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NeuralStyler is a free tool which can turn pictures or videos into art.

This isn't the usual simple pixel-based filtering you'll see in most image editors. Instead the developer says NeuralStyler "converts your videos into art works by using styles of famous artists: Van Gogh,Wassily Kandinsky,Georges Seurat etc."

The program is compact and has very few options. Choose a file, select a style, pick a target or custom resolution (160x120, 320x240, 480x320, 640x480, 1024x768), click "Create Artistic Style" and wait.

You may then wait, wait, and wait a little more. We found converting large images to 1024x768 could take up to 18 seconds. Videos of even a few seconds will take minutes to convert.

Is all this effort worth it? As usual with this kind of tool, it all depends on the source image, but on balance we'd say yes. In our tests only around a third of the styles delivered worthwhile results, but these did include some eye-catching creations that we couldn't easily produce any other way.

What's new:

Adjust style strength
Video trimmer
Added option to keep aspect ratio
Added pause functionality
Added online help documentation
Added online help documentation
Option to disable scaling
Option to preview styled frame

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NeuralStyler can be slow, and it adds a small but noticeable "NeuralStyler" caption to the finihed image. But it also works offline, is no-strings free and occasionally delivers very impressive results. Factor in the option for third-party developers to add their own styles and NeuralStyler could grow into a great product.