A Closer Look at Style Transfer with CloudinaryCloudinary is a cloud-based image and video management service that includes server or client-side upload, on-the-fly manipulations, quick content delivery network (CDN) delivery and a variety of asset management options. The style transfer effect applies a complex deep learning algorithm—based on the VGG 16 neural network—that extracts artistic styles from a source image and applies them to the content of a target photograph. Cloudinary's algorithm takes advantage of Xun Huange and Serge Belongie's enhancement on the Gatys algorithm, which make it possible to use any image for both source and target, and still deliver a good quality style transfer in real time, using a single feed-forward neural network. Cloudinary's implementation is much faster than other available services, not limited to pre-learned images, and even supports high-resolution outputs that are out of scope for similar services.
How to Implement Style TransferTo apply this effect, simply specify the public ID of the source artwork as an image overlay (l_ in URLs) and style_transfer as the overlay effect (e_style_transfer in URLs). The target photograph is the public ID of the image to deliver. For example:
http://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/upload/e_style_transfer,l_davinci_mona_lisa/golf_sand_st.jpgSource Artwork (left), target photo (center), and result of the style transfer effect (right) But wait, there’s more! You can include the Boolean preserve_color option or adjust the style_strength of the effect like so: Artwork (left), target photo (center), default style transfer (right) Preserve Original colors in Style transfer (left), adjust Style Strength to 60 in Style transfer (right)
Give Style Transfer a TryBack to the task you’ve been assigned—creating a photo booth with effects for a birthday party. Here’s a cool, simple app that demonstrates how style transfer works. You can start making yours by signing up for a free Cloudinary account and activating the Neural Artworks add-on. There is comprehensive documentation available to show how you can take advantage of style transfer in your applications. You no doubt have a lot of ideas about how to turn your photos into art. With Cloudinary, it’s easy to make your vision a reality. [-- This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cloudinary --]
Cloudinary provides a comprehensive cloud-based image and video management solution. With offices in Israel, London and Sunnyvale, Calif., Cloudinary has quickly become the de facto solution used by web and mobile application developers at major companies around the world to streamline image and video management, and deliver an optimal end user experience. Among Cloudinary users are Answers.com, Conde Nast, Gawker, Gizmodo, TED, The Knot, Under Armour, Vogue, Wired and many others. For more information, visit www.cloudinary.com or follow on Twitter @cloudinary.
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