Google's AI-Powered Chimera Painter Turns Crappy Doodles Into Ferocious Monsters

The failed attempt of the author of a chimera. The author’s failed attempt to make a pipe dream. Chimera painter

Our AI lords could employ an army of bizarre chimeras. At least that’s the atmosphere that the new Google gives me “Chimera painterA web-based machine learning model that turns half-baked doodles (or in my case, beautiful sketches) into disturbing monsters.

Why would Google do such a thing? According to the company’s AI blog (which is written by humans), a tool like Chimera Painter could reduce the time it takes to create high-quality art or game elements “without sacrificing artistic choices.”

To prove the potential of an AI monster generator, Google’s Stadia team designed a monster card game with creatures exported from Chimera Painter. It’s a compelling experiment that shows how AI could help speed up creative projects or game design. Tools like Chimera Painter could also inspire visual artists during a “drawing” stage or produce replacement resources for game developers.

But how does Chimera Painter turn doodles into monsters? Google trained its AI to understand a 2D “creature outline” where different colors represent a monster’s head, legs, back, teeth, and other body parts. Interestingly, most of this training took place in Unreal Engine with 3D models. After designing a cool template and applying some fantastic lighting effects, Google cut the model into segments so his AI can figure out how each part of the body works together to create a full-fleshed monster.

Shapes Chimera Painter Demo is free, and it could be a lot of fun for the kids. That said, it’s difficult to use the design tools built into the browser, which is why Google allows you to “load” artwork done in programs like Photoshop. If you are interested in AI image generators, you should also take NVIDIA GAN Landscape or IBM AI-based building designer for a turn.

Source: Google via TechCrunch

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