FaceGen SDK Products
Integrate FaceGen technology into your software.

This page covers the technology used in our Windows products. We also have technology for reconstructing detailed shape from depth / range cameras and dense 3D scan meshes. Email us (partner@facegen.com) if you'd like more information.


FaceGen SDKs have been licensed by game developers, online retailers, universities, movie studios, and companies selling 3D authoring tools, web avatars, face recognition software and facial surgery visualization services.

The Full SDK (Main + Photofit) can turn a properly-taken photo of a face into an animatable 3D model in about 10 seconds per photo on a modern multi-core PC.

The Main SDK gives your end users all of the face controls seen in FaceGen Modeller so they can create and edit their own faces from scratch or edit faces from the PhotoFit.

The Main SDK can also be used to create a face stored in an FG file. Since the demo versions of our products save FG files, your end users can use all FaceGen capabilities on their PC for free, then import their face into your application as an FG file. Your application retains full control over all mesh topologies and accessory models; the FG file only specifies the face shape and colouring.

Either way, the Main SDK applies these faces to any head mesh. Use one of ours, or integrate your own using the included tools.

FaceGen is carefully designed so that animation morphs will automatically conform to any face you create.


Faces are created or modified according to the various parametric controls, and represented by a 130-number coordinate vector in "face space" (these are the same numbers stored in a FaceGen FG file). In the controls step, the face is manipulated in face space:


In the construct step, a face space coordinate is used to construct a 3D textured model:


The construct step is repeated for every model which must fit seamlessly with the face; a hairstyle and glasses for instance.




The output of the FaceGen construction stage is an updated list of vertex positions and/or a new texture image.

FaceGen shape statistics always leave the neck seam unchanged for seamless stitching to the body.

A skin colour texture can be generated for the torso or body, in order to create a seamless match.

If you prefer to put your hair, helmet, etc. into the head texture rather than a separate model, it can be composited directly onto FaceGen's skin-coloured output.

The vertex positions output from FaceGen can be used to update any kind of positional information. For instance, vertices can be used to define bone positions as well as polygonal vertices. Once the new vertex positions have been computed with FaceGen, they can be applied to your proprietary structure (polygonal, subdivision, bones, etc.) since the vertex ordering remains unchanged.

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Competitive Analysis

Main SDK

The statistically derived face shape and coloring controls in the Main SDK are unique in the market. Here is a comparison with artistically created controls:

Full SDK (Main SDK + Photofit)

Our approach of fitting a 3D statistical model to a photograph is unique in the market. Other solutions use photo mapping, in which the final texture is a composite of the photographs. Here's how our approach compares:

More Information

Email us (partner@facegen.com) for documentation, API and pricing.