9 best photo editors using neural networks

9 best photo editors using neural networks In marketing, unique images and photos are always needed. They are needed for both articles and regular ads. It is extremely important that the marketer be able to use new, high-quality pictures and photos without being challenged by other people. This is what this material will talk about.

We’ve put together for you a selection of neural networks that make finding and preparing images for any purpose much easier. These are free tools that also contain additional functionality with a paid subscription.

Face App

Face App

This is a photo processing app from Wireless Lab. Recently, the app has become very popular due to the ability to change the face in a photo to see what a person will look like in old age.

The neural network can now do the following:

Make the person in the photo look old or young
To add a realistic smile
apply makeup
change the hair style
add a beard, glasses, accessories
Apply other filters available
The editor is very handy, it allows you to save images on your device or publish them immediately to social networks. The results are believable and great for any marketing purpose.

The app is free to use, but imposes its FaceApp watermark. Additional features are available by subscription

Movavi

Movavi

Movavi is a PC application that can work like a regular photo editor, but with advanced functionality and the use of neural networks. In particular, the program is used to restore old photos.

Among the functionalities is the ability to remove scratches and to automatically redraw damaged elements. The photo below shows an example of using the program. In addition, there are other functions:

removal of unnecessary objects in the image
applying filters, changing brightness, contrast
apply various filters
change the color of eyes and hair, remove various skin defects
Very often the program is used for posting to Instagram and Facebook.

Prisma

prisma

An application for Android devices that uses neural networks. The head of Prisma Labs is an ex-employee of Mail.ru Group.

With the help of the application, different styles can be applied to a photo to change the overall appearance of the image. The resulting images can be used for further processing or to publish directly to social networks. The photo below is an example of one of the Prisma styles.

You can use the app for free, including a list of certain filters, but the most attractive ones are only available with a subscription

FaceHero

FaceHero

This app is only available for Apple devices. With it, you can create realistic 3D busts based on just one photo. The application is developed by the company itSeez3D.

Currently, the program can perform the following functions:

Create and animate 3D avatars with simple actions
place a ready-made bust on the surface of objects using AR-technology
Create stickers for messengers
You can create a 3D model based on a simple photo or camera shot. However, it is recommended to take a photo with good lighting to improve the quality of the result. FaceHero

Colorize

Colorize

Colorize program is developed by Russian specialists from G-Core Labs and has open source code. With the help of a built-in neural network, the application can color black and white photos with realistic colors.

You just need to send the necessary photo and specify the Email address to which you will receive the final result. Usually it takes 10-20 seconds to process a single photo, but for large or complex photos it can take up to 30 minutes.
The service is free, but leaves a rather bright watermark, which you can remove for $10. Free users can upload no more than 50 pictures. With the paid rate, the limit rises to 10,000 images.

RemoveBG

RemoveBG

This service was developed with one goal – to remove the background of the photo and leave only the necessary object. Now the application’s neural network handles this task in just 5-10 seconds. The developers do not disclose their algorithms, but indicate that they use neural networks and their own algorithms for processing.

The service now works not only with people, but with other objects as well. In fact, it can be used to highlight any objects in a photo. If necessary, the finished image can be edited, pick up a background for the object and so on.

The service is perfect for any purpose that requires PNG images of objects. In the pictures below you can see the results of the application.

Looka

looka

This is a popular neural network based on TensorFlow. It can be used to create completely unique logos based on a few parameters specified by the user. Actually it is a simple logo generator that uses a neural network to generate the result.

You need to specify a few parameters:

The field of activity of your brand
Characters that describe your company
brand name and slogan
2 sets of colors corresponding to brand style
choose the specific colors in which the logos will be made
A few examples of logos you will like from the list of those available
Based on this information, the neural network will create several examples of new logos that fit your specified requirements.

Nvidia InPainting

Nvidia

Nvidia has launched its own photo retouching tool. With the service, users can upload and fix their photos using a “smart” brush.

The functionality of the application includes the removal of objects from a photo, which is very useful for pictures that have extra objects on them.

This Person Doesn’t Exist

This Person Doesn't Exist

This is one of the most popular services on the web that allows you to generate completely random people’s faces. It uses neural networks from Nvidia and StyleGen.

The neural network uses millions of processed photos to create realistic but totally unique people’s faces from them. When the page is updated, a new fake face appears, which actually belongs to no one. This Person Does Not Exist

Сost per action (CPA). CPA payment model

cost per action refers to

The concept of CPA is constantly encountered in traffic arbitrage. It can be found when working with affiliate programs, setting up advertising campaigns, and analyzing the traffic you receive. Each of them uses CPA to define specific tasks. In today’s article, we will take a closer look at this concept, figure out what it is created for and how to work with it properly.

