Super Pyxelate converts images to 8-bit pixel art

rcarmo

This is very neat, but if you want to see a true (human) master at work, check out Mark Ferrari's GDC talk here: https://youtu.be/aMcJ1Jvtef0

I'd love to see an algorithm that could approximate this degree of mastery :)

grenoire

The problem is that none of these posterisation algorithms (reducing bit depth of channels and optionally dithering) match the quality of somebody placing the pixels by hand. It always looks more like 'deep fried' images as opposed to pixel art. None of the samples are appealing (except for perhaps that one with palm trees).

jerojero

I would look at them more as a tool that you could use as part of your toolset rather than a complete replacement.

You can put an image through it and then do manual touch ups, copy and paste other images and so on and start building a composition.

PostOnce

The Blade Runner one is missing the buildings, robocop has no mouth, BJ is missing part of the right side of his head.

anfractuosity

Just started watching that talk, lots of extremely impressive artworks, I'd never heard of the colour cycling techniques he talks about before which are very neat.

carrolldunham

Wow, sorry to be blunt but 1) it looks AWFUL. I didn't expect it to robustly-successfully redraw sources but this is just a dismal implementation of depth-reduction. 2) Its offensive, insulting, to say that this converts into 'pixel art'. 3) Not only that but it is trivial. I'm sure almost anyone reading will have done something at this level for interest in two or three lines and then abandoned it seeing how bad it looks. As a pallet cleanser (ha) here's an article about actually good low-color automated processing https://bisqwit.iki.fi/story/howto/dither/jy/

kingcharles

That's an amazing article. I had to dither all the 24-bit color sprite assets from the artists, when I was a video game developer in the 90s, into a single 256-color palette that was hand-picked. I just used a simple euclidian-distance algorithm and thought I was clever.

As always with HN I come out looking like an imposter!

Animats

Now you can generate cheezy NFT art from public domain images.

drdeca

I wonder if one alternate approach could perhaps be to do image segmentation on the original image, decide what segments are important enough to be preserved, and then, using other techniques to do the downscaling and color choosing, but while enforcing an additional constraint of sufficient contrast between the downscaled versions of the different segments? Like, if some detail would, if scaled down proportionally with everything else would become too small to make out, but where by making it a bit bigger than it should be would remain both recognizable, while still fitting ok within whatever larger thing?

E.g. converting lips into a row of pixels when necessary. Similarly with eyes.

6581

This may be 8 bit, but it's not pixel art.

elpocko

"I made a program that makes images look worse" seems like a realistic, but weird claim.

daneel_w

And accurate. It's just re-scaling and palette indexing, no different than what people toyed around with using Photoshop in 1998. It looks nothing at all like hand-pixeled art.

andai

Actually,

> Pyxelate downsamples images by (iteratively) dividing it to 3x3 tiles and calculating the orientation of edges inside them. Each tile is downsampled to a single pixel value based on the angle the magnitude of these gradients, resulting in the approximation of a pixel art. This method was inspired by the Histogram of Oriented Gradients computer vision technique.

> Then an unsupervised machine learning method, a Bayesian Gaussian Mixture model is fitted (instead of conventional K-means) to find a reduced palette. The tied gaussians give a better estimate (than Euclidean distance) and allow smaller centroids to appear and then lose importance to larger ones further away. The probability mass function returned by the uncalibrated model is then used as a basis for different dithering techniques.

> Preprocessing and color space conversion tricks are also applied for better results.

But yeah for all the effort, it doesn't look that much better than just exporting with a small palette and positional dithering.

Groxx

I'm kinda curious how this compares to imagemagick -> limit the colorspace. Though getting imagemagick to produce some of those styles of images may be difficult or impossible (like the purple/pink pattern on the bottom left corgi).

minimaxir

Interactive demo here (which is how I became aware of the submitted repo, although neither are created by me): https://huggingface.co/spaces/akhaliq/Pyxelate

gwbas1c

The images on that page are much lower color than 8 bit.

8-bit color is 256 total colors on the image. A combination of a good pallet and dithering can be very photorealistic.

placatedmayhem

I believe the "8-bit" descriptor is intended to reference 8-bit video game systems like the NES, but that seems poorly communicated in the project.

nope96

This reminds me of a tool in the BBS days that would convert a GIF into ANSI Art. (I think it was called gif2ansi)

mdp2021

One case in which ANN intervention could possibly discard unwanted results.

minimaxir

tbh I was looking into experimenting into this. Filtering bad results is how DALL-E works so it's not a crazy idea.

newobj

Subsampling and dithering the shit out of something does not pixel art make. It's called "art" for a reason