Exploring Leonardo Ai for Generating AI Art
This week brought the delightful discovery of Leonardo.Ai, an application dedicated to the creation of AI-generated art, offering capabilities that, in many aspects, surpass those of Adobe Firefly. Though I haven’t ventured into its online version yet, the app alone has proved to be a powerhouse for artistic creation.
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Available since September 16, 2023, Leonardo.Ai is a cost-free application tailored for users 17 and older. It requires users to create an account and offers additional features through in-app purchases. The unique credit-based system of the app allocates 150 free credits daily to users, which do not accumulate. With most images costing 20 credits for four variations, strategic planning is key to making the most of the app's free offerings. The images, which reach up to 768 pixels, are also commercially usable, with advanced styles reserved for the premium subscription tier.
An update as of September 30, 2023, reveals a shift in the app’s features: the "Alchemy" function, a feature that was previously available without cost and enhanced the artistic coherence of designs, now falls under the paid tier. This has slightly altered the quality of the free version, with some users noting a decrease in design clarity and detail.
Within Leonardo.Ai, an extensive range of pre-configured “Models” awaits, ready to serve as the creative blueprint for various art projects. These models, excellent for devising fantastical characters and objects, provide a rich base for those interested in character generation via AI. The versatility of the app allows for an expansive scope of creativity beyond the fantasy genre.
My own experimentation began with a “tabby cat in a purple sweater”—my standard test for any new AI art tool. The app produced remarkably refined and clear imagery on the first try. A subsequent design of a bear garbed as a princess displayed a similarly attractive and detailed aesthetic. These tests are part of a broader project where AI-generated characters and scenes will complement digital storytelling within iPad applications like Keynote and Pages, which I look forward to sharing.
Further trials included a castle tower set against a muted background, eclectic borders, and vibrant 60's themed cat posters, all of which showcased a fidelity and style arguably superior to Adobe Firefly. Additionally, Leonardo.Ai’s user gallery is a treasure trove of inspiration, exhibiting a diverse array of styles that users can emulate, from voluptuous figures to ethereal landscapes and beyond. I personally found a 'coloring book style' that I adapted to craft personalized coloring pages with striking results.
As my exploration of Leonardo Ai continues, I’m increasingly impressed with the app’s user-friendly interface and the high-quality output that rivals the likes of Midjourney but with greater ease of use. This app has genuinely piqued my interest, to the point where I am considering a paid subscription.
I'm eager to hear from others who have experienced Leonardo.Ai or have found joy in other AI art applications. Your thoughts and discoveries are welcomed in the comments below—let’s inspire each other in this evolving art form!