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08/01/2015 05:30:56

theotherguy
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I recently downloaded some custom character templates with the goal of creating my own unique characters. For the body parts I imported the template into Coreldraw and made vector shapes, but for the face I used Photoshop to line up a photo of the character over the template. I was careful in doing this, and with the 'fat man' template it worked pretty well, however, when I did the same with the 'girl' template the mouth proved virtually impossible to line up properly. It looks hideous and even when I add lips there is still a gap between the lips and the face, is there a way I can fix this? Thanks in advance.
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08/01/2015 18:58:23

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Hi. Intriguing question there, and I didn't know the answer. So I tried it, and got this :



The one on the left was the best I could line up - you're right, it's tricky. So, for the one on the right, I removed the mouth from the photo (its Debbie Harry, in case you're wondering). Not sure about the gap you're referring to.
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09/01/2015 00:12:38

theotherguy
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Thanks for the input Ziggy! Your examples turned out much better than mine BTW. I'm beginning to think the template is distorted. When I created and mirrored objects (L-R) in Coreldraw, the objects differed from the template (!) I gave up on the 'girl' template and I'm trying the 'Heroine' - will report
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09/01/2015 18:52:30

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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To avoid the distortions, you have to 'pinch' the face around the nose area to make it fit better - you can see it on this texture here : http://www.muvizu.com/Texture/20575/Beefy-Face-Texture-2

I don't think Muvizu ever really expected people to map actual faces onto the standard characters, which is probably why it's kinda hard to do. I tried doing a face texture for the heroine character myself, and it turned out like this : http://www.muvizu.com/Texture/22403/Zombie-Head-for-Heroine I'd recommend you download it to see where it lines up (to help you do the same).
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11/01/2015 19:02:22

theotherguy
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Thanks! The zombie is an interesting effect and gives me some ideas as to how to proceed. One thing I'm stuck on is the rest of the heroine template, which doesn't appear to allow custom textures. Also saving custom characters is a bit of a mystery too.
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12/01/2015 18:47:37

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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The UV map for the heroine is here : http://www.muvizu.com/Texture/24614/Heroine

Once you've created a character, go to the character's Edit menu - look for the Favourites tab at the end. Save the character here, and it is added as a character you can recreate by double clicking on it in other sets.
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