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DeepFaceEditing: deep face generation and editing with disentangled geometry and appearance control

Chen, Shu-Yu, Liu, Feng-Lin, Lai, Yukun ORCID:, Rosin, Paul L. ORCID:, Li, Chunpeng, Fu, Hongbo and Gao, Lin 2021. DeepFaceEditing: deep face generation and editing with disentangled geometry and appearance control. ACM Transactions on Graphics 40 (4) , 90. 10.1145/3450626.3459760

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Recent facial image synthesis methods have been mainly based on conditional generative models. Sketch-based conditions can effectively describe the geometry of faces, including the contours of facial components, hair structures, as well as salient edges (e.g., wrinkles) on face surfaces but lack effective control of appearance, which is influenced by color, material, lighting condition, etc. To have more control of generated results, one possible approach is to apply existing disentangling works to disentangle face images into geometry and appearance representations. However, existing disentangling methods are not optimized for human face editing, and cannot achieve fine control of facial details such as wrinkles. To address this issue, we propose DeepFaceEditing, a structured disentanglement framework specifically designed for face images to support face generation and editing with disentangled control of geometry and appearance. We adopt a local-to-global approach to incorporate the face domain knowledge: local component images are decomposed into geometry and appearance representations, which are fused consistently using a global fusion module to improve generation quality. We exploit sketches to assist in extracting a better geometry representation, which also supports intuitive geometry editing via sketching. The resulting method can either extract the geometry and appearance representations from face images, or directly extract the geometry representation from face sketches. Such representations allow users to easily edit and synthesize face images, with decoupled control of their geometry and appearance. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluations show the superior detail and appearance control abilities of our method compared to state-of-the-art methods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISSN: 0730-0301
Funders: The Royal Society
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 23 April 2021
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:34

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