Generative AI for Designers

This article appeared in Issue 21 of CreativePro Magazine.

We are just starting to discover the capabilities and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the world. Generative AI (GenAI) technology offers a vast array of possibilities for graphic designers, by allowing them to generate new images and extend or fill areas in existing images by using words and phrases to describe the content they want. Seamless textures, 3D models, and even versions of videos with new actors are also products of GenAI.

As time passes, AI’s image quality and potential continue to improve. In recent months, we have seen significant changes in the AI landscape due to updates and modifications to the various AI image-­creation systems.

Two AI software projects—Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2—got upgrades in the reliability of their image models, while Midjourney released version 5 of its image-creation model, which provides amazing, high-resolution photorealistic images from text. Adobe’s recently launched Firefly promises even more changes and even the potential of integration of AI into Photoshop.

In this article, we’ll explore this new frontier by touring through Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2, with a couple of stops to check out some amazing aspects of Midjourney.

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Micah Burke is a Creative Director in Northern California’s Central Valley. Micah has used the Adobe suite of products for over 40 years and has presented at AdobeMAX and CreativePro Week. An avid photographer, Micah loves to explore the intersection of art and technology.