Matthew Urwin | May 09, 2023

AI art generators are software that use artificial intelligence and its many facets (machine learningneural networks and more) to automatically create images. They often come in two forms — text to image or image to image — and both are fairly self-explanatory.

What Is An AI Art Generator?

AI art generators are software that use artificial intelligence to automatically create images. These tools often come in two forms: text to image or image to image. 

Text-to-image generators are able to create unique images based on a user’s text input, which is also commonly referred to as a prompt. These AI tools are trained on massive data sets that pair text and images. Meanwhile, image-to-image generators allow users to upload an existing photograph or image, and then edit or transform it using the power of artificial intelligence.

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How Do AI Art Generators Work?

Most text-to-image tools start with researchers feeding them millions and millions of images. Researchers annotate these data sets, providing the machine with a text reference. Then the device is tweaked, calibrated and trained until it can consistently recognize individual photos and generate its own with some accuracy.

On the user’s end, a person enters a text input into the tool and the tool spits out a creation that closely represents the image described. 

Image-to-image generators are a bit more straightforward and often use a process called neural style transfer to blend a content image (uploaded by the user) and a style reference image (artwork by a famous painter, for example), so the resulting image looks like a combination of the two. 

There’s a lot of uncertainty as to what kinds of images these tools will spit out. At the same time though, many AI art generators use third-party technology behind the scenes, meaning dozens of AI art companies could be using the exact same AI system. And the tech stack that powers AI art generation is often accessible to the general public, allowing for even more innovation.

While impressive, this technology has not come without its fair share of pushback (particularly among artists), and it has forced society to reexamine what art can be, and whether or not creativity is inherently human.

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20 AI Art Generators to Know

Check out these AI art generators pushing the boundaries of art and technology and redefining what’s considered possible within the generative AI space.

Top AI Art Generators to Know

  • DALL-E 2
  • Midjourney
  • Lensa
  • Jasper
  • Deep Dream Generator
  • Artbreeder
  • Big Sleep
  • Craiyon
  • DeepAI
  • Dream by Wombo



An image of "A fox sitting in a field in the style of Monet" generated by the AI art generator, Big Sleep.
DALL-E 2 allows users with no artistic ability to create art. | Screenshot: DALL-E 2

Applications: Generating new images; editing existing images; creating variations of images 

Pricing: $0.02 per image with a pixel resolution of 1024 x 1024

Notable features: AI-generated images based on written descriptions; higher-resolution photos than first DALL-E; inpainting and outpainting capabilities to edit and expand photos 

Created by nonprofit research company OpenAIDALL-E 2 has become one of the most prominent names in AI art generation over the last year. Its ability to create accurate and realistic images with nothing more than a short text prompt is made possible thanks to a process called diffusion, which begins with a pattern of random dots and gradually alters that pattern into an image once it recognizes specific aspects of that image. Like its predecessor DALL-E, DALL-E 2 began as a research project.



Midjourney's community gallery of AI generated art.
Midjourney’s AI art generation capabilities are so impressive that it has won an art competition. | Screenshot: Midjourney

Applications: Generating new images; creative expression through unique visual style   

Pricing: Basic plan starts at $10 a month

Notable features: Ability to generate images from written text; high-resolution images that are very realistic; Discord community of Midjourney users 

Midjourney is similar to a lot of other AI art generators on this list: It is a text-to-image tool that spits out creations from scratch in a matter of minutes. But the art it can produce is so realistic and impressive that it is the only platform of its kind to win an actual art competition, sparking both awe and controversy. Midjourney is available in beta, but access to it is restricted to a select few. To use it, you have to apply to its official waiting list. Once accepted, you will receive an invitation to its Discord server, through which you can interact with the tool.



Magic Avatars generated by the AI art generator, Lensa.
Lensa allows its users to create artistic versions of selfies based on visual blueprints users provide. | Images: Lensa

Applications: Editing images; displaying creative style on social media; refining facial features in images for photogenic purposes 

Pricing: Free in the App Store and Google Play

Notable features: Generated avatars; facial editing tools; other image effects like filters and photo borders 

Lensa’s Magic Avatar feature has taken social media by storm, using an advanced AI model to generate artistic versions of selfies based on visual blueprints users provide. The platform was created by Prisma Labs, with the goal of bringing mobile photography and video creation “to the next level” using neural network, deep learning and computer vision techniques, according to the company’s website. With Lensa, users can make minor edits like background blurring and filter applications, as well as create entirely unique renderings based on a single photo.



