations. The service site also advertises jobs for people to work in its customer service departments. The site named freelancer. It is available at: https://www.freelancer.is/work/myWebFace-effects/3/. With specific regard to the MyWebFsce site the company provides a road-map (question and answer) provision covering information on how to install the myWebFace toolbar, help for the use of the tool and ways to un-install the tool. The site is available at: http://home.myWebFace.com/support/faqs.html Other helpful sites are regarding myWefFace are:
* there is a site that provides plugins and exercise downloads. This is available at: http://softped1a.net/files/myWebFace%20cartoon%20yourself%20free&id=my; and,
* there is information about how to remove the myWebFace toolbar from you computer. This is available at: http://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/6986-remove-myWebFace-toolbar
There is limited provision on how to use the tool. In the overall view and with specific regard to use of the tool, although the tool provides some free open access for use, that access/use is relatively limited, even though there is a tutorial available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnJw_PojchU

It is however a fact that the myWebFace tool is useful to me in my overall research objective. I say this because I wish to engage some limited elements relating to animation in my final submission for the purpose of Arts and Humanities course. In addition, the limitation can be compensated by making use of other open access sites that also provide limited but different types of access for free and as mentioned before these are pizap.com and kizoa.com.

Put differently, the myWebFace tool is useful in that it allows one to created cartoon images, add elements to a picture, distort or melt parts of the image and add or extend facial characteristics. However as far as applying text and frames to the cartooned picture the myWebFace tool is limited. The tool only allows for (i) simple text to be put on the image, and (ii) an option of five frames. To add further character and frame choices to the cartoon I used the photo editor tool at pizap.com (www.pizap.com refers). Here there are not only over one hundred options to frame the image, but also there are at least five different options to add text, of these options I chose two. These two are presented in Picture 3 below. Next to add further character for the purposes of this assignment

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what I found the following regarding:
[1]  myWebFace.com is that there is a site that provides plugins and exercise downloads. This is available at: http://softped1a.net/files/myWebFace%20cartoon%20yourself%20free&id=my and there is a tutorial on youtube. This is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnJw_PojchU . there is also information about how to remove the myWebFace toolbar from you computer. This is available at: http://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/6986-remove-myWebFace-toolbar
[2] Kizoa is that there is a tutorial on youtube showing how one can insert animated content in a video/sliedshow. This is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtfNgVWcDsUP
[3] Pizap.com is that there is a tutorial on youtube. This is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37xiAHneL_A
Conclusion
The web-based tool chosen for review in tis matter is the myWebFace tool. This tool covers creativity in creative photo editing and the creation of animated and cartoon images. The free open access to image editing is limited but the company will provide added service for customer service fees. To compensate for the limitations of the free service provided I combined this with photo editor tools on other free, but limited web-sites namely www.pizap.com which provides different edition options. I engaged the video maker kizoa tool, available at: www.kizoa.com to create a video link to the overall outcome. Examples of the videos I created using all three tolls are at: The video is available at: http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow-maker/d17487989k3544619o1/angela-merkel-and-greece and at: http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow-maker/d17513755k3348454o1/ummxx1

 

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  1. The Art of Reflective (Re)Representations in Action
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    Interesting also is the Deep Walls projects cinematic memories. The wall records people’s activities reflected amid a projected beam ie their shadows. When the last person in a succession of people leaves the beam there is a replay of the reflections which appear on a multi-canvas (composed of sixteen small frames). Next there is a video replay of same and the people who are now in the video projected on the Wall once again enter the stage and repeat their original expressions reflected on the wall creating a representational movie (viz: (re)representations). (i) The theory Deep Walls reflects Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language and (ii) the Art is the art of reflective (re)representations in action.

    The Deep Wall video is available at: http://www.snibbe.com/projects/interactive/deepwalls

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