Every day, I tell my cat that she’s the prettiest animal on the planet. I hold her in the air and say, “Greta, you deserve to be painted by the masters!” This is a faraway dream that may never come true, but Google’s new Art Transfer AI is, for now, a decent stand-in.
The Art Transfer AI, which is free through the Google Arts and Culture App, is trained to learn the style of classic paintings across all genres. It then takes the characteristics of these paintings and uses them to alter whatever photo you wish. And while the results of this tool are often spotty, they’re generally fun to use and occasionally breed an impressive image.
If you want to use the Art Transfer tool, then download Google Arts and Culture (Android/iOS) on your phone. Open the app, press the camera icon, and select Art Transfer. Just to be clear, all of this image processing happens directly on your phone, so you don’t have to worry about Google mining your personal images for data.
Of course, you may already have Google Arts and Culture on your phone. The app is already popular for its Art Selfie tool, which scans your face and discovers classic portraits that look like you. Arts and Culture also has AR tools that allow you to look through galleries, see classic images in your room, or browse art of a specific color palette.