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Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently joined the league of museums that have adopted an open access policy. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement by Creative Commons on January 23, 2019: “Today, we are announcing a release of 30,000 high quality, free and open digital images from the museum’s collection under CC0 and available via their API. CC0 allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction.” This is great news for all […]

AndreaMosaic

AndreaMosaic is a free mosaic creation progam that will turn a source image into a tiled mosaic emulating the source image. The program is easy to download for Windows, Linux and in a legacy version for OS X. You may also extract images from video or movie files to use as tiles. The program makes a tiled mosaic in three simple steps. First, you choose a source image from your files (the green plus sign). […]

Belvedere

The Belvedere museum is the first museum in Austria to provide open access to parts of its collection online. About half the items in the collection are available in high resolution. So you’re free to download, share and remix any of these CC0 images without restriction. The works include a few fascinating paintings by Austrian artists like Gustav Klimt, Albin Egger-Lienz and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. But you also have open access to works by other […]

Generative Art: Visual Artists

What is generative art? What is “generative art”? In a fairly recent definition by Jason Bailey from Artnome magazine, “generative art is art programmed using a computer that intentionally introduces randomness as part of its creation process.” So, why is generative art relevant for deep dreamers? AI art based on generative adversarial networks, GANs, is a subcategory of generative art. An aside: The Deep Dream Generator does not use GANs, it is based on convolutional […]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Open access at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met): In early 2017, the Met made over 406,000 high-resolution images of public domain works in its collection freely available. Thus, you may download, share and remix any of these CC0 images without restriction. It’s wonderful to have a guilt-free source of high-quality images as sources or styles for dreaming! What is more, the huge collection is easy to browse: Apply very efficient filters to narrow down […]

MandalaGaba

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MandalaGaba is a free online mandala maker. Design digital mandalas, snowflakes, drawings, sketches and doodles online, share them and even collaborate online: If you’re looking for a drawing partner, the site will even create a match for you. Use simple drawing, brush and bucket tools (navigation panel on the left side) to outline and fill in an image. Scroll down this page to find out what the icons in the navigation panel do. Click on […]

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has made over 50,000 public domain images of works in its collection available under CC0. What an unexpected bonanza! But it’s true: The Terms and Conditions and guidelines on open access images confirm it. Browse the collection online. Discover stunning Impressionist treasures, iconic Americana – American Gothic! – or familiar pop art images.You won’t be able to take favorites still subject to copyright. But the images you may download are high-resolution photos […]

Fractal Wallpaper Generator

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Fractal artist Aexion (Ramiro Pérez Clare Nash, who also developed both the Incendia and Aural fractal programs) has a free fractal wallpaper generator he calls random background generator on his website. Create fractals with a single click (the “try again” button). To download the fractal you have created, click “generate wallpaper”). This opens a view of the fractal that you can download by right-clicking your mouse and selecting download. The images have a satisfactory resolution. […]

Mirror Lab

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Mirror Lab by ilixa is another free app for all Android users that offers various functions, notably fractalization. What’s especially good about this app is that you can take photos with your phone directly in the app. Then you can manipulate them, for example, make a fractal. This app could finally be the Android app most comparable to Frax for iOS! The slider settings give you enough leeway to adjust your fractal. Moreover, you can […]

GitHub

What does the open source software platform GitHub have to do with deep dreaming? Well, actually, GitHub is a version control system to track changes in software development projects. Many top AI programmers like to use this Linux-based online source code repository for their neural network projects and related information. Now, how is GitHub relevant for artists? First, it provides a Machine Learning for Artists platform. In turn, this platform contains an in-progress book with […]

Artnome

The digital magazine Artnome is a great resource for interviews with digital artists. Additionally, it presents well-researched information about deep learning. What’s best is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to follow these articles. Dive in – here are some links: DeepDream Creator Unveils Very First Images After Three Years This article focuses on Alexander Mordvintsev, the inventor of DeepDream. AI Art Just Got Awesome This article is a great read about […]

PikWizard

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PikWizard PikWizard is a new player in the stock photo game, and some bloggers cite it as a well-kept secret. The website has a stock library with over 30,000 completely free images, over 5,000 of which are exclusive. The images are licensed under Creative Commons zero cc0. It’s a good pleace to search for nature shots, photographs of people and all kinds of desktop wallpapers. Mouse-over an image you want to use, and you will […]

Deep Dreamers in 2018: A Retrospective

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What an amazing year it was for deep dreaming: Deep Dreamers was born in 2018! Before that, dreamers on the DDG voicelessly inspired each other with their dreams. When all of a sudden a dream popped up asking dreamers to join the Deep Dreamers Facebook group, I thought: genius idea! This is just what I’ve been waiting for. Now I can communicate with other dreamers without using a dream with a one-way text message. Ever […]

Deep Dream on YouTube

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Deep Dreamers have found various ways to extend their activities to YouTube. YouTube and Dreaming Music The strongest connection between YouTube and Deep Dreamers is a music channel, DDG Music. All dreamers in the Facebook group are welcome to add tracks under Wendy Bandurski’s FB #music post. Also, some group members use YouTube to display their dreams as videos set to music. See, for example, Ema Vietnam’s series of “dreams for beholders” on her channel. […]

What Makes a Dream “Good” and What Makes a Dream Liked?

