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Deep Dream: Morphing Your Minis

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Rather impressive.

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18 April 2023page first published

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

In our previous article, we looked at using artificial intelligence (specifically, Deep Dream Generator) to create concept art for potential miniatures using photos as reference.

This time, let's reverse the premise – can we generate art based on our painted minis?

Screeching Terror

Back in 2021, the Screeching Terrors were showcased. Above, you can see an original photograph from the article. We submitted that article to Deep Dream as a base photo, gave it a basic prompt ("monster with wings"), and tried a variety of settings and filter strengths:

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #11

PhotoReal AI mode, lowest filter setting – note that Deep Dream automatically enlarges the photo (we're using the default 1MP size), with a side effect of making the photo blurry at low filter strength.

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Slightly higher filter setting, only small differences in the background pattern.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #1

This is using the Fantasy AI mode, which usually generates anime-type art.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #2

Same settings except higher filter strength, which allows the AI to make more changes to the original photo.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #3

Higher again – now, it is inventing background.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #4

A test using the Cyberspace AI model, which is usually used for sci-fi images. Our monster has lost an arm, but one of the original wings has been reinterpreted as a flying beastie.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #4

Same settings, but higher filter strength – now, that's some serious wackiness!

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #5

"In the style of Warhammer 40K" – now it's a three-armed mutant on some kind of landing platform.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #10

Another attempt.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #6

Artistic AI mode. "In the style of Warhammer Fantasy" – interesting that the AI now knows the bottom is a wargaming base.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #7

Same settings, higher filter strength.

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Higher filter again.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror #9

At the highest filter settings, the AI can even change the viewpoint.

Note that we did experiment with telling the AI to ignore the base, but that didn't work. The AI was also resistant to changing the background, unless such a high filter setting was used that the result looked quite different from the original photo.

Deep Dream Screeching Terror

For this final version, I cropped the original photo to remove the base. The prompt was "winged monster in enchanted mountains, in the style of Keith Parkinson, no logo, no lettering, no signature" I had to push the filter setting to 80% (almost the maximum) to get any background to appear. Very little resemblance to the Screeching Terror at this point.