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French Artist Creates Photo in Blender for ID Card


French Blender artist Raphaël Fabre has created quite a stir by getting an official French ID card with a computer generated image of himself - without anyone noticing! I guess he crossed the uncanny valley ;-)

Gizmodo writes:

With a stunt that will probably see France initiating changes to its National ID card program, an artist named Raphaël Fabre submitted a photorealistic computer-generated image of himself—and he says it was approved without question.

To ensure his CG headshot was as artificial as possible, Fabre told Gizmodo that he modeled it by hand using 3D software, instead of digitizing his head using a laser scanner—a time-saving technique used by video game and visual effect studios. He also says he used particle effects to generate fake hair, and eventually relied on multiple renderers to make the headshot look like it was snapped in a photobooth.

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  1. he really shoud blank out all sensitive data on his request form...
    also the eTag on the left of the photo and the date of his id card.

  2. Not good ! Not good at all !
    Brings light on Blender a bad way !
    French authorities/government are so tense & stupid at the moment that we can be sure to ear politicians saying :
    «Ban Blender & Blender users» *

    *all events are fake and not rely on British prime minister.....

  3. Cool idea, but I agree that this is probably a bad idea. I'm not sure if that would be possible here in the US or not, but if it is then I am sure it's illegal, it might even be illegal where he is. In fact, considering he didn't blank out his personal info if the state sees this they may even prosecute him, just saying.

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