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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sketch to Realistic Image

Seen several attempts on this, but none that impressive. We used one to quickly map out possible process decisions.   Implications of 'fake' are always there, but if is attempting to construct and refine a sketch for clear illustration, it does not have to be that. 

Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures
Daily Mail (U.K.)
James Pero

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that can convert simple sketches of a face into photorealistic images, extrapolating from rough and even incomplete sketches. The DeepFaceDrawing AI analyzes a drawing's details, then checks each individual feature separately against a database of facial features to construct its own image. Said the researchers, "Our key idea is to implicitly model the shape space of plausible face images and synthesize a face image in this space to approximate an input sketch. Our method essentially uses input sketches as soft constraints and is thus able to produce high-quality face images even from rough and/or incomplete sketches." The researchers said the technology aims to help users with little drawing skill produce high-quality images. ... " 

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