AI has busted into the art scene in a big way recently. Companies like Nvidia have been working on AI tools to make art out of basic squiggles (opens in new tab)while robot AI artists do unique and interesting paintings. (opens in new tab) Lately, the internet has been abuzz with images created by the DALL-E 2 art bot that can create images from just a few words. They are often a good mix of impressive and utterly cursed, much like these AI-generated Duke Nukems (opens in new tab).
While amazing for generating fresh mematic content on the regular, these AI art bots are at their hearts, tools, and one photographer (spotted by PetaPixel) has found a great use for the software. Rather than creating a whole image from a description in DALL-E 2, they’ve used it to clean up a photo taken, and the results look more impressive than Photoshop.
Nicholas Sherlock (opens in new tab) is a photographer based in New Zealand who used DALL-E 2 to turn some very nice but blurry photos of a ladybird, into crisp stock photography style images. He did this by having the AI edit his original blurred photo with the text prompt “Ladybug on a leaf, focus stacked high-resolution macro photograph.”