After FaceApp – the app that shows you how you might look 20/30 years from now by ageing your face in an image, there is another app that does some funny business with your face. AI portraits, unlike FaceApp that shows you a future version of yourself, it takes you in the past, way back in the past.

AI portraits is the new face altering app in the market that converts your image into a classical portrait. This AI tool along with smartphones can also be used on a desktop computer as well.

AI portraits

And before you start thinking about FaceApp and all the privacy concerns it raised and question AI portraits, you should read what they have to say.

“Your photos are sent to our servers to generate portraits. We won’t use data from your photos for any other purpose and we'll immediately delete them.”

The tool uses an AI system that turns your face into an oil, water color or ink portrait. Not just that, the AI is also trained to replicate painting styles of famous artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. So if it was your desire to have your portrait painted by the great Picasso himself, AI portraits is the place to go.

The tool is created by MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab’s Mauro Martino, Emanuele Del Sozzo, and Owen Cornec.

The AI of this tool is trained on 45,000 classical portraits to replicate your face using the painting style of the 15th century. Researchers say that the algorithm “decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead.”

Unlike other AI tools that simply pasted uninspiring layers on your face and called it portraits, this tool uses GAN- generative adversarial network to generate new features from scratch.

We have seen some tools in the recent past that uses AI to explore art and culture. One such example is that of GaugGan developed by NVIDIA which turns rough sketches into ‘photorealistis masterpieces’ using AI.