Blog Image Generator: End Stock Photo Frustration with Instant Art

Blog Image Generator: End Stock Photo Frustration with Instant Art 
By Deliapg. Girl sitting at a computer

Blog image generator brings my motto, “Create what you don’t see,” to life. We live in an era where content is king, and there are no more excuses for why you can find relatable high-quality images. 

Image generators are the solution bloggers have been waiting for. Don’t worry about art not being your ministry or your lack of technical skills to create stunning blog visuals. You can create blog images as long as you have a clear concept. 

Artificial Intelligence’s evolution allows bloggers to create as many images as their imagination will allow. Since Aug 2023, about 15.5 billion AI-generated photos have been created. 

When I first started blogging, one of the things I dreaded most was finding pictures. I had difficulty finding images of black women and families that captured the story I was telling. If I didn’t have a picture on my phone to use, I’d spend hours looking through stock photo libraries, which delayed publishing my blog. When I finally found an image I liked, it had a heavy price tag. I went through this vicious cycle until I started playing with generative art.  

In this blog, you’ll learn how to create a blog image, popular AI art tools for beginners, and tips for getting the best results. Generative AI art is not a trend but a way to elevate your storytelling. Let’s get into it.

A graph showing the  top ai generators on the market
Source: Techreport.com

FAQ

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What is Generative Art 

In simple terms, generative AI art allows those with no design or art skills to create art. Generative art is artificial intelligence trained on the information of various paintings, patterns, and styles. You can create new, unique blog images with a few descriptive words.  

Best Blog Image Generator

As a new blogger, you may need help understanding the big deal about blog visuals. So, I want you to remember that pictures reinforce your story and allow your reader to connect with you emotionally and mentally. Just think about all the times you read an article and felt confused because the picture didn’t match the story. Or wished the writer had found a better graphic. 

When the stock photo libraries fall short, don’t worry—you have a new tool in your toolkit. Blog image generators are a game-changer, and when used properly, you can create pictures that perfectly align with your words. 

Before I give you the details about the best blog image generators for beginners, here’s a little background on the generative AI tool to start it all:

DALL-E 

Dall-E was developed by Open AI (yes, the same inventors behind ChatGPT) in 2021 and inspired the other generators I will discuss in this post. The generative AI tool is designed to use text to create realistic images. The first demo’s images were ok, but it gave a robot made it. Now, on its third update, Dall-E empowers creatives to bring the unseen to the seen and create visual elements to captivate audiences. 

Below is my list of the top blog image generators, tailored for the moments when you’re seeking that perfect image to complete your story:

Midjourney

Everyone knows Midjourney’s name by now, but if you don’t, it’s a subscription-based AI image tool that has been around since the summer of 2022 and is known to have the best AI results. It’s important to note that Midjourney is on Discord, a server with different communication channels, and you will need to create an account for both. 

For help setting up Discord and Midjourney, watch this quick tutorial here. It’s the same one I used.☺️

Once set up, you have to hit the Imagine button and enter a description of the image you want to see. I love Midjourney because you can design in over 30 styles and remix your pictures. 

I’d consider Midjourney’s prompts a little more sophisticated, so here’s their guide on prompt generation. 

Below is a prompt I used on Midjourney so you can get a better idea of Midjourney’s “sophistication”:

African American woman, eyes closed, hands together in a prayer position, peaceful smile on her face. She is sitting on a colorful mat with butterflies and cats in front of a window. The sun is gently kissing her skin. This pose reflects her spiritual side and gratitude for her journey.

And these are the four images Midjourney produced: 

Midjourney generation of young black girls meditating with butterflies and cats.

Midjourney did a great job on this prompt, so much so that it made me smile. After a few more generations, it’s obvious why Midjourney is so popular and has creators obsessed! The accuracy and high-quality imaging are good enough for flashcards, digital planners, mugs, social media posts, and more. 

Shop the designs I created using Midjourney in my Etsy store, Cultura by Dee. 

Bing Image Creator

Bing Image Creator, Microsoft’s brainchild, is powered by an advanced version of DALL-E and built on Copilot, an AI assistant. Creators enjoy using Bing as a blog image generator because you can set up a free account and receive 15 credits. You can access Bing Image Creator through the Image Creator page, Copilot, and the sidebar of Microsoft Edge

Now it’s time to take a look at Bing’s performance. Here’s a sample prompt:   

 A photorealistic image of a black girl with a detailed face. She has kinky honey-brown hair and sits in front of a laptop and ring camera creating content. She is in a well-lit coffee shop, wearing jeans and a purple sweater that says Black Creative in cursive white lettering. Behind the girl, a poetry slam is set up.  

 Bing results: 

A photorealistic image of a black girl with a detailed face. She has kinky honey-brown hair and sits in front of a laptop and ring camera creating content. Made using bing

Another Prompt I used in Bing:

Realistic photo of a beautiful African American couple playing basketball in the park in the Bronx, New York. Young kids are looking at the couple playing basketball through a chained fence. The leaves are falling from the trees. The male is tall and has a kinky afro. The woman is a beautiful, curvy woman with a mahogany skin tone. She has a kinky twist hairstyle with gold hoop earrings. The couple wears matching blue and white sweatsuits and Air Max 95 sneakers.

Bing Results: 

A black couple in a park holding a basketball. Younger children are around them, holding basketballs. Image Made by blog image generator bing.
Young black couple in matching outfits in the schoolyard. Made by Bing image creator
A young black couple leaning up against a gate in a park. Made by blog image generator Bing image creator.

On a scale from one to ten, I give Bing a strong 9. Looking closely, you can see that some things are out of place. Can you spot the slight imperfections? 

