Any-resolution Training for High-resolution Image Synthesis

Lucy Chai Michaƫl Gharbi Eli Shechtman Phillip Isola Richard Zhang
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory & Adobe Research
European Conference on Computer Vision 2022

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Abstract: Generative models operate at fixed resolution, even though natural images come in a variety of sizes. As high-resolution details are downsampled away, and low-resolution images are discarded altogether, precious supervision is lost. We argue that every pixel matters and create datasets with variable-size images, collected at their native resolutions. Taking advantage of this data is challenging; high-resolution processing is costly, and current architectures can only process fixed-resolution data. We introduce continuous-scale training, a process that samples patches at random scales to train a new generator with variable output resolutions. First, conditioning the generator on a target scale allows us to generate higher resolutions images than previously possible, without adding layers to the model. Second, by conditioning on continuous coordinates, we can sample patches that still obey a consistent global layout, allowing for scalable training. Controlled FFHQ experiments show our method takes advantage of the multiresolution training data better than discrete multi-scale approaches, achieving better FID scores and cleaner high-frequency details. We also train on other natural image domains including churches, mountains, and birds, and demonstrate arbitrary scale synthesis with both coherent global layouts and realistic local details, going beyond 2K resolution in our experiments.


The typical preprocessing pipeline for unconditional image synthesize resizes all images to the same size, which discards available pixels. We propose a training procedure which can leverage these additional pixels from higher resolution images for image synthesis.

We treat an image as a continuous 2D surface, where real images and synthesized samples correspond to discretizations of this surface. To deal with images of varied sizes, we sample patches of a fixed size at continuous resolutions and locations.

Our training pipeline can handle images of different resolutions. We resize the FFHQ dataset to validate design decisions, and additionally collect images from Flickr to build our multi-size datasets.

By setting the coordinate grid appropriately, our generator is capable of synthesizing additional details as the resolution increases.

As we extrapolate on this coordinate grid, the generated textures tend to deteriorate first, dependent on the native training image sizes.

We can modify our approach to synthesize on a cylindrical image plane, which naturally creates 360 degree panoramas.
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Supplementary Video

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Random Samples

Click on the panels below to view randomly generated patches from our model in comparison to super-resolution models. Our model is trained to synthesize images at continuous resolutions from random noise samples, and thus is not directly supervised with low-resolution and high-resolution pairs from real images.

Click on the panels below to view randomly generated full image samples from our model at different sizes.

Click on the panel below to view randomly generated panoramas.


L Chai, M Gharbi, E Shechtman, P Isola, R Zhang. Any-resolution training for high-resolution image synthesis. ECCV 2022.

  title={Any-resolution training for high-resolution image synthesis.},
  author={Chai, Lucy and Gharbi, Michael and Shechtman, Eli and Isola, Phillip and Zhang, Richard},
  booktitle={European Conference on Computer Vision},

Acknowledgements: We thank Assaf Shocher for feedback and Taesung Park for dataset collection advice. LC is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 1745302 and Adobe Research Fellowship. This work was started while LC was an intern at Adobe Research and was supported in part by an Adobe gift. Recycling a familiar template ;).