The Best Free AI Art Generators, Ranked (2022)

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The impenetrable hive mind of the internet is a better artist than me. It’s not a point of contention, it’s a fact. Sure, I can write, but you shouldn’t have to pay witness to the slapdash nature of my attempts at oil painting—all those atrocities lingering on a basement shelf. Even the worst AI image generators and their strange obsessions with certain wardrobes have a strange—almost disturbing—fluid quality to them that makes each attempted depiction so distinct.

Leaving the question of whether AI-generated pictures are legitimate “art,” by the wayside, the best system-produced images are more than just ways to create strange nightmare depictions of celebrities portrayed in various art styles. At the same time, it’s not enough for the digital artiste to vaguely offer an impressionistic, oddly shaped “interpretation” of users’ original pictures or prompts.

There’s a middle ground amid all this crush between technology and art that even the most untrained in the arts of brush on canvas can comprehend. What can inspire us? What can intrigue us? That is what AI image generators have the capacity to do.

So we turn to the free AI art generators, or at least the ones that offer free trial options. To best rank each program, I gave them all the same, rather esoteric, text prompts based on some books I’ve recently read. Those books include:

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng

Prompt: “A man and woman stand under a pendulum sun in the heart of Arcadia.”

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

Prompt: “A lone mathematician stands on a dusty planet owning nothing.”

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Prompt: “A foreign woman struggles alone against the machinations of a cosmic empire.”

There are several image generators which require photos instead of text prompts. As much as I would like to keep it consistent, I want to be inclusive of different systems rather than exclude them. For the image generating platforms that don’t allow for text prompts, I used the same image for each one:

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I’m no art critic by any imagination, but at least I can tell whether AI generated art actually attempted to depict a prompt in a way that’s not derivative or that relies upon copying and replicating art found on the internet.

To be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised by some of the results from a few of the more popular free art generators. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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13. Fotor

13. Fotor

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Oh boy, turn your image into NFT “art,” how grand a design. Well, beyond attempts to monetize the poor greyhound, let’s see what Fotor can do to make Skip a little more painterly.

Using the program’s GoArt creator, there’s honestly nothing here that I haven’t already seen from a Photoshop filter. Though the program is relatively easy to use, I don’t see any real fun to be had making an image a little more sketch-like. The program does have a neat little photo editor, but if you want an image without a watermark you’ll have to pay, but really you shouldn’t expect anything less. There are better, free programs available online if that’s all you’re looking for.

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12. Hotpot AI

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12. Hotpot AI

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Hotpot is a pretty rudimentary program, but it does allow users to make relatively simple AI art on the cheap. Though in the end, it doesn’t really comprehend what its being asked to make. It’s hard to see any of the original prompts in anything the AI system can produce. Like many image generators, it also struggles with faces.

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11. Deep AI

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DeepAI’s rather simple and rudimentary AI generator doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, and despite all that it… doesn’t have much else going for it anyway. The text to image API system simply doesn’t have the bells and whistles more updated systems have. The images are more collages of images found on the internet than any real attempt at creating something “new.”

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10. Dream Studio

10. Dream Studio

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The Dream Studio beta AI art generator is free, and it has a lot of bells and whistles other AI art generators don’t have, like the ability to scale the width and height of the image while telling it how close you want the image to be to your prompt. It’s developed by Stability AI, which recently released a much more popular AI art generator (click through to find out more of Stable Diffusion).

The system is also surprisingly fast, just by the examples above you can see the AI isn’t afraid to mix and match art styles on a whim.

Unfortunately, using my prompts resulted in some interesting renditions, but a few weird and strangely derivative images as well. Several times when I used the A Memory Called Empire prompt I received images with broken text in no human language, almost like an alien book cover. It’s a sign that the system really wants me to give it more information, to tell it to rip off one particular artist or another. It does so much better when you give it the name of an artist to copy off of, but it’s similar to our next AI art generator in that regard.

