DALL-E 2An artificial intelligence program that can create stunning images from just text input, is coming to Microsoft products, including the Bing search engine.
The company is adding access to DALL-E 2 to simplify digital artistic creativity for consumers who lack the skills to produce unique, professional images.
With DALL-E 2, the user simply needs to type in a text description, eg “orange cat using a laptop”, and the program will do its best to create exactly that – all in less than a minute. DALL-E 2 is smart enough that it can reproduce the image in a variety of styles, from photorealistic to abstract or cartoon-like images.
DALL-E 2 Image Creator. (Credit: OpenAI)
Last month, the research lab behind the program, OpenAI, opened DALL-E 2 is publicly accessible, giving anyone the opportunity to use it for free. OpenAI is now expanding access even further with a Microsoft partnership, which was announced during Wednesday’s Surface event.
Redmond DALL-E 2 is first adding to a new corporate app called Microsoft Designer, which will be offered by Microsoft 365. The app promises to allow users to create social media posts, invitations, digital postcards, drawings and more with the help of DALL-E 2.
Microsoft Designer app.
“With Designer, there’s no need to spend time creating cards or social media posts from scratch,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “And you no longer need to search through thousands of pre-made templates. The designer invites you to start with an idea and let AI do the heavy lifting.”
The user simply needs to write a description of the image they wish to create. Designer will then click on DALL-E 2 to create several versions of the desired image, which can then be customized with a frame, text, or other modifications. Microsoft added: “Designer is built from Power Point, which uses Designer AI to make template suggestions while creating a presentation.”
The designer app will initially arrive as a file Free Web Preview(Opens in a new window) Users can sign up for early access. “Once the app is ready for general availability, it will be available as a free app and with more premium features available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers,” Microsoft said. In addition, the company plans to eventually integrate the Designer app into the Microsoft Edge browser, making it easier to access.
Bing image creator.
Another way Redmond is adopting DALL-E 2 is by bringing it to the Bing search engine through the new “Image Creator” function. Microsoft displays DALL-E 2 as a solution when Bing image search results fail to return the desired result. “With Microsoft Bing’s new image creation tool, you’ll be able to create images that don’t yet exist, limited only by your imagination,” the company said.
Recommended by our editors
The Image Creator function in Bing will also work by taking a text entry. For now, Microsoft plans to launch the feature with a limited preview for select geographies before expanding it further.
When the image creator becomes available, you will be able to access it by going to the Bing Images tab and clicking Image Creator by going to bing.com/create(Opens in a new window) Or through the Image Creator icon in the sidebar in Microsoft Edge,” the company added.
The DALL-E 2 expansion may raise concerns about abuse because the software is adept at creating realistic images of what you want. However, Microsoft says that Open AI has already added filters and safeguards to prevent the program from creating images that violate it Content Policies(Opens in a new window). “Moreover, Microsoft has incorporated technologies that further help prevent abuse including blocking an additional query on sensitive topics,” Redmond added.
Get our best stories!
sign for What’s new now To deliver our most important news to your inbox every morning.