No more hiding behind a mask! Foto Master's photo booth software now prints the faces to complete the picture.
In this article, we will demonstrate how Foto Master’s customers can print personalized masks using Foto Master’s photo booth software. This feature can be used with your Foto Master mirror photo booths, DSLR photo booths or as a standalone setup with a monitor.
Please watch the video below to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option:
Selecting the Right Heat Press
We will use a 2-step operation to create a mask. First we will print on a transfer paper and then we will use a heat press to transfer the image onto the mask.
The size of the mask that you’ll choose will determine the heat press size required. The process of using your heat press on the mask depends on the material you are using and the heat press model itself. In this article we’re demonstrating using a 6”x6” heat press.
Here are the steps we take to transfer the image onto the mask:
Step 1: Open the heat press and raise the heat up to 180 degrees Celsius (356 Fahrenheit)
Step 2: Put the mask on the tray and iron it for 7 to 10 seconds
Step 3: Place the transfer paper with the printed face on top of the mask, make sure it’s positioned correctly
Step 4: Put parchment paper on top of the print and press it for 20 seconds (time and heat depend on your heat press, fabric and transfer paper type)
Step 5: After 20 seconds open the heat press and immediately but slowly separate the paper from the fabric
Step 6: Put the mask on the tray facing up, and place the parchment paper on top of it. Close the heat press for additional 5 to 10 seconds. This will seal the picture.
Step 7: Enjoy it!
Setting your Preset Up in Foto Master’s photo booth software
Step 1: Browse to the ‘Layout’ tab and set the layout size to the size of your color transfer paper, in our case, it’s an A4 paper size which is: 2480×3508 pixels
Step 2: Measure your mass size and create an overlay with a hole that will represent the mask that you are using, you can use 1”=300px when you calculate how to create it for a 300dpi resolution. Load it as you would load any overlay on top of the DSLR photo visual element
Step 3: After running a test, position the image correctly using the width/height/top/left settings in the layout. *Note that in our template the camera must be mounted horizontally (in landscape mode)
Step 4: Create the same overlay but in black and add a face outline to it (you can use our provided example, but you can create your own template that will fit the product you’re using and desired face size best). Load it as an animation state in the workflow to appear on top of the live view
Step 5: once the participant’s face is in position, trigger the next state with touch, a remote control or keyboard (you can also use a time trigger but we don’t recommend it). Use the zoom of your camera to capture a close up of the participant’s face and focus the camera.
Step 6: In order to adjust the face to the mask and for it to look more realistic with the proper curve of the face, you will want to use the special droplet we created. The droplet.exe file is loaded as an external script in the workflow. Once the software reaches the droplet state, it will use Photoshop in the background and apply the following change to the photo:
On the left, you will see the before photo, and on the right you will see the photo after the droplet was executed.
Note: Make sure to have Photoshop running in the background. If for some reason you receive an error from Photoshop, close the Photoshop program and relaunch it in Administrator mode (right-click the shortcut-> Run as administrator.
Step 7: Make sure to use the cute animation we provided to indicate to the guest that their mask is being prepared
Below you will find the example workflow:
Download our Sample Preset
Here are the steps to download our sample preset containing the droplet and assets
Step 1: Click here to download our sample preset and assets
Step 2: Extract the “custom” folder from the Zip file and copy it into the “MirrorMeBooth” in C: Drive
Step 3: Move the “Masks.xml” file (the preset) into the main “MirrorMeFolder
Step 4: If the Foto Master photo booth software was open – close it and open it again