Jasper allows users to get as detailed as they want with their creations through text prompts and multiple drop-down menus. | Screenshot: Jasper

Applications: Composing personalized images; boosting visual appeal of blogs and social media posts; rapidly producing visual content for a business’ online presence 

Pricing: Creator plan starts at $39 per month

Notable features: AI-generated pictures that complement written content; customized elements like medium and mood; images are free of copyrights 

Jasper allows users to get as detailed as they want with their creations, offering not only a text box for prompts, but also various drop-down menus dictating style, medium and even mood. In addition to its AI art generator, the company can also create custom written copy, providing users with AI-generated blogs, social media content and more with nothing more than a short prompt. Jasper is just one of many players in the automated content creation game, including WriterGPT-3 and ChatGPT. The company rolled out a chatbot function as well.


Deep Dream Generator

Screenshots of art generated by the AI art generator, Deep Dream.
Deep Dream Generator uses neural networks to generate new images based on existing images. | Screenshot: Deep Dream Generator

Applications: Editing images with different filters; exploring more surreal styles; sharing visual art with a creative community

Pricing: Free with an account

Notable features: Text-to-image and image-to-image generator; option to share images with community or keep them private; ability to incorporate new styles downloaded by users 

After training itself with millions of images using advanced AI algorithms and techniques, Deep Dream Generator uses neural networks to generate new images based on existing images — making it different from the various text-to-image AI art generators out there. Users simply upload an existing image, choose whatever art style they would like the output image to be in, and then a new image is produced. The platform does have a text-to-image offering as well. While some of its creations look photo-realistic, Deep Dream Generator is perhaps best known for the more psychedelic, surreal images it produces.



A screenshot of Artbreeder's community gallery.
Artbreeder’s platform allows user to collaborate and share their art with other users. | Screenshot: Artbreeder

Applications: Crafting multi-faceted collages; repurposing old images to develop new ones; encouraging collaboration between artists  

Pricing: Basic plan available for free

Notable features: Images generated from shapes, images and descriptions; splicer tool for mixing images to create a new one; ability to remix art that other community members share

Artbreeder is a cross between an art editor and a text-to-image generator. Users can draw rudimentary images and shapes and type in a description of the kind of image they want to create, and Artbreeder brings it to life with its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Users can also edit and enhance existing images, generate multiple iterations of a given image, and even turn still images into animated figures. The platform hosts a fairly active community of creators, who show off their AI-generated art and collaborate with each other.


Big Sleep

An image of "Artificial Intelligence" generated by the AI art generator, Big Sleep.
Big Sleep is Python-based and free to use on GitHub. | Image: Big Sleep

Applications: Developing images to represent concrete or more complex concepts; experimenting with coding and AI art generation 

Pricing: Free 

Notable features: Images generated from written content; ability to process both concrete and more abstract concepts; foundation in Python makes it ideal for experienced coders  

Unlike many other AI art generators, Big Sleep is Python-based, so it is geared toward creators with coding experience. Although the images are not quite as advanced as some of the newer AI technology available today, creators can use Python script on Big Sleep to generate realistic AI-generated images from scratch. Big Sleep is open-source, free to use and available on GitHub.



An image of "Artificial Intelligence" generated by the AI art generator, Craiyon.
Craiyon can generate images from a single text prompt and is free to use. | Screenshot: Craiyon

Applications: Experimenting with visual designs for personal use; producing visual art for clothes and merchandise; creating higher-resolution images 

Pricing: Free

Notable features: Options to enhance resolution of AI-generated images; word choice further personalizes images; relevant prompt suggestions created by ChatGPT 

Formerly called DALL-E mini, Craiyon is a free AI model that can generate images from any text prompt. The model is trained by looking at millions of images on the internet and their associated captions. Over time, Craiyon learns how to generate images from a simple text prompt. Some of these concepts are learned from memory, while others are entirely unique and have never existed before, and are made possible by combining multiple concepts. Because the model was trained on unfiltered data from the internet, it may generate images that contain harmful stereotypes or biases, but Craiyon’s development team continues to correct these biases.



