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I tried Google's new AI alphabet generator, and it's way more fun than it sounds

GenType Alphabet Creator is free to use, and here's why you should try it.
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Editor
GenType Alphabet Creator
Screenshot by Sabrina Ortiz/ZDNET

Do you remember the joy of doodling or tinkering with (the now vintage) Microsoft Paint or WordPad? Some 20 years later, Google's new artificial intelligence (AI) experiment has granted me nearly the same experience. 

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If you visit Google Labs, you will spot a new experiment -- GenType Alphabet Creator. The tool lets you use Imagen 2 to generate AI images for all 26 letters in the English alphabet from a single prompt.

This experiment was conceived when a Google employee wanted to use Imagen to help his children learn the alphabet visually by generating letters from familiar objects. Even though I can see the value in using the tool for children's learning, as an adult without children, I found a different use -- entertainment.

This tool is fun because you can make endless words and sentences from one prompt. You can also go further down the rabbit hole and create more generations with new prompts.   

All the letters generated have slight differences. Imagen 2 runs each letter's generation separately and tweaks the design according to your prompt. Still not getting the hype? Let me show you the tool in action. 

First, visit the Google Labs page for GenType and sign in to your Google account. You can now start tinkering by typing words into the text box on the left that describe what you want your alphabet letters to look like. 

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To get the best results, Google suggests including three different components: what you want to see in the generation's foreground (the letter), the background (the backdrop), and the style (aesthetic).  

I typed "Seashells on an ocean background, aerial photo," as you can see below. In about a minute, the tool generated the full 26 letters.

GenType Alphabet Creator
Screenshot by Sabrina Ortiz/ZDNET

If you don't like some of the results, click on a letter and tap the regenerate button. 

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Once you are happy with the designs, you can start typing in the text box. As you do, the graphics will immediately populate -- arguably the most satisfying part. Once you create something you like, you can save it as a PNG. You can see my results below. 

GenType Alphabet Creator
GenType Alphabet Creator

The quality of the images is impressive. You can expand the PNG image above to see the details. Once you generate your first alphabet, you can create as many as you'd like -- as with any other image generator. Quick warning: the tool is so satisfying that you may be glued to it for hours. Happy tinkering. 

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