The CPA model: definition and purpose

CPA (Cost Per Action) is a marketing metric that shows the total cost of a user to perform a specific action. It is calculated to determine the price per conversion event and helps to understand the profitability of the investment.  

Advertising networks give you a choice between CPA, CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per 1000 impressions) and other advertising payment models. The reason the CPA model is preferable is because you pay for direct results. However, this option is not always the most profitable.

In traffic arbitrage, webmasters may often come across the CPA model payment method when choosing an offerer. In this case, it implies that the payment will be made only if the referred client performs a certain action. This can be registration on the site, filling out a form, buying a product, and so on. 

CPA payment models

It is up to the advertiser to determine and set which events he is willing to pay for. Therefore, all the actions covered by this model are different in each case. In turn, the price depends on the complexity of the task.

Different verticals and offers offer different types of CPA model. So, for example, in Gambling and Betting CPA payment is made if the user makes a deposit for a certain amount, the Tovarka pays for the sale of the product, and Dayting CPA is divided into SOI (Single Opt-in), DOI (Double Opt-in), as well as CPS (Cost Per Sale). Each type implies a different target action: SOI, as a rule, means a simple registration, DOI – an additional action to registration (confirmation of mail, filling out the profile, etc.), while working with CPS payment is made if the client signs up for a paid subscription to the service. 

Why choose CPA?

Regardless of whether the advertiser works directly or through an affiliate network, the CPA model is very profitable for him. He can independently choose the desired conversion action and set the desired price for it. In addition, he pays only on the fact of achieving a successful event, and because this directly affects the income of the webmaster, the advertiser receives high performance.

Payment for advertising on CPA

Popular advertising networks always ask what goals you are aiming for (more views, site visits, sales, etc.) when setting up campaigns. This happens so that the algorithms optimize ads for maximum effectiveness and benefit to you. However, this has nothing to do with the advertising payment model. In most cases you will work with CPM (Cost Per Mile) and CPC (Cost Per Click).
The CPA model can be presented in many different ways. And in fact, some of them can be found quite often, but still the key factor is the specifics of the chosen advertising channel.
Here are the main types of calculations in CPA:

  • CPL (Cost Per Lead) – the payment is made for each lead. In this case, do not confuse the lead and the conversion. A lead is a client who has left and confirmed his contact information. 
  • CPS (Cost Per Sale) – with this model you pay only for the sale of the product. 
  • CPI (Cost Per Install) – this type of calculation is used for promoting mobile applications. The payment is made for each successful installation.
  • CPV (Cost Per View) – is the payment for the views of the video. In this case, you always set a minimum viewing time, after which the action is counted.

CPA as a metric

As we have already found out, when working with popular ad networks, there is a choice between CPA, CPM and CPC. In any of these cases, in order to profit from the offerer, the webmaster needs to be able to properly optimize the advertising campaigns for the tasks at hand. To do this, you have to constantly compare how profitable the chosen ad bundle is. 

You can determine how much a particular action will cost you. To calculate CPA campaigns, use the following formula: 

CPA = ad spend ÷ number of targeted actions

Example: we have selected an offer which will pay $200 for each sale using CPA model. The cost of launching the advertising campaign was $10 000. It brought us 80 sales. Let’s calculate the CPA bindings: 10 000 ÷ 80 = $ 125. It turns out we were in the plus from each sale of $ 75, and the total profit was 75 * 80 = $ 6,000.

These calculations are made manually is not necessary. You can use the built-in analytics tools within the advertising network or special trackers. You can view a selection of popular trackers here.

How to optimize CPA

CPA becomes a very useful metric when you determine how much a specific customer action on your offer is worth. Depending on its value, you will be able to understand what actions you should perform next – if the rates are good, you can start scaling the bind, and if the rate is low, you will have to optimize it.

Here are some possible ways to improve your CPA score:

  • Tweaking the campaign.
    To increase conversions, you need to make sure that your ads are shown to the right audience segment, and that the creatives you choose entice users to click through to the landing page. Try different combinations and determine the best one.
  • Branding content.
    Once a new visitor gets to the landing page, he has a certain first impression. Depending on it the user commits further action. The content of the landing page should correspond to and reveal what was said in the advertisement. A content and page design should not cause negative feelings.
  • Use other indicators.
    Even if your main goal is to get a customer to buy something, you should definitely track other key metrics. CTR values (click-through rate), the number of users who clicked on the landing page, time spent on the page, and more can be tracked with a tracker. This will give a full understanding of how your link works and where problems are likely to occur. In any case, you can make corrections.

