FaceBlit: Instant Real-time Example-based Style Transfer to Facial Videos

Aneta Texler Ondřej Texler Michal Kučera Menglei Chai Daniel Sýkora
Proceedings of the ACM in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (Proceedings of I3D 2021) 4(1):14, 2021
We present FaceBlit-a system for real-time example-based face video stylization that retains textural details of the style in a semantically meaningful manner, i.e., strokes used to depict specific features in the style are present at the appropriate locations in the target image. As compared to previous techniques, our system preserves the identity of the target subject and runs in real-time without the need for large datasets nor lengthy training phase. To achieve this, we modify the existing face stylization pipeline of Fier et al. [2017] so that it can quickly generate a set of guiding channels that handle identity preservation of the target subject while are still compatible with a faster variant of patch-based synthesis algorithm of Skora et al. [2019]. Thanks to these improvements we demonstrate a first face stylization pipeline that can instantly transfer artistic style from a single portrait to the target video at interactive rates even on mobile devices.