I have been having fun and exploring Topaz Studio 2 ability to stylize images
into artistic expressions. There are a lot of controls to twiddle to create
interesting effects. The ability to layer effects further increases the range
of possibilities. Here is an example:
I took the picture of a cactus flower - original - and first created an
Impression filter. I then layered two different AI Remix on top of that.
The Impression filter has a number of slider options and a brush stroke option.
I was curious if one can import a brush stroke and explored how TS2 works. The
Impression filter you select a brush. You can vary the brush characteristics.
To start exploring there is a slider called "painting progress." If you dial
that down to 0.01 and slowly increment, you can see the progression of strokes
added. If you are curious I recommend looking at the first few strokes, varying
the other slider to see the effect of the brush at a low level. The brushes are
PNG files that have transparency regions. They are in the Local AppData with
....Normal.png in the name.
I next applied two different AI Remix filters on top of the impression filter.
With the AI remix filter, you select a thumbnail of an image and it will apply
an AI Remix using that image as a style. Exploring all the JSON files in
C:\Users\you\AppData\Local\Topaz Labs\Topaz Studio 2 sub directories you can
trace the association to the style - JSON files. (or you can save your Look and
then look at the JSON file that created to see all the settings).
This AI remix exploring lead to associations with *.pb files. These are
TensorFlow model files. Further exploring TensorFlow.org there is a project
and an in depth article here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.06830 with link to pdf
"Exploring the structure of a real-time, arbitrary neural artistic stylization
TensorFlow seems to be at the basis of most of the TopazLabs AI tools.
TopazLabs has a new way to create artistic effects using TensorFlow. I imagine
in the future they will continue to add to the AI library. What would be really
cool is to add the ability to create one's own TensforFlow objects.
Not pure photography, but a lot of fun. I find knowing what can be done with
such tools has changed how I see with my camera. There are many other effects
still to explore.
Geek On - WayneS
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/