I sometimes fantasize about hanging an enormous painted portrait of yours truly on my bedroom wall. Visitors would be forced to genuflect before the picture and leave a gift beneath it as a token of respect.
Unfortunately, I have neither the money to buy artworks nor the skills to paint one myself. But those barriers will no longer stop me from fulfilling my dream.
A team of researchers has developed a tool that will paint your portrait for you.
This is the original pic & the final painting! pic.twitter.com/6hYC6HqQA3
— clem 🤗 (@ClementDelangue) August 11, 2021
Dubbed Paint Transformer, the system predicts the parameters of a stroke set with a feed-forward network.
“This way, our model can generate a set of strokes in parallel and obtain the final painting of size 512 × 512 in near real-time,” the researchers wrote in their study paper.
There are already plenty of AI tools that turn photos into artworks, but this one has a unique style that could surely grace Le Louvre.
You can also watch the artificial brushstrokes bring the painting to life.
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