Is every man really an artist? Of course not. But anyone can pretend to be with Google’s latest AI Experiment AutoDraw.
The Web-based tool pairs machine learning with artist-created designs to help you better express yourself.
Just visit autodraw.com on your computer, smartphone, or tablet to start scribbling.
Try sketching your best rendition of a cat, pizza, houseboat, or rabbit’s foot keychain, and Google will fill in the blanks. It’s like an arts-and-crafts version of autocorrect.
The suggestion tool uses the same technology as Google’s Quick, Draw!, another of the company’s growing number of AI experiments intended to prove artificial intelligence can be applied to human pursuits.
AutoDraw can currently guess “hundreds” of drawings, according to the product page; more images will be added over time. Users can look for a gold star next to drawings in the suggestion bar to find community submissions from creators like Erin Butner, Julia Melograna, Simone Noronha, Hawraf, Pei Liew, and Tori Hinn.
Use the integrated toolbar to add text, fill in, create shapes, change colors, and undo mistakes; when in “select” mode, drag and drop an illustration to resize, turn, or invert it.
“So the next time you want to make a birthday card, party invite or just doodle on your phone, it’ll be as easy and fast as everything else on the Web,” Dan Motzenbecker, creative technologist at Google Creative Lab, wrote in a blog announcement.
A side menu, meanwhile, lets you download and share your creation, or scrap it and start over. And there is an option to free draw, so you can really show off your skills—or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend.
With AutoDraw, there is nothing to download or buy, and it works anywhere you have a Web browser and network connection. So get creative in the dentist’s waiting room, at the in-laws’ house, or on the daily train commute. And don’t be shy about proposing objects for Google to add to its new program.