An image of "Artificial Intelligence" generated by the AI art generator, Deep AI.
DeepAI can create images in just seconds based on a text prompt and a selected style. | Screenshots: DeepAI

Applications: Quickly generating images for entertainment; altering specific components of images; refining professional headshot images 

Pricing: Plans start at $5 per 100 API calls

Notable features: Library of various styles to choose from; ability to edit images based on written requests; professional headshot tool  

Developed in 2016, DeepAI is among the oldest AI art generators out there now. It is fairly simple to use: All you have to do is type in an idea for an image and select the style you would like the image to be in from the platform’s library. The platform is then able to create the image in a matter of seconds thanks to the power of artificial intelligence. Users can also enter written requests to edit image elements to their liking.


Dream by Wombo

A screenshot of Dream by Wombo's AI art generator.
Dream by Wombo allows user to turn their AI generated art int NFTs. | Screenshot: Wombo

Applications: Creating and remixing NFTs for selling; adding more personality to images and artworks; sharing pieces with the Wombo community or on social media 

Pricing: Free 

Notable features: Produces images from basic prompts; diverse art styles, including realistic and paint styles; ability to convert images into NFTs, as well as remix NFTs  

Dream by Wombo allows users to transform existing photos into cartoons or faux paintings, as well as turn words and phrases into unique works of art via a complex algorithm. All of these creations can then be turned into NFTs. This tool was created by Wombo, which allows users to create lip-syncing deepfakes of themselves, friends and even famous people.



Fotor's AI art generator changing an image of a man into an oil painting.
Fotor is an AI image generator that can turn photographs into any art style, from sketches to oil paintings to water colors. | Screenshot: Fotor

Applications: Enriching images with artistic styles; editing and sharing high-resolution photos with family, friends and connections; generating and selling NFTs 

Pricing: Basic Plan is free; Fotor Pro plan is $8.99 per month

Notable features: Photo-to-painting converter; watercolor, fine art and sketch filters; NFT creator tool 

Fotor is an AI image generator that can turn photographs into any art style, from sketches to oil paintings to water colors. The platform has also carved out a space for itself in the creation of NFT artworkallowing users to quickly create AI-generated digital art, export it as an NFT and then sell it on NFT marketplaces.

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Images of pineapples generated by the AI art generator, NightCafe
NightCafe uses a credit system that users can use to generate new images. | Image: NightCafe

Applications: Generating detailed images in seconds; working on real-time projects with other creatives; engaging with an artistic community 

Pricing: Free

Notable features: Wide selection of AI algorithms; chat rooms for collaborating on projects in real time; credits system driven by community participation 

NightCafe is one of the most popular AI art generators on the market today, and is said to have one of the biggest repositories of algorithms and features. Similar to other tools, NightCafe creates original pieces of art from users’ written prompts. One unique feature, however, is that it runs on a credit system. The more credits a user has, the more images they can generate. And credits can either be purchased or earned by taking part in NightCafe’s community.



Images created by the AI art generator, Photosonic.
The model Photosonic uses is based on latent diffusion, meaning that it gradually transforms a random noise image into a coherent image that matches a given text. | Screenshot: Photosonic

Applications: Producing quality images or updating existing ones; developing visual pieces for sharing or selling; repurposing images created by other Photosonic users 

Pricing: Free trial; long-form plan starts at $12.67 per month

Notable features: AI-generated images from text descriptions or existing images; editing tools to adjust style, quality and other elements; collective ownership of all images 

With Photosonic, users can generate art by entering a text description of an image or by converting an existing image into an AI art image. The model Photosonic uses is based on latent diffusion, meaning that it gradually transforms a random noise image into a coherent image that matches a given text, according to the company website. Users can control the quality, diversity and style of the generated images by adjusting the description and re-running the model. Because any image is fully owned by its creator, the company and other users, all Photosonic users can freely reproduce, display, distribute and create derivative works based on any images on the site, without any royalty or attribution requirements.



An image of "artificial intelligence" created by the AI art generator, Point-E.
Point-E can produce 3D point clouds directly from text prompts. | Screenshot: Point-E

Applications: Generating 3D images based on point clouds; experimenting with code-based AI art generation; learning from a community forum 

Pricing: Basic plan available for free 

Notable features: AI-generated 3D images developed in minutes; library of images to complement text descriptions; online community discussions   

Point-E was developed by OpenAI to make photorealistic 3D images less costly and time-consuming to create. The platform can produce 3D point clouds directly from text prompts by leveraging “a large corpus” of images paired with text, while the model is trained on a data set of images paired with 3D renderings, the OpenAI team wrote in 2022. “To produce a 3D object from a text prompt, we first sample an image using the text-to-image model, and then sample a 3D object conditioned on the sampled image. Both of these steps can be performed in a number of seconds, and do not require expensive optimization procedures.”