That’s it for now. We’ve covered the main points related to the concept of CPA. We hope this article has given you a full understanding of this aspect. If you still have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. Good luck!

In app WebView. Web viewer android studio

in app webview

In app webview is an in-app site. It is used by arbitrageurs to drain on gambling, day betting, cryptocurrency, commodities and other verticals. Now let’s create a simple WebView application for traffic arbitrage.

In app WebView. Installing and configuring Android Studio

Download Android Studio from the official website developer.android.com/studio. Install the program on your computer. Leave all the default settings.

After installing, launch Android Studio. The program asks you to install the Android SDK. At this stage, choose the path in English.

Installing and configuring Android Studio

If we choose a path that has letters other than English, the program will show an error.

Select the path, press “Next”. Then press “Finish”. This will start installing the Android SDK on your computer.

After installing the Android SDK, on the start page of the program click on Configure. Select the SDK Manager.

Select the SDK Manager.

In the menu that opens, go to the Android SDK tab (Appearance & Behavior → System Settings).

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Uncheck Android 11.0 (R). Check Android 10.0 (Q). Go to the tab SDK Tools.

Android Emulator, Android SDK Platform-Tools, Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator

Check the following items: Android Emulator, Android SDK Platform-Tools, Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM installer). Click Apply.

Click Ok and accept the user agreement for each package.

During the download, a window may open where you need to allocate the maximum amount of RAM to run the emulators.

maximum amount of RAM to run the emulators

Specify and click Next.

Now let’s write the environment variable on the computer and in Android Studio. To do this, right-click on “My Computer”. Select “Properties”.

Click on “Advanced System Settings” and select “Environment Variables”.

In the “User Environment Variables for User” field, click “Create”.
Specify the name of the variable ANDROID_SDK_ROOT and the value of the variable (example: D:\your folder\AndroidStudioSDK). Press OK.

Let’s create another variable. Specify the variable name ANDROID_SDK_HOME and the path (example: D:\your folder\ AndroidStudioProjects).

Go back to Android Studio. Click on Configure and open Settings.

Click on Configure and open Settings

Go to the tab Path Variables.

Go to the tab Path Variables.

Create environment variables by clicking on the plus sign.

ANDROID_SDK_ROOT

Specify the variable name ANDROID_SDK_ROOT and the variable value (example: D:\your folder\AndroidStudioSDK). Press OK.

Let’s create another variable. Specify the variable name ANDROID_SDK_HOME and the path (example: D:\your folder\ AndroidStudioProjects).

Press Apply and OK.

Now let’s create a virtual machine. To do this, click on Configure and open the AVD Manager.

AVD Manager

Click Create Virtual Device.

Click Create Virtual Device.

The program is ready to work. Let’s move on to creating the first WebView application.

Creating a WebView application. Web viewer android studio

Open the start page of the program. Let’s create a new project. To do this, click on Create New Project.

Choose the standard template Empty Activity.

template Empty Activity

Click Next.

Name the project. Choose the programming language Java and the Minimum SDK (the minimum version of Android, which will support the application).

Press Finish.

Press Finish.

Go to the manifest folder and open the file AndroidManifest.xml.

AndroidManifest.xml.

Prescribe permissions for access to the Internet.

Before application we write the code:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>

Go to res → layout. Open the file activity_main.xml.

If there is no code, click Split in the upper right corner.

Remove the standard code text.

Remove the standard code text.

Insert the following code in its place:

<WebView
    android:id="@+id/webView"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    />

Find the MainActivity file in the java folder.

Insert the code inside the @Override method brackets:

WebView webView = findViewById(R.id.webView);

webView.getSettings().setJavaScriptEnabled(true);
webView.loadUrl("https://webtraffic.guru/");

WebViewClient webViewClient = new WebViewClient() {
    @SuppressWarnings("deprecation") @Override
    public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
        view.loadUrl(url);
        return true;
    }

    @TargetApi(Build.VERSION_CODES.N) @Override
    public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, WebResourceRequest request) {
        view.loadUrl(request.getUrl().toString());
        return true;
    }

};
webView.setWebViewClient(webViewClient)

In the webView.loadUrl variable, insert the URL that will be opened in the application. For example,

ebView.loadUrl("https://webtraffic.guru/");
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Open the file AndroidManifest.xml. At the end of the tag application write the following code:

android:configChanges="orientation|keyboardHidden|screenSize"

It is needed so that when you rotate the screen the application is not updated.

