December 1, 2023

Unleashing creativity with AI: Mastering image generation

Ever wondered how to jazz up your LinkedIn or blog posts with some eye-catching images? Well, AI image generators like Dall-E are game changers in this arena. Let me walk you through how to use these tools effectively.

Step 1: Spark your idea

First off, know what you're aiming for. Vague ideas lead to bland results. Take the Automation Caffeine podcast, for instance. We wanted two robots enjoying coffee – a clear, fun concept!

Step 2: Craft Your Scene

Details matter. For our podcast, we described a scene like this: "Two robots with monitor faces, sipping coffee in a 60s American diner, with a robot waitress in the backdrop." No humans, just a robotic ambiance. Plus, remember to choose the right image format. We went with 'wide' (1792x1024) for that cinematic feel.

Initial AI generated image for Automation Caffeine

Pro-tip: Dall-E offers three formats: square (1024x1024), wide (1792x1024), and full-body portrait (1024x1792). Pick one that suits your scene best.

Step 3: Refine and Repeat

Don't settle on the first draft. AI can misinterpret requests. For example, removing a "robot waitress" initially led to a human waitress appearing. Get specific with your revisions, like asking for "no one else but the two coffee-drinking robots."

There is indeed no robot waitress, but I wanted no waitress at all!

Step 4: Fine-Tuning

Keep tweaking until it's just right. We asked Dall-E to "make the diner cozier," which nearly hit the mark. Remember, AI is great at the big picture, but not so much at minute details.

This is the image I decided to use for the podcast, though not exactly like this.

Step 5: Photoshop Magic

For final touches, Photoshop's generative fill works wonders. Select the area you want to change. We wanted to ditch an upside-down cup and some letters. Phrases like "Remove the cup" guide Photoshop.

It might take several tries, but you'll get there. In our case, we changed the prompt to "Replace the cup with a pepper and salt dispenser". We ended up with the cup replaced with a sugar cube bowl – quirky, but it worked!

Replaced cup with a "pepper and salt dispenser" and replaced letters with paintings.

A note on text

AI and text can be tricky. If you need legible, meaningful letters, stick to tools like Photoshop or Canva for adding text to your scene.

And there you have it – your guide to creating stunning, AI-generated images for your digital content. Happy creating! 🎨🤖📸

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