Have you ever wondered what makes a dream good and what makes a dream get many likes? Spoiler: The two have only a few factors in common. Let’s take a closer look at these factors, but to do that it’s important to define a common set of principles most dreamers associate with a dream being “good.” “Good” Dreams A “good” dream generally follows the same basic principles as good art overall – good composition, good […]

Pictorem

Pictorem is a Montreal-based company that specializes in making high-quality wall art out of photographers’ and other artists’ images. The company will ship prints worldwide. Artwork by nearly 3,500 artists is displayed for sale on the website. So, what makes this wall art printing service more interesting than that of competitors? Well, for one thing, the featured artists include some of our deep dreamers who are offering their artwork for sale. To sell your art […]

What to Do With Your Deep Dream Art

You’ve probably wondered how to use your dreams outside of DDG. Some dreamers have been very inventive in making their art into various types of gifts or are even selling it. Here are some ideas for you: Redreaming (see Daniel Zamir’s Redreaming Guide) Creating daily dreams for your diary Making a dream storybook Creating wall art Having dreams printed on T-shirts and other textiles, such as pilows or throws Mugs Holiday ornaments Gift cards, calendars, […]

Daniel Zamir’s Redreaming Guide

Here’s a cool technique you can use especially to soften the effects of styles on a photo of a person: redreaming. Let’s say you want a dream with a very natural look. One way to go is to use thin style, but its options are limited. Another way is to use two or more deep styles and to mix them for the effect you’re trying to achieve. Your create one dream with the first style, […]

Fractview

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For all of you Android users with iOs envy, there’s a versatile free fractal app for Android out there after all! Fractview produces high-resolution .png images that you can share to other media. For example, mail them to your computer and use the fractals for dreaming or as collage-making material. Developer Karl Gmeiner (a.k.a. Searlesat) states that Fractview is completely open source and will remain open source and ad-free. The program is also hosted on […]

Deep Style Rust Challenge

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You’ve all been waiting more or less patiently for the next challenge: Here it is. Now that we have so many new images on Flickr, they deserve to be highlighted. Daniel Zamir has chosen a few rust images for our challenge. Use any or all of the styles below for your dreams, and make sure to post your best results in this thread. Where can you find the images? They’re all the album “cc0 styles […]

ArchitectureIMG

ArchitectureIMG features architecture photos sourced mainly from the website user community. The website operators assume that all images they host are public domain. However, some images are from free wallpaper sites, so this might not always hold true. The upshot: Unless images are specifically designated as PD, you must get permission from the respective authors to use them for purposes other than as desktop wallpapers. Images – photos and paintings – are easy to find. […]

PxHere

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PxHere PxHere provides well over 1 million free images published under Creative Commons zero cc0 into the public domain. Thus, you may copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes. Indicentally, you may contribute images as well. Call up tags in the dropdown menu to narrow down your searches. You muss register to use the website.

Triangulator

Several websites offer software for download or online use to change images into low-poly graphics. The website Triangulator stands out for its easy-to-use online Delaunay triangulation image generator. You simply upload an image, choose one of three algorithms, and select an output resolution. The generator treats large color planes as large triangles. Conversely, more detailed features are split into many small triangles. Here, Triangulator compares favorably to other mesh or triangulation programs that produce triangles […]

Gratisography

Gratisography currently provides a total of about 700 free high-resolution images completely without copyright restrictions. The website claims that the collection comprises “the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else.” The focus is on “whimsical” images. The site is associated with Shutterstock (which, however, provides images at cost). So don’t be surprised when search results turn up a large proportion of Shutterstock images.

Wikimedia Commons

As the name suggests, Wikimedia Commons is a well-indexed and huge collection of files. The media files are freely usable. However, the Terms of Use describe complicated exceptions and attribution rules. Thankfully, a pop-up box showing that you need to attribute an author appears when you click to download an image, and you are guided through the attribution process. On the downside, the available images are not necessarily high resolution.

