No matter how hard we try, there's no escaping those embarrassing pictures from our school days that haunt the walls of our family homes. But fear not, a new AI photo generator has just dropped, allowing you to reimagine your awkward teen yearbook pictures, with an ultra-glam '90s twist.
Whether you're a Gen Z like me, with major retro FOMO, or a '90s baby that gets a chill when the old yearbook is cracked out, this trend is a super-fun use of AI that's got the internet like, totally buggin'. (if you want to create your own yearbook portraits from scratch check out our guide on how to download Photoshop).
Using the AI photo editing app Epik, users can generate their own yearbook pictures by submitting eight to twelve selfies for the AI to transform. The generator is capable of concocting up to 60 different personas ranging from preppy cheerleaders to the football team captain. Even the stereotypically 'nerdy' portraits all have a familiar (and slightly uncanny) filtered effect to them, meaning that even the supposed 'unflattering' prompts will probably be more fetching than our awkward teen selves.
The app is available via the App Store and Google Play Store and is free to download. However, the yearbook AI function is a paid feature, setting you back a mighty $5.99 (and $9.99 for its speedier service). But if that hasn't deterred you, Epik has shared a tutorial to its TikTok account, showing users how to recreate these retro AI renditions.
The app has been embraced across social media, with users sharing their AI-generated pictures on TikTok and Instagram. While the AI images are a fun (and overly flattering) reimaging of our past selves, there's a general consensus across social media that the portraits are certainly a lot more favourable than our school year selves.
Even celebrities took to Instagram to share their peculiar portraits, such as actress Keke Palmer, who felt the AI pictures were a little uncanny, captioning her post: "Idk y’all.. I feel like mine ain’t me fr." Influencer Bretman Rock was equally disturbed by the results, asking "Who are these people," in a confused post.
While most results were a little removed from reality, other AI-generated yearbook pictures were downright ridiculous. Instead of applying his own pictures, TikToker Joe Mele decided to insert snaps of his dad into the AI generator, and the results were suitably strange – oddly, he's a total '90s bombshell.