A new AI tool can take the “visual style” or aesthetic of one photo, and astonishingly overlay it onto a second photo to look like a real picture.
Photo technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Who can forget the AI Google released at the end of last year, which they claim can “score” photos based on their technical quality and aesthetic? NVIDIA have never shied away from AI technology (they’re the company behind the software that creates new faces from celebrity portraits), and now have announced their latest project, FastPhotoStyle.
The AI software takes a “style photo” (let’s say a snowy scene) and merges it together with a “content photo” (perhaps, a photo of a house) to create a new image. In this example, it would become a photo of a snowy house. Its creators described the process as “Photorealistic image style transfer[ing] algorithms [aimed] at stylizing a content photo using the style of a reference photo.”
With significant competition in the market already, the developers insist the most important aspect of their new product was that the final results must remain “photorealistic.”
One of its inventors, Ming-Yu Liu, insisted people were twice as likely to select the AI’s renderings as their favourite, when tested against manual photos taken by humans. The tool is also said to work “60 times faster” than some of the industry’s current systems.