Hey, what’s up, folks. How’s your lockdown coming along? I hope everyone’s safe and sound. I have some interesting news for you. Google, the king of innovations, has added a new feature in its Art & Culture App, that lets you convert ANY photographs, into an amazing piece of art. It’s crazy! This wonderful new feature is called “Art Transfer“. Powered by an AI-based algorithmic model, it can apply characteristics of well-known paintings and turn mundane photographs into artistic masterpieces!

This new feature was announced on a blog post by Google. For all the artists in you, Art Transfer allows you to turn yourself or anything else for that matter, into works from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Edvard Munch among others. The feature will be available as soon as you download the Arts & Culture app, which is an awesome way to learn more about all kinds of interesting art-related subjects, galleries, etc.

How to use the Art Transfer feature?

  1. Download the Arts & Culture App if you don’t have it.
  2. Open up the camera menu in the bottom bar of the app, and select ‘Art Transfer’
  3. Take a photo! It could be either be a selfie, or anything, really.
  4. Choose from a number of styles to turn it into a work of art. It could be the styles of Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, etc.
  5. Once the style is selected, the Art Transfer algorithm will get into action by molding the photograph into a work of art in the chosen style.
Art Transfer
Image Source: The Verge

According to Google“Art Transfer doesn’t just blend the two things or simply overlay your image. Instead, it kicks off a unique algorithmic recreation of your photo inspired by the specific art style you have chosen”. And folks, you don’t have to worry about privacy. And the reason is that this AI-powered feature strictly works on-device, instead of in the cloud. What does this mean? It’s simple,really. The original photographs, nor the converted artistic ones created by the app, leave the local device! *Privacy? Roger that.*

Please note that this new feature is still an experimental one. Also, you can make animated GIFs which shows just how your preferred art style is being applied! Art Transfer offers you 23 classic works of art to base your transformations on, all of which are done on your device, with no network connection needed.

If you want to try Art Transfer for yourself, you can download the free app on both iOS and Android. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. And, don’t forget to show some love on Facebook & Instagram.

Stay safe everyone. Peace!