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"photo style transfer": models, code, and papers

Image2StyleGAN: How to Embed Images Into the StyleGAN Latent Space?

Apr 05, 2019
Rameen Abdal, Yipeng Qin, Peter Wonka

We propose an efficient algorithm to embed a given image into the latent space of StyleGAN. This embedding enables semantic image editing operations that can be applied to existing photographs. Taking the StyleGAN trained on the FFHD dataset as an example, we show results for image morphing, style transfer, and expression transfer. Studying the results of the embedding algorithm provides valuable insights into the structure of the StyleGAN latent space. We propose a set of experiments to test what class of images can be embedded, how they are embedded, what latent space is suitable for embedding, and if the embedding is semantically meaningful.

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Fast Face-swap Using Convolutional Neural Networks

Jul 27, 2017
Iryna Korshunova, Wenzhe Shi, Joni Dambre, Lucas Theis

We consider the problem of face swapping in images, where an input identity is transformed into a target identity while preserving pose, facial expression, and lighting. To perform this mapping, we use convolutional neural networks trained to capture the appearance of the target identity from an unstructured collection of his/her photographs.This approach is enabled by framing the face swapping problem in terms of style transfer, where the goal is to render an image in the style of another one. Building on recent advances in this area, we devise a new loss function that enables the network to produce highly photorealistic results. By combining neural networks with simple pre- and post-processing steps, we aim at making face swap work in real-time with no input from the user.

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Semantic Segmentation in Art Paintings

Mar 07, 2022
Nadav Cohen, Yael Newman, Ariel Shamir

Semantic segmentation is a difficult task even when trained in a supervised manner on photographs. In this paper, we tackle the problem of semantic segmentation of artistic paintings, an even more challenging task because of a much larger diversity in colors, textures, and shapes and because there are no ground truth annotations available for segmentation. We propose an unsupervised method for semantic segmentation of paintings using domain adaptation. Our approach creates a training set of pseudo-paintings in specific artistic styles by using style-transfer on the PASCAL VOC 2012 dataset, and then applies domain confusion between PASCAL VOC 2012 and real paintings. These two steps build on a new dataset we gathered called DRAM (Diverse Realism in Art Movements) composed of figurative art paintings from four movements, which are highly diverse in pattern, color, and geometry. To segment new paintings, we present a composite multi-domain adaptation method that trains on each sub-domain separately and composes their solutions during inference time. Our method provides better segmentation results not only on the specific artistic movements of DRAM, but also on other, unseen ones. We compare our approach to alternative methods and show applications of semantic segmentation in art paintings. The code and models for our approach are publicly available at:

* Published as a conference paper at EuroGraphics 2022 
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STRIVE: Scene Text Replacement In Videos

Sep 06, 2021
Vijay Kumar B G, Jeyasri Subramanian, Varnith Chordia, Eugene Bart, Shaobo Fang, Kelly Guan, Raja Bala

We propose replacing scene text in videos using deep style transfer and learned photometric transformations.Building on recent progress on still image text replacement,we present extensions that alter text while preserving the appearance and motion characteristics of the original video.Compared to the problem of still image text replacement,our method addresses additional challenges introduced by video, namely effects induced by changing lighting, motion blur, diverse variations in camera-object pose over time,and preservation of temporal consistency. We parse the problem into three steps. First, the text in all frames is normalized to a frontal pose using a spatio-temporal trans-former network. Second, the text is replaced in a single reference frame using a state-of-art still-image text replacement method. Finally, the new text is transferred from the reference to remaining frames using a novel learned image transformation network that captures lighting and blur effects in a temporally consistent manner. Results on synthetic and challenging real videos show realistic text trans-fer, competitive quantitative and qualitative performance,and superior inference speed relative to alternatives. We introduce new synthetic and real-world datasets with paired text objects. To the best of our knowledge this is the first attempt at deep video text replacement.

