No more hiding behind a mask! Print your face to complete the picture
In this article, we will demonstrate how Foto Master customers can print personalized masks using the Foto Master Photo Booth software. This can be used with the Foto Master Photo Booth software on our Mirror products as well as Foto Master DSLR Photo Booths or as a standalone setup with a monitor.
Please watch the video below to understand the advantages and disadvantages in each solution:
Selecting the right Heat Presser
For creating masks we will use a 2-step operation. First is printing on a transfer paper and then using a heat presser to transfer the image to the mask. The size of the mask that you choose will determine the heat presser size required. The process of using your heat press machine on the mask depends on the material you are using and the heat press machine itself. In this article we will demonstrate using a 6” x 6” heat press machine and the steps we to transfer the image onto the mask:
Step 1: Open the heat presser 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 depends on your heat presser, fabric and transfer paper type)
Step 5: After 20 seconds you need to open the heat presser 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 machine for additional 5 to 10 seconds. This will seal the picture
Step 7: Enjoy it!
Setting up your preset in Mirror Me 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 x 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 a 1” = 300 px when you calculate how to create it for a 300dpi resolution. Load it as you would 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 guest’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 on your camera to capture a close up of the guest’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 on 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
To download our preset example with 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