If automatic import of classes is disabled, we do everything manually. Find the code fragments highlighted in red, move the cursor and click Import class in the table that pops up.

All the created applications have standard icons by default. To change them, right-click on the folder Res, select New and go to Image Asset.

select New and go to Image Asset

In the Path column, click on the folder icon. Find the file you want to use as the application icon.

application icon

Click Next and Finish.

Now let’s see if the application works. Launch the emulator.

Now let's see if the application works. Launch the emulator.

If all is well, the application will start.

app https://webtraffic.guru/

The simple WebView application is ready. Now let’s create an APK file.

In the menu click on Build and select Generate Signed Bundle/APK…

In the menu click on Build and select Generate Signed BundleAPK

Select the APK and click Next.

Create new in the Key store path field

Create new in the Key store path fieldSince this is the first time we are creating an application, we need to create a key store file to sign the application. To do this, select Create new in the Key store path field.

Key store path field

In the menu that opens, in the Key store path field, click on the folder on the right. Come up with a name. Next, specify the passwords.

Below fill in the name, surname, company name, organization, city, region, country code in the format XX.

Click on OK and Next.

In the Destination Folder field enter the path to save the APK-file. Below select release and check both checkboxes below.

APK file is ready

Press Finish.

Wait a few minutes. A notification will appear in the program that the APK file is ready.

The simple WebView application is ready to work.

What is a hold in affiliate programs | How affiliate payments work and why we need quality control

What is a hold in affiliate programs

In this article, we would like to give a more detailed description of what happens after a lead takes an action on the side of the affiliate platforms. If you don’t fully understand how the internal mechanism of affiliate platforms works, this article will help you understand all the processes and terms.

What is Hold?

Immediately before payment, CPA networks and advertisers pre-check the quality of your leads. This procedure is necessary to rule out a breach of the offer’s rules. The verification period is called the conversion confirmation hold. Once the parties have completed the verification, the payout status will be updated.

Rules of the offer are always published in its description. If any leads don’t comply with the rules and don’t pass the check, no payouts are made for them. Therefore, you need to clearly comply with everything that is stated in the description of the offer.

When the verification is completed, the funds will still be unavailable to you. This period is called the payout hold. You will be able to withdraw funds when the advertiser confirms payment.

Different affiliates and offers have different hold periods, which you need to find out about in advance.

Why is the hold period different?

There are many factors that affect the holding period:

  • KPI.
  • The niche of the offerer.
  • Type of conversion.
  • Funnel.

The conversion confirmation hold is directly dependent on the type. For example, single-click offers or SOI are often validated immediately. On the other hand, when it comes to CPS and other complex conversion types, other parameters come into play, including payment and shipping, cancelled orders, and more.

The main point to make is to always check the terms of the offerer. In practice hold can last up to 90 days, and in complex conversions and above this term. Hold on payments usually varies within a few days or months.

In the screenshot below you can see an example of payment terms. The term “Net” should be understood to mean the end of the month or the end of the contract period. That is, Net7 means the end of the month + 7 days.

Why do arbitrageurs need a hold?

In some affiliates you can find individual terms of cooperation. These terms depend directly on the quality of your traffic. If you have a good quality, you can count on improved conditions or additional benefits. For example, you may be offered access to some “closed” offers, improved payouts or less stringent caps.

A cap is a daily limit on the number of attracted leads. The higher the number – the better.

How can I reduce the hold on payments?

Show the affiliate that you have good traffic. If you are working with a normal network, it will also meet you halfway and be able to offer favorable terms. In particular, some affiliates offer a payout for every thousand leads, regardless of the terms.

Late conversions and related delays

Some of the offers involve additional checks, which are carried out by call centers. In such cases, payment deadlines can stretch out. One such example is technical problems on the part of the advertiser due to which he cannot track confirmations.

Remember that a complex flow equals more technical issues. And this, in turn, affects the timing of payments.

If the confirmation of the lead is done through the call center, you can see potential leads immediately, but the sale or deposit itself is often delayed.

Mixed Flow Conversion

Mixed type flow should be understood as a combination of several types: CPS, CPL, FTD, CPI, CPE, and others. Mixed flow has both pluses and minuses.

The main plus is the ability to get funds for both types of conversions. If this option is not available, you can target the first type, but receive payouts for the second.

On the other hand, this type of conversion requires more time to verify.

Conclusions

To summarize, I would like to draw attention to a few important points:

  1. Work only with quality traffic.
  2. Do not try to circumvent the requirements of the offer.
  3. Do not be afraid to ask the network to check the quality of traffic in order to debug their own processes.
  4. Do not try to cheat CPA networks or advertisers.

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