You really are an oil painting: a cyber approach to high art

Every day, millions of Snapchat users contort their faces on camera, using filters to turn into cartoon dogs, cats, drag queens and sunflowers. The social media filters are impossibly popular, and a Dublin researcher hopes that portraits in the style of Vincent Van Gogh or Rembrandt will soon join them. Dr Ahmed Selim from Trinity College Dublin’s Connect Centre, in collaboration with Dr Mohammed Elgharib and Prof Linda Doyle, director of Connect, has developed a technique that takes a photo and turns it into a faithful portrait in the style of a given painter. The resulting pictures, imitating the styles of celebrated artists, rely on machine learning technology informed by two mathematical models. One is charged with identifying facial features and retaining their integrity, while another classifies distinctive features of…

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