Is there anything that artificial intelligence can’t do? There seems to be a mesmerizing new technological breakthrough every month. The breakthrough is how AI can now take a sentence you enter and turn it into a picture or image. And you can try it right now with these free apps.
Google recently announced its Imagen artificial intelligence tool, which takes simple sentences and turns them into photorealistic graphic designs. It’s scary how good the photos look. You can try a small demo on their website, but you’ll only choose from pre-set prompts already submitted 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 simplest free AI converter from text to image
Nightcafe is the perfect example of these text-to-image applications to make your jaw fall when you see the kind of mind-boggling creations that AI can do. Enter each simple sentence in English and Nightcafe will use AI to turn it into a picture.
When creating a new image, you can choose from a variety of artistic styles such as cubist, oil painting, matte, surrealism, steampunk and more. You can also add modifiers to 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 everyone on the website, but there is a major difference for the average user. The artistic version is better for abstract creations such as showing buildings in the sky or other imaginary sentences. The coherent version is better for realistic images with your own customizations.
Select the aspect ratio, output resolution and several other settings and you’re done. Nightcafe will give you an original work of art based on your choice 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. Credits determine the number of changes you can make to artwork settings. You can also use a work of art as a basis to refine it, which costs more credit. And yes, you can download your artwork for free in low resolution.
2. Starry AI (Web, Android, iOS): Text to image AI Art with granular control
Starry AI converts text into images of works of art like the other applications on this list. But unlike many others, it offers detailed 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 dream-like images, more abstract) and Orion (produces “unreal reality,” often more cohesive). Then choose from 16 art styles, canvas size or aspect ratio and optionally add your own custom image to use as a base. Choosing a custom image is usually a good idea in these applications.
Starry AI allows you to use additional credits to extend the execution time of the AI so that you get a better final image. Similarly, you can spend credits to tell AI exactly how much to stick to your text. Finally, when the image is generated, you can spend credits to enlarge the image to download high-resolution artwork.
In addition, you do not always have to pay for these loans. Starry AI allows you to earn free credits every day or week by watching ads or sharing your creations on various social media.
Download: Starry AI for Android iOS (free)
3. Dall-E Mini (Web): Taste the famous OpenAI Dall-E
The OpenAI Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory has created the original and most popular version of the AI text-to-image generator, Dall-E. Currently, Dall-E 2 amazes netizens with its ability to convert natural language into images, but it is in a closed beta version. You can join the waiting list and hopefully start playing with the online app 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 captions of other images on the Internet and applies it to every phrase you enter. You do not need to register for an account to register and receive unlimited trials for your images.
Enter your sentence (and be as specific as possible) and click Run. It will take some time, but the Dall-E Mini will soon give you nine different images taken from your sentence. You can save some or all of the images on your hard disk. Unlike other applications, the Dall-E Mini has no further enhancements or customizations, but it is the simplest AI text-to-image generator and offers unlimited free trials.
4. Dream by Wombo (Android, iOS): simple, free, unlimited AI Tex to Image Art Generator
Each AI-based text-to-image generator is paid, runs on a credit system, or has other restrictions. Dream by Wombo removes all these restrictions to allow you to create unlimited works of art from your text in many styles.
It’s as simple as creating an account, writing a sentence, and choosing 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 him to develop another one or download what you like.
You can use either the web app or the mobile app, but as our detailed review of Dream by Wombo shows, the mobile version offers a few more features. In particular, you can add a main image for AI to use as a reference, which always helps with refinement to get what you want.
Download: Dream from Wombo for Android iOS (free)
5. Pixray (Web): AI text generator to images with custom codes for maniacs
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 adaptive AI engines and extensive documentation for custom codes, maniacs will have a great time with it.
The default interface is simple. First, add your sentence, as you usually do in any application. Then choose from the various AI visualization engines in the “drawer”: pixel generates a pixel image, vqgan generates GAN images (often trips or realistic), and clipdraw / line_sketch generates images based on a stroke as if it were a drawing and strokes are drawn down . This in itself will give you fantastic images, but the fun part is the last section, Settings.
In the extensive 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 find detailed ways to change your artwork through the drawer, display, filter, video, and image settings. This is a bit of a hard read, but no encoding is included.
So, AI kills artists?
The various AI text-to-image generators in this article are impressive in their own way. In fact, the most impressive are the two we still don’t have access to: Google’s Imagen and OpenAI’s Dall-E 2. But they are not yet ready to take power from the artists.
Just like the AI writing tools, while the end product looks “real” enough, as if it were made by a human, it still lacks some things. Artists can add creativity, emotion and a self-defined style that makes a work of art personal and original. Maybe years later, artificial intelligence could develop into that, but artists’ jobs are safe now.