A new genre of artificial intelligence-rich “style transfer” photo and video apps now lets you upgrade your filter game with new tech that alters photo looks via machine learning and brainwave-inspired neural networks to apply artistic styles to your photos and videos.
Simply put, neural networks use object recognition to recreate a target image in the style of a piece of specific art work or artistic style.
Why is photographic AI so hot? It’s all about uniqueness. As filters became ubiquitous via social media and editing apps like Instagram, the very technique used to add charm to an otherwise mundane snapshot becomes increasingly familiar. Once filters are easily recognized, their magic dissipates.
AI-based apps are not really filter overlays at all, but algorithm-based style transfer effects that fundamentally alter the structure of your photo. They respond to each image individually based on its content to render singular results.
AI image algorithm-based apps—whose styles are often based on recognized artists like Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, and Vincent Van Gogh—represent a burgeoning area of fun consumer photo tech. We’ve found a number of apps targeted to both still photos and video for desktop, online, and mobile use. All are free for download, though some also offer in-app purchases of various kinds. If you know others that we did not include, be sure to give a mention in the comments.