The Top 5 AI Image Generators You Should Try in 2024
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The Top 5 AI Image Generators You Should Try in 2024


Margarita LoktionovaFeb 19, 202415 min read

AI image generators create images in seconds using text prompts you provide.

They can produce realistic photo-like pictures, graphics, illustrations, videos, or even cartoons. 

You might use them for various purposes, including marketing and design.

We tested the top 5 picture generators out there and put together a solid list for you to pick from.

Let’s take a look.

5 Best AI Image Generators to Use in 2024

5 Best AI Image Generators to Use in 2024

Here’s a quick rundown of our favorite AI image generators we’ve manually tested:

Platform
Key characteristics
How Much it Costs
Link to Guide
DreamStudio (Stable Diffusion)
1. Exceptional image quality                            
2. Capable of creating photo-like realistic images and generating art     

3. User-friendly interface that allows you to easily customize images   

Choose this AI image generator if:                          
You need an easy-to-use tool for AI image generation that offers many customization features
Pay-per-use   

Starts at about $1.18 for 100 credits
Dream Studio user guide.
1. Fantastic image quality 

2. Great for creative, complex prompts

3. Slightly more complicated to use than other tools

Choose this AI image generator if:

You’re experienced in AI prompt engineering and are looking to create detailed and artistic images with deep customization
Subscription included in the ChatGPT Plus plan 

Starts at $20/month
Find the quick guide here.
DALL-E 3 (Previously DALL-E 2)
1. Easy to use and customize images

2. Integrated directly into ChatGPT

3. Automatically improves your AI prompts

Choose this AI image generator if:

You have a ChatGPT Premium account and need a simple tool to create high-quality marketing materials, posters, social media content, etc.
Subscription included in the ChatGPT Plus plan ($20/month)
Find the guide here.
1. Unlimited free access

2. Suitable for simple image generation requests

3. The image quality is quite basic 

Choose this AI image generator if:

You need a fun free tool to create simple AI-generated images with just a few clicks
Free with ads

Users can opt into a subscription plan, starting at $5/month
Here’s a guide on how to use it.
1. Offers a set of tools for image generation and editing

2. High image quality (but the prompts are not always reflected correctly)

3. Images generated with Adobe Firefly are safer to use for commercial purposes from a copyright perspective.

Choose this AI image generator if:

You’re a creative specialist needing a professional-grade tool to blend art and design seamlessly
Monthly subscription plans, including a free plan

25 monthly credits are included in the free plan

Other plans start at $4.99/month
Adobe Firefly user guide.
1. DreamStudio (Stable Diffusion): Impressive Image Quality with a User-Friendly Interface

1. DreamStudio (Stable Diffusion): Impressive Image Quality with a User-Friendly Interface

TL;DR

Pros 👍
Easy to use, even without AI experience

Fast and responsive, with lots of customization features
Cons 👎
Less suited for complex image needs

Costs can rise with use due to paid credits
Best for 🔥
Content creators for fast, eye-catching social media images

Designers for AI-assisted creative drafts

Educators for engaging course visuals
Price 🏷️
Pay-per-use 

Starts at about $1.18 for 100 credits

DreamStudio by Stability AI is an AI image maker using the last version of the Stable Diffusion image generation model.

As an open-source tool, it’s constantly getting better and being updated.

It can generate any types of images, from illustrations to realistic photos and art.

Here’s how the DreamStudio tool looks:

Interface of DreamStudio, an AI image generator

DreamStudio is easy to use and has various features for customization. For example, besides entering a prompt, you can:

  • Choose the style of your image (e.g., “photographic,” “3D model,” etc.)
  • Set up the width and height
  • Add a negative prompt
  • Determine the number of images generated 
  • Choose the image generation model
  • Add the seed to create similar images

Next, we analyzed the quality of images generated by DreamStudio. 

We used a few sample prompts to create AI images and test the results.

Realistic Images and Photos

DreamStudio certainly creates realistic AI images. Some of the results it produced were quite impressive.

Let’s look at some examples.

Prompt:

<A photo of a ginger cat wearing a red beret sitting next to the Eiffel Tower. You can see people in the background.>

We also chose the “Photographic” style and the 3:2 image size.

The result:

A realistic image of a cat generated with DreamStudio

Prompt:

<A photo of a woman wearing a futuristic space outfit.>

The result:

AI image generated with DreamStudio

However, we noticed that some images of people had errors such as odd, distorted faces. For example:

AI image generated with DreamStudio

Digital Art

DreamStudio also shows impressive results with digital art and illustrations.

