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How to use Stable Doodle AI to transform your doodles into artwork

Stable Doodle AI will turn your crazy doodles into cool, professional images that you can download and save.
Written by Lance Whitney, Contributor
AI images with Stable Doodle AI
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We all like to doodle, even though we know our sketches probably aren't going to win any art awards. But now a new online artificial intelligence (AI) tool can turn your doodles into legitimate artwork.

Using Stable Doodle AI, you can draw a doodle using your finger, a stylus, or a mouse, depending on whether or not you're using a touchscreen device. You can then describe the type of image you want and pick a style, such as photographic, fantasy, comic book, anime, or line art.

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In response, Stable Doodle generates an image based on your doodle, description, and style. By default, the AI creates three images. Choose the one you like the best, and you can modify and download it.

Offered by open-source generative AI company Stability AI via the Stable Diffusion XL model, Stable Doodle is available in both free and paid versions. The freebie version watermarks your artwork and limits you to a certain number of images and modifications per day. You'll want to sign up for a free account to get the maximum number of allowed images and edits.

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Priced at $9 per month on a monthly basis, or $7 per month on an annual basis, the Pro edition skips the watermark, supports 1,500 images per day, and offers an unlimited number of edits.

Stable Doodle is accessible as a website and as a mobile app. Here's how it works.

1. Browse to the website

Browse to the Stable Doodle AI website. If you head directly to the site, the drawing area is available right off the bat.

Browse to the website
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2. Sign up

To register with a free account, click the Sign in/Sign up button in the upper-right corner, and enter your email address. Click the Sign in link in the email you receive. You're then automatically signed in.

Sign up
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3. Download the mobile app

Alternatively, download and install the ClipDrop app for iOS/iPadOS or Android

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With the ClipDrop app, tap the button for Try Stable Doodle, and you're then placed at the drawing area.

Download the mobile app
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4. Draw your doodle

Use your finger, stylus, or mouse to draw your doodle.

Draw your doodle
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5. Correct or change your doodle

To correct or change any part of the doodle, tap the Eraser icon and erase the area you want to remove.

Correct or change your doodle
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6. Generate the image

Describe the image you want and then choose a specific style. 

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When you're done, tap the Generate button.

Generate the image
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7. View the images

In response, the AI creates and displays three images based on your doodle, description, and style.

View the images
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8. Select and edit an image

Click the image you want to use. At the next screen, click the Edit button to modify it. From the Edit menu, you're able to remove the background, clean up any imperfections, relight the image to change the light source, upscale it to increase the size and quality, reimagine it to try again, or uncrop it to remove any crops. 

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Be careful as you choose each editing tool, as some require a paid subscription and others may result in the loss of the original image.

Select and edit an image
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9. Download image

When you're done, click the Download button to download the image. 

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You can then open the image in your preferred image-editing software to make any further changes you wish.

Download image
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Disclaimer: You should consider the legal consequences (e.g. copyright) of using AI-generated images before implementing them into your work.   

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