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9. Stable Diffusion

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9. Stable Diffusion

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A lot’s been said about Stability AI’s free art generator while it was in closed beta, but on Aug. 22 the free image generator finally got a full release and since then it’s been one of the more talked about image creators. Stable Diffusion is open source, free, and unfiltered compared to the likes of Dall-E or Google’s (still publicly unavailable) Imagen. It’s basic page on Hugging Face is pretty rudimentary, but you can make it much easier to use with some simple freeware tools, though you’ll have to install Python to get it working. Stable Diffusion relies on a model based on the LAION-5B data set that filters out watermarked images and logos, according to its own page. Based on a report from tech blogger Andy Baio, many of the images are mostly sourced from Pinterest and other photo and art blogs. My attempts at asking it to create its own art without telling it to ape copy one particular artist were largely unsuccessful. It kept offering me black and white images without any kind of style or substance. Without asking it to copy a specific artist, it only offers pretty disappointing works compared to what other users have managed to get.

It seems the system is much better at coming up with art when you specifically ask it to do it in the style of a particular artist. This, of course, introduces a host of ethical problems especially for the living artists people may be emulating, as shown by fantasy artist Greg Rutkowski who was interviewed by MIT Technology Review and said he was worried the number of fake AI art bearing his name would eclipse his own visibility.

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8. VQGAN+CLIP

8. VQGAN+CLIP

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You got to love freeware, and this Python-based Google Colab notebook is relatively easy to use, so really, you have to give major props for a system that’s both relatively simple and open and available to all users. All you have to do is go to the link, scroll down and input your prompt in the text box, then either hit Ctrl+F9 or Runtime - Run All.

But of course we’re ranking system’s artistic ability. The system progressively iterates on the design, so you can see where the AI is trying to go with each image. My prompts offered some really interesting results but a few head scratchers as well.

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7. Dall-E Mini (Craiyon)

7. Dall-E Mini (Craiyon)

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The system once known as Dall-E Mini, now Craiyon, creates a host of different images it hopes fits the bill, so I chose the closest out of all of them to the spirit of the prompt. The images themselves are pretty low resolution, which does detract from the fact it’s giving you so many options to choose from based on a single sentence.

Even when choosing among nine different tiles, the art left a lot to be desired. Compared to other AI art, craiyon really does feel like it’s grabbing images from all over the internet and turning them into a hodgepodge of an approximation of what it thinks is the prompt.

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6. Deep Dream Generator

6. Deep Dream Generator

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Google’s Deep Dream Generator claims it can transform images into stylized works of art. The main feed of images on the site does make it seem very evocative, but of course it’s not exactly easy to make an image of young Skip appear as more than just a dog with a Photoshop filter on.

I put young Skip in the style of Pieter Bruegel, the famed Dutch artist behind works like The Blind Leading the Blind. It came out… okay. I tried it with a mandala pattern and it was… interesting, I guess. I then added a Salvador Dali painting to the style, and—well—it came out kind of boring.

It’s definitely a fun tool, but it feels like I’m playing with a sophisticated color-in-the-lines book rather than generating any real art.

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5: Nightcafe

5: Nightcafe

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The Nightcafe system will only let you do a few images before asking you to pay up, but like some other AI image generators it gives users a whole selection of different styles to choose from. It wants users to buy “credits” in order to make more arts or bump up the quality and resolution of each image, and you will run out fairly quickly.

The art itself is all over the place. I appreciate what it tried to do with The Dispossessed but it wouldn’t even create a human-looking being in either of the other two prompts. The image resolution is also not great, and the art is very strange even in the default oil painting setting. Sure, it’s nice to be able to try out the system to see if you like it first, but even for just $10 a month, I can’t say you won’t find better options out there.

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4: StarryAI

4: StarryAI

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I appreciate StarryAI’s clean interface and simple systems, though of course this is another one that gives users a few free credits to start before eventually asking you to cough up for more. Again, there’s nothing wrong with getting users to pay for creating a whole lot of art, but it does have to be worth it. This art generator also lets users upload an initial image to give the AI a leg up, but there’s no hand holding allowed here for these rankings.

The art itself is a mixed bag. I like what It came up with for The Dispossessed but can’t really tell what it had in mind for A Memory Called Empire.

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3: DALL-E 2

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3: DALL-E 2

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DALL-E 2 may have been the most hotly anticipated AI image generator since it was initially put into its beta release back in April. However, as shown by these examples there’s been multiple releases to cash in on the AI-art craze.

