Thanks to the popularity of sites like Instagram, many of the images friends and family share on social media have been run through the same filters and editing software. Gizmodo recently shared a new online application that will help switch things up: Linify.me, created by Reddit user Jungsosh, takes any image and redraws it using only straight coloured lines.
The application allows users to customise how each image is drawn. There are colour and grayscale options, as well as additive or subtractive settings, which either add coloured lines to a black background or remove them from a white one. The number of lines drawn, the line weight, and the number of tests that the programme runs before drawing each line are also user-controlled. (The higher the line count and thicker the weight, the more detailed the image will be.)
“Linify uses a greedy randomised algorithm,” Jungsosh told Gizmodo. “First, the darkest pixel is found. Then a number of random lines are drawn through that point, and the pixel values along each line are added together. The line with the darkest average is chosen, and the value of that line is subtracted from the image. Then the whole process is started over again for, however, many lines we are drawing.”