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Incendia Flower Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Incendia & Gimp Layers to create the flower styles for our challenge! Adapt the styles any way you like and use for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge.

DeepDreamGenerator Tips – Adding in Some Black n White (Without It Looking Messy)

Andrea Melissa Blacker wrote this short but sweet tutorial for Deep Dreamers: Hi everyone. I sure do love the black n white mixed in the final image but don’t always get the right parts n pieces to turn out black n white by using a total black and white source image. Example: I’m going to be using this image as my source image:                       image […]

AIArtists: Tools to Generate AI Art

AI Artists calls itself “the world’s first clearinghouse for AI’s impact on art and culture.” The site offers a truly comprehensive collection of AI-related material, including AI ethics discussions, a listing of AI artists, and a valuable compilation of tools to generate AI Art. The AI tool links are sure to become your go-to place to expand your horizon beyond – or within – DDG. This site covers not only the world of pictorial art, […]

Distill

Have you been wondering how all those layers of neural networks really interact? The machine learning research site Distill is dedicated to clear and simple explanations of such complex issues. One article in particular is interesting for Deep Dreamers who wish to better understand what’s happening when they use DDG. The authors of “Feature Visualization: How Neural Networks Build up Their Understanding of Images” will walk you through the scientific nuts and bolts. Even if […]

Incendia Style Challenge

#DDGChallenge It’s time for our latest style challenge Adapt the styles any way you like and use for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge. These circle-based styles were built in Incendia using Kaleider to create the patterns within

Inspiration Needed?

Are you looking to create your own hand-drawn source or style images but can’t think of any worthwhile motifs? My Modern Met has some inspiration for you to make simple doodles. Here’s Just the tip of the iceberg: different types of cacti; a repeating pattern of your favorit animal, fruit, or flower; doughnuts and coffee. Drawing ideas from My Modern Met include kichen utensils; your most interesting pair of shoes; a closeup of your eye. […]

Scientific Material

The links below take you to selected deep-dreaming-related scientific material:   Books, Papers, Articles Where We See Shapes, AI Sees Textures (2019) by Jordana Cepelewicz in Quantamagazine Controlling Perceptual Factors in Neural Style Transfer (2017) by Leon A. Gatys et al. Preserving Color in Neural Artistic Style Transfer (2016) by Leon A. Gatys et al. A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style (2015) by Leon A. Gatys et al. Music Transformer (2018) by Cheng-Thi Anna Huang […]

The Flickr Saga: What Happened to the Groups’ Shared Styles Collection?

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We had a gigantic collection of styles, and some source images, all stored on a single online repository, for the use of the Deep Dreamers’ group. Here we tell the whole story:
How it got started, why it no longer exists, and some thoughts and ideas for creating a new online collection, while avoiding the pitfalls of the Flickr collection.

Cartoon Flower Style

It’s time for a cartoon flower source/style challenge! Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images created especially for this challenge. Adapt the images any way you like and use for dreaming. The images are photos run through the Befunky.com cartoon art effect, have a go its fun  

Rings and Things Challenge

Rings and Things Style Challenge Use the images as a style for your dream . Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use these images, they were created especially for this challenge.  

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 […]

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 […]

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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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. YouTube and Dreaming Videos The first dreaming videos that come to my […]

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, […]