New Old Stock

If you’re looking for free vintage photos from public archives that have no copyright restrictions (according to the site, “at the very least avaialble for personal and noncommercial use”), check the New Old Stock website. Curated photo packs are available at a cost. Use the search function (hidden in the top left corner of the site) to find topical photographs. The site appears to have very appealing but very few black-and-white photos: My search for […]

Morguefile

Morguefile provides over 350,000 free stock photos in high resolution. The images may be used for commercial purposes. Incidentally, the term “morgue file” means that this is a file to store post-production material. The website states that it is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” No registration is required, but it is encouraged, as is sharing your own material.

Turtle Graphics Renderer

The Turtle Graphics Renderer is a simple online platform created by Kevin Roast that allows you to create L-Sytem (“turtle”) patterns. These graphics are recursive patterns characterized by self-similarity and hence fractal-like forms. Plant models and natural-looking organic forms ‘grow’ and become more complex by increasing the iteration level of the form. To create images, choose a sample image on the right side of the screen and change the mathematical parameters (e.g. angles) at the […]

Life of Pix

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Life of Pix offers a relatively small stock (currently some 2,000 images) of free high-resolution PD photographs. You may download the images without copyright restrictions for personal or commercial use. The selection of photos is strongly skewed toward nature and city photographs (about half the collection).

PhotoFunia

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PhotoFunia is an Odessa-based website currently offering just short of 600 image editing effects. PhotoFunia works with a wide variety of programs and some web browsers. The tool is free and very easy to use: Simply choose an effect, drag and drop or upload an image, and click go. Download your finished image. Here’s an example: The first image is the original, the second showcases the image with the “famous gallery” effect.

Image*After

Image*After is a Netherlands-based online collection of roughly 30,000 royalty free photos. Images and textures may be downloaded and used free and without restriction. The search-by-color option is quite useful, as is the abstract search option (search by image properties).

Pixabay

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Pixabay, an international website based in Germany, is an open-source repository for sharing high-quality images published under Creative Commons. Download images in various resolutions and use as you wish, even for commercial purposes. Register free to upload or download full-sized images.

Pexels

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Pexels offers free stock photos in good resolution quality. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license and may be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. No attribution is required, but downloaders are requested to thank the respective photographer.

TiltShiftMaker

Upload an image with a file size of up to 20MB to the TiltShiftMaker website, and let the website create a “bokeh” effect, i.e. a selective focusing and defocusing of parts of the image. The area and degree of defocusing can be adjusted using a slider to change both the uploaded image and the tilt-shift preview. Scroll down the page for handy how-to-use instructions. To download the finished image in low resolution, simply click on […]

PhotoMania

PhotoMania is a free photo editor. No registration is required for online use. The app can be downloaded for use on Android and iOS moblile phones. The editor stands out for its ease of use. Regulate the intensity of effects by using a slider. On the downside, applying one of the wide variety of effects will reduce image resolution; also, the image is watermarked. Here’s a sample: The first image is the original, the second […]

Sterling 2 Fractal Generator and Fractal Gallery

Sterling 2 is a fractal software based on the Sterling fractal generator program written by Stephen C. Ferguson. Unlike the original program, which you can purchase for USD 35 from Stephen C. Ferguson’s website at http://tierazon.com/ktaza/fractal/index.html, Sterling 2 is free. Moreover, it comes with a formula editor. Download Sterling 2 directly from Soler’s website. Additionally, the website provides a link to Soler’s fractal gallery of 1,128 fractals you are welcome to download and use. Here’s a […]

Tuxpi Image Editor

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The German website Tuxpi offers a simple and easy to use online image editor with 60 tools. Upload a photo and, for example, swap colors (change color channels) or apply other color filters. Moreover, use all the usual photo editing tools, such as cropping, adding borders or making vignettes. The more artistic effects include adding brushstrokes, swirling colors, and creating various montages and collages. Unfortunately, the edited photos lose resolution. Here’s an example of an […]

Text to Image Generator

AI expert Cristóbal Valenzuela builds machine learning and AI tools for artists and designers. He programmed a simple text-to-image generator that you can call up under the link above. Open the website and type a text into a window on the left. Next, as you type, the corresponding image takes shape in the window on the right. In the background, the recognition algorithms create images – nightmare images – out of your words. Unfortunately, the […]

Nufsoft

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Nusoft sells various programs for downloading that allow you do turn photos into screensavers or animated material. Nature Illusion Studio makes digital still photos into screensavers or videos. Ace Pro Screensaver Creator (includes Nature Illusion Studio) supports various file still and animated graphic formats such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and BMP. You can add mp3 or wmv files for background music. The company also offers seven 3D animated GIF collections. The cost is 19.99 […]

Giphy

Giphy

  Giphy is an online platform on which you can create GIFs. Log in with Facebook or e-mail address required. Upload or drag and drop images and rearrange them. The GIF maker creates your GIF from these images and uploads it to its website, and you can share it or download it in various sizes and file formats.

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