TikTok’s ‘Bold Glamour’ and ‘Teenage Look’ filters are scaring off its viewers

The TikTok filters are incredibly effective at working in the face of obstacles like the teenage look (left) and bold glamor (right) hands that confounded previous mesh-based filters.
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tiktok is really good at keeping users entertained, especially with its barrage of filters. Filters have been harmless entertainment on TikTok for quite some time now, mostly serving as punchlines getting arrested Or masking your own voice, But two new filters are scaring TikTokers far and wide. Bold Glamor and Teenage Look are two new filters for the app that are potentially using AI to transform our faces to a completely unrecognizable and supernatural extent.

While I use TikTok regularly, my first experience with the bold glamor filter came when my partner sent me a screenshot of her messing around. To be blunt: It was bizarre. filter removed his buccal fat And applied my eyeshadow, mascara and lip color in one stroke. She was virtually unrecognizable, but it was really, really convincing – so much so that even she was taken aback.

“Dude TikTok filters are so crazy,” she wrote in a text shortly after showing me the screenshot.

Meanwhile, the Teenage Look Filter is also getting an equally lot of attention on TikTok. The filter shows two videos—one of you as you are now, and another of you with smooth skin, pink lips, and a round face. Basically, the app is trying to compare how it thinks about you.D see or see How do you look now as a teenager? While the effect can be just as convincing as the bold glamour, techcrunch argues that the true response to Teenage Look lies within filters that force users to confront their own mortality and aging.

Scroll through the pages of related filters and you will find plenty of evidence of TikTok creators who are amazed at how effortlessly these filters have transformed their faces. But there are tons of filters on TikTok that have been created by users themselves to add facial effects, so what makes the teenage look and bold glam so special?

“A traditional filter takes your two-dimensional screen, and then it overlays a face mesh on top that tracks your face,” said Luke Hurd. in a video Posted on his twitter. Hurd is a consultant who has worked according to Snapchat and Instagram filters ledge, ,[Bold Glamour] Actually the camera itself takes the image and then processes it.

The previous face filter relied on the face mesh that Hurd refers to, which maps and tracks human faces in order to apply the filter. When something (such as a hand) passes between your face and the camera this method can mess up the filter for a while as the filter becomes confused by the new obstacle. But Bold Glamor and Teenage Look are reportedly using Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs, to basically Cover your face using machine learning. These filters are also made by Tiktok itself and not by any user or third party company.

“Simply put, GANs pit two competing neural networks against each other in a battle to the death,” Hurd told The Verge. “Because it uses you, it then compares aspects of your face to a dataset of images that begins to match your cheeks, eyes, eyebrows, lips and more.”

As The Verge reports in detail, the outlet reached out to TikTok multiple times and did not receive comment on whether or not Bold Glamor and Teenage Look are using AI, but the dots certainly connect. Similarly, TikTok previously announced in February that filter creators could access the generative adversarial network in the app’s Effects House, which is TikTok’s home for filter creation tools.

Gizmodo also reached out to TikTok for more information on the mechanism behind the teenage look and bold glamour, and has yet to receive a response.

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