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How To Use DALL-E 2 To Create AI Images

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but with DALL-E 2, you only need so many. It’s no surprise that this tool is making waves. While AI-generated art won’t replace human creativity, the ease of use and success with DALL-E 2 suggests that artificial intelligence will become more significant in art.  Let’s explore how to use this future-forward image generator.

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What is DALL-E 2?

DALL-E 2 is a neural network algorithm developed by OpenAI. The program can create a picture based on a short phrase or sentence you provide. For example, we asked Dall-E 2 to imagine a dog riding a motorbike in space. This was the result. 

dog riding a bike dalle

You can be more creative and detailed than that for better results, but we opted to keep it simple. OpenAI first unveiled the program in April 2022 before making it available to the public in September. The company developed DALL-E 2 by training it with a huge collection of images with captions. Using the program is not much different from searching for an image online. You type in a short sentence into a text box to receive your images.

There is a key difference, however. DALL-E 2 creates brand-new images using machine learning rather than finding existing images on the internet.

How to use DALL-E 2?

  1. Visit the DALL-E 2 website and click “Sign Up.” If you already have an OpenAI account, you can skip this part and log in using your credentials.
how to use DALL-E 2 - registration

2. Once the process is complete, you will be greeted with a welcome message. OpenAI will briefly overview what you can do with the program. Once you’re done reading, hit the “Continue” button.

How to use Dall-E 2: Welcome screen

3. Now, the program will give you a quick walkthrough of its “credits” system. Note that DALL-E is not entirely free. Its “credits” system limits how much you can use the program for free. Users receive 50 free credits upon signing up and then 15 free credits per month.

4. The home screen offers options like the “Surprise Me” button for auto-generated descriptions and the ability to upload and edit existing images.

Or, type in a description to create new images. DALL-E lets you use up to 400 characters to describe what you want. Take your time and think carefully. Sometimes, altering a couple of words here and there can make a difference. Also, feel free to experiment with different artistic imagery, such as digital art, portraits, 3D renders, sketches, AI image generation, and AI art.

The program creates four images per request. For instance, in the example above (dog riding a motorbike in space), we generated the following four images, each with its own distinct style.

image variations dall-e 2

5. You can click on each of these four images to do some basic editing, such as adding borders or erasing some parts. Alternatively, you could also ask DALL-E to create different variations of that image.

image variations

Note that creating a variation of an already generated image will cost you extra credit. Each credit buys you one DALL-E 2 request, meaning each set of images you generate using the program costs one credit. Users can generate four new images per request. And if you run out of free credits, you could always buy more. You can buy 115 credits for $15. Unused paid credits roll over month-to-month, whereas unused free credits do not. All rolled-over credits remain valid for up to 12 months from the date of purchase.

variations of ai generator

Unleash your imagination with DALL-E 2

As this guide has shown, DALL-E 2 is truly easy to use. It is particularly handy for visual storytellers or anyone with an artistically inclined mind. If permitted, you can also use it for college projects or art assignments. The generator creates AI-generated art with minimal effort or human input. This is just the beginning, and we will likely see much more from OpenAI and image generators like DALL-E 2 in the future.

Frequently asked questions

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Shilpa Lama
Shilpa is a Highly experienced freelance Crypto and tech journalist who is deeply passionate about artificial intelligence and pro-freedom technologies such as distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies. She has been covering the blockchain industry since 2017. Before her ongoing stint in tech media, Shilpa was lending her skills to government-backed fintech endeavors in Bahrain and a leading US-based non-profit dedicated to supporting open-source software projects. In her current...