Art by Shape Classification

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Art is a form of abstraction. In this work we abstracted photographs by fitting shapes to image regions.  In fact, we used a trained shape classifier to decide which shape (ellipse, triangle, rectangle, or some general polygon) made the best fit. Or users could force a choice, using just circles, for example. This allowed us to create art using paper cuts-outs, after Matisse’s famous L’escargot.


This work lead us into further research that showed “prime shapes” exist as discernible and useful features in in real images, see the

    Y-Z. Song, D. Pickup, C. Li, P. Rosin, and P. Hall, Abstract Art by Shape Classification,
    IEEE TVCG 2013,

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