Taking over Japan. 🇯🇵 The second weekend in a row

It’s been the second weekend in a row our ToonMe app has hit #1 app overall on App Store in Japan, leaving behind such giants as Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok. Thanks to the increased interest shown by local TV hosts and editors, the app keeps its positions in the land of rising sun for two weeks already. And we hope it’s only the beginning.

The last week’s broadcast on Fuji TV of March 06-07 even triggered some servers outage at our side. Every time it happens we think we have made all necessary adjustments and are ready enough, but life shows that you are never ready. 😳

Maybe listing the channels which covered ToonMe is a little too much – their broadcasts are not easily accessible and Japanese is not spoken by everyone, but still we are so excited and proud that we simply can’t miss this chance. So here they are!

Stay TOONed with #1 Photography app in more than 30 countries

You can’t but notice all the adorable creatures that currently dominate social networks. Cutest Disney avatars in 3D/2D, vector looks, Archer inspired portraits, or collages boasting them altogether.

Yep, ToonMe.com skyrocketed overnight, having made us the happiest developers in the world. At the same time, our servers were down, keeping us down to earth and proving that it’s something you can never be ready enough for…

Meet our “settlers” – Thailand. Special thanks go to them as they started the trend last week via the web version by instantly inhabiting Instagram with thousands and thousands of adorable TOONs (mostly Disney avatars) created on TOONME.COM. The weekend went under the Brazilian flag on both the App Store and Google Play. Later joined Canada, France, Italy, Colombia… At the moment we are #1 Photography app in more than 30 countries. It’s the best feeling in the world!

P.S. We cannot keep in secret those 30+ countries 😍 Special thanks go to:

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Of course, rankings mean a lot, but what we love most is that you love the results and enjoy using the service. Even though we all know that at some point we couldn’t cope with the load – sorry for this.

As we mentioned above, our servers were down for some time but now everything is working properly and you can get your awesome cartoon portraits in a tap.

Oh, here is one more thing: we are almost ready with our new amazing styles. 😏 So stay TOONed!

For those of you who want to download the official TooMe app to their device, here are the links:

Get ToonMe on iTunes
Get ToonMe on GooglePlay

‘Tis The Season For Having Fun With Your Photos!

This year has been a little bit tough for all of us… We all need some magic and beauty to warm up our hearts this winter! 🤗  We’ve been working hard all year to bring you the best of Christmas fun and joy. ✨🎄 🎁 And today, on Christmas eve (and also shortly before New Year’s eve), we want to wish you all the finest things in life:

Yes, I want them now! 😊

Vectoriously Yours, Photo Lab

Ever since we came out with our much-loved AI-driven cartoon portraits, we’ve been working hard to impress you even more (yes, that might seem next to impossible, but we definitely had something left in the tank! 😉 )

So now we are ready to announce (can you hear the drum roll??…) our brand new digital art technology – vector art portraits! 🍾🍾🍾

Oh, that’s something worth paying attention to!

Doll yourself up for Halloween!

We all know that Artificial Intelligence can be smart, innovative and even artistic. But could you imagine that it can also be creepy, spooky and spine shiver sending? Yes, it definitely can! Especially on the eve of Halloween 😜 🎃

Our tried-and-true AI artist broke bad and came out with an algorithm that turns normal people into creepy dolls like the ones featured in those good old horror movies. Remember Chucky, Annabelle and Dolly Dearest? Now you have a chance to become one of them!

Terrified, but still want to learn more! 🙀

On a round trip with Photo Lab!

Hey bro, wanna come round for some cool new effects in Photo Lab? Because we have to offer quite a few effects that will surely make the world go round 😉

Any ideas what we are talking about? OK, enough suspense! It’s our brand new circle effects that have become quite a trend recently (especially because they look so neat when combined with our AI Cartoon effects). You can find them (together with other effects) in the Figure It Out category in the Photo Lab app.

Why do people love these effects? We don’t know for sure, but probably because they are stylish, trendy and look super cool as profile pics. 😎

So, what are the circle effects about? Let’s dig into that!

Photo Lab effect icons explained

Hi everyone! Today we’ll give you a couple of ideas on how to make your life not only way more entertaining but also a little easier.

While most of you are enjoying Photo Lab, we’ve noticed that it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which photos to upload to make the most out of an effect or combo you choose. And picking several pictures in a row doesn’t help, does it?

Okay, don’t panic and pay attention to those tiny icons on top of the effects’ and combos’ previews as they are your keys to less stressful editing without a doubt.

Check them all

Photo Lab on The Next Web!

It’s always nice to know when your work does not go unnoticed. So we’d like to share some great news with you today. One of the world’s largest online tech magazines, The Next Web, that delivers an international perspective on the latest news about Internet technology, business and culture, dedicated an article to our Photo Lab app and its AI Technologies.

“Photo Lab is a step up from filters that just auto-adjust your camera settings.” TNW

Continue reading Photo Lab on The Next Web!

Take a look at our new AI Cartoon Effects!

Full-body portraits, new effects, and loads of fresh stuff

It’s not easy to raise an AI artist. It requires effort, extensive technical skills, and lots of caring parenting love. If our AI would be a person, they would graduate from AI-college already with a set of solid skills. To celebrate that we’ve made a fresh and big update list. Here it is!

Widening the perspective

Guess what, now we’ve got full-body cartoon results. Our algorithm is being improved constantly, and by now the AI-artist is able to restyle the entire body instead of just bust-cropped portrait. Each one of those costs 20$ on freelance markets, but you know, AI doesn’t have to eat and pay bills, so you have your very own full-body artist free of charge. Сheck out our new full-body styles — Looking All Cartoon, Comic Strip Style, and What a Toon!. Yay!

There’s more to that 🦄…

How Photo Lab is NOT CONNECTED to the CIA

It’s not. We swear 🙂

After our Photo Lab app got viral in Bangladesh with its new photo effect (and reached #1 rank there on Android), three of their leading news websites «proved» it to be a part of IBM’s plan to sell data to the US Intelligence Agencies. Sounds ridiculous and it is, but that actually happened.

Shortly after we released new «AI Cartoon» effects, Photo Lab started slowly climbing the ranks in lots of countries. And this particular combo became a hit in lots of Muslim countries. Especially in Bangladesh! After becoming #1 photo editing app there by the end of last week, it moved up to top #1 overall in its Android store as of this Wednesday, beating Facebook and Instagram, the platforms from which the virality derived.

It became so popular that Bangladesh accounted for more than half of our daily processing, our servers even got down for some time. At some point, about half of Dhaka’s «Recent» Instagram posts were dedicated to our effects.

And early today the news broke. Three of Bangladesh’s leading websites (www.kalerkantho.com, www.somoynews.tv, banglanews24.com) posted an article claiming that Photo Lab is actually… CIA project aimed at collecting bank data of its users. Well, we are obviously not. We even don’t have an office in the US.

But just to respond to their points…