Text-to-image generators are becoming increasingly popular and integrated into more and more apps. And now it’s Canva’s turn. From now on you can use the text-to-image feature directly in the editor while designing your creations. And you don’t even need a paid account for this as it’s available to all users.
The company began testing the feature back in September. The beta is available now and is available to Canva’s 100+ million users. Canva relied on the Stable Diffusion text-to-image model and added some tweaks, security filters, and a custom UI before launching its own tool.
While the paid version of Canva gives you some extra features and hundreds of additional resources, the text-to-image maker is available even to free users. And you can create 100 AI images per day with the tool, I would say that’s more than enough.
How Canva Text to Image works?
As with Canva itself, using the text-to-image generator is pretty straightforward. Upload the function and you will see a box asking you to describe the image you want to create. There are a few sample prompts to inspire you. You can choose between six styles for your final image: photo, drawing, 3D, painting, pattern and concept art, as well as the surprise me function.
After you write your prompts, Canva creates a grid of four images for you to choose from. You can add any of them to your design and use them however you like. You can even create mockups from Canva’s templates, just like you would any other image. As the tool is still being perfected, you can report the resulting image if it contains violence, nudity, hate speech, and “biased and/or stereotyped” content.
Finally, after playing around with the tool for a bit, I want to show you some examples. First, I used the “a woman with closed eyes, face painted half black, half white” prompt and selected Photo as the style I wanted. Canva did a pretty good job here!
Next, I tried something more surreal, but again as a photo. “A black poodle riding a bike on the road during sunset.” These images turned out pretty weird (stranger than the prompt itself), but I still had fun mocking up one of them.
Finally, I let Canva surprise me with images of a “magical forest at night with fireflies twinkling around tree trunks.” It was a pleasant surprise.
Speaking to The Verge, Cameron Adams, Canva’s co-founder and chief product officer, said the new tool is “very much a learning experience for our community.” He added that the company is “very keen to showcase this technology because it’s an emerging area and the exact way it works and how customers interact with it is still being developed.”
While I somewhat prefer Adobe Express, I also use Canva for some quick creations. I love making my own birthday and Christmas cards and all kinds of cheeky gift “vouchers” for friends, and Canva is perfect for such things. Adams says one of his favorite uses of the text-to-image tool is for students to use it to visualize their stories. “They write down a story in English class and use text-to-image to create an image that goes with that story,” says Adams. “We’ve also seen it used for images in presentations, on flyers, and on t-shirts that they can print through Canva.” As I’m not that inspired to make Christmas cards by hand this year, I will this year maybe play with Canva’s text-to-image tool. You get an KI card, and you get an KI card, everyone gets an KI card! What will you use it for?
[via The Verge]