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Tailoring a Style to Fit Using a Color Histogram

There are a variety of reasons why a style image doesn’t work with a source image. One of the most common is that the two images are composed of very different color palettes and/or luminescence values. We will show how that can be corrected using a ‘Histogram’.

Mandelbulb 3D Quickstart

This is intended as an easy start guide to Mandelbulb 3D. It will let you can generate your own spectacular source/styles very quickly. Firstly, install the latest version of  Mandelbulb 3D from here: Mandelbulb 3D (MB3D) Fractal Rendering Software Run the Mandelbulb3D.exe file You should see a screen like this Next, copy the following text onto your clipboard: Mandelbulb3Dv18{ g….oR…kT/…C….IM…UInS34HWT6.pyXgsRxT11EBexCCs6KB.ADh0KyJGvyzSR9UEFpBD0E …………………………..T0KRsIuuF.2……..A./m……………..Y.2…wD …s.7/…E5…./Q.1/….2k.3…o…..E4…..csQ6D5LR/pD/QkTvvvD…6/dkpXq1….U yEEnAnQD12../2k…cfWnOgz………..4…1Knl7z1………..U0/….y1…sD…../.. .zHnAnQDRaPah.4lnw1emBFIr8AHz04hFRs0mUnj0PdmPCxG.xHNhSp18228zai.forWuioD2ZqK5Xsa 8xPm2SXw1hADziIKB.pNuXnDU…..YG1…S5……..kD.2….sD..G………………… ………….cNaNu1…sD….zw1………………………………qSi/EB….k1. …..4iSoz1………2wzzzXUU.60……61…EN….U0.06s/.kPk2…../…M3w..UG.95A ..E06/aZczDM6/nzMg2czX6dE16.0c..zrhe..UoK/nl2xvj6sM93P58iz1………..U.8.UQgk0. .wUmc2beYzH.dA8E5Exwz0………./.U0.wzga/..0PJWp1Puzs/0.p4HE3zD/………E.0c.. zzzzo/.U……..F16……….0…….2U.8.kzzzD………..k3……………….. /6U0.wzzz1……………………………..UTVR..y3q/yzz/k.1A..1Ak.vzDsnwF.UDn 5VTzThdht0kaqaPiQs5y3q/.sLM5s1bTsLM5.UTVRUDlyVTVR..y3q/yMw5y3q/.sLM5snqTsLM5.UTV RUDkzVTVR..y3q/y…y3q/bzz/k.1Akyz1yATomxzpaqaffnFLMmBb9e/rN.Yb9e/rN.c4Qb/.Aic4Q E….AU2V2E…..I….c….EMh3aSdtqN7NoI.A3…………………………MU/4… ……….kAnAnAnAHxzmsfv9eoCPzjAnAnAnAHW.2…….AB./……U51k…….MI/2L1m2V […]

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  

Macroporn Subreddit

Macroporn The second subreddit in Ben Beekman’s series of non-pornographic resources with porn in the name, the macroporn subreddit features macro photography—extremely close-up images of small things. The photos found here can be useful both as source and style images. As with all subreddit resources, try sorting by best of all time.

Earthporn Subreddit

Earthporn Completing the trifecta of non-pornographic subreddits with “porn” in the title, here you’ll find a wide variety of breathtaking natural landscapes that work very well for source images for dreams. You’ll definitely see quite a few from Ben Beekman’s deep dreams if you dig. The site is one of Ben’s go-to secret weapons that he’s sharing with all of you. Enjoy!

Needpix

Needpix Needpix offers a collection of over 1.5 million free photos and illustrations under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. As the site states on its “about” page, “[A]ll photos hosted here are collected only from public domain sources such as: pixabay.com, pond5.com, picjumbo.com, publicdomainpictures.net, and others.” It’s easy to search the well-tagged site. Also, many images are high resolution. Apart from photos, you’ll find vector illustrations, clipart, paintings and drawings, fractals, as well as […]

Fabric Challenge

It’s time for a fabric style challenge! Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images chosen especially for this challenge. Go wild – adapt the styles any way you like and use for dreaming. Post your best dreams in this thread. Next, let these images inspire you to go through your wardrobes to take a closeup snapshot of an item of clothing hanging at the back that was in fashion […]

Inspirograph

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Inspirograph is a free online spiral image maker created by Nathan Friend, currently senior frontend engineer at GitLab. It’s very simple to use. Just choose the size of the fixed and rotating cogs as well as the background and line colors. Also, use a few easy keyboard shortcuts to make spiral images very quickly. Download the images for further use or submit them to the online gallery. If you want to use a spiral image […]

thiswaifudoesnotexist

This waifu does not exist produces an endless stream of potential source images for deep dreaming. Create a new waifu (a fictional character, typically an anime, manga, or video game character that is attractive to the point of being considered a significant other) every time you refresh the website. Click on pause refresh at the bottom of a waifu page to read the little made-up story to the right of the face.   Alternatively, call […]

Burst

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Burst Burst is a stock photo platform with thousands of royalty-free images mainly for the web community. But some collections are interesting for Deep Dreamers, notably animals and nature & landscapes. Moreover, the odd background or texture might be useful input for a style. Also, browse the site for new public domain photos added every week. Another nifty feature is the option to download a given image in high or low resolution.

