Toonify Yourself!

Upload a photo and see what you'd look like in an animated movie!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does this work?

    This toonification system is made using deep learning. It's based on distillation of a blended StyleGAN models into a pix2pixHD image to image translation network.

    For information on all the technical details of how this works, see my blog post Making Toonify.

  • Why did you take it down? Will it be back?

    This has just been a fun side project for us, and the cloud bills were growing pretty quickly, so we decided to pull the plug. If you're interested in the details of how we deployed the site, how many images we served, and the costs involved, see my blog.

    We're currently working to bring back the website in a free and sustainable way for everyone, we fully expect this should happen pretty soon!

  • How did you come up with this idea?

    This all started from some earlier experiments Doron shared on Twitter that got a lot of interest. For a description of those early experiments see this blog post on self toonification, the idea is the same, but the method is different (and not really suitable for hosting as a webapp).

    Going even futher back in time, this was all based on some new methods of mixing StyleGAN models I came up with trying to make realistic Ukiyo-e portraits

  • How do I get good results?

    The algorithm works best with high resolution images without much noise. Looking straight on to the camera also seem to work best. Something like a corporate headshot tends to work well.

  • Do you store my photo?

    We don't store any of the images uploaded or generated. Once the toonification has finished running no images are kept on our systems.

  • My face wasn't found!

    We use the open source dlib face detector to find faces, it's designed to pick up frontal faces but isn't perfect.

  • Where did my glasses go?

    Not many characters from animated films wear glasses so the model seems to have learnt to mostly remove them.


This website was created by Justin Pinkney and Doron Adler. It uses deep learning to toonify images of faces. More details coming soon...

If you want to get in touch try us on Twitter: @Buntworthy and @Norod78.