AI image generators: everything you need to know

Image of a photographer created using an AI image generator
Image of a photographer created using an AI image generator (Image credit: Joseph Foley using Stable Diffusion)

AI image generators are the most radical new development we've seen in the visual arts for some time – perhaps since the advent of digital photography. The technology has advanced massively in the last year, and AI-generated images are now everywhere online and starting to appear in commercial use. The impact is being felt everywhere from illustration to graphic design, and many are asking what AI imaging means for photography.

For some, AI image generators are a form of alchemy that unlocks all kinds of new creative possibilities. For others, they're equivalent to theft and a threat to jobs in the creative sectors. The one thing that seems undeniable is that anyone who works in image creation needs to know about them.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at our sister publication Creative Bloq, where he writes news, features and buying guides on a range of subjects including AI image generation, logo design and new technology. A writer and translator, he worked as a project manager for at Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he oversaw photography and video production projects in the hospitality sector. When he isn't learning exploring new developments in AI image creation, he's out snapping wildlife with a Canon EOS R5 or dancing tango.