VToonify is a free and open-source tool that uses machine learning to convert photo to cartoon. It is one of the best online cartoonizer that you can use as it has several very powerful AI models trained on various cartoon images from popular Disney and Pixar movies. On Huggingface, there is a demo of this tool where you can try this out and I have used that here as well to demonstrate how it works.
We have covered online cartoonizer before but they are mostly paid or leave a watermark in the free version. But VToonify here is completely free and open source. You can run it on your own PC if you have good hardware configuration. The best part is that not just photos or images, but you can also use it to carbonize videos as well. If you want to cartoonize a human face in a video then you can use it as well.
How to Convert Photo to Cartoon using AI with this Free Open Source Tool?
Getting started with VToonify is very simple. It is hosted on Hugging face and you can access it from here. The main interface is very simple but it will take some time to load. The very first thing that you have to do on this website is select a model and load it. Examples for each model are given and it depends on you which one you want to use.
Next, you upload the image and prepare it to be fed to the AI model. Make sure that you upload a photo that clearly shows a face. Click on Rescale Image button and then it will generate the final image that can be used as an input. If the face is unclear or if there are some issues with the photo, then it will tell you that.
Finally, you scroll down to the bottom and click VToonify button. It will take a couple of seconds and will generate the final cartooned photo. You can right-click on it to save it on your PC. This is as simple as that.
In this way, you can use this powerful AI tool to cartoonify your photos for free. You can use it any number of times. If you don’t like the output then you can go scroll to the top, and select a different model to generate cartoon photo.
VToonify is the best free photo cartoonzier I have ever used till now. I liked the output that it produces and the fact that it is open source. If you have knowledge of programming then you just fork it and deploy it on your own servers. For more sophisticated use, you can train your own model. All the instructions are given on its GitHub repository. There are some Jupyter Notebooks as well that you can spin up in Google Colab and try it out there for free.