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Canva Launches Innovative AI-Assisted Design Generator

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Canva is an online design and publishing tool that came into existence in 2013. The idea with Canva is to give the power to design anything to everyone. This now includes AI-Generated Images.

Canva was (and still is) controversial just like AI (Artificial Intelligence) is currently. Canva was especially controversial for those in the field of graphic design that felt this software would take their jobs and minimize their skills.

Graphic designers despised the inception of Canva.

Graphic designers who spent years in school learning color, compositions, and everything a professional graphic designer should learn – found this software frustrating.

However, the general public who just needed a quick flyer could hop on Canva and make something for free. Canva has a free and paid version and if you are not using it extensively, then the free version should do.

Over the years, even the most professional designers have found uses for Canva. It is an amazing tool just like AI technologies.

For those that are professional designers, Canva does not create the end product – it is used for inspiration and as a tool.

Using Canva as a tool and watching out for legalities.

As a graphic designer myself, it has also helped me create simple templates for my clients to edit and use in software that is easy for them to access and use. If I was to create templates in and of the Adobe applications my clients would not have access to that software to be able to implement their own content. We find Canva an excellent tool for both our agency and our client. Even though Canva is great, there are things you should never use Canva for – logo making is one of there. There are some pretty extensive reasons, including legal ones to consider you can learn why Creating a Logo in Canva is Hurting Your Business.  

AI-Generated Images are just as controversial as Canva was.

As a professional, I live in many worlds. I am an internationally recognized artist that has worked both in traditional and digital mediums since 2015 (digital art was not cool back then).

As well as I work in the design and marketing world – so I have witnessed quite a bit as well as contributed by offering workshops and blog posts on the topic of AI-generated images.

The controversy is thick. If you do not understand what Ai-generated imagery is, you are not eh only one. The term is being thrown around in just about every circle and you can’t escape seeing the art created from AI-image-generating platforms.

What is AI-Generated Imagery?

AI-generated images are created by machine learning which is AI-image generating software.

To use AI-generating image software, once the software is open, the user types out a string of words as a prompt and pushes a button and the machine (software) answers the public with what it thinks those words mean by searching its directory of references mixing them all together and then a final result is released.

And bam, you have your first incantation of AI-generated image. It is never what you expect, but always interesting to see the outcome.

We will give you step-by-step directions on how to do this in Canva at the end of this article so you can give it a try yourself.

Also, we think there is a lot of amazing potential in AI-Generated imagery, read our recent blog: The Insane Potential Of AI-Generated Art and Design.

Canva launches AI-Image Generator

On September 15th, 2022 Canva announced on Twitter that it launched its own version of an AI-image generator – right in their dashboard. The tool is called Text to Image (beta).

Canva is one of many platforms utilizing this new technology.

Text to Image has launched on Canva! Grab something from your imagination, type a simple description and turn it into a professional photo, or create a 3D image in seconds. — Canva

Canva is using AI Stable Diffusion by Stability.AI the open-source model that is being used by various other platforms. There is also another

Canva AI-Image Generating Test

Since I have been playing with Midjourney (Popular AI-Image Generator) since it came out in beta, I was excited to give Canva’s version a try.

Interested in Midjourney? Learn what it is and how to use it here.

Each software our company explores, we find that there are a lot of similarities as well as a lot of differences.

It’s been important as an agency of marketers and designers to learn about this new software that is taking over imagery by storm.

Midjouney is an AI-generating image application that is run through Discord. Discord is a network that offers easy communication and where people can create and join communities.

There are also numerous other platforms to explore: Nightcafe, OpenAI’s DALL-E, and Deep Dream Generator.

So we opened up Canva and gave it a try!

How can I make art in AI-generated imagery Canva?

First, you need to be a Pro user for this feature. If you are not and you have been considering upgrading – perhaps now is the time.

So glad you asked! When logged into Canva look on the left side and you should see purple icons that say “Text to Image” beta. Click on that icon.

