Create your own image classifier AI

An easy and simple way to create your own image classifier AI (pre-trained) using ml5.js and Google’s Teachable Machine.

Ex: This image classifier can detect a charmander, squirtle or bulbasaur in a image.


1 – Creating your own model

First of all you need to create your own model by using the Google’s machine learning tool called Teachable Machine. This tool is really simple and intuitive, you can easily create the model in less than 10 minutes.


  1. Here you will create your own class, which means every “object” (or, in this case, every pokemon) that the AI will can recognize. PS: The more model images do you use, more accurate will be the AI.

  2. After you create all your classes make sure to train the model. This process is when the AI will learn to regonize every class (pokemons).

  3. After all of these process, its time to export your model.

2 – Exporting the model

Now that you create your own model you have to export them to your project. You can export as Tensorflow.js, standart Tensorflow or Tensorflow Lite. In this project we’ll pick the Tensorflow.js option.

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You also can choose if the model will be uploaded and being online or if it will be on your computer by downloading it.

If you pick the downloaded option make sure that you extract all the Json files to the my_model folder.

At the end you have to choose the code snippet to use. It can be javascript or p5.js. We will use p5.js.

Just copy and paste the content on your index.html file.

3 – Using the model

Replace your script, which is inside the script tag at the index.html, to this:

<script src="script.js"></script>

And replace the script.js file to this:

     // Classifier Variable
      let classifier;
      // Model URL
      let imageModelURL = './my_model/';
      // To store the classification
      let label = "";
      let pokemon;
      // Load the model first
      function preload() {
        classifier = ml5.imageClassifier(imageModelURL + 'model.json');
      function setup() {
        createCanvas(640, 480);
    function getImage(){
        pokemon = createImg('assets/test_images/charmander-test.jpg', imageReady);

    function imageReady() {
        image(pokemon, 0, 0);
        classifier.classify(pokemon, gotResult)
      // When we get a result
    function gotResult(error, results) {
        // If there is an error
        if (error) {
        // The results are in an array ordered by confidence.
        label = results[0].className;
        createDiv(`Label: ${results[0].label}`);
        createDiv(`Confidence: ${nf(results[0].confidence, 0, 2)}`);

This function will get the image test:

    function getImage(){
        pokemon = createImg('assets/test_images/charmander-test.jpg', imageReady);

Make sure that your test image is different that the images used to train the model, to make sure that your AI really learned how to recognize the object and not it just reproducing an information.

The result will be something like this:


Excellent! Now you have your own AI image classifier using your own model.

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