OpenAI, the makers of DALL-E, finally released their system to the wider public Sept. 28. Like many other systems, it offers users a slate of 50 free prompts, plus a few more each month. Users can also pay for more image generation credits.

My experiences with DALL-E have been interesting, to say the least. I find the system does not compute specific artists too well, and even when you give it pretty detailed instructions it defaults to an impressionistic art style. Of course, that’s not what this ranking is looking to do. For this, I’m more interested in what each AI system is capable on its own without giving it an image to specifically replicate. DALL-E’s systems obviously draw from a whole host of real photos and art, but it still largely fails to replicate faces. However, the generator did seem fond of the prompt for A Memory Called Empire and it offered several inspiring images that capture the essence of the book.

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2: Wombo Dream

2: Wombo Dream

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The Wombo Dream system allows you to create art in multiple different styles such as old retro art, Salvador Dahli, or—simply—”Ghibli.” I chose a different style for each based on the style of each book. It also allows you to include a reference image that Dream can use, but I’ve restricted the system to its own imagination. You can also turn the images into NFTs, but thanks, no.

I have to hand it to Wombo, some of this art is truly evocative. I’m especially taken by the Throwback filter, as it definitely gave it the 1970s art style look you might see on an old album cover. Though as you can tell, it’s very loose with its interpretations. The weirdly erotic sense I get from its interpretation of A Memory Called Empire is strange since that wasn’t the prompt. I was very surprised by its interpretation of Under the Pendulum Sun, so it gets rather high marks.

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1: Midjourney AI

1: Midjourney AI

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The crown of the AI art generation scene falls on none other than Midjourney. It’s gotten quite a lot of hype since its open beta first burst up from the weeds of Discord’s servers, but it’s honestly one of the best AI art generators available. Though I’ve seen some rather strange depictions of ships and other objects, the crispness of the generated images could convince somebody they were done with human hands.

I will say that Midjourney does have a little sense of repetition, as I’ve seen similar poses among the stoic, female design among other user-prompted images. However, that doesn’t take away from how evocative the art is, especially based on such strange, convoluted prompts. I mean just look at it! Several of the images based on The Dispossessed prompt could be the actual cover to the book. Several of those in the last panel are easily how I might imagine Mahit Dzmare from A Memory Called Empire would look like.

The program remains beholden to Discord, and the bot offers the first few generated images as a trial, but then they ask users to pay $10 for a monthly basic membership with 200 images.

FAQs

What's the best AI art Generator? ›

Jasper Art is the overall best AI art generator.

It offers AI text generation capabilities that turn one-sentence inputs into entire blog posts. The AI art generation technology is developing quickly! Some tools are still in beta mode or behind a waiting list.

Is Midjourney the best AI art Generator? ›

Midjourney is one of the best AI art generator widely available for common users in 2022.

Where can I create AI art? ›

NightCafe Creator is an AI Art Generator app with multiple methods of AI art generation. Using neural style transfer you can turn your photo into a masterpiece. Using text-to-image AI, you can create an artwork from nothing but a text prompt.

Is DALL-E free? ›

DALL-E Is Now Freely Available to All Humans. OpenAI also announced that it is testing an API that would allow develops to build on top of the A.I. system.

Can anyone use Dall E 2? ›

In September 2022, DALL•E 2 officially closed its waiting list and opened the platform to the public. Users start with 50 free credits to transform searches into fully generated artwork and 15 free credits every month from then on.

Can I use AI to create art? ›

There are various ways in which AI is used to create art. AI algorithms can generate images or videos based on a set of parameters or create new images by combining and altering existing images.

Can AI create real art? ›

Indeed where AI really excels is producing pieces of fine art that combine different elements and styles. Yet while AI may do most of the legwork for you, using these models still requires skill. Sometimes a prompt doesn't generate quite the image that you wanted.

Is Midjourney AI free? ›

How Much Does Midjourney Cost? You can make your first 25 images on Midjourney for free. But you are not going to want to stop at 25! The Basic Membership monthly subscription lets you create up to 200 images.

Is Midjourney better than Dalle 2? ›

Also, DALL. E 2 produces much better images when it has more than 2 characters, as compared to Midjourney or Stable Diffusion. Midjourney, on other hand, is a tool best known for its artistic style. The image it generates almost never looks like a photo, but painting.

