How to Create Awesome AI-Generated Artwork for Free with DALL-E

You can create an account on DALL-E like on any other website by using an email and creating a password. When you’re there, the home page has a search bar to start creating. Below the search bar are examples of artwork made by DALL·E, including the search term that leads to the image.

Screenshot of the DALL-E home page

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About DALL-Ethe AI-generated images that you create are called “generations”. They are based on the text you put in the search bar called “prompts”. You can also upload images to DALL-E, called “uploads”, and create images from them.

The details you can look up are seemingly limitless, including what art style or artist you want the AI ​​image to look like. For this research, I specified that I wanted the image to be “digital art”.

screenshot of DALL E looking for astronaut fish swimming in an ocean in space, digital art

Screenshot of DALL·E search for “astronaut fish swimming in an ocean in space, digital art”

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The first research I did on DALL-E was for cats eating soup. One of my favorite paintings is “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, so I searched for that image and added “in the style of Gustav Klimt”. This image was the best of the four DALL-E gave me, but none of the images really looked like “The Kiss”.

DALL E AI generated image of cats eating soup in the style of Gustav Klimt

DALL-E AI generated image of “Cats eating soup in the style of Gustav Klimt”

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I did another search with another artist in mind. For this image I searched for “van Gogh style painting of a Formula 1 car driving on Mars”. Compared to what DALL-E gave me for Klimt, I thought this image looked more like a painting by Vincent van Gogh.

DALL E AI generated image of a van Gogh style painting of a Formula 1 car driving on Mars

DALL-E AI generated image of “van Gogh style painting of a Formula 1 car driving on Mars”

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Here is a preview of my favorite from this lot. I had no real expectations for this research, so I was eager to see how DALL-E would interpret it. I preferred this one because DALL-E added more scenery to this “generation” to suggest they were in a different world.

an AI-generated image by DALL E of the Extraterrestrial School of Athens by Raphael"

DALL-E generated image of “The Extraterrestrial School of Athens by Raphael”

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Every detail of your research will influence how DALL-E creates your image. For example, I used the same search term for two photos. For this one, I researched, “a luminous painting of a girl walking over a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension…”

DALL E AI generated image of a light painting of a girl walking across a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension

DALL-E AI generated image of “a light painting of a girl walking over a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension”

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…and then “a dark painting of a girl walking over a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension.” The two sets of images came out very different depending on whether I put “light” or “dark”.

DALL E AI generated image of a dark painting of a girl walking across a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension

DALL-E AI generated image of “a dark painting of a girl walking over a bridge into a waterfall that opens into another dimension”

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When your search isn’t very specific, “generations” can really vary in style. For example, I only searched for “Astronaut cowboys at a space rodeo”. Here is a generation:

DALL·E AI-generated image of astronaut cowboys on a space rodeo

DALL-E AI generated image of “Astronaut Cowboys on a Space Rodeo”

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And another in a different style:

Image generated by DALL E AI of "Astronaut cowboys at a rodeo in space"

DALL-E AI generated image of “Astronaut Cowboys on a Space Rodeo”

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You can also edit a “generation” on DALL-E using one of your credits. Editing options include deleting part of the “build”, adding a frame, or uploading another image to add to the “build”.

screenshot of edit options on DALL E builds

Screenshot of edit options on DALL-E builds

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You can check your collection by clicking “My Collection” at the top of the DALL-E homepage. You can also check how many credits you have for the month by clicking on your user profile in the top right corner.

screenshot showing how to verify your DALL E collection and credits

Screenshot showing how to verify your DALL·E collection and credits

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When you open an account to use DALL-E, you get 50 credits for the first month. Each credit is used for a DALL-E search, change request or variation request. You get 15 credits for each month after the first month, but the 50 free credits are not renewed after the first month. You can also buy more credits.

OpenAI’s Content Policy for DALL·E prohibits creating, uploading, or sharing images depicting hatred, violence, self-harm, illegal activity, or anything political.

screenshot of OpenAI's content policy for DALL E, including do not attempt to create, upload, or share images that are not G-rated or may cause harm

Screenshot of OpenAI Content Policy for DALL E

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To learn more about OpenAI’s content policy, go here.

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