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How to Train a Progressive Growing GAN in Keras for Synthesizing Faces

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Generative adversarial networks, or GANs, are effective at generating high-quality synthetic images. A limitation of GANs is that the are only capable of generating relatively small images, such as 64 64 pixels. The Progressive Growing GAN is an extension to the GAN training procedure that involves training a GAN to generate very small images, such as 4 4, and incrementally increasing the size of the generated images to 8 8, 16 16, until the desired output size is met. This has allowed the progressive GAN to generate photorealistic synthetic faces with 1024 1024 pixel resolution. The key innovation of the progressive growing GAN is the two-phase training procedure that involves the fading-in of new blocks to support higher-resolution images followed by fine-tuning. In this tutorial, you will discover how to implement and train a progressive growing generative adversarial network for generating celebrity faces. Discover how to develop DCGANs, conditional GANs, Pix2Pix, CycleGANs, and more with Keras in my new GANs book, with 29 step-by-step tutorials and full source code. Photo by Alessandro Caproni, some rights reserved. GANs are effective at generating crisp synthetic images, although are typically limited in the size of the images that can be generated.


A Gentle Introduction to the Progressive Growing GAN

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Progressive Growing GAN is an extension to the GAN training process that allows for the stable training of generator models that can output large high-quality images. It involves starting with a very small image and incrementally adding blocks of layers that increase the output size of the generator model and the input size of the discriminator model until the desired image size is achieved. This approach has proven effective at generating high-quality synthetic faces that are startlingly realistic. In this post, you will discover the progressive growing generative adversarial network for generating large images. Discover how to develop DCGANs, conditional GANs, Pix2Pix, CycleGANs, and more with Keras in my new GANs book, with 29 step-by-step tutorials and full source code.


How to Implement Pix2Pix GAN Models From Scratch With Keras

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The Pix2Pix GAN is a generator model for performing image-to-image translation trained on paired examples. For example, the model can be used to translate images of daytime to nighttime, or from sketches of products like shoes to photographs of products. The benefit of the Pix2Pix model is that compared to other GANs for conditional image generation, it is relatively simple and capable of generating large high-quality images across a variety of image translation tasks. The model is very impressive but has an architecture that appears somewhat complicated to implement for beginners. In this tutorial, you will discover how to implement the Pix2Pix GAN architecture from scratch using the Keras deep learning framework. Discover how to develop DCGANs, conditional GANs, Pix2Pix, CycleGANs, and more with Keras in my new GANs book, with 29 step-by-step tutorials and full source code. How to Implement Pix2Pix GAN Models From Scratch With Keras Photo by Ray in Manila, some rights reserved.


A Gentle Introduction to StyleGAN the Style Generative Adversarial Network

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Taken from: A Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks. We can review each of these changes in more detail. The StyleGAN generator and discriminator models are trained using the progressive growing GAN training method. This means that both models start with small images, in this case, 4 4 images. The models are fit until stable, then both discriminator and generator are expanded to double the width and height (quadruple the area), e.g. 8 8. A new block is added to each model to support the larger image size, which is faded in slowly over training. Once faded-in, the models are again trained until reasonably stable and the process is repeated with ever-larger image sizes until the desired target image size is met, such as 1024 1024.


How to Develop an Information Maximizing GAN (InfoGAN) in Keras

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Taken from the InfoGan paper. Let's start off by developing the generator model as a deep convolutional neural network (e.g. a DCGAN). The model could take the noise vector (z) and control vector (c) as separate inputs and concatenate them before using them as the basis for generating the image. Alternately, the vectors can be concatenated beforehand and provided to a single input layer in the model. The approaches are equivalent and we will use the latter in this case to keep the model simple.