You can now add effects and styles from famous, iconic paintings to your photos using Google’s Arts and Culture App. This app was originally created to allow the public to view images and videos of artworks and cultural artefacts from cultural organizations throughout the world.
Time needed: 2 minutes
How to add effects from famous paintings to your photos (using Google’s Arts & Culture app)
- Download the app
From either Google Play or the Apple Store
- Open the app and tap the camera icon
- Tap Art Transfer
- Either take a photo or select one from your gallery
- Choose a style to transform your image
- If you don’t want to apply the style to the whole image, tap on the scissors and draw round the area you want to apply the effect to
- Tap gif to view your image transforming from the original to the artistic one
- Tap Share, to share your image on social or download it
Google’s Arts and Culture app is a result of Google’s “20-percent time” policy, in which employees were encouraged to spend 20% of their time working on an innovative project of interest. A group of employees decided that they wanted to use Google’s technology to make art more accessible for everyone, and the result grew into what is now Google’s Art and Culture App. It has been praised for increasing accessibility to art, and democratising art.
The Art Selfie function within the app allows people to find their fine art likeness by snapping a selfie. The app then matches the user’s face to old art museum portraits from Google’s database. Notice I didn’t post my own Art Selfie here… 🙂 Feel free to post yours in the comments section below though! 😉
Google’s Arts and Culture app is available here on Google play and here on Apple’s App store. There is a list of (mostly free) image editing software here. Please feel free to add comments below or share on social.