Monday, April 15th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

The Glaze Project releases anti-AI ‘style cloaking’ tool Glaze 2.0

A tweet by illustrator Super Furet showing an image processed by anti-generative-AI tool Glaze 2.0 in “under two minutes” on a system with a GeForce RTX 1070 GPU.

The Glaze Project has released Glaze 2.0, the new version of its free tool for preventing generative AI models from copying the style of online images.

The machine-learning-based tool applies a ‘style cloak’ to images: barely visually perceptible changes designed to mislead generative models that try to learn the style of a specific artist.

Glaze 2.0 boosts processing speed on Macs with Apple Silicon chips by “over 5x”, improves performance on other platforms by “around 50%”, and improves output image quality.

A free tool to make it harder for AI models to learn artists’ styles from online images
Released last year by researchers at the University of Chicago, Glaze makes it harder for generative AI models to learn artists’ personal styles from images scraped from online galleries.

The software applies a ‘style cloak’ to images processed with it, intended to disrupt the training of AI models without the changes being significant to human viewers.

It’s intended to make it harder to reproduce artists’ personal styles via text-to-image generation, but the FAQs say it provides “some protection” against image-to-image style transfers.

Glaze 2.0: faster, more robust, and less visible to the human eye
Glaze 2.0 reduces the time taken to process an image, particularly on Macs.

The software is now “over 5x” faster on current Macs with M1, M2 and M3 processors, and “around 50%” faster on “most platforms”.

The output is also “significantly” more robust against the popular AI models Stable Diffusion 1, 2 and SDXL, particularly for ‘smooth surface art’ like anime.

Finally, the modifications made to images by the software are less visually perceptible.

Since we last wrote about the software, The Glaze Project has also released Nightshade, a separate tool intended to ‘poison‘ AI models trained on images processed with it.

Licensing and system requirements
Glaze 2.0 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 13.0+. At the time of writing, the macOS edition for Intel Macs has not been updated, and remains on version 1.1.1.

The software is free, and is available under a custom EULA.

Read more about Glaze on the product website

Download free AI image-cloaking tool Glaze 2.0

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