And it’s publically accessible
Text-to-art AI tools are the new cool kids on the block.
By using advanced algorithms, they can convert any text into a piece of art. They’ve been used to create everything from portraits to landscape paintings. And the results are often impressive — sometimes even indistinguishable from works created by human artists.
Both are very powerful and can produce top-notch images, but unfortunately have their own access limitations. Dall-E2 is not publicly accessible, and MidJourney’s free tier offers only 25 images.
Luckily, two days ago, a reader left a comment on one of my articles and mentioned Disco Diffusion. It’s a highly capable text-to-art generator that’s comparable to MidJourney, and it’s completely free.
I was bowled over when I tried Disco Diffusion myself and saw my first generated image.
Let’s talk about it.
Disco Diffusion is a little piece of software written in Python that is meant to run in Google Colab.
It’s a free tool that you can use to create AI-generated art and even video from simple textual descriptions.
Everything happens within the browser, so all you need are these three.
- Chrome Browser
- Google Account
- GoogleDrive Account
You can use other browsers too, but I recommend using chrome if you’re following along with this tutorial.
Okay, let’s do some art!
You can access the tool here.
There will be four stages in the Colab dashboard, all you have to do is press the little play button to execute the python codes underneath.
But before you do that, we need to describe what kind of painting we want the tool to create.
Expand the Settings (3) stage to reveal the sub-settings.
In the “Prompt” section, change the text prompt with whatever you want the tool to paint.
The last step is to run the stages in top to bottom order. Simply press the little play button like in the image below.
The last thing you need to do is wait for the image to finish. You can do something else in the meantime.
In the free version of the Colab tool, it takes around 10 minutes for a 1028×768 image to completely render.
All images will be automatically saved in your google drive.
Now let’s see how it compares to other popular text-to-art tools — Dall-E2 and MidJourney.
I fed all three tools with a similar prompt.
Prompt: A beautiful painting of a singular lighthouse, shining its light across a tumultuous sea of red by greg rutkowski and thomas kinkade, yellow color scheme. Trending on artstation.
Who do you think did the best-looking image from the text description?
IMHO Disco Diffusion’s result looks the most beautiful against Dall-E2 and MidJourney.
Art is now within reach for the average person, thanks to these free text-to-art AI tools.
No longer do you need years of training and a steady hand to produce a masterpiece. Just type out what you want, and let the AI do the rest.
But is it a curse or a blessing to human artists?
There is no easy answer to this question. While AI text-to-art can be a helpful tool for human artists, it can also be a curse if it is used improperly.
So if you’re feeling creative today, why not give it a try?