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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’.

Stay Healthy with Fruity Vitamins

#DDGChallenge In times like these, it’s a particularly good idea to follow this health tip from U.S. educator and author Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Deep dreamers can take this one step further and dream food. So, here’s a cornucopia of very diverse free-to-use fruit and vegetable images. One of these challenge images should suit your artistic taste buds.  

Smithsonian Open Access

Smithsonian Open Access Another great museum has unlocked 2.8 million images for you to download and reuse. More public domain images will be added in time. The potential for dreamers is huge! Select from among images across the entire Smithsonian group. Browse collections in the areas art and design, history and culture, or science and nature. To search the collection images efficiently, apply a filter.  

Biodiversity Library

Bidodiversity Library Are you looking for natural sciences images? Ones that are public domain, free, high-quality and interesting as sources for deep dreaming?  Then check out the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s site, an open-access online archive containing over 150,000 images. Find a description of the archive’s content here and a well-organized selection of the images for download on the archive’s Flickr site. Search by Flickr album or download entire albums. In this way, you can target […]

Frax Ripple Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Frax to produce styles for our Frax Ripple 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.

Stained Glass Style Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Kaleider to produce styles for our Stained Glass 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.  

FreeStockTextures

FreeStockTextures is a small site run by two design and web professionals who post-process their photos to create select texture images. Great news: You may use the lovely images for free, also for commercial purposes. To download more than five images a day (from a total of roughly 1,300), register with the site. This will allow you to download up to 50 images a day. Here’s a sample image:

GIMP Transparent Images

This article will cover the basics of adding transparent .png images to background images in GIMP. Once you have mastered this technique, you will be able to create your own unique source images by combining backgrounds with selected transparent images from sites like Pixabay. To start, choose a background image. In my example, I use a photograph I made of a beach at sunset: Next, choose a suitable transparent image to layer onto your background. […]

Kaleider

Kaleider is a progam that lets you create nearly limitless kaleidoscope, 3D mirroring and funneling effects in images. You may choose any image on your computer to work with. Kaleider is available for windows (download the free trial version here) and as a free android app. Some good advice: To get the most out of Kaleider, read about the program’s myriad features here. You don’t feel like learning how to use the different mirroring options? […]

Hex Style Challenge

Hexagon Style Challenge. It’s time for another style challenge. These images are a mixture of hexagon based images especially built for this challenge by members of the admin team. They are provided for use in DDG by any member of the Deep Dreamers Facebook group.  

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. […]

Source Challenge: Shoes

Shoes. They can be sensible, frivolous, fashionable, ugly, shiny, dirty, uncomfortable, bespoke, orthopedic, fetish, iconic and so much more. They’re made of all manner of materials, not just leather, synthetics, canvas or rubber. Get them from bargain bins, high-end shops, supermarkets or second-hand. Shoes come in all colors and shapes to meet your particular needs: wear slippers, boots, flip-flops, work shoes, sneakers, high heels, mocassins, sports shoes, and wear them with or without socks or […]

Spektrel Effect Challenge

It’s time for our latest style challenge. Adapt the styles any way you like and use them for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge using the Spektrel effect on pixabay images.

What Is in the Image?

Dreamer Daniel Zamir has programmed a nifty little app that can recognize what is in an image – in particular, a dream image. To try it out,go to Daniel’s GitHub page first to download the app. Next, click on the green “Clone or download” button. If you download the ZIP file, open the file, then open the folder “dist” and click on “app.exe.” Should your computer refuse to open the app because Windows defender does […]

Source Challenge: Old Family Photographs

Here’s a new source challenge for you. Take your time finding material for this challenge. As you know, our challenges never have a closing date! Simply scan an old or even historical family photograph and make it into a dream. Alternatively, if you don’t have, or don’t want to use, a personal photograph, use public domain material. Here are some useful sites for historical family photographs: Wikimedia Commons, category historical images of people; Library of […]

Bead Challenge

It’s time for our latest style challenge. Adapt the styles any way you like and use them for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge. Full resolution images can be found here  

GauGAN

Like thispersondoesnotexist, GauGAN (named after artist Paul Gauguin and GANs, i.e. generative adversarial networks) is another GAN-based tool developed by NVIDIA. This interactive app uses familiar paint program devices such as paint buckets and brushes to suggest a landscape in the form of a segmentation map on the left side of the screen. The GAN simultaneously translates your scribbling into a virtual landscape of your choice on the right side of your screen. What is […]

Background vs Foreground, Bird Source Challenge

This #DDGchallenge is an exercise in differentiating background from foreground while using style transfer. All of these birds have distinctly different colors and lighting in their backgrounds. Find or create a style image with matching lighting/shading/colors that capitalize on the distinction. This can be done as simply as searching through potential styles for the right colors. Here are some places to browse: https://unsplash.com/t/textures-patterns https://pixabay.com/illustrations/search/art/ Or by finding two (or more) different styles that appropriately match the foreground […]

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 […]

Spektrel Art

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Download Spektrel Art for free for Windows and Mac. The app for IOS costs USD 2.99, the Android app EUR 1.09. The free download works like a charm. However, if you want to save the images you adjust with the program, you need to register with the company even for the free product. The company Jixipix then immediately e-mails you a registration number that you have to enter to unlock the save function. The images […]

Chaotica

Chaotica‘s website describes Chaotica as “a next-generation fractal art application, designed for both novices and professional artists.” Download the free versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux  here. The free program will render images of up to 1.23 mp. If you want to create images with up to 4 mp and animations, buy a license for USD 29 or EUR 25. Alternatively, purchase a professional license for USD 99 or EUR 89 to make images […]

Fractal Flower Challenge

Flowers are everywhere at the moment so I thought I’d add a few more. Adapt the styles/sources any way you like and use them for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images cultivated especially for this challenge. Full resolution images can be found here

JWildfire

JWildfire stands out for its flame fractal generator. Wildfire is a java-based image processing software (hence the “J”). The latest version (4.10), was released on May 11, 2019. Apart from the software, the site offers numerous support resources, such as a blog, a forum, and tutorials. Tip: software developer and architect Andreas Maschke provides a gallary of sample flame fractals you might find useful as styles for dreaming. To run the program, you need to […]

Grid Challenge

To pay homage to one of DDG’s great styles I have developed some challenge images along the same lines. Adapt the styles any way you like and use them for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge. Full resolution images can be found here

Fractal Mountain Style Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we go into the fractal mountains for our style challenge! Adapt the styles any way you like and use them for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge. Full resolution images can be found here  

60’s psychedelia style challenge

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It’s time to go back to the 60’s for a psychedelia style challenge! Anyone in the Deep Dreamers FB group is welcome to use the images built especially for this challenge. Go wild – adapt the styles any way you like and use for dreaming. Post your best dreams in this thread.

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: 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 NtKtz……..UxDOaNaNaNarzHtLLiTdp3I./…….s4EwO7YDcbhPz1………………… …………………A…..3….8….UKNsFrNmZ4N7NoI………………………. .sU1….0MU/4…………….UyDDM1vS3KB..IcN0b.T6AnzUD53SDmxHvj………..iSIsu […]

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, “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.

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