OpenAI, a San Francisco Artificial Intelligence company closely affiliated with Microsoft, launched an A.I. system and neural network in January 2021 known as DALL-E. Named using a pun of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and Pixar’s famous movie WALL-E, DALL-E creates images from text.In this blog, we’ll let you in on everything you should know about DALL-E, its variation DALL-E 2, and share ten of the most creative AI-generated images of Dall-E 2.

So What Is DALL-E?

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Picture of a dog wearing a beret and a turtleneck generated by the DALL-E 2 image generation software.

Now, you may be wondering what DALL-E is all about. It’s an AI tool that takes a description of an object or a scene and automatically produces an image depicting the scene/object. DALL-E also allows you to edit all the wonderful AI-generated images you’ve created with simple tools and text modifications. This means that you don’t need to have digital art skills, or even use Photoshop, to make the images of your dreams come to life!

According to its creator OpenAI, DALL-E is ‘’a 12-billion parameter version of GPT-3 trained to generate images from text descriptions, using a dataset of text-image pairs.’’ DALL-E possesses a wide array of functions and capabilities, some of which include creating anthropomorphized versions of animals and objects, rendering text, combining unrelated concepts in plausible ways, and applying transformations to existing images.

Picture of an avocado shaped like an armchair generated by DALL-E 2 image generation software. Source: OpenAI

These AI-generated images are useful for experts in the field of design, like product designers and artists. These people can utilize this tool for inspiration and brainstorming, or to create finished works. Even computer game companies can use DALL-E to generate scenes and characters (even though the software currently only generates still images, not animation or videos).

DALL-E 2 is a new and updated version of  DALL-E. The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, says that the DALL-E 2 ‘’represents a preview of what future artificial intelligence will have in store for computing.’’

Now, the original DALL-E could only render AI-generated images in a cartoonish manner, often against a plain background. However, the new DALL-E 2 can generate photo-quality high-resolution images, even with complex backgrounds, depth-of-field effects, realistic shadows, shading, and reflections. How cool is that?

One may think that this isn’t anything new because these realistic renderings were previously made possible through manual computer programs. But, creating these images required serious artistic skill. With DALL-E 2, all a user has to do is type their command (for instance, ”a panda bear wearing a dress”), and then DALL-E 2 produces dozens of photorealistic variations on the theme of that command.

In addition, DALL-E 2 also makes editing an image as easy as ABC. This is done simply when users place a box around the part of the image they want to modify and specify the modification they want to make in natural-language instructions. Referencing our last command example, “a panda bear sewing a dress,” you could put a box around the panda bear and type “make the dress orange.”Instantly, the dress would be transformed, while the rest of the image remains unaltered. Another cool feature DALL-E 2 has is its ability to produce the same image in a wide range of styles, which the user can also specify in plain text.

Ten AI-generated Images by DALL-E 2

Say you want to see a dog driving an airplane. DALL-E 2 is smart enough to generate an image of the animal seated in the pilot’s seat, even though it’s never encountered such an image before during the training process. 

There are so many cool AI-generated images produced by DALL-E 2, and we’ve compiled ten of them for you to marvel at.

1. Picture of a ”convey of trucks and motorcycles in the desert racing into the yellow sun and red sky.”

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2. Image of ”a storefront that has the word ‘openAi’ written on it.”

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3. Image of ”a snail in the shape of a harp.”

4. Picture of ”the exact same cat on the top as a sketch on the bottom.”

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5. Picture of ”a bowl of soup that looks like a monster knitted out of wool, made of plasticine and spray-painted on a wall.”

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6. Picture of a panda riding a skateboard in Santa Monica

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7. Picture of ”an astronaut riding a horse in a photorealistic style.”

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8. Picture of ”teddy bears working on new AI research on the moon in the 1980s.”

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9. Picture of ”a painting of a fox sitting in a field at sunrise in the style of Claude Monet.”

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10. Picture of ”robot dinosaurs versus monster trucks in the colosseum.”

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