Is there anything that artificial intelligence can not do? It seems that there is a fascinating new technological breakthrough every month. The trendy breakthrough is how AI can now take a sentence you write and turn it into a painting or an image. And you can try it right now with these free apps.
Google recently announced its Image AI tool which takes simple sentences and turns them into photorealistic graphic patterns. It’s scary-cool how good the pictures look. You can try a small demo on their website, but you would only choose from preset prompts already fed by Google. If you want to create AI art from your writing, here are some of the best free AI text-to-image generators.
1. Night café (Web): The simplest free text-to-image AI converter
Nightcafe is the perfect example of these text-to-image apps to make your jaw drop by seeing that kind of amazing creations AI can do. Write any simple English sentence and Nightcafe will use AI to turn it into a painting.
When creating a new image, you can choose from different artistic styles such as cubist, oil painting, matte, surreal, steampunk, etc. You can also add modifiers of artists, techniques and cultural genres. Then you have to choose between two AI styles: Artistic and Coherent.
You can read about the technical jargon behind each one on the site, but there is a fundamental difference for the lay user. The artistic variant is better for abstract creations such as showing buildings in the sky or other imaginative sentences. The cohesive version is better for realistic images with your own customizations.
Select aspect ratio, output resolution and some other settings, and you’re done. Nightcafe gives you an original work of art based on your choices in minutes. All your creations are saved in your account.
When you create an account, you get five credits for free, with five daily credits as well. Credits determine the number of adjustments you can make to the artwork settings. You can also use a work of art as a base to refine it, which costs more credits. And yes, you can download your artwork for free in small resolution.
2. Starry AI (Web, Android, iOS): Text to image AI art with granular control
Starry AI turns text into AI art images like the other apps in this list. But unlike many others, it offers granular control over certain aspects that make the results much more personal.
You start by typing a random phrase and choosing between two AI engines: Altair (produces dreamlike images, more abstract) and Orion (produces “unreal reality”, often more cohesive). Then choose from 16 art styles, canvas size or aspect ratio, and possibly add your own custom image to use as a base. Choosing a custom image is usually a good idea in these apps.
Starry AI allows you to use extra credits to extend AI’s running time so you get a better final picture. In the same way, you can spend credits to tell AI how close it should stick to your text. And finally, once the image is generated, you can spend credits to scale up the image to download high-resolution AI artwork.
In addition, you do not always have to pay for these credits. Starry AI lets you earn free credits every day or week by watching ads or sharing your creations on various social media.
3. Dall-E Mini (Web): Get a taste of the famous OpenAI Dall-E
AI research lab OpenAI created the original and most popular version of an AI text-to-image generator, Dall-E. Currently is Dall-E 2 impresses web users with its ability to turn natural language into images, but it’s in closed beta. You can join the waiting list and hopefully soon get to play with the online app.
Until then, you can use Dall-E Mini, an open source version of the original AI model available to the public. The machine learns descriptions by reading captions to other images on the internet and applying it to whatever phrase you type. You do not have to register for an account to register, and you get unlimited attempts for your photos.
Write your opinion (and be as specific as possible) and tap Run. It will take some time, but Dall-E Mini will soon give you nine different pictures made of your opinion. You can save any or all of the images on your hard disk. Unlike other apps, there are no further enhancements or customizations in the Dall-E Mini, but it is the simplest text-to-image AI generator and offers unlimited trials for free.
4. Dream of Wombo (Android, iOS): Simple, free, unlimited AI Text to Image Art Generator
Each AI-based text-to-image art generator is either paid for, runs on a credit system or has other restrictions. Dream by Wombo invests in all of these limitations to allow you to create unlimited artwork from your text in many styles.
It’s as simple as creating an account, writing a sentence and choosing a style. Current styles include Ghibli, Dali, Love, Robots, Psychic, Synthwave, Baroque and Dark Fantasy. Let Wombo create the image, then you can immediately ask it to develop another or download the one you liked.
You can use either the web app or the mobile app, but as our detailed Dream by Wombo review shows, the mobile version offers some more features. Specifically, you can add a base image for AI to use as a reference, which always helps to refine to get what you want.
5. Pixray (Web): AI text for image generator with custom codes for nerds
Pixray is a text-to-art generator that you can run in a web browser, on your computer or with an API, completely free of charge. It has a simple interface, but with its customizable AI engines and extensive custom code documentation, nerds will have a great time with it.
The default interface is simple. First, add your opinion as you normally would in any app. Then choose from the various AI rendering engines in the “box”: pixel generates pixel art, vqgan generates GAN images (often trippy or realistic), and clipdraw / line_sketch generates line-based images as if it were a drawing and lines were drawn down. This in itself will give you great pictures, but the fun part is the last section, Settings.
In it comprehensive Pixray documentation, you will find that you can adjust the AI settings in several ways. For example, you can add artists or styles, define quality, iterations, or scale, and discover detailed ways to change your artwork through the box, display, filter, video, and image settings. It’s a bit heavy reading, but no coding is involved.
How do AI kill artists?
The various AI text-to-image generators in this article are all impressive in their own way. In fact, the most impressive are the two we can not access yet: Google’s Image and OpenAI’s Dall-E 2. But they are not yet ready to take over from artists.
Like AI writing tools, while the end product seems “real” enough as if it were made by a human, it still lacks certain things. Artists can add creativity, emotion and a self-defined style that makes a work of art personal and original. Maybe years later, AI can be developed for that as well, but artist jobs are safe from now on.
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