Image Manipulation with Perceptual Discriminators

  • Diana SungatullinaEmail author
  • Egor Zakharov
  • Dmitry Ulyanov
  • Victor Lempitsky
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11210)


Systems that perform image manipulation using deep convolutional networks have achieved remarkable realism. Perceptual losses and losses based on adversarial discriminators are the two main classes of learning objectives behind these advances. In this work, we show how these two ideas can be combined in a principled and non-additive manner for unaligned image translation tasks. This is accomplished through a special architecture of the discriminator network inside generative adversarial learning framework. The new architecture, that we call a perceptual discriminator, embeds the convolutional parts of a pre-trained deep classification network inside the discriminator network. The resulting architecture can be trained on unaligned image datasets, while benefiting from the robustness and efficiency of perceptual losses. We demonstrate the merits of the new architecture in a series of qualitative and quantitative comparisons with baseline approaches and state-of-the-art frameworks for unaligned image translation.


Image translation Image editing Perceptual loss Generative adversarial networks 



This work has been supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (grant 14.756.31.0001).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Sungatullina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Egor Zakharov
    • 1
  • Dmitry Ulyanov
    • 1
  • Victor Lempitsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Skolkovo Institute of Science and TechnologyMoscowRussia

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