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’.
Here’s the general methodology I’ve worked out that works pretty well for my “theme” collages, and an introduction to basic Photoshop concepts like layers and masking.
How to easily ensure your photos and videos are backed up and remove them from your phone’s storage when you need to free up space.
Paint.NET – Free Software for Digital Photo Editing It’s a good, lightweight alternative to Photoshop and it’s free.
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 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 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.
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 […]
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. […]
Use these public domain photos as style images for your dreams!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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). […]
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!
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.
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 […]
It’s time for another DDG challenge. Here are some public domain images of pigs for your dreams to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig starting on February 5, 2019!
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
Use these public domain bricks as style images for your dreams!
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Photoshop’s free basic image editor for desktop machines.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
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.
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 […]
In this video, Daniel Zamir shows how to combine two styles. While he uses the program GIMP, other image editors offer similar processes. Daniel Zamir’s Redreaming Guide features style combinations in redreaming.
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
Photoshop Mix is one of my favorite mobile tools for layered graphic composition, color manipulation, and collage for DDG. It’s almost as fast as PS Express for collage creation, and offers many advanced options that PS Express doesn’t, like overlapping layers, Photoshop’s layer blending modes, advanced masking capabilities including soft edges, and the ability to paint stylized “Looks” selectively onto parts of a layer. I cover my collage creation process with Photoshop Mix in detail […]
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 […]
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 […]
In this post, I’ll be presenting a new 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 […]
Mark Wacholtz patiently compiles dreams from selected DDG challenges and sets them to fitting music. It’s fun to watch the dreams go by in succession!
It’s time for a new challenge: Breathe new life into paintings from a past era using one of these images from Wikimedia Commons. Download the images at http://ddg.wiki/A-Fresh-Take-on-Old-Paintings/ and post your best dreams in the thread below.
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. […]