EasyToon: An Easy and Quick Tool to Personalize a Cartoon Storyboard Using Family Photo Album

Shifeng Chen, Yuandong Tian, Fang Wen, Ying-Qing Xu, and Xiaoou Tang


Abstract

A family photo album based cartoon personalization system, EasyToon, is proposed in this paper. Using state of the art computer vision and graphics technologies and effective UI design, the interactive tool can quickly generate a personalized cartoon storyboard, which naturally blends a real face chosen from the family photo album into a cartoon picture. The personalized cartoon image is easily and quickly obtained in two main steps. First, the best face candidate is selected from the album interactively. Then a personalized cartoon image is automatically synthesized by blending the selected face into the interesting cartoon image. Experiments show that most users express great interest in our system. Without any art background, they can make a personalized cartoon of high quality using the EasyToon within minutes.


 

 

Figure 1: The framework of EasyToon. The two steps indicated by the dashed boxes are face selection and face blending, respectively.

 

 

Figure 2: The UI of EasyToon.

 

 

Figure 3: Some synthesized results of EasyToon. Top image: the given cartoon image. Row 2 – 4: column 1 and 3 show the selected face images and column 2 and 4 show the synthesized results.

 

 

Figure 4: Some synthesized results of EasyToon. Fromleft to right: the selected face images, the cartoon images, and the synthesized images.

 

 

Figure 5: Some synthesized results of EasyToon. Fromleft to right: the selected face images, the cartoon images, and the synthesized images.

 

 

 

Ÿ  References:

ü S. Chen, Y. Tian, F. Wen, Y.Q. Xu, and X. Tang, “EasyToon: an Easy and Quick Tool to Personalize a Cartoon Storyboard Using Family Photo Album,” Proc. ACM Multimedia (ACM MM), 2008. [pdf]

ü F. Wen, S. Chen, and X. Tang, “Easytoon: Cartoon Personalization Using Face Photos,” Proc. ACM Int. Conf. Multimedia (ACM MM Demo), 2008. [pdf]