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Creating the Perfect Complementary Collage for Your Source Image

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In this post, I’ll be presenting an experimental process of mine for creating detailed, vivid dreams. I’ve developed these steps over time to help me maximize the visual impact of my dreams and all but ensure an extremely high level of visual synergy between source and style. I’m hoping that a closer look into my process will give you a few new ideas to integrate into your own approach. I hope you’ll agree that this […]

Anonymizer

Upload a photo to this website to generate an anonymized portrait imagined by StyleGan. These portraits may be used in the social media. You may generate 50 images a month for free in low resolution (512 x 512 jpg) and for personal use. A citation and link to Generated Photos are required. On the same website, you can generate nonexistent persons – and apply parameters such as age, mood, skin and hair color.

DALL·E 2

Open AI’s new AI facility is currently (May 2022) still unavailable to users, but It promises to be a milestone in text-to-image generation. If you’re a fan of other text-to-image generators, you might consider exploring the website and joining the waiting list! The website does not show yet whether the pricing model for DALL·E 1 will apply to DALL·E 2 as well.

Luminar AI

Download a free trial version (Windows and macOS application and plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom) of LuminarAI for seven days to AI-augment your base images, style images, or finished dreams. Fairly easy to use on any images. You can download the resulting high-resolution images. Below is a DDG-dreamed tulip with and without enhancement using Luminar:

Wild Petals Challenge

#DDGChallenge Wild Petals Challenge. This time we have used JWildfire based images to create these interesting styles for our challenge. Adapt these 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.

thisxdoesnotexist

For a compilation of all sites that use generative adversarial networks to produce images of a certain category – for example real estate or cats –  go to https://thisxdoesnotexist.com/. You might find one or the other site useful for source or style images, who knows? Six-legged horses? Have fun playing around. If you want to use an image for dreaming, you’ll probably have to increase its resolution first.

Flamelet Challenge

#DDGChallenge Flamelet Challenge. This time we have used Flamelet for iPad base images to create these interesting 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.

Wild Glass Challenge

#DDGChallenge Wild Glass Challenge. This time we have used JWildfire base images to create these interesting 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.

Stickers Challenge

#DDGChallenge Sticker Challenge. This time we have used Mandala Maker stickers with Frax backgrounds to create these interesting styles for our challenge! Adapt the styles any way you like and use for dreaming. Anyone in the Deep Dreamers Facebook group is welcome to use the images created especially for this challenge.      

Water Drops Style Challenge 2021

Use these images as styles (or sources, if you prefer) for your dreams! Feel free to edit/manipulate the images how you see fit, they are all Free-to-Use images. Share your results in the comment of the Facebook post and feel free to Tag your Dreams on the site with #DeepDreamers, #DDGchallenge, and/or #DeepDreamersFacebookGroup. Enjoy!         Collages/Remixes by Daniel W. Prust:          

Mandala Challenge

#DDGChallenge Mandala Challenge. This time we have used Incendia base images with Kaleider masking to create these fancy mandala 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.

Audubon: Birds of America

John J. Audubon’s Birds of America has unlocked 435 high-resolution digital prints of birds from American Avocet to Zenaida Dove. For background information, see http://www.openculture.com/2019/10/download-435-high-resolution-images-from-john-j-audubons-the-birds-of-america.html or https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/10/birds-of-america-download/. Sweet dreams!    

Frax Colour Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Frax to create these very colourful 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 […]

Deep Style V2 and Transparent Backgrounds

Tip from Daniel Prust: With DEEP STYLE V2 you can now upload PNG images with transparent backgrounds and the AI won’t style the transparent part of the image. It will simply turn the transparent portion white in the dream output. Conversely, with V1, DDG would treat the transparent background as white during the styling process, which would lead to style bleeding into the background of the dream. So V2 users no longer have to adjust […]

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

Public Domain Pictures

Public Domain Pictures Public Domain Pictures is a repository for free public domain images. The images are available for commercial and personal use. While you need to sign up to a payment plan to download large, high-resolution images, the freely downloadable images have sufficient resolution for use in DD. Search for useful styles and sources by applying criteria such as categories. As an example, here’s a floral pattern image from the category background:

Rawpixel

rawpixel Rawpixel Ltd. is a UK-based stock image provider that offers an array of free and paid images. The company prides itself on authenticity and creativity and on supporting good causes. And here’s a special tip for Deep Dreamers: rawpixel provides public domain images enhanced to high resolutions. Register to download 10 free images daily for personal or commercial use. Also, download unlimited public domain images. Currently, “to help you during these difficult times”, rawpixel […]

Sphere Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Incendia to create the bubble sphere 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.

Butterfly Style Challenge

#DDGChallenge This time we have used Pixabay vector graphics butterflies layered onto a background to create 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.  

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 […]

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. […]

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