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Facial Approximation

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Transcript: Facial Reconstruction (drawing)

Two- dimensional approximations involve sketching the facial features on an overlay of a photograph of the skull.  This may be done by hand or by using specialized graphic design software. Tissue depth markers may be attached to the skull before it is photographed to assist the artist in rendering the soft tissues. Two-dimensional techniques are relatively fast, efficient and economical. In addition, they allow small adjustments in the hair or face to be made quickly and easily.  However, two-dimensional methods depend heavily on the skill of the artist, the completeness of the skull and the quality of the original photography.

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  • Facial Approximation