Next, you will be taken to an area where it asks you to “Describe the image that you want to see” with a text area for you to type your prompt. This is where you would type what you would want to see. Canva also gives you a couple of examples below for better understanding.

Once you type in your prompt and hit “enter” the magic starts to happen and you know it is happening because little white stars flickering.

The final result will then show and give you two images to choose from. You can do it again and again. At this time it does not seem to have any restrictions on how many pieces you can create. Platforms like Midjourney limit how much you can create before you have to pay.

Was Canva’s AI-Image Generator Any Good?

We tried the exact prompt in both Midjouney and Canva and we have to say that Midjourney supersedes the results of Canva.

Understand that Canva is still in beta and will get better over time, but Midjourney was superior.

Canva for being in its early phase, still gave us some decent imagery.

Here is the prompt: (and image results): woman in black dress with wings + quantum world background + dramatic lighting, + butterflies

Canva results with prompt above.

Midjourney results with prompt above.

Quick Canva Walkthrough Video

Below is a video where I walk you through how to create your own Ai-Generated art through Canva. There are so many ways to do prompts, the ideas are endless. As well as you can read this article here where we share some of our favorite AI-image- generating prompts.

Image results from Canva video.

Ai-Image Generators are everywhere. It is changing everything.

Text-to-image AI models are popping up everywhere and as new as this technology is – everyone (almost everyone) is using it. Although most of the people using it are early adopters, there is so much to learn from the fact that it is everywhere. These technologies are changing so many industries such as design, art, film, advertising, marketing, social media, and so on. Tiktok, numerous phone applications, and even Adobe Photoshop are finding ways to utilize this new technology. Have you tried it yet? If not, give it a try to see what all the hype is about. Even if you don’t dig it – at least you understand what is exploding around you.

Is this innovation a real innovation or is it a trend?

Trends come and go and with this infiltrating into almost every market, I believe the world will change forever with this technology.

Many people are saying this is a trend and it will eventually go away, but as a person in design and technology since the early ’90s (yes this ages me) I do not think this is going anywhere and we will need to learn to adapt to this Ai-generated software, applications, and imagery.

If you want to learn more about AI-Generated Imager, check out The Insane Potential Of AI-Generated Art and Design.

What do you think of AI-Generated Imagery?

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Aunia Kahn, Rise Visible CEO

Aunia Kahn is the CEO of Rise Visible. With 24 years in the industry, she is a highly sought-after digital marketer, strategist, designer and public speaker. Rise Visible was named a Top-Ranking Woman-Owned Digital Agency by Clutch and is a certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE®). Kahn is also an internationally renowned artist and photographer and has been in over 300 exhibitions in 10 countries; at places such as SDAI, iMOCA, and the SLAM. She founded Create for Healing, is the host of the Rise Above Be Visible Podcast and a contributing writer for Better Marketing and Just Creative. She been featured on Yahoo, Prevention Magazine, Authority Magazine and Entrepreneur on Fire. She also identified as a disabled business owner in STEM surviving and thriving with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Type 3), MCAS, Dysautonomia, POTS, PTSD, etc.

1 Comment

  1. Amber Jet

    I started using the Canva Android app a couple of years ago to work around the weird aspect ratios for posting photos in Instagram. Canva has it’s limitations, but as someone who still hasn’t learned how to use Photoshop, it is a really useful tool for sharing full height photos of my creative projects with a little bit of stylistic flair.

    It is interesting to learn that Canva is controversial. To me it just seems like a reboot of the Broderbund Print Master program I loved to play with in the 90s and early 2000s, but with instantly accessible clip art as opposed to searching through a dozen CD-rom discs!

    I will definitely give the AI a try. It won’t be suitable for my finished fiber art project posts, but it might be interesting when I want to post about more abstract topics.

    Thank you for sharing your experiments with this feature!

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