Multi-style generative network for real-time transfer

Hang Zhang, Kristin Dana

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Despite the rapid progress in style transfer, existing approaches using feed-forward generative network for multi-style or arbitrary-style transfer are usually compromised of image quality and model flexibility. We find it is fundamentally difficult to achieve comprehensive style modeling using 1-dimensional style embedding. Motivated by this, we introduce CoMatch Layer that learns to match the second order feature statistics with the target styles. With the CoMatch Layer, we build a Multi-style Generative Network (MSG-Net), which achieves real-time performance. In addition, we employ an specific strategy of upsampled convolution which avoids checkerboard artifacts caused by fractionally-strided convolution. Our method has achieved superior image quality comparing to state-of-the-art approaches. The proposed MSG-Net as a general approach for real-time style transfer is compatible with most existing techniques including content-style interpolation, color-preserving, spatial control and brush stroke size control. MSG-Net is the first to achieve real-time brush-size control in a purely feed-forward manner for style transfer. Our implementations and pre-trained models for Torch, PyTorch and MXNet frameworks will be publicly available (Links can be found at ).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2018 Workshops, Proceedings
EditorsLaura Leal-Taixé, Stefan Roth
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030110178
StatePublished - 2019
Event15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Sep 8 2018Sep 14 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11132 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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