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Months passed since last post, again, life didn’t give me enough free time to goof around. The new cool internet fad is generative AI Art. You write a prompts and an AI tries to guess and creates art for you. I tried a bunch, each has different way to interpret your stuff, each has a different art style, unless you specify in a detailed way what kind of image and style you are looking for.

Here’s a list of what I tried until now, all with an example prompt of cute cow logo, round background shape, pastel colors. My current logo is a paid stock image and I won’t replace it as I like it a lot, but as you can see most AI results here are actually pretty good, something one could professionally use.

CrAIyon
https://www.craiyon.com
The only one truly free, formerly know as DALLE-E mini.
Each prompt generates 9 images.

Enstil.AI
https://enstil.ai/
Another free AI. Faster and higher quality than Craiyon, but results are less accurate. Each prompt generates 3 images.

No longer available.

DALL-E 2
https://openai.com/dall-e-2/
50 Free credits. 15 free credits each month. $15/115 credits. Each prompt or variation consume 1 credit and generate 4 images.
Requires registration and waiting for an invite.

MidJourney
https://www.midjourney.com/home/
25 minutes (around 25 prompts). Then montlhy sub starting at $10 for 200 miniutes (200 prompts). Each prompt/variation roughly use a minute and generates 4 images.

Stable Diffusion
https://beta.dreamstudio.ai/
Online beta with 200 free prompts. Then 10拢 for 1k prompts. Each prompt generates one image.
Stable Diffusion is actually Open Source, so you can run it locally if you have a recent high VRAM (10 gb recommended) Nvidia GPU.
Little SD update: https://rentry.org/GUItard . Here’s a link to a noob proof guide for installing SD on your pc, optimized for 6GB VRAM cards and with a low memory (4GB VRAM) mode.

2022 Oct 16: An update a couple months later

I’ve used all of these for a while, I’d say there’s no winner, each have different strengths. In my opinion:

Craiyon is free and basically a toy compared to the others.
Enstil died like a week after this post.
Dall-E2 is great for art, impainting and outpainting features
MidJourney has the best “artsy” art.
Stable Diffusion is the most versatile but the hardest for a newbie to get into, it’s the last one I named but it’s the one I used the most for two reasons. First reason: I can run it locally or I can use all the available online ML services (I mostly use Google Colab and Paperspace Gradient, but there are more like Vast.ai or Runpod.io) when you need a more powerful GPU. Second reason: you can use Dreambooth to train a custom model for your Stable Diffusion install, I trained it on my own face and use it to make fake photos and art. I’ll let the pics speak for me.

By Andrea Giorgio "Muu?" Cerioli

Italian developer, designer, maker who loves everything in technology: mechanics, electronics, IT, 3D printing.

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