ENHANCE! ‘Photo-Realistic’ Emojis and Emotes With Progressive Face Super-Resolution

Progressive Face Super-Resolution via Attention to Facial Landmark arxiv.org is a machine learning model trained to reconstruct face images from tiny 16×16 pixel input images, scaling them up to 128×128 with nearly photo-realistic results. Here’s an example:

FFHQ faces are not from the dataset, but generated faces the StyleGAN model trained on it. Try it yourself at https://thispersondoesnotexist.com

A detail not mentioned in the official paper, pretty high percentage of Harry-Potter-style scars…🤨

This is a best case scenario for this model. While I didn’t cherry pick these samples, these faces are cropped to the right size, they are roughly aligned, and they were resized to 16×16 pixel input images with the exact same code that was used to train and test the model. This is what this model was built for.

What about what it wasn’t built for?

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