Get a glimpse into how we make AI images!
We are a free stock image website, but every image is created via AI and then the best images are hand-picked. The process we use to make the images is described below:
Before we begin, we should describe Stable Diffusion. In extremely simplified terms, Stable Diffusion can be thought of as a reverse captioning system. You provide an image caption (typically called a prompt), and it creates an image that roughly matches it. The model is improving all the time, but as of writing this, it can sometimes be tricky to get it to generate exactly what you want. In our experience, we get 'good' images ~5-10% of the time.
We personally use the crowd-sourced machines made available via the Stable Horde.
We have a system in place to randomly create prompts given various lists of subjects,
styles, adjectives, etc. It combines these to create random prompts such as
a cute panda, oil painting
or something more complex like
a caveman holding a torch in a cave, art in the style of Van Gogh.
We're also always adding new terms to use in the random prompts to add variety.
The next step is to generate the image! We input the prompt to the Stable Diffusion model and it spits out an image file!
We are always slowly generating new pictures. But we don't post every picture, because many times they don't come out looking good. There are many situations that can cause a picture to be 'bad':
Some images are good but have minor flaws or blemishes that would be easy to fix with image editing software. We do that if the editing needed is minor. This is usually just removing spots that didn't look good, or cropping an image a bit.
Once an image has been reviewed and deemed high quality, we publish it! Once published, the images immediately go live on the site for our users!