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Along with that, Microsoft also released an AI image generator within Bing that is powered by DALL-E 3, the latest of OpenAI's visual projects. Microsoft was using a previous version of DALL-E to power its image creator until DALL-E 3 was incorporated into it, featuring improved image quality, more accurate prompt processing, and enhanced details within images. Now, the company renamed this tool from Bing Image Creator to Image Creator from Microsoft Designer.
Using the Image Creator from Designer is possible through Copilot, formerly known as Bing Chat, or directly on the tool's website, and is as easy as giving an AI chatbot like ChatGPT a prompt.
How to use the Image Creator from Designer
What youneed: Using the Image Creator from Designer requires access to Bing.com; no need for an OpenAI account. The Image Creator can be accessed via Copilot in the new Bing or by going to Bing.com/Create.
We'll cover how to create images directly on the Image Creator from Designer site, but you can find how to generate images in a chat with the new Bing in the FAQ below.
1. Go to the Image Creator from Designer and log in
You don't need Microsoft Edge to access the Image Creator from Designer. Just go to Bing.com/Create and click on Join & Create to log in to your Microsoft account and access the image generator.
2. Enter your prompt
Next, enter a description of the image you want to prompt the Image Creator to generate for you. Just like when using an AI chatbot, be as descriptive as possible to ensure your result is accurate.
After you enter your prompt in the text area, click on Create.
For this prompt, I'm going to request the following: "photo of a dodo bird sitting on a concrete floor of a brightly lit home in the tropics." Then I click on Create and wait for my images to be generated.
3. View your results
Once your images are ready, it's time to check the results. DALL-E 3 and the Image Creator from Designer will both typically display four generated images for each prompt.
They're not always great, as the free AI image generators are often not advanced enough to create truly lifelike images, so you may see some errors in details, such as a person's fingers or eye positioning, or the keys on a computer keyboard, for example.
As you can see below, the images that were generated capture almost exactly what I prompted the Image Creator to make. Asking it to create an image of a bird that is extinct was a big challenge as DALL-E 3 isn't trained on many different images of dodo birds due to them going extinct in the 17th century. There are some resemblances to a pelican and a toucan in the images put out by the Image Creator, but it is accurate enough, for the most part.
4. Download your image(s)
After looking through the generated images, I decided to download the picture below. Just clicking on an image will expand it and give you the options to Share, Save to your account, Download, or provide Feedback. It's worth noting that you can download one, all, or none of the images.
In a new feature since merging the tool with Designer, Microsoft now lets you quickly customize the image as well. Clicking on Customize will open Microsoft Designer.
Can I create images using Microsoft Copilot or Bing Chat?
There are two ways to use the Image Creator from Designer. You can generate images by going to Bing.com/Create, as detailed above, or you can create images right from Copilot with GPT-4, also known as the new Bing.
Here's how you can ask Image Creator from Designer to create an image right from the chat window; the same process works for the Microsoft Copilot AI chatbot:
Copilot can create images in any conversation style, whether it's set to Creative, Balanced, or Precise.
One of the pros of using Copilot to generate images is that you can ask follow-up questions to have Copilot adjust the image. Copilot proposes questions like, "Can you make the monkey wear a hat?" and "Change the color of the Vespa to blue".
How do you write prompts to create images using AI?
The more specific you are in your prompts, the better; think of the prompt as a detailed description of the image you have in mind. Include adjectives, nouns, and verbs to describe the image and what the subject is doing -- even styles are encouraged. If you ask the AI bot to create "a photo of...," you'll get a different result than if you say create a cartoon, a painting, or a 3D render; so the image style is important.
Here's how the Image Creator recommends you format your prompts: Adjective + Noun + Verb + Style.
In the example above, that would be "Fuzzy creature wearing sunglasses, digital art."
You can use different terms to describe the style, as well, such as impressionism, cubism, abstract, etc.
Do I own AI-generated images?
The latest line from the United States Copyright Office (USCO) is that AI-generated images are not protected under current copyright laws because they are not the product of human authorship. Images generated with Designer have an invisible watermark to denote that it is AI-generated content. The watermark includes Microsoft's information and the date and time the image was generated.
AI image generators have created controversy as they're AI bots trained on images found online, which have been created by someone else. While the art you create using an image creator tool is unique, it's created with the influences of millions of artists on the internet.
The copyright ruling is subject to change. The USCO is holding listening sessions throughout 2023 to explore the subject more deeply and make necessary changes.
Is Image Creator from Designer free?
The Image Creator from Designer is free at this time, though you can pay for more boosts if you run out. Boosts are like credits, where each prompt you give it to create an image will cost you one of your boosts. Users used to get 25 boosts when they'd first start using the Image Creator, but it has since increased to 100.
Once you run out of boosts, the Image Creator will take longer to generate images after it's given a prompt. Instead of 10-30 seconds, it can take up to five minutes.
Is Image Creator from Designer the same as DALL-E?
DALL-E 2 and the Image Creator from Designer are not the same. As with GPT-4 in the new Bing or Copilot, Microsoft is incorporating the more advanced DALL-E 3 into its image creator. DALL-E 3 is available for ChatGPT Plus subscribers as well. Right now, the Image Creator from Designer is the only way to use DALL-E 3 for free.
Is there a waitlist to use the Image Creator from Designer?
There is no waitlist to use the Image Creator from Designer at this time. All you have to do is log in to the website with your Microsoft account, and you'll have access to it.
Disclaimer: Using AI-generated images could lead to copyright violations, so people should be cautious if they're using the images for commercial purposes.