Is there anything artificial intelligence can’t do? It seems that every month there is a fascinating new technological breakthrough. The trending breakthrough is how AI can now take a sentence you type and turn it into a painting or an image. And you can try it right now with these free apps.
Google recently announced its Imagen AI tool which takes simple sentences and turns them into photorealistic graphic designs. It’s creepy-cool how beautiful the pictures are. You can try a small demo on their website, but you would only choose from the pre-made prompts already powered 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. Nightcafe (Web): The Easiest Free Text to Image AI Converter
Nightcafe is the perfect example of those text-to-image apps to make your jaw drop seeing the kind of mind-blowing creations AI can make. Type 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 for artists, techniques and cultural genres. Next, you have to choose between two AI styles: Artistic and Coherent.
You can read about the technical jargon behind each on the website, but there is one fundamental difference for the lay user. The artistic variant is better for abstract creations like showing buildings in the sky or other imaginative phrases. The Coherent version is better for realistic images with your own customizations.
Select the aspect ratio, output resolution, and a few other settings, and you’re good to go. Nightcafe will give 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 free credits, as well as five daily credits. Credits determine how many changes you can make to a work’s settings. You can also use artwork as a base to refine it, which costs more credits. And yes, you can download your artwork in small resolution for free.
2. Starry AI (Web, Android, iOS): Art from text to image with granular control
Starry AI turns text into AI artwork images like the other apps on this list. But unlike many others, it offers granular control over certain aspects that make the results much more personal.
You’ll start by entering a random phrase and choosing between two AI engines: Altair (produces dreamlike, more abstract images) and Orion (produces an “unreal” reality, often more coherent). Then choose from 16 art styles, canvas sizes or aspect ratios, and optionally add your own custom image to use as a base. Selecting a custom image is usually a good idea in these applications.
Starry AI allows you to use extra credits to extend the AI runtime for a better final image. Likewise, you can spend credits to tell the AI how hard to stick to your text. And finally, when the image is generated, you can spend credits to scale the image to download high resolution AI artwork.
Plus, you don’t always have to pay for these credits. Starry AI allows you to earn free credits daily or weekly by watching ads or sharing your creations on different social networks.
To download: Starry AI for Android | iOS (Free)
3. Dall-E Mini (Web): discover the famous OpenAI Dall-E
The OpenAI AI research lab has created the original and most popular version of an AI text-to-image generator, the Dall-E. Currently, the Dall-E 2 impresses netizens with its ability to turn natural language into images, but it is in closed beta. You can join the waiting list and hopefully play with the app online soon.
Until then, you can use the Dall-E Mini, an open-source version of the original AI model available for public use. The machine learns descriptions by reading the captions of other images on the Internet and applies them to any sentence you type. You don’t need to create an account to sign up, and you get unlimited trials for your images.
Type your phrase (and be as specific as possible) and press Run. It will take time, but Dall-E Mini will soon give you nine different images made from your phrase. You can save one or all images to your hard drive. Unlike other apps, there are no other enhancements or customizations in Dall-E Mini, but it is the simplest text-to-image AI generator and offers unlimited trials for free.
4. Dream by Wombo (Android, iOS): Simple, Free & Unlimited AI Text to Image Art Generator
Each AI-based text-to-image art generator is either paid, runs on a credit system, or has other restrictions. Dream by Wombo overcomes all 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 selecting a style. Current styles include, among others, Ghibli, Dali, Love, Robots, Psychic, Synthwave, Baroque and Dark Fantasy. Let Wombo generate the image, and you can immediately ask it to develop another or upload the one you liked.
You can use the web app or the mobile app, but as our in-depth Dream by Wombo review shows, the mobile version offers a few extra features. Specifically, you can add a base image for the AI to use as a reference, which always helps fine-tuning to get what you want.
To download: Dream by Wombo for Android | iOS (Free)
5. Pixray (Web): Text to Image AI Generator with Custom Codes for Geeks
Pixray is a text-to-art generator that you can run in a browser, on your computer, or with an API, all for free. It has a simple interface, but with its customizable AI engines and extensive documentation for custom codes, geeks will have a great time with it.
The default interface is simple. First, add your phrase as you normally would in any app. Then choose from the various AI renderers in the “drawer”: pixel generates pixel art, vqgan generates GAN (often trippy or realistic) images, and clipdraw/line_sketch generates stroke-based images as if was a drawing and strokes were drawn down. That in itself will give you fantastic images, but the fun part is the last section, Settings.
In the full Pixray documentation, you will find that you can change the AI settings in several ways. For example, you can add artists or styles, set quality, iterations, or scale, and discover detailed ways to edit your artwork through drawer, view, filter, video, and video settings. image. It’s a bit cumbersome to read, but no coding is involved.
So, is AI killing artists?
The various text to image AI generators in this article are all impressive in their own way. In fact, the most impressive are the two we don’t yet have access to: Google’s Imagen and OpenAI’s Dall-E 2. But they are not yet ready to take over from the artists.
Much like the AI writing tools, although the final product looks quite “real” as if it was made by a human, there are still some things missing. Artists can add creativity, emotion, and a self-defined style that makes an artwork personal and original. Maybe years later AI could evolve into that too, but artist jobs are now safe.