For instance:

Prompt:

<City view of Paris at night, with the Eiffel Tower illuminated, in the swirling, starry style of Vincent van Gogh’s ’Starry Night’.>

The result:

AI image generated with DreamStudio

Prompt:

<An illustration of two kawaii potatoes enjoying a sunny day.>

The result:

AI image generated with DreamStudio

As you can see, the tool delivers high-quality results and doesn’t require any deep knowledge of AI prompt engineering.

However, it might be limiting if you’re looking for something advanced.

Pricing

DreamStudio operates on a pay-per-use model.

Users pay approximately $1.18 for every 100 generation credits.

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2. Midjourney: Advanced Image Generation for AI Wizards

2. Midjourney: Advanced Image Generation for AI Wizards

TL;DR

Pros 👍
Highly detailed and artistic outputs

Deep customization for nuanced image generation
Cons 👎
Steeper learning curve for new users, complicated to set up

Subscription model may be costly for frequent use and there’s no straightforward free plan
Best for 🔥
Artists and illustrators seeking inspiration or base artworks

Marketers creating unique, high-quality visuals for campaigns

Creatives needing cutting-edge designs and storytelling visuals
Price 🏷️
Monthly subscription

Starts at $10 / month for the basic plan with limited generations (~200 / month)

Midjourney is another popular AI art generator, most suitable for users more experienced in creating AI prompts.

It was even the first AI image generator to (controversially) win an art competition.

The platform offers different model versions, image upscaling, image blending, and parameter manipulation.

However, Midjourney is limited to Discord – a messaging and social platform.

Users need to spend some time learning various prompts, as all image settings have to be added directly to the prompt.

For instance, you need to specify the dimensions and image style in the prompt:

Interface of Midjouney, an AI image generator

Generated images also appear on Midjourney’s Discord community, which may raise concerns over privacy. 

At the same time, it helps you learn from others and find inspiration.

Privacy concerns aside, the results are totally worth it. 

Let’s have a look.

Realistic Images and Photos

You can use Midjourney to create images of food, people, landscapes, and anything in between.

For example, imagine you want an image of a delicious dish for your hotel or restaurant promotional assets.

Prompt: <Delicious poke with salmon, Canon EF 35mm, f1. 8, photography,intricated details, high on details, ultra realistic, HD, HDR, 8K, real life --ar 16:9>

The result:

AI image generated with Midjourney

Or, you might need an image for your fashion event promotion campaign.

Prompt: <A photo of a young female model wearing a futuristic black-colored outfit with leather and metal elements, Canon EF 35mm, f1. 8, photography high on details, ultra realistic, HD, HDR, 8K, real life --ar 16:9>

The result:

AI image generated with Midjourney

Creating Realistic Images with Advanced Prompts

Midjourney works especially well with advanced requests and detailed prompts.  To demonstrate this, we looked at Midjourney and DreamStudio side by side.

Midjourney is somewhat more difficult to use than DreamStudio and other alternatives. On the other hand, Midjourney offers incredible opportunities for creating sophisticated, unique pictures.

The Midjourney prompt: <Bird’s-eye drone photograph of Manhattan at night, showcasing the city lights, skyscrapers, ultra realistic, HD, HDR, 8K real-life - --ar 16:9>

The DreamStudio prompt: <Bird’s-eye drone photograph of Manhattan at night, showcasing the city lights, skyscrapers, ultra realistic.>

Style: Photographic

Size: 16:9

The Midjourney result:

AI image generated with Midjourney

The DreamStudio result:

AI image generated with DreamStudio

As you can see, Midjourney produced a more realistic, highly detailed picture compared to its rival.

DreamStudio’s image is distorted and looks more like an illustration than a photo.

However, we’re sure you can achieve great results with both tools. 

The best way to get an AI image generator tool to produce the results you need is by testing prompts and running experiments.

Digital Art and Illustrations

Midjourney also creates digital art of any type. Let’s look at an example.

Prompt: <A futuristic city landscape with skyscrapers, planets visible in the sky, weird shapes and colors.>

The result:

AI image generated with Midjourney

Image Referencing

Image referencing is one of the great distinctive features of Midjourney.

Simply put, you can include reference photos in your prompts to improve the results of AI image generation.

These will guide the composition, style, and color of the task.

You can even use the Insight Face Swap Bot to produce AI-generated images of real people. 

