You can use the Lensa AI app to turn your photos into artistic portraits

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While scrolling through Instagram this weekend, I noticed an unusual trend throughout my feed—artistic representations of my friends’ selfies. To credit these masterpieces is Lensa’s AI app, and here’s how you can use it to get your own.

Lensa AI is a free-to-download, photo-editing app launched in 2018 and available in both countries Apple App Store and Google Play Store. At the end of November, the app launched a “magic avatar”, which increased its popularity, placing it at number 1 in the Apple App Store rankings for both the free apps category and photo and video catalog.

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“Magic Avatar” transforms 10 to 20 selfies you upload into artistic portraits of you – as an anime, fantasy or universe character, among others – by using stable diffusivity. So how do you make your own?

Although the app is free to download, you still have to pay to display your photos. As soon as you open the app after downloading you will be greeted with registration options. To access all the AI ​​editing tools and create your “magic avatar”, you need to subscribe to one of those options.

Luckily, there’s an option for a seven-day free trial, but just remember to cancel it before the seven days are up, or you’ll be charged $39.99 for the whole year.

Once you get past that and try to create your magic avatar, you’ll be taken to another fee wall where you can choose the photo pack you want to buy. I opted for the 50-photo package for $3.99.

People are using social media to share their skepticism that Lensa AI users are paying to display these images. According to Lensa AI, there is a fee for these images because “Magic Avatars consume tremendous computing power to create amazing avatars.”

Once you’ve paid, you’ll be prompted to submit 10 to 20 selfies with a warning that there’s no guarantee that all renders will be good. The app recommends sending in as many selfies as possible to eliminate as many errors as possible.

inside confidentiality agreement you sign in before using the app (you know – long contracts in small print we read so you don’t have to), Lensa says the photos you upload are used for training The app’s AI but will then be deleted after 24 hours.

However, in the terms and conditions, you agree to grant Lensa a “permanent, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully paid, license transferable, sublicensable to use, copy, modify, distribute, create derivative works of your User Content without any additional compensation to you,” by lens.

While using a photo-editing app may not pose more of a risk than using social media in general, you should review the company’s policies, based on past history. of some applications. A few years ago, the popular FaceApp was even flagged by the FBI as “counterintelligence threat.”

After submitting a photo, you have to wait about 20 minutes to receive the results, and you can choose to receive notifications when the AI ​​artist completes your drawing.

The renderings that I get are really cool and I only have about two complete photos where the photo is distorted in some way. My problem, however, is that most of the photos, although beautiful, don’t really look like me. As seen below, the people in the photo don’t even look alike.

Lensa AI application results

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If you are buying these images with a specific purpose, such as to get a new funny profile picture, this could be worth it as you should be able to find at least one interesting photo. . However, if you’re just doing it for fun like I am, you’ll be stuck with some photos you’ll never use and run out of $4. My suggestion: get a cup of coffee instead.


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