Is Artflow AI? ›

Artflow lets users generate visual content with the help of AI. We strongly believe in the liberating act of creativity and want to allow anyone to make and share their creations with the world, experiment in a positive environment and express themselves through this novel medium.

How good is Starryai? ›

This is by far the best AI art generator out there for fantasy art. I've had the app for a few weeks now and have generated dozens of artworks. Very happy with the speed and quality!

Is Dream by wombo safe? ›

Yes the WOMBO app is totally safe. Wombo is a Canadian image manipulation mobile app released in 2021 that uses a provided selfie to create a deepfake of a person lip-synced to one of various songs.

What AI generator is everyone using? ›

Deep Dream Generator

One of the most popular AI art generators on the market, Deep Dream is an online tool that enables you to create realistic images with AI. Deep Dream relies on a neural network that was trained with millions of images.

Is there a free AI text generator? ›

Rytr is an AI writing assistant that helps you create high-quality content, in just a few seconds, at a fraction of the cost! Free forever, upgrade as you scale!

Does DALL-E 2 cost money? ›

All first-time users get a bunch of free credits to use, but then just 15 free credits each month. Users will be able to buy additional credits at a price of $15 for 115 credits (enough to generate 460 square images).

Do you need to pay for DALL-E 2? ›

DALL·E 2 is no longer free to use. Instead, users will be given a limited number of monthly credits, with the option to pay to top them up (see below).

Is DALL-E available for public? ›

An artificial intelligence tool called DALL-E that's stunned with its ability to render text into realistic images is now available to the public. OpenAI, the Silicon Valley research lab behind the program, announced Wednesday it has dropped the waitlist to use the program.

Can I use OpenAI for free? ›

Playground is mostly free, but has a time limit

After three months, the free credits will expire. Once you hit that time limit (or if you use them all up before then), you'll have to buy more by contacting OpenAI's sales team.

Is Dall E mini free? ›

DALL-E mini is free and easy to use.

Is Dall E mini same as DALL-E 2? ›

What Is Dall E 2 Mini and How Does It Work? It works faster and with more precise lines than the first version released in 2021. The biggest difference of Dall-e 2 is that using a process called diffusion, images start with a random pattern and produce logical visuals.

Can I sell my wombo dream art? ›

Can you sell Wombo Art? Yes! Wombo is a great way to make some extra money. Wombo is working on the option to create a custom ERC-20 token with your artwork.

What is the art AI called? ›

During the past 50 years, several artists have written computer programs to generate art—what I call algorithmic art. The process requires the artist to write detailed code with a desired visual outcome in mind.

Can AI create graphics? ›

AI helps designers to create images that are impossible for them to create otherwise. This is done by analyzing the users and then creating logos and even designing complete layouts for a website after checking the relevance of different objects to be created with the help of their cognitive abilities.

Is AI-generated art cheating? ›

If you've just got an A.I. to do a painting for you and submitted it, then it's not your skill behind the submission, and that is clearly cheating. You'd be just as guilty if you paid a human artist to create the artwork and submitted that.

Can I sell my AI art? ›

So, if you are an artist who uses AI to create your art, you have every right to sell it! However, it would be illegal for you to attempt to resell or copy the AI-generated artwork of another artist, as this would infringe on their copyright.

Is AI a threat to art? ›

Undeniably, AI-generated images are a threat if used to spread misinformation, presented as original creations in art contests, or other inappropriate activities. Outside of that, though, it's safe to say that until AI gains sentience, it will remain a supplement to human pursuits.

Is Peppertype AI free? ›

No, Peppertype.ai is not a free-forever AI writing assistant. It starts with a free plan, wherein you can use the tool for free to create content of up to 10,000 words. After you have completed your free tenure, you have to subscribe to an initial plan of US$25/month, billed monthly or yearly.

What is a good free AI app? ›

FaceApp is one of the best AI apps for Android phones. It helps users in editing their pictures. For example - you can turn your selfie into a modeling portrait, better facial features, etc. FaceApp gives you everything you need to create social media-worthy edits for free.

How do I get Jasper AI for free? ›

Step #1: Go to the official website Jasper using this link, and it will activate the free trial offer for you. You will see a “Claim 10,000 Words Free” button, so click on it. You can also click on the “Try For Free” button in the top right corner of the page.