For example, you can create a LinkedIn profile portrait for yourself, referencing your own pictures.

Pricing

Midjourney’s Basic Plan starts at $10 per month, which gets users 3.3 hours of graphics processing unit (GPU) time. This is around 200 images.

Users can generate four variations of each request. They can then download, upscale, or edit the images.

To create more images, upgrade to the Standard Plan ($30), Pro Plan ($60), or Mega Plan ($120).

3. DALL-E 3: Easy-to-Use AI Image Generator for ChatGPT Plus Users

3. DALL-E 3: Easy-to-Use AI Image Generator for ChatGPT Plus Users

TL;DR

Pros 👍
Free for all ChatGPT Plus users

Fast and easy to use and add iterations
Cons 👎
You might have less control over the image creation process since your AI automatically modifies your prompts

Can be slightly limiting for advanced professional design use
Best for 🔥
Content creators and marketers needing images for their campaigns

Creative professionals creating digital artwork

Educators and students looking to enhance presentations
Price 🏷️
Included in the ChatGPT Pro Plan

$20/month

DALL-E was the pioneer in AI image generation, launched by OpenAI (the team behind ChatGPT) in 2022.

But with the release of other advanced tools like Midjourney and DreamStudio, it was gradually falling behind. The image quality and customization left a lot to be desired.

DALL-E 3 is a new version you can use directly via your ChatGPT Plus account.

For those not subscribed to ChatGPT Plus, DALL-E 3 can also be tested via Bing Image Creator. However, there are several limitations such as watermarked images.

The new version makes it easier to create a wide range of detailed images with simple instructions. 

It also automatically improves and optimizes your AI image generation prompts.

For example, I tried to create our illustration of Manhattan using the same prompt:AI ag

AI image created with DALL-E 3

The actual prompt that ChatGPT used was the following:

"A bird's-eye view photograph of Manhattan at night, showcasing the glowing city lights, skyscrapers piercing the sky, and the intricate patterns of streets below. The image captures the bustling energy of the city, with twinkling lights from buildings, streets, and bridges. The contrast between the dark night sky and the illuminated city creates a mesmerizing spectacle, highlighting landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Hudson River reflecting the city lights. This image should evoke the grandeur and density of an urban landscape at night, with a focus on the architectural beauty and the vibrant life of Manhattan."

Another great feature is that you can easily add changes and create different iterations of your AI image using the chat interface.

For example:

AI image created with DALL-E 3

You can make various requests directly in the chat.

For example, ask it to generate more images using a similar style.

Request #1:

Creating similar AI images using DALL-3

Request #2:

Creating similar AI images using DALL-3

Finally, DALL-E 3 will generate a series of images at your request.

We used the following prompt:

<Create 5 separate images of this same potato having fun on the beach.>

Creating multiple images with DALL-E 3

All of this can make image generation much easier and faster for OpenAI’s users.

Let’s look at more examples.

Realistic Images and Photos

We tried to create some realistic pictures with DALL-E 3. Here are the results.

Prompt: <Create a photo of a ginger cat wearing a red beret sitting next to the Eiffel tower. You can see people in the background. Image ratio is 3:2, horizontal>

The result:

AI image of a cat created with DALL-E 3

As you can see, the image quality is pretty impressive.

Digital Art and Illustrations

We also tried using DALL-E 3 to create AI illustrations similar to previous examples.

Prompt: <A futuristic city landscape with skyscrapers, planets visible in the sky, weird shapes and colors, image ratio 3:2>

The result:

AI illustration made with DALL-E 3

Overall, DALL-E 3 seems to be consistently delivering high-quality, customized images. 

However, be prepared to add changes and write more prompts, as sometimes it might hallucinate. 

For example, we made three attempts to create a nightclub scene with potatoes but couldn't get AI to make all the potatoes the same size.

Pricing

DALLE-3 is included in the ChatGPT Premium Plan, which costs $20/month.

4. Craiyon: A Free Tool for Simple AI Image Generation

4. Craiyon: A Free Tool for Simple AI Image Generation

TL;DR

Pros 👍
No AI experience needed

Quick at generating images, ideal for fun and casual use
Cons 👎
Limited detail and realism in images

Not ideal for professional-quality visual content
Best for 🔥
Anyone who wants to learn how to use AI image generators without paying for a subscription

Could be especially useful for students and educators
Price 🏷️
There is a free (but the page features various ads you can’t remove)

Paid plans without ads start at $5/month

Craiyon emerged as one of the first AI art generators in 2022. 