NegativeSpace

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NegativeSpace NegativeSpace offers photographers a platform to share their work free of charge and without copyright restrictions (Creative Commons 0). The website takes its name from a photography technique: photos focus sharply on a subject whereas the blurry surroundings represent the “negative space.” Search by categories or by color. Downloading is a cinch. Finally, you might consider signing up for a newsletter to receive 20 new stock photos by mail every week.

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.  

National Gallery of Art

Deep Dreamers, here’s another wonderful repository of open-access images: The National Gallery of Art makes open-access works in its collection available in a dedicated website. Go to NGA Images to see and choose from among over 51,000 digitized open-access works. You’ll find everything from Impressionist paintings to iconic works by U.S. artists. The site has a particularly useful feature: Select the most convenient image size and resolution. What is more, the NGA has organized images […]

wikiart.org

The drive to make art available for educational and other purposes has spawned new websites like wikiart. Wikiart’s mission is to collect art from around the world and make it accessible to everyone. Search for images by a broad range of categories, not just art styles or artists, but also unusual criteria like female artists. The site operates on the wiki principle: Anyone may contribute and edit content. Of course, new content is consistently moderated. […]

The Public Domain Review

The online journal The Public Domain Review showcases a large number of curated collections of PD images. An excellent classification system facilitates searching. Narrow down your search by defining criteria such as the century created, the type of artwork or its source (such as museums, libraries, government agencies). Understandably, most of the images are pre-twentieth-century works. But especially if art curiosities from centuries past are what you’re looking for as a Deep Dreamer, you will […]

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is a pioneer of the movement toward digitization and open access in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector. It initially released over 100,000 images of artworks to the public domain already in 2012. Shortly thereafter, the Rijksmuseum launched Rijksstudio to allow users to create their own exhibition pages and share material. In fact, the museum encourages users to reuse images and share the results with the Rijksmuseum. To access the Rijksmuseum’s […]

thispersondoesnotexist

This person does not exist! Every time you refresh the website at two-second intervals, you conjure up a new synthetic face. Most portraits look uncannily real. The website uses code released by GPU inventor NVIDIA using data from generative adversarial networks (GANs) and style transfer to blend images. Software engineer Philip Wang created the thispersondoesnotexist website. To find out about Wang’s method and motives, look at his Facebook post. Also, if you’re interested in relevant […]

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). […]

Valentines Challenge

For all those in love, here is our Valentine’s Day Challenge. Use the images as a style or a source for your dream Valentine’s Day card to the one you love. I created these images especially for this challenge. Anyone in this group is welcome to use these images!      

LiveCollage

A flexible collage app for iOS and Android with an easy-to-use interface and many other perks like the ability to save, recall, and edit old layouts, various collage modes, and a wide variety of free grid layouts. It’s not without its limitations– many of the most interesting grids require a subscription– but it’s a quality option that balances speed and power.

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 […]

PhotoCollage

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One of the best quick collage creators for iOS and Android, with an easy to use and efficient interface for adjustable grid-based layouts. Compares well and similar to PS Express, with twice its maximum images in a collage, non-square (but less adjustable) image grids. Unfortunately, PhotoCollage also has annoying banner and post-export ads (PS Express does not). Aside from that. there are no significant functional limitations to the free version, unlike competitors like PhotoGrid and […]

Photo Quilt

This iOS-only quick-collage app doesn’t offer a huge number of layouts or options. The one thing it does better than any other mobile app– it can handle any number of images and make a square collage out of them, quickly and automatically. (And I mean ANY number– one of my tests used over 400 images!) Unfortunately, the free version only exports low resolution images- you can pay for higher definition output. It may be a […]

PhotoGrid

A free collage maker with a streamlined interface, many creative layouts you can pour your images into, and most of the features you might want for a quick mobile collage creator. Unfortunately the free version places a watermark of their logo over the corner of the exported collages. In-app purchase disables watermark, ads, and gives access to additional layouts. Also available for iOS. Look for the comparative review (coming soon) for more details.

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 […]

Festive Season Source Challenge

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Here’s our new Festive Season Source Challenge. Images are original photographs and copyright free. I took the shots this week at a Garden Center in the UK. It’s always worth taking your camera/phone to these places, as they are full of interesting things to dream. Make sure to post your best dreams below!  

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. […]

Fractal Collage Style Challenge

Use any or all of these collages I assembled of fractal images created by myself and Frax as your style images. The collages were made using different mobile apps from my upcoming article comparing and reviewing the best options. These collages are composed of original content, and both the component images and the collages are public domain.

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 […]

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