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Controlnet - Canny Version

ControlNet is a neural network structure to control diffusion models by adding extra conditions. This checkpoint corresponds to the ControlNet conditioned on Canny edges.

It can be used in combination with Stable Diffusion.


Model Details


Controlnet was proposed in Adding Conditional Control to Text-to-Image Diffusion Models by Lvmin Zhang, Maneesh Agrawala.

The abstract reads as follows:

We present a neural network structure, ControlNet, to control pretrained large diffusion models to support additional input conditions. The ControlNet learns task-specific conditions in an end-to-end way, and the learning is robust even when the training dataset is small (< 50k). Moreover, training a ControlNet is as fast as fine-tuning a diffusion model, and the model can be trained on a personal devices. Alternatively, if powerful computation clusters are available, the model can scale to large amounts (millions to billions) of data. We report that large diffusion models like Stable Diffusion can be augmented with ControlNets to enable conditional inputs like edge maps, segmentation maps, keypoints, etc. This may enrich the methods to control large diffusion models and further facilitate related applications.

Released Checkpoints

The authors released 8 different checkpoints, each trained with Stable Diffusion v1-5 on a different type of conditioning:

Model Name Control Image Overview Control Image Example Generated Image Example
Trained with canny edge detection
A monochrome image with white edges on a black background.
Trained with Midas depth estimation
A grayscale image with black representing deep areas and white representing shallow areas.
Trained with HED edge detection (soft edge)
A monochrome image with white soft edges on a black background.
Trained with M-LSD line detection
A monochrome image composed only of white straight lines on a black background.
Trained with normal map
A normal mapped image.
Trained with OpenPose bone image
A OpenPose bone image.
Trained with human scribbles
A hand-drawn monochrome image with white outlines on a black background.
Trained with semantic segmentation
An ADE20K's segmentation protocol image.


It is recommended to use the checkpoint with Stable Diffusion v1-5 as the checkpoint has been trained on it. Experimentally, the checkpoint can be used with other diffusion models such as dreamboothed stable diffusion.

Note: If you want to process an image to create the auxiliary conditioning, external dependencies are required as shown below:

  1. Install opencv
$ pip install opencv-contrib-python
  1. Let's install diffusers and related packages:
$ pip install diffusers transformers accelerate
  1. Run code:
import cv2
from PIL import Image
from diffusers import StableDiffusionControlNetPipeline, ControlNetModel, UniPCMultistepScheduler
import torch
import numpy as np
from diffusers.utils import load_image

image = load_image("https://huggingface.co/lllyasviel/sd-controlnet-hed/resolve/main/images/bird.png")
image = np.array(image)

low_threshold = 100
high_threshold = 200

image = cv2.Canny(image, low_threshold, high_threshold)
image = image[:, :, None]
image = np.concatenate([image, image, image], axis=2)
image = Image.fromarray(image)

controlnet = ControlNetModel.from_pretrained(
    "lllyasviel/sd-controlnet-canny", torch_dtype=torch.float16

pipe = StableDiffusionControlNetPipeline.from_pretrained(
    "runwayml/stable-diffusion-v1-5", controlnet=controlnet, safety_checker=None, torch_dtype=torch.float16

pipe.scheduler = UniPCMultistepScheduler.from_config(pipe.scheduler.config)

# Remove if you do not have xformers installed
# see https://huggingface.co/docs/diffusers/v0.13.0/en/optimization/xformers#installing-xformers
# for installation instructions


image = pipe("bird", image, num_inference_steps=20).images[0]






The canny edge model was trained on 3M edge-image, caption pairs. The model was trained for 600 GPU-hours with Nvidia A100 80G using Stable Diffusion 1.5 as a base model.

Blog post

For more information, please also have a look at the official ControlNet Blog Post.

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