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Revolutionizing Design Creation: AI-Powered Tools Generating Designs from Text Prompts

In the rapidly evolving landscape of design, artificial intelligence (AI) is spearheading a transformative revolution. We can now generate amazing visuals from simple text prompts. These innovative AI design tools leverage natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to interpret the text descriptions and create corresponding designs. No need to comb through pages and pages of images from image bank websites like pexels.com and pixabay.com, Shutterstock.com etc. Simply talk to the AI program and view the perfect graphic! Right? Well, maybe. It depends on a few factors. Here are some top AI-powered design tools including some examples of their output. You be the judge!

DALL·E by OpenAI:

DALL·E, developed by OpenAI, is one of the most popular AI design tools.

Here’s an example from the Dall E website:

“3D render of a cute tropical fish in an aquarium on a dark blue background, digital art”

And here is the result:

AI-powered graphic from DALL E

Verdict: Good likeness and interpretation, I’d say.

Runway ML:

Runway ML is one of the more versatile of the AI graphics generators. It uses fancy machine learning models like CLIP (Contrastive Language-Image Pretraining) to generate images based on text. According to the website, it also has design tools to creates videos, removes backgrounds, etc. Here was my prompt and what it came up with:

“An office setting, dimly lit, containing one lit salt lamp, a desk, laptop, a few books on shelves in the background, and a nature painting on the wall. Spiritual ambience.”

AI powered graphics from Runway ML

Verdict: Nice job and 4 to choose from!

DeepArt:

DeepArt utilizes neural networks and AI algorithms to create its images from prompts. I found it pretty easy to use and a good interpreter of what I was imagining.

Here is how DeepArt rendered my prompt:

“An office setting, dimly lit, containing one lit salt lamp, a desk, laptop, a few books on shelves in the background, and a nature painting on the wall. Spiritual ambience.”

AI powered graphics from Deep Art

Verdict: Not bad but missed out on the salt lamp and the spiritual ambience.

Artbreeder:

This seems to be more of a community modification tool. This is what their Google Business Page says: Artbreeder, formerly known as Ganbreeder, is a collaborative, machine learning-based art website. Using the models StyleGAN and BigGAN, the website allows users to generate and modify images of faces, landscapes, and paintings, among other categories.” Their website adds: “Artbreeder is a unique network of creative collaboration. All images may be remixed by anyone else. You become part of a creative super-organism.” That should be interesting!

Here is how Artbreeder rendered the cute fish example:

“3D render of a cute tropical fish in an aquarium on a dark blue background, digital art”

art breeder fish example

Verdict: Hmmm. Got the cute part right but forgot the aquarium.

Midjourney

Midjourney must be considered the grandfather of them all at this point. It’s a bit tricky to get signed up as you have to have a Discord account. If you’re on the free plan, you get a certain number of shots at creating images, then they want you to pay. The other interesting thing is (at least on the free plan), your prompts are not private – the Discord/Midjourney community sees everything that everyone else is creating. It’s a bit disconcerting, but you get used to it. And you get the bonus of seeing how others are creating their masterpieces. This was my prompt for MidJourney’s AI:

A modern office with wood floor containing one glass top desk with a laptop and one glowing salt lamp on it. Additional elements: a small stack of 5 books with colourful spines showing. Spiritual ambiance, wide aspect, zoomed out.

This was the result:

Midjourney AI

Verdict: Missed out on a couple of things, but definitely gets an A for Ambience! At $8/mo for an annual subscription, I might not be able to pass up an upgrade with Midjourney.

The Impact of AI-Powered Design Tools:

The emergence of AI-powered design tools capable of interpreting text prompts and translating them into visual representations is huge. These tools empower designers, artists, and enthusiasts to transcend traditional design methods and endless searching for stock photography and illustrations.

But is it a good thing?

As you can tell, each of the above examples generated similar artwork in different styles – much like a group of human artists might.  So is this just another competitor for graphic artists to deal with? I don’t think so.

Future Possibilities and Innovations:

As AI technology continues to evolve, these tools are going to become more and more sophisticated. Rather than compete with designers, I think that great designers will be able to use these tools to their advantage. After all, what is art? Art is something that is conceived and visualized in the mind of the artist. Only after it has been thought of can it be brought to life by various tools. Once designers understand better the art of prompting AI tools for the desired effect, I think they will be creating works of digital art like the world has never known.

Will stock photography be dead? I don’t think so. Stock photos are still the perfect go-to visual repositories for bloggers and digital creators of all kind, including professional artists. In fact, many of the image banks such as Shutterstock.com are already incorporating their style of AI into their products. AI is just a new and different tool that any of us can add to our creative arsenal, if we want to.