TikTok brings basic AI-generated art to the masses


TikTok has launched an artificially intelligent (AI) basic image generator with which users can create personalized green screens.

The text-to-image generator is a far cry from the likes of DALL-E 2 and Midjourney as it only seems to produce swirling, abstract images.

Training an AI image builder requires a lot of computing power, so the basic look of TikTok’s incursion is a clear marker of how difficult it is to create a bespoke AI image service.

The rudimentary features also ensure that the content it creates adheres to the app’s community guidelines, including those regarding nudity and violent imagery.

Green screen image

If TikTok’s model were as photorealistic as programs like Stable Diffusion, then users could create distirubrng content. Which would be a disaster for an app that has a strong contingent of kids using it.

As spotted by The edgethe feature highlights the explosion in popularity of AI image generators.

TikTok appears to be the first major social media platform to integrate something like this into its app. While Instagram is busy trying to copy the Chinese behemoth, TikTok is digging its own furrow.

Since DALL-E 2 and Imagen aren’t yet widely available, TikTok’s new effect offers an alternative for users who may not have tried an AI image generator before.

Most programs, including DALL-E, still limit who can use its software, which is made by OpenAI. While TikTok has over a billion monthly users and it’s doubtful that many of them have tried to produce AI-generated art.

AI reigns supreme

Machine learning algorithms and artificially intelligent applications are all the rage and the trend shows no signs of slowing down as we move forward into 2022.

Earlier today, PetaPixel reported on remarkably realistic landscape photos created by the new Stable Diffusion AI image generator.

And earlier this month, PetaPixel realized what the engineers called MegaPortraits. Moving high resolution avatars created from a single image.

Many photographers wonder where all this is going. In a world of portraits of people who don’t exist created with AI software. The role of the photographer may well be different in the future.


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