How long until artists are obsolete?
Nahhh, just kidding. That’ll never happen. Artists are like people who write interesting things for websites – impossible to replace with a machine intelligence. But I digress.
Deep Photo Style Transfer is a process that takes the style of one photograph and applies it to the structure of another image. If you’re currently tilting your head to the side like a dog wondering what the hell its owner is on about, you’re not alone. It’s hard to explain but easy to show. Check this out.
Take the structure from here:
Merge it with the style from here:
And get this!
How does it work? Magic. Via the same process that was turning everything into trippy landscapes and Lovecraftian nightmares a little while ago: convolutional neural networks, those computer systems modelled on human brains.
If you would like to read more about how the process works, beginning with a discussion of the Prisma app, this article will make you wish your brain was a bit more convolutional.
For the rest of us who just want to play with doing an art on our own photos, there’s DeepArt. It’s heaps of fun.