Doron Adler and Justin Pinkney, two software engineers, recently released a “Toonification translation” AI model that turns real faces into flawless cartoon representations. And while the toonification tool, “Toonify,” was originally available to the public, it became too popular to sustain cheaply. But some people managed to Toonify a ton of celebrities before the tool was pulled, and all the animations are stellar.
In a series of blog posts, which come via Gizmodo, Pinkney outlines how he and Adler created Toonify. Pinkney, who’s based in the U.K., says he began the process using a generative adversarial network (or GAN) referred to as StyleGAN2. A GAN is a type of machine learning system that pits one neural network against another in order to achieve a desired result; in this case, selecting for the best Toonified faces.
Using StyleGAN2, which is able to create stunningly realistic faces (each one of the faces on thispersondoesnotexist.com, for example, is…