It uses DALL-E Mini technology to create images from simple text inputs.

Here’s how the tool’s interface looks:

Interface of Craiyon, an AI image generator

The good news? It’s completely free. And it’s available both on desktop and as an Android app.

Craiyon is fun for experimenting and playing around with prompts.

Prompt quality is extremely important when generating art with AI, and practicing with Craiyon will help you learn how to improve your prompts for the best result.

The images you’ll produce might not be as good as those on other platforms, but you can still create a handful of decent illustrations.

Let’s look at an example.

AI Generated Image Example

We tried Craiyon with a few prompts we used with other tools. Here’s one example.

Prompt: <City view of Paris at night, with the Eiffel Tower illuminated, in the swirling, starry style of Vincent van Gogh’s ’Starry Night>

The result:

AI image generated with Craiyon

Overall, the image quality is quite average.

But, you can use the tool for simple requests and training.

Pricing

The platform offers free AI image generation but is supported by adverts. To use it, you might want to turn off your ad-blocker.

Note: Images produced by Craiyon must be credited as such.

5. Adobe Firefly: A New AI Image Tool for Professional Creatives  

5. Adobe Firefly: A New AI Image Tool for Professional Creatives  

TL;DR

Pros 👍
Intuitive interface, perfect for beginners and pros

Seamless integration with Adobe Creative Suite
Cons 👎
Advanced features might have a learning curve

The tool can be limited when it comes to advanced image customization
Best for 🔥
Digital creators already familiar with the Adobe applications

Graphic designers and artists creating professional visual content

Marketers and businesses crafting branded content
Price 🏷️
Monthly subscription plans, including a free plan

25 monthly credits are included in the free plan

Other plans start at $4.99/month

Adobe has long incorporated AI tools into its apps.

In 2023, it introduced its first text-to-image generator—Adobe Firefly.

The AI model, called Firefly, has some impressive features.

In addition to generating images, it can also create unique text effects, re-color vector artwork, and integrate other AI-generated elements into your images.

Adobe Firefly features

As a text-to-image generator, the quality of images generated by the tool can vary.

However, its integration with Photoshop, the industry-standard image editor, elevates the experience.

You can set up the image’s style, ratio, color, tone, and more using the simple interface.

Interface of Adobe Firefly, an AI image generator

Sample AI Images Generated with Adobe Firefly

Overall, we managed to create quite a few high-quality images using Adobe Firefly.

Sometimes we had to reformulate the prompt and add more details to get the desired results.

Let’s look at some examples.

Prompt: <An image of a futuristic city landscape with skyscrapers, planets visible in the sky, weird shapes and colors.>

The result:

AI image generated with Adobe Firefly

Prompt: <a 3D render of a fluffy pink chair standing in the middle of a green grass field>

The result:

AI image generated with Adobe Firefly

All in all, it looks like this tool has a good potential, and we recommend keeping an eye on it.

Pricing

There's a free plan for the web version of the tool, offering 25 monthly credits. The paid plans start at $4.99/month for 100 credits and images without watermarks.

Other AI Image Generating Tools

Other AI Image Generating Tools

We’ve covered some of the best-known AI image generator platforms out there.

But here are a few other lesser-known tools you might like to try out.

The following tools can also help you produce digital posters, images for social media, and banner generating capabilities.

Snappa

Snappa is a versatile AI-powered image tool.

It simplifies creating captivating visuals for various social media platforms.

The tool has a user-friendly interface and a wide array of templates.

It makes it easy to produce striking visuals for Instagram posts, Facebook covers, and Twitter headers.

Snappa, AI image generator for social media

Additionally, its AI capabilities make sure your social media graphics adhere to the specific requirements of each platform.

Pricing

Snappa is free for a single user, with some limitations. Pro and Team plans are available, for $10/month and $20/month respectively.

Canva

Canva excels in helping you produce visually striking images for marketing, social media, advertising, and more.

Canva image creator and editor

The platform’s AI technology gives you layout suggestions, font pairings, and image adjustments.

This makes it a great option for those with minimal design experience.

Pricing

Canva offers a free plan, as well as the Canva Pro plan for $14.99/month and the Canva for Teams plan for $29.99/month.

Semrush Instant Banner Generator

Semrush’s Instant Banner Generator is a powerful AI image tool that helps you craft banners quickly and to the right design specs.

Semrush Instant Banner Generator

You’ll be able to produce eye-catching banners for websites, social media, and digital advertising campaigns.

