If you have always dreamed of being performed by one of the greatest artists, you will finally make your wish come true. Google’s Art and Culture app has a whole new feature that will bring Picasso into your living room and put you in the spotlight.
The Art Transfer feature goes even further than the app’s previous fun filter, Art Selfie. Instead of scouring its huge database to find matches with your photos, it applies different filters to the images, much like famous artists in history.
If you want to take it a step further, find everything you need to know to create your own art in our guide to art techniques.
After taking or choosing a photo and applying filters ranging from “Self-portrait in the style of Vincent Van Gogh” to “Free South Africa by Keith Haring” (as well as a multitude of other artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso), you have the option of saving the result as an image or a gif. The app also offers anecdotes about the artist and the possibility to see his work in a virtual gallery (more details later).
We have to say that we really enjoy the result and have taken the liberty of giving a nearby cat a plethora of makeovers. First of all, ‘The Scream of Edvard Munch’.
And then a self-portrait à la Frieda Kahlo.
The app uses AI-based technology to analyze any photo and transform it, and also not just by applying a simple filter. “Once you’ve taken your photo and selected a style, Art Transfer doesn’t just mix the two things together or just layer your image,” says product manager Michelle Luo.
“Instead, it launches a unique algorithmic recreation of your photo inspired by the specific art style you’ve chosen.”
Honestly, we’ll probably be spending all day on this. But there is more the app can do for you right now. In addition to fun filters, it also offers a bunch of cultural content that fills the time, including virtual tours of over 1,200 art galleries and museums – check out our roundup of online art galleries for more. know more. There are also artistic activities and interactive experiences.