* ICCV 2021, Project Page: 
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Pose with Style: Detail-Preserving Pose-Guided Image Synthesis with Conditional StyleGAN

Sep 13, 2021
Badour AlBahar, Jingwan Lu, Jimei Yang, Zhixin Shu, Eli Shechtman, Jia-Bin Huang

We present an algorithm for re-rendering a person from a single image under arbitrary poses. Existing methods often have difficulties in hallucinating occluded contents photo-realistically while preserving the identity and fine details in the source image. We first learn to inpaint the correspondence field between the body surface texture and the source image with a human body symmetry prior. The inpainted correspondence field allows us to transfer/warp local features extracted from the source to the target view even under large pose changes. Directly mapping the warped local features to an RGB image using a simple CNN decoder often leads to visible artifacts. Thus, we extend the StyleGAN generator so that it takes pose as input (for controlling poses) and introduces a spatially varying modulation for the latent space using the warped local features (for controlling appearances). We show that our method compares favorably against the state-of-the-art algorithms in both quantitative evaluation and visual comparison.

* SIGGRAPH Asia 2021. Project page: 
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Temporally Consistent Semantic Video Editing

Jun 21, 2022
Yiran Xu, Badour AlBahar, Jia-Bin Huang

Generative adversarial networks (GANs) have demonstrated impressive image generation quality and semantic editing capability of real images, e.g., changing object classes, modifying attributes, or transferring styles. However, applying these GAN-based editing to a video independently for each frame inevitably results in temporal flickering artifacts. We present a simple yet effective method to facilitate temporally coherent video editing. Our core idea is to minimize the temporal photometric inconsistency by optimizing both the latent code and the pre-trained generator. We evaluate the quality of our editing on different domains and GAN inversion techniques and show favorable results against the baselines.

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Self-supervised Augmentation Consistency for Adapting Semantic Segmentation

Apr 30, 2021
Nikita Araslanov, Stefan Roth

We propose an approach to domain adaptation for semantic segmentation that is both practical and highly accurate. In contrast to previous work, we abandon the use of computationally involved adversarial objectives, network ensembles and style transfer. Instead, we employ standard data augmentation techniques $-$ photometric noise, flipping and scaling $-$ and ensure consistency of the semantic predictions across these image transformations. We develop this principle in a lightweight self-supervised framework trained on co-evolving pseudo labels without the need for cumbersome extra training rounds. Simple in training from a practitioner's standpoint, our approach is remarkably effective. We achieve significant improvements of the state-of-the-art segmentation accuracy after adaptation, consistent both across different choices of the backbone architecture and adaptation scenarios.

* To appear at CVPR 2021. Code: 
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Domain Stylization: A Strong, Simple Baseline for Synthetic to Real Image Domain Adaptation

Jul 24, 2018
Aysegul Dundar, Ming-Yu Liu, Ting-Chun Wang, John Zedlewski, Jan Kautz

Deep neural networks have largely failed to effectively utilize synthetic data when applied to real images due to the covariate shift problem. In this paper, we show that by applying a straightforward modification to an existing photorealistic style transfer algorithm, we achieve state-of-the-art synthetic-to-real domain adaptation results. We conduct extensive experimental validations on four synthetic-to-real tasks for semantic segmentation and object detection, and show that our approach exceeds the performance of any current state-of-the-art GAN-based image translation approach as measured by segmentation and object detection metrics. Furthermore we offer a distance based analysis of our method which shows a dramatic reduction in Frechet Inception distance between the source and target domains, offering a quantitative metric that demonstrates the effectiveness of our algorithm in bridging the synthetic-to-real gap.

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Protecting Intellectual Property of Generative Adversarial Networks from Ambiguity Attack

Mar 01, 2021
Ding Sheng Ong, Chee Seng Chan, Kam Woh Ng, Lixin Fan, Qiang Yang

Ever since Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) emerges as a viable business that utilizes deep learning models to generate lucrative revenue, Intellectual Property Right (IPR) has become a major concern because these deep learning models can easily be replicated, shared, and re-distributed by any unauthorized third parties. To the best of our knowledge, one of the prominent deep learning models - Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) which has been widely used to create photorealistic image are totally unprotected despite the existence of pioneering IPR protection methodology for Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). This paper therefore presents a complete protection framework in both black-box and white-box settings to enforce IPR protection on GANs. Empirically, we show that the proposed method does not compromise the original GANs performance (i.e. image generation, image super-resolution, style transfer), and at the same time, it is able to withstand both removal and ambiguity attacks against embedded watermarks.

* Accepted at CVPR2021 
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