Postmortem Forensic Facial Imaging refers to the process of approximating the appearance of an unidentified deceased person to how they might have appeared when alive. Two postmortem facial imaging techniques: facial approximation/skull reconstruction and facial photo restoration are the most widely-used.

When supplemented with DNA phenotyping information facial approximation/skull reconstruction becomes an even more powerful identification tool.

Forensic Facial Imaging Expert and IAI Certified Forensic Artist Michael W. Streed and his team of experts blend traditional illustration techniques with the latest photo-editing and 3-D sculpting software (Geomagic Freeform Plus, Zbrush, Cinema4D, Adobe® Photoshop & Corel® Painter). Using information supplied by medical experts and scientists; we are able to approximate a person’s facial appearance in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional formats as described above.

Michael recognizes that each agency has budgetary or other constraints that limit their ability to use Postmortem Forensic Facial Imaging during their investigations. If you have questions, he and his experts can help guide you towards your best option.

Please note that the same facial approximation/skull reconstruction and facial photo restoration 

techniques may be used by museums/ historical societies to depict the faces of historical figures and ancient people as well.

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