StyleGAN2-ada for practice

This version of the newest PyTorch-based StyleGAN2-ada is intended mostly for fellow artists, who rarely look at scientific metrics, but rather need a working creative tool. Tested on Python 3.7 + PyTorch 1.7.1, requires FFMPEG for sequence-to-video conversions. For more explicit details refer to the original implementations.

Here is previous Tensorflow-based version, which produces compatible models (but not vice versa).
I still prefer it for few-shot training (~100 imgs), and for model surgery tricks (not ported here yet).


  • inference (image generation) in arbitrary resolution (finally with proper padding on both TF and Torch)
  • multi-latent inference with split-frame or masked blending
  • non-square aspect ratio support (auto-picked from dataset; resolution must be divisible by 2**n, such as 512x256, 1280x768, etc.)
  • transparency (alpha channel) support (auto-picked from dataset)
  • using plain image subfolders as conditional datasets
  • funky "digression" inference technique, ported from [Aydao]

Few operation formats ::

  • Windows batch-files, described below (if you're on Windows with powerful GPU)
  • local Jupyter notebook (for non-Windows platforms)
  • [Colab notebook] (max ease of use, requires Google drive)

Just in case, original [StyleGAN2-ada] charms:

  • claimed to be up to 30% faster than original [StyleGAN2]
  • has greatly improved training (requires 10+ times fewer samples)
  • has lots of adjustable internal training settings
  • works with plain image folders or zip archives (instead of custom datasets)
  • should be easier to tweak/debug

Presumed file structure

stylegan2ada root
├  _in input data for generation (check examples there)
├  _out generation output (sequences, videos, projected latents)
├  data datasets for training
│  ├  source [example] folder with raw images
│  ├  mydata(.zip) [example] prepared dataset (folder with clean images or archive)
│  └  newdata [example] another dataset
├  models trained networks for inference/generation
│  └  ffhq-1024.pkl [example] trained network file (may contain Gs only)
├  src source code
└  train training folders
   ├  ffhq-512.pkl [example] pre-trained model file (full G/D/Gs)
   ├  000-mydata-512-.. [example] auto-created training folder
   └ ⋯


  • Put your images in data as subfolder or zip archive. Ensure they all have the same color channels (monochrome, RGB or RGBA).
    If needed, first crop square fragments from source video or directory with images (feasible method, if you work with patterns or shapes, rather than compostions):
 multicrop.bat source 512 256 

This will cut every source image (or video frame) into 512x512px fragments, overlapped with 256px shift by X and Y. Result will be in directory source-sub, rename it as you wish.
If you edit the images yourself (e.g. for non-square aspect ratios), ensure their correct size.
For conditional model split the data by subfolders (mydata/1, mydata/2, ..).

  • Train StyleGAN2-ada on the prepared dataset (image folder or zip archive):
 train.bat mydata

This will run training process, according to the settings in src/ (check and explore those!!). Results (models and samples) are saved under train directory, similar to original Nvidia approach. For conditional model add --cond option.

Please note: we save both compact models (containing only Gs network for inference) as <dataset>-...pkl (e.g. mydata-512-0360.pkl), and full models (containing G/D/Gs networks for further training) as snapshot-...pkl. The naming is for convenience only.

Training duration is defined by --kimg X argument (amount of thousands of samples processed). Reasonable value for training from scratch is ~5000, while for finetuning 1000 may be sufficient.

If you have troubles with custom cuda ops, try removing their cached version (C:\Users\eps\AppData\Local\torch_extensions on Windows).

  • Resume training on mydata dataset from the last saved model at train/000-mydata-512-.. directory:
 train_resume.bat mydata 000-mydata-512-..
  • Uptrain (finetune) well-trained model ffhq-512.pkl on new data:
 train_resume.bat newdata ffhq-512.pkl --kimg 1000


Generated results are saved as sequences and videos (by default, under _out directory).

  • Test the model in its native resolution:
 gen.bat ffhq-1024.pkl
  • Generate custom animation between random latent points (in z space):
 gen.bat ffhq-1024 1920-1080 100-20

This will load ffhq-1024.pkl from models directory and make a 1920x1080 px looped video of 100 frames, with interpolation step of 20 frames between keypoints. Please note: omitting .pkl extension would load custom network, effectively enabling arbitrary resolution, multi-latent blending, etc. Using filename with extension will load original network from PKL (useful to test foreign downloaded models). There are --cubic and --gauss options for animation smoothing, and few --scale_type choices. Add --save_lat option to save all traversed dlatent w points as Numpy array in *.npy file (useful for further curating). Set --seed X value to produce repeatable results.

  • Generate more various imagery:
 gen.bat ffhq-1024 3072-1024 100-20 -n 3-1

This will produce animated composition of 3 independent frames, blended together horizontally (similar to the image in the repo header). Argument --splitfine X controls boundary fineness (0 = smoothest).

Instead of simple frame splitting, one can load external mask(s) from b/w image file (or folder with file sequence):

 gen.bat ffhq-1024 1024-1024 100-20 --latmask _in/mask.jpg

Arguments --digress X would add some animated funky displacements with X strength (by tweaking initial const layer params). Arguments --trunc X controls truncation psi parameter, as usual.

NB: Windows batch-files support only 9 command arguments; if you need more options, you have to edit batch-file itself.

  • Project external images onto StyleGAN2 model dlatent points (in w space):
 project.bat ffhq-1024.pkl photo

The result (found dlatent points as Numpy arrays in *.npy files, and video/still previews) will be saved to _out/proj directory.

  • Generate smooth animation between saved dlatent points (in w space):
 play_dlatents.bat ffhq-1024 dlats 25 1920-1080

This will load saved dlatent points from _in/dlats and produce a smooth looped animation between them (with resolution 1920x1080 and interpolation step of 25 frames). dlats may be a file or a directory with *.npy or *.npz files. To select only few frames from a sequence somename.npy, create text file with comma-delimited frame numbers and save it as somename.txt in the same directory (check examples for FFHQ model). You can also "style" the result: setting --style_dlat blonde458.npy will load dlatent from blonde458.npy and apply it to higher layers, producing some visual similarity. --cubic smoothing and --digress X displacements are also applicable here.

  • Generate animation from saved point and feature directions (say, aging/smiling/etc for FFHQ model) in dlatent w space:
 play_vectors.bat ffhq-1024.pkl blonde458.npy vectors_ffhq

This will load base dlatent point from _in/blonde458.npy and move it along direction vectors from _in/vectors_ffhq, one by one. Result is saved as looped video.