Using AI To Turn Real People Into Anime Art

Nijigenka (二次元化) is Japanese for "2D-ification". It's a term for when artists take photos of people and turn them into anime characters. But now researchers are starting to have AI do the image-to-image translation.

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At a recent workshop about deep learning in Tokyo, a researcher from Fudan University gave a presentation on creating anime characters with artificial intelligence. Researchers are using deep learning to produce anime versions of real photos. (For more image-to-image translations, watch this clip.)

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This poses challenges for anime because there are certain features that are specific to characters.

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Some results haven't been that successful, which is why the researchers had to tune their method.

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For greater success.

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Expect this tech to get better and better.

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Comments

    I wanted a link where I could upload photos and Anime the people in them.
    I mean I know that was expecting a lot, but I can’t help but feel a bit sad now.
    At least the tech exists!

      Following for future updates to our anime overlords.

    The AI also seems to strictly enforce "hair over the forehead". Even when it gets the overall style right, it still fills the rest of the unused forehead space with bangs and fringes.

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