Is Stable Diffusion better than Dall-E? ›

Stable Diffusion vs DALL·E 2

From the results, it can be seen that DALL·E-2 manages to understand and produce images that are more suitable to the prompt, while Stable Diffusion struggles.

Does Midjourney cost money? ›

There are two subscription options available for Midjourney AI: a "Basic" membership, and a "Standard" membership. The basic membership will cost you $10 a month, while the standard membership is $30 a month.

Is Midjourney the same as Dall-E? ›

Both DALL-E 2 and Midjourney can generate images from text prompts, but only DALL-E can edit existing images by adding or removing elements. Midjourney can upscale AI-created images up to their maximum resolution, while DALL-E 2 is stuck at 1024 x 1024.

Does ArtFlow cost money? ›

ArtFlow and all its basic painting features are absolutely free for the users. However, the additional features require pro-license in-app purchase, and buying the license will activate all your devices associated with your Google account.

Who owns AI created art? ›

'In the case of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work which is computer-generated, the author shall be taken to be the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the creation of the work are undertaken. ' — Section 9(3) CDPA 1988. On the face of it, this provision appears to resolve the issue of ownership.

How much is Starryai? ›

And why does it have to cost? I can understand charging maybe a one time fee of $5 for the entire app unlimited but why $12/month ($144/year)?? There's only so much you can do with this app and only so many things you can think of to have the ai generate.

How can I use Dall E? ›

You can make an account on DALL-E like on any other website by using an email and making a password. When you're in, the homepage has a bar to add a prompt for DALL·E to start creating. Below the prompt bar are examples of art DALL·E has made, including the prompt that lead to the image.

How does wonder AI app work? ›

It's super simple: Simply describe what you want Wonder to paint — such as “Life Under Sea” or “Shattered Rainbow” — pick a style (Cubist, Dali, Synthwave, Steampunk etc.), or select “no style”; and hit create! and many more!

Are there any free AI art generators? ›

starryai is an AI art generator app. You simply enter a text prompt and our AI transforms your words into works of art. AI Art generation is usually a laborious process that requires technical expertise, we make that process simple and intuitive. starryai is available for free on iOS and Android.

Are there free AI tools? ›

Scikit-learn is the free artificial intelligence tool that provides a variety of supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms through a consistent interface. It is considered a simple and efficient tool for data mining and data analysis.

Is deep dream generator free? ›

Create inspiring visual content in a collaboration with our AI enabled tools. It's free, you just need to sign up.

How many GB is Krita? ›

Storage: 16 GB available space. Additional Notes: As much system/video memory as possible for large images and animations.

Which digital art is best? ›

The best digital art software available now
  1. Affinity Photo. The best alternative to Photoshop. ...
  2. Photoshop. Still the industry standard, for good reason. ...
  3. Corel Painter 2022. Painter's annual update offers plenty of improvements. ...
  4. Rebelle 5. ...
  5. Procreate. ...
  6. Clip Studio Paint Pro. ...
  7. Artweaver 7. ...
  8. ArtRage 6.
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What is the smartest AI app? ›

Alexa is said to be one of the best AI apps in the market. It is a voice assistant that allows its users to listen to music, add items to your shopping cart, tell about the weather and much more. Alexa can be used to assist with daily activities and allow its user to set up their appliances that are Alexa-compatible.

Is there a real AI app? ›

Replika is a #1 chatbot companion powered by artificial intelligence. Join millions talking to their own AI friends! Replika is for anyone who wants a friend with no judgment, drama, or social anxiety involved.

What AI is better than Replika? ›

13 Best Apps Like Replika & Similar AI Chatbot Apps
  • Mydol.
  • Anima.
  • Wysa.
  • SimSimi.
  • Wati.
  • Elomia.
  • Kajiwoto.
  • Google Assistant.

Is it legal to sell AI generated art? ›

Yes, you can even sell the visuals you create, though most stock photo platforms are now re-assessing whether they'll actually accept such for sale.

Are AI artists real artists? ›

AI agents are not creating art; rather, they are replicating art. For example, the CAN agents were trained on tens of thousands of original artworks created by humans.

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