Doing age-progressions with the computer program like Photoshop are applied directly on a digitized photograph. The designer then takes into consideration all the variables involved with the natural process of the aging of the human face.

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Age progression generally refers to image modification. This is an artistic technique that enables us to enhance a particular photograph. If our loved ones pass away we would like to see how they would have looked at an older age than that of their death. This is possible with age progression technology. Age progression and regression also serve as priceless tools for every Law Enforcement Agency to find out the accused and solve various crimes.

History:

Facts reveal that the first successful age progression technology took place in 1985 when a documentary featured in NBC about missing people. This included a story of two young sisters who were kidnapped by their father in 1977. An age progression artist was contacted who was asked to draw a picture of the girls’ possible appearance after 8 years. The similarity of the pictures was so near to perfect that the girls were very soon identified and re-united with their mother. Such is the effectiveness of age progression with photo service.

In yet another similar instance, Frank and Michelle adopted a six year old girl from the local shelter. Now they were one wonderful family. They named their daughter Manny.  Everything they thought was going on fine. Frank was doing his best to make things work. However, something was amiss. After an intimate conversation Frank and Michelle found out from Manny that she was missing her childhood memories. Now how could they solve this predicament?  Age progression/regression technology came to their help. Frank made use of image enhancement to come up with photos of Manny when she was young. Seeing her childhood memories brought back that smile on Manny’s face that Frank and Michelle were yearning for.

Evolution:

Computerized age progression is a judicious blend of science and art. This technology has evolved from a series of techniques that involved simple drawing to complex three-dimensional facial reconstruction followed by two dimensional reconstructions. These techniques have slowly given way to digital drawing age progression images that are created by software. Today’s age progression technology considers several factors beyond drawing skills like analyzing facial development with age, studying family characteristics, eating habits, lifestyle, genetic characteristics etc that are combined effectively with digital imaging technology to bring out the near to perfect age progressed or regressed pictures. When the artist’s knowledge about the individual is more the picture can be expected to be more accurate.

This technology is being used in several countries all over the world by various museums, science centres, Hospitals and law enforcement agencies. IT has been considered to be the most effective tool in finding out missing children. With a little more detailing on the cranio facial growth patterns it is possible to create near to accurate age progression images of missing children that are greatly helpful in finding them out and uniting them with their families.

Future:

The future of age-progression is a bright one with several path-breaking advancements in the pipeline. As more and more improvements sweep in, there is increased hope for more missing or abducted children to be found out and united with their families.

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Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

As manager and head of digital marketing at Clipping Path India, Rokaiya wants to help retailers and photographers use marketing strategies and tactics that will elevate their business. She has an 18-year background in graphic design, content management and digital marketing.

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