It also includes a large collection of templates and design assets, which will help you stay aligned with your branding guidelines and marketing needs.

Pricing

You can check out the tool during a 7-day free trial, followed by $15/month.

Ecommerce Booster by Semrush

Ecommerce Booster is a tool for Shopify stores with built-in AI features to save time for what's most important: your business.

Its AI tools audit your images, generate alt texts, improve image quality, and remove image backgrounds in seconds.

The app can also rewrite your product descriptions, and it’ll provide a step-by-step plan to optimize your product pages for better conversions.

Ecommerce Booster tool&nbsp;

With Ecommerce Booster, you’ll get an expert-level audit of the main areas of page performance: UX, text and visual content, page speed, and accessibility.

Pricing

Ecommerce Booster is free for a basic audit, but AI tools are available in a paid version: $29.99/month.

AI Social Media Post Generator

AI Social Media Post Generator is a free AI tool that creates relevant posts for your social media weaving your brand into trending conversations. It also suggests an image for the post to make it even more attention-grabbing and potentially viral.

  1. Enter your domain or URL.
  2. Choose a trending topic from the list that would likely interest your audience.
  3. Choose where you want to publish your post: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Threads.
  4. Let AI generate a topical, branded post with an image for your social media.
AI Social Media Post Generator
How Did We Choose These AI Image Generators?

How Did We Choose These AI Image Generators?

There are various AI image generators on the market. So, how did we choose the best of them to share with you?

Simple. 

We tested each AI image generator for ease of use, reliability of results, costs, and speed. 

We then listed each generator along with its pros and cons so you can pick the best software for your own projects.

What is an AI Image Generator?

What is an AI Image Generator?

An AI image generator is AI software that creates an image based on a user’s prompt. 

AI image generators are trained on data sets, meaning they parse information and learn key characteristics of various images. 

When a user enters a specific prompt, the image generator draws on its bank of learned data to generate a new image. 

How Do AI Art Generators Work?

How Do AI Art Generators Work?

Image generators work based on patterns they’ve learned from thousands of existing images.

To use them, you need to input text (the “prompt”) describing what you want. It’s important to add the right details to make your request specific enough. For example:

<Beautiful countryside landscape in Ireland, green hills, small houses made of stone, ultra realistic, HD, 8K real life --ar 16:9>

In this prompt, we specify the subject, the image style, and the aspect ratio.  The program then processes your request and produces an image that matches your description, turning your words into visual art.

This is the result from the prompt above, generated via Midjourney:

AI image created with Midjourney

Still have questions? Here are a few answers to any remaining queries you may have.

How to Pick the Best AI Image Generator

How to Pick the Best AI Image Generator

To make sure that you’re choosing the best AI image generator for your needs, first define your aims, and think about the purpose of your generated art.

Having a clear goal in mind will help you pick a tool that aligns with your requirements, budget, and desired output quality.

Think about the following aspects:

  • Is the tool easy to use?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What kind of art does it generate?
  • Are there any limitations?
How Can I Write Better Prompts for AI Picture Generators?

How Can I Write Better Prompts for AI Picture Generators?

Crafting effective image prompts is necessary in order to get the image you want. Here are a few tips to improve your prompts:

a) Be specific: Define the elements and characteristics you want the AI to include in your image. Specificity helps pinpoint your desired image.

b) Use visual cues: Add reference images or examples to provide context.

c) Adjust complexity: Strike a balance between simplicity and complexity. Anything too complicated may confuse the AI; too simple, and the images will be generic.

d) Experiment with styles: Different AI generators excel in different areas. Familiarize yourself with the strengths of your chosen tool, then adapt your prompts as needed.

Who holds the rights to AI-generated images?

Who holds the rights to AI-generated images?

The ownership of AI-generated images can be a complex legal matter.

In most cases, the creator or user of the AI image generator will hold the copyright to the generated images.

Be sure to review the terms and conditions of the image generator you are using. Avoid legal issues by picking an AI image generator that clearly states that users keep full ownership rights.

AI Image Generators: Unlock Your Creativity

AI Image Generators: Unlock Your Creativity

AI image generating tools have improved our ability to create visually stunning images, illustrations, and graphics. These tools have also democratized the design process.

Thanks to these tools, individuals with different skill levels can explore new dimensions of their creativity.

Each AI image tool brings unique strengths to the table. And with so many options available, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.

Whether you’re looking for powerful image generators, or just a mechanism to quickly create social media graphics, there are options out there for everyone.

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