There is a lot more that goes into a reproduction of a painting that goes beyond just copying how it looks and trying to recreate the colors, but it seems that researchers are getting closer to being able to successfully reproduce paintings through the use of AI and also 3D printing, the latter of which is used to help better recreate certain colors.
According to the researchers, traditional 2D printing typically uses four different color inks: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. These colors are then combined to try to get the colors you see on your screen, although for the most part for anyone with a home printer knows, it’s not quite the same.
However by using 3D printing, the researchers can “stack” up to ten different types of ink that will achieve better color reproduction due to the depth of colors. In the video above, it shows how 3D printing actually allows the reproduced painting to look quite similar to the original. AI is also used to determine the optimal mix of colors required to achieve that look. It will also be used to determine the best look under different lighting conditions.
According to one of the researchers, mechanical engineer Mike Foshey, “The value of fine art has rapidly increased in recent years, so there’s an increased tendency for it to be locked up in warehouses away from the public eye. We’re building the technology to reverse this trend, and to create inexpensive and accurate reproductions that can be enjoyed by all.” Right now not all colors can be reproduced due to a limited ink library, but the researchers are hoping to expand on this in the future.