Art & AI: The Logic Behind Deep Learning ‘Style Transfer’

A Look Into the ’Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style’

Nick Kasten
Feb 21 · 9 min read

What is ‘Style Transfer’?

In this example, I transferred the style from one of the Beatles’ iconic album covers to an old photo. Can you guess which album was used?
A friendly llama depicted in the four different styles available from the MAX ‘Fast Neural Style Transfer’ model I tested with.

You CAN Teach an Old Model New Tricks

Wading Into the Deep End

The architecture of the VGG-19 Convolutional Neural Network
The representation of this cat photo becomes increasingly hard to recognize as it moves through the network.

A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style

I experimented with different levels of ‘Simpsonification’ on Shorty, my Boston Terrier.
Bob Ross paintings are great, but they get even cooler when reworked in the style of the artist Skinner!

Conclusion

IBM CODAIT

Things we made with data at IBM’s Center for Open Source Data and AI Technologies.

Nick Kasten

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Developer Advocate @ IBM: CODAIT

IBM CODAIT

Things we made with data at IBM’s Center for Open Source Data and AI Technologies.