Software turns family albums and home movies into Picasso style.
The researchers fed the computer a series of pictures where they had identified the aesthetically important elements, such as a nose, eye or mouth. Gradually the computer learned how to recognise these important elements and overlook the more obvious contrasts between edges or borders, which is the limit of what computers can do at the moment. Using photographs of a subject taken from multiple points of view, the software automatically picks out important areas within the image, which are cut out as chunks. The chunks are statistically shuffled and a few of them randomly selected and distorted into a 'cubist' composition ready for digital painting, creating a new kind of automated art that was impossible before.
Examples of the automatically generated animations produced by the software can be viewed at:
http:www..bath.ac.uk/pr/releases/picasso. htm and also on the research web pages.
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|Publication:||Database and Network Journal|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2004|
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