StyleCariGAN: Caricature Generation via StyleGAN Feature Map Modulation


We present a caricature generation framework based on shape and style manipulation using StyleGAN. Our framework, dubbed StyleCariGAN, automatically creates a realistic and detailed caricature from an input photo with optional controls on shape exaggeration degree and color stylization type. The key component of our method is shape exaggeration blocks that are used for modulating coarse layer feature maps of StyleGAN to produce desirable caricature shape exaggerations. We first build a layer-mixed StyleGAN for photo-to-caricature style conversion by swapping fine layers of the StyleGAN for photos to the corresponding layers of the StyleGAN trained to generate caricatures. Given an input photo, the layer-mixed model produces detailed color stylization for a caricature but without shape exaggerations. We then append shape exaggeration blocks to the coarse layers of the layer-mixed model and train the blocks to create shape exaggerations while preserving the characteristic appearances of the input. Experimental results show that our StyleCariGAN generates realistic and detailed caricatures compared to the current state-of-the-art methods. We demonstrate StyleCariGAN also supports other StyleGAN-based image manipulations, such as facial expression control.


  author    = {Wonjong Jang and Gwangjin Ju and Yucheol Jung and Jiaolong Yang and Xin Tong and Seungyong Lee},
  title     = {StyleCariGAN: Caricature Generation via StyleGAN Feature Map Modulation},
  booktitle = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH)},
  publisher = {ACM},
  volume = {40},
  number = {4},
  year = {2021}