Image FX

Earlier this year, Google released a free blog image generator called Image FX. What I like most about this user-friendly generator are the “expressive chips,” or drop-down menus with keyword suggestions. 

If you’re new to generative AI art, start with Image FX before subscribing to an advanced generator like Midjourney. It’s an excellent place to practice your prompting and experiment with different art styles without getting overwhelmed. Do this a few times, and before you know it, you’ll generate images like a pro! 

Exciting features to know:

  • Images created are digitally watermarked using Synth ID
  • Image FX is accessible through the AI Test Kitchen 
  • The jury is still out on whether the photos are ethical because Google has yet to confirm what they trained Image FX on 

Here’s a sample of my Image FX Prompt: 

Sample of Image FX prompt box with the expressive clips

And these are the results: 

Colorful wild turkeys crossing the street in New York City. Made by blog Image generator Image FX.

Adobe Firefly 

When you talk about Adobe’s most popular products, you can now add Adobe Firefly, the generative AI art tool, to the mix. Adobe Firefly is a free blog image generator trained on commissioned Adobe stock photos and images with expired copyrights. 

I enjoy Adobe Firefly because its generative AI images of people of color are pretty good. The latest version, Adobe Firefly Image 2, has improved picture quality, cultural symbols, and better identification of landmarks. 

Some of their unique features are: 

  • Uploading reference images or images from a pre-selected list to guide the styling of new images
  • 25 monthly generation credits for unpaid users
  • Generative Fill allows you to add or take away objects. 

Adobe Firefly Prompt:

Full body image of a curvy black woman walking on the beach at sunset, with curly hair, headphones, and sweatsuit, butterflies around her in oil painting.

Adobe Firefly Made:

Black women walking on the beach at sunset. Made by ai blog image generator Adobe Firefly

Try out Adobe Firefly here.

ChatGPT Image Generator

ChatGPT is the chatbot I have the most experience with, and I was disappointed with the image generation. The blog image generator is only available on the paid version using the Dall-e 3 plugin.

Compared to the other generators, ChatGPT’s image generation is bulkier and unrealistic. It’s probably because of the art styles, but it’s not my first choice for visual blog posts. Take a look at the prompts and images produced by ChatGPT.

This is the same prompt I used in Bing to see how ChatGPT performed:  

Realistic photo of a beautiful African American couple playing basketball in the park in the Bronx, New York. Young kids are looking at the couple playing basketball through a chained fence. The leaves are falling from the trees. The male is tall and has a kinky afro. The woman is a beautiful, curvy woman with a mahogany skin tone. She has a kinky, twisted hairstyle with gold hoop earrings. The couple is wearing matching blue and white sweatsuits and Air Max 95 sneakers.

Here’s what Chat GPT made:

young black couple playing basketball in the park

Another prompt I tried on ChatGPT:

Create me a character sheet with 12 poses and facial expressions of a woman who is of African American and Hispanic descent wearing denim high waist trouser jeans, a white crop top saying “Mama, I made it” in gold lettering, and caramel colored trench coat, open toe sandals, a gold statement necklace with matching earrings and a colorful headwrap and make it horizontal so I can have as many poses possible.

What Chatgpt produced:

ChatGpt blog image generator makes a character sheet of a black woman in twelve different poses

 After these two examples, are you tempted to try generative art on ChatGPT? 

Gain more insight into ChatGPT in my article ChatGPT & Keeping Your Job.

Hypotenuse AI

After experiencing some challenges in helping a friend sell vegan soap online, Joshua Wong developed the Hypotenuse AI image generator. The blog image generator can be found under the Hypoart tab. You can test it out in a seven-day FREE trial; after that, it can run for about 15 bucks a month. 

I’ve read many reviews on the generator, and Hypotenuse AI is my least favorite blog image generator. I’m not fond of the picture quality and the limited style/aesthetic options. It absolutely gives it was made by a robot. I can appreciate the other content creation tools Hypotenuse offers, but their generative art is a no for me. 

What I DO like about Hypotenuse AI is that the images created are public domain and can be used for any purpose, including commercial use. The setup is similar to Image FX with the drop-down menus, and they offer a step-by-step prompt generation guide. 

Check out the prompt and image created using Hypo Art:

African American Marge Simpson with Maggie on her back made by Blog image generator Hypotenuse AI
Last Chance
Mother and child walking up a mountain.
Attempt number 2
ai art generation of a African American couple on a mountain
Picture 1

 As you can see, my pictures didn’t reflect my prompt. Even with my reference to the Simpsons and modifications, my photographs still look crazy. I’m giving Hypo Art a 3 out of 10. 

Tips For Generating AI Art 

The only way to get better at something is to practice. Use the tips below on any blog image generator to create the visuals for your blog: 

  • Be descriptive; use art styles, location, and adjectives 
  • Use the prompt guide, if available, for the best results 
  • Test the same prompt on different generators and see what you get
  • Have a clear vision of the picture you want to design as it relates to your post
  • Try this formula I learned in an AI workshop to help you improve/construct prompts: subject(s) + description of subject(s) or characteristics + art style 

Wrap Up 

Blogging isn’t for the weak, so don’t put your images on the back burner. Your blog visuals are equally important to your keyword research, niche selection, and promotions.

If you can’t find the perfect picture in your favorite stock library, consider using a blog image generator like Bing, ChatGpt, Midjourney, Hypotenuse AI image generator, Image FX, or Adobe Firefly. My personal favorites for blogging are Midjourney, Bing, and Adobe Firefly. 

Out of all the blog image generators, which are you eager to try first? 


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