Skip to main content

Meta's AI tool won't draw without a sketch assist from you

AI-generated images are all the rage right now with people using Craiyon (formerly known as DALL-E mini) to create nonsensical memes. Now Meta is throwing its hat into the ring with its own image generator, but with a bigger emphasis on creating artistic pieces. 

The AI tool is called Make-A-Scene and it uses a combination of text prompts and sketch outlines to generate a 2,048 x 2,048-pixel image. Meta demonstrated the tool in a video where the company asks several artists to create an art piece.

One artist, Alexander Reben, prompted Make-A-Scene to create a high-definition image of a hot dog floating in the sky and entered into the system a simple sketch of an oval above a square. Sure enough, Make-A-Scene created a detailed image of a floating hot dog above a body of water. The sketches themselves don’t have to be super detailed. It’s about giving the AI a general idea of how the final image is supposed to look.

AI art

Meta added sketches as part of the image generation process because, it claims, text prompts alone don’t do a very good job of reflecting an artist’s intent. The company gives the example of asking the tool to create an image of a zebra riding a bike. With only the text prompt, the zebra in the image may be too big or facing the wrong direction. Sketches give Make-A-Scene a structure to follow.

Images created with Make-A-Scene are more faithful to the sketch outline rather than the text prompt. According to developer tests and evaluators, generated images were found to be “better aligned” to the outline 99.54 percent of the time. The tool took the text prompt into account 66.3 percent of the time.

It’s unknown if and when Make-A-Scene will be made available to the public. Meta alludes to the tool being used to help people with their own creative endeavors or an art director with their marketing campaign. We also don’t know how the sketches will work.

Will people be able to upload their own outlines to the image generator or will they be provided by developers? We asked Meta for more information about the sketches and we'll update this post if it ever responds.

Meta states that it will be holding a presentation for Make-A-Scene at this year’s ECCV event (European Conference on Computer Vision) which is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel. The event starts on October 23 and goes on until the 27th.

Analysis: Future with AI

AI generator tools are a fascinating concept that has created some incredible results. We created some of our own unusual AI art with Google's Imagen AI generator. 

AI imaging tools aren't quite ready to rival skilled artists and most aren't available to the public due to fears of misuse, aside from Craiyon which uses an open source model to replicate OpenAI's DALL-E. But there are developers creating AI tools outside of art creation. Namecheap, for instance, is an AI tool that can generate a name for your business if you’re stuck on ideas.

There are also AI writing tools to help quickly compose content. In fact, we have a list of the best ones for 2022, but they do require human intervention to edit them. We just hope they don't get too good or we're out of a job.

Source: TechRadar

Popular posts from this blog

Uber Eats exits seven markets, transfers one as part of competitive retooling

Uber Eats is pulling out of a clutch of markets — shuttering its on-demand food offering in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Ukraine. It’s also transferring its Uber Eats business operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Careem, its wholly owned ride-hailing subsidiary that’s mostly focused on the Middle East. “Consumers and restaurants using the Uber Eats app in the UAE will be transitioned to the Careem platform in the coming weeks, after which the Uber Eats app will no longer be available,” it writes in a regulatory filing detailing the operational shifts. “These decisions were made as part of the Company’s ongoing strategy to be in first or second position in all Eats markets by leaning into investment in some countries while exiting others,” the filing adds. An Uber spokesman said the changes are not related to the coronavirus pandemic but rather related to an ongoing “strategy of record” for the company to hold a first or s

Keep your Oculus Quest controllers going strong with these batteries

The Touch Controllers for the Oculus Quest 2 ship with one disposable AA battery each, but once those run out of juice, you should invest in the best Oculus Quest 2 replacement batteries to fill in for them. While the Touch Controllers last much longer than the headset's limited battery, it's still wise to invest in some rechargeable batteries or a stack of disposable batteries to stop your VR sessions from getting disrupted. Here are the batteries and chargers we recommend for your Oculus Touch controllers. Best rechargable batteries + charger Panasonic K-KJ55MCA4BA 3 Hour Quick Charger with 4 AA eneloop Rechargeable Batteries Staff Pick These rechargeable batteries store up to 2,000 mAh of power and can be recharged up to 2,100 times. They can be charged completely from dead or partially charged without damaging the energy storage memory. We recommend buying them with the quick charger accessory, which will get your AAs recharged in no time, but you can also purchas

These Android games support Bluetooth controllers and they're better for it

Gaming is simply better with a controller in your hands. Gaming on Android typically requires you to settle for using touchscreen controls. However, some gracious game developers take the time and effort to add support for Bluetooth gamepads— and we love them for it. Since so few games provide this feature, we've taken the time to test and compiled our list of the best games that let you play with the best Bluetooth controller in your hands. We'd also recommend getting a Style Ring or PopSocket which can help prop your phone up at a good angle for gaming. You might recognize some of these games from the best Android games roundup and for good reason. But you're here for the best games with controller support, after all, so here I present to you the best you can find on the Play Store. The games Call of Duty Mobile GRID Autosport Tesla vs Lovecraft Evoland 2 Horizon Chase World Tour Riptide GP: Renegade Modern Combat 5: Blackout GTA: San Andreas Oceanhor

What ancient advice can teach us about AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere. Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant have become indispensable to millions of users. Tesla Autopilot has the potential to change driving forever. And IBM Watson took a new job providing big data solutions to corporations after its first job was in jeopardy. Those are just the most prominent examples. Helpful applications of AI are being deployed in a broad spectrum of industries, but AI also has the potential to be misused. About the author  Jason Egnal is Chief Marketing Officer at Zenfolio . His background spans a variety of industries, including SaaS, AI, Fintech and Consumer Electronics.  Zenfolio, the website builder and photo sharing site , recently introduced technology that applies AI to assist photographers in selecting the best photos from the thousands of shots typically taken during a photo session. The advanced image recognition technology is tremendously powerful and can make photographers more efficient than they ever d