Runway ML

A screenshot of a Runway dashboard.
Runway is uses AI to create art, animations and edit videos.| Image: Runway

Applications: Producing images and short films; adding a personalized touch to an image; fine-tuning images and videos 

Pricing: Free basic plan; standard plan starts at $12 per user per month 

Notable features: AI-generated images and films; range of image filters; tools for editing and removing elements from images and videos 

Runway uses machine learning models to generate unique images based on text prompts. But its main focus is on using artificial intelligence to create animations and edit videos. For example, the tool can be used to remove and replace a background from any clip without the need for green screen technology. It also allows users to create their own animations and 3D models and use relative motion analysis to improve motion graphics.



Art created using the AI art generator, Runway.
Spark has a suite of AI tools, including a text-to-image generator, a print creator and a copywriter. | Image: Spark

Applications: Designing images for advertising and websites; producing images to base 3D art off of; gleaning inspiration from other creatives in the Spark community 

Pricing: Year-long plan starts at $29 per month

Notable features: Text-to-image generator that processes predetermined and customized prompts; ratio edits for personalizing images; AI art community  

Developed by digital assets marketplace Creative Fabrica, Spark has a suite of AI tools, including a text-to-image generator, a print creator and a copywriter that can be used to automatically create texts for articles, books, advertisements and more. Like other digital assets on the platform, users can post their creations for paid use by other members, reportedly making it the first generative AI platform that also allows creators to make money.

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A screenshot of Stablecog's AI art gallery.
Stablecog allows its users to create art and display them on a community gallery. | Screenshot: Stablecog 

Applications: Compiling a portfolio of AI-generated images and projects; adding filters and elements to images; quickly creating images for websites, personal use and other purposes 

Pricing: Starter plan is $10 per month

Notable features: Luna Diffusion model can work with a variety of styles; ability to produce four images at the same time; interface tracks and saves past and in-progress generations 

Stablecog is an open-source AI image generator that allows users to create realistic images from scratch. The site also features a fairly active gallery with users’ creations, from a Pixar-style rabbit astronaut to a wide-eyed cat painted in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.


Stable Diffusion

A screenshot of the AI art generator, Stable Diffusion
Stable Diffusion’s license allows for the commercial and non-commercial use of the tool at no cost. | Screenshot: Stable Diffusion

Applications: Developing quality images; transforming photos with filters and other elements; editing specific details in images 

Pricing: Basic plan available for free

Notable features: Text-to-image and image-to-image capabilities; ability to create high-resolution images; customization tools like negative prompts and temperature control 

Stable Diffusion is an image-generating AI tool created by Stability AI. It has both text-to-image and image-to-image capabilities and is completely free to use. Plus, its license allows for the commercial and non-commercial use of the tool at no cost. And its underlying AI art model is used by some of the tools also on this list, including Deep Dream Generator and NightCafe.



An image of the " Enchanted Kingdom of Sinbad" created by the AI art generator, Starry AI.
StarryAI doesn’t require input from a user to generate images and can act as a free NFT generator. | Image: StarryAI

Applications: Generating images to share on social media or online; developing NFT art to own and sell; crafting AI avatars for headshots, online games and other contexts  

Pricing: Free as a mobile app 

Notable features: Over 1,000 available styles; elements like initial images and aspect ratios to customize images; NFT art options

StarryAI is an art generator that doesn’t require any input from a user at all. Rather, it can process images with a machine learning algorithm. One of the platform’s key selling points is that it acts as a free NFT generator, giving users full ownership over the images they create. Unlike many of the other tools on this list, StarryAI is available only as a mobile app for iOS and Android users.



A screenshot of AI generated art made by Visionist.
Visionist allows user to apply AI art styles to any photo. | Screenshot: Visionist

Applications: Producing professional or more artistic headshots; tailoring images to one’s artistic preferences; experimenting with digital art technology 

Pricing: Free

Notable features: Available as a mobile app; enacts edits with the tap of a finger; different styles and editing features  

With Visionist, users can apply AI art styles to any photo, including abstract filters, cutout portraits and more. The platform was created by faculty and graduate students at Parsons School of Design at The New School, and is used as not only a library and tool for creatives, but also as a place to facilitate research into the relationship between creativity and AI. Visionist also experiments with AI-generated handwriting, AI-generated sounds, the transformation of words into unique patterns and more.

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