The Best AI Image Generators You Can Use Right Now

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Joe Fedewa / Halfway

AI imagers like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney suddenly burst into mainstream consciousness. More of these tools seem to be popping up all the time, but they’re not always available to the public. These are the ones you can use right now, today.

midway beta

Midjourney "a robot eating a taco"
Joe Fedewa / Halfway

Midjourney strikes a nice balance between ease of use and impressive results. All you need to use it is a Discord account. Your text prompts are sent as messages in a channel, and you can also see what other people are creating. Midjourney offers some nice extra features like scaling and variations.

MidJourney Beta is free to use for the first 25 directions. After that, you can choose from a number of full memberships that start at $10 per month.

stable diffusion

stable diffusion "a robot eating a taco"
Jason Fitzpatrick / Stable Broadcast

Stable Diffusion is an open source machine learning image generator. You can create images from text prompts like many other tools, as well as modify existing images and enhance blurry images. Stable Diffusion runs locally on your own computer. We have a practical guide to get you up and running.

The great thing about Stable Diffusion is that it’s completely free and you get a lot of control since it runs locally. However, you will need to make sure your computer meets the requirements.

If you don’t have the power to run it on your system, you can also try a demo of Stable Diffusion on the web. There are also other websites that host Stable Diffusion online. The Stable Diffusion subreddit has a long list of places where you can use it in your browser.

Crayon (DALL-E Mini)

crayon "a robot eating a taco"
Joe Fedewa/Crayon

The DALL-E Mini skyrocketed in popularity after the DALL-E 2 started making the news. The name was later changed to “Craiyon” to avoid confusion. Craiyon is a web tool and it is not as impressive as the others. However, it is very easy to use without accounts or anything else. Just enter a text message and let it do its thing.

night cafe

NightCafe "a robot eating a taco"
Joe Fedewa / Night Cafe

NightCafe is a web tool that creates images from text prompts in specific art styles. For example, you can choose styles like “oil painting”, “cubist”, “fantasy” or “3D game”. NightCafe also includes the ability to make videos and has a pretty decent community around it.

You are limited to five free creations each day, and the process can be a bit slow due to heavy traffic. To create more than that, you’ll need to purchase additional credit packs starting at $7.99.

Wombo’s Dream

Dream with "a robot eating a taco"
Joe Fedewa / Dream

Dream by Wombo is a similar implementation to NightCafe. Text prompts are combined with artistic styles, such as “polygon”, “realistic”, “meme”, and “line art”. However, you have the option to choose “no style” if you wish. Dream is accessed on the web, and there is also a mobile version. Dream is completely free to use and there are no daily limitations.

DALL-E 2

DALL-E 2 "a robot eating a taco"
Zachary Wander / DALL-E 2

DALL-E 2 is probably the AI ​​imager you heard of first. It is considered by many to be the best of these tools, although the competition is quickly catching up. DALL-E 2 has an easy to use interface and will spit out some awesome creations.

It wasn’t available to the public for a while, but as of September 2022, it’s a bit easier to get into. However, DALL-E 2 is not completely free and still has a waiting list. Each user gets 50 free credits in the first month, then 15 each month after that. You can buy more credits.


As you can see, some of these AI image builders are more accessible than others. exist much of these available tools, and they will appear more quickly. If you’re just looking to test the waters and have some fun, these options will get you started.