Photoshop: How do I create a topographic map of my face?

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Hello,I'm trying to make a topographic map of my face. Can someone tell me how to do it? :)
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Gregorio Italiano

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Posted 1 year ago

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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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I assume best would be using a 3D scanner and the appropriate 3D software. 
Photographic techniques with a »slit« light-source or liquids and some additional editing might provide an alternative, but I expect the effort and the result may not be a good fit. 

What is your exact goal/intention? 
What is the source material you are using so far? 
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What about using a displacement map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVuh0jvrSaM
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My interpretation of the original post was that contour lines of a face were what they were after but maybe you understood its gist better. 

Gregorio Italiano, could you post an example of what you want to achieve? 
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Gregorio-
I believe what you want is a depth mask, where the relative depth of a given area is a given gray scale value (so the frontmost areas are white and backmost are black). Unfortunately, Photoshop can't create that image from a photograph. That would require some sort of 3d scanner or an existing model, as Christoph mentioned up thread.

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