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May 26, 2023

Can AI-Powered Image Generators Unlock Your Brand's Creative Potential?

51% of published content was visual in 2021. Given the fact that human brains processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 90% of the information transmitted is visual, it’s no wonder that visual content is a priority for content marketers. Instead, the burning question for marketers today is how to best leverage AI image-generation tools for more content. 

In 2017, Nutella sold 7 million jars in a month by using an AI algorithm to create unique product packaging. Fast forward a few years and Cosmopolitan has become the world's first to publish a magazine cover designed by an AI art generator for their AI Issue. 

It took 20 seconds to create the magazine cover. 

World’s first ever magazine cover created by AI image generator by Cosmopolitan
AI-generated magazine cover, source

Where does AI-generated art fit in today’s crowded digital landscape?

AI image-generation tools are finding a place in marketing, as seen in the following industries:

  • Fashion Industry - Personalization is an important factor in driving performance, especially in the fashion industry which caters to the consumer's individual tastes. A business can potentially generate 40% more revenue with the right implementation of personalization, leading to better customer outcomes. Through AI image generators, you can create hyper-realistic clothing models that are specific to consumer needs. These models come in every body type, age, size, and skin tone, and could increase your brand reach.
  • E-commerce - A study for online shopping reported that 75% of consumers relied on product photography to make their purchases. If you provide the right datasets to your AI tools, they can generate product prototype images that resonate with your buyer. You can also generate multiple images to test market response, something which would have incurred higher costs in the past.

How and why should you use AI-generated art tools in the digital age?

The true power of AI lies in the faster creation of image samples that can be further optimized by a designer for final use.

Case in point - Kris Ruby, from Ruby Media Group, has been using both text and image generation tools for her clients. However, she specifies that AI’s contribution is about 10% and the rest is her.

Here are a few ways in which AI art generators can be utilized by visual content creators:

  1. Understand consumer behavior - Content marketing revolves around nurturing consumers and providing the right information. Since AI can help analyze volumes of data in seconds and chart behavioral patterns, it can provide insights into consumer behavior that are a goldmine for visual content creators and content marketers. You can also utilize it for A/B testing with different campaign ideas. Heinz had a similar experience when they tapped into DALL-E 2, a popular AI art generator, to create an ad campaign that shows what ketchup looks like to AI.
Heinz created this AI inspired marketing campaign with the help of DALL-E 2, the AI art generator
AI inspired marketing campaign, source
  1. Create an exceptional user experience - AI image generators use the right mix of art, science, engineering, and design to produce an output - something visual content creators can take inspiration from to create their final product. DressX is using AI image generators to optimize their digital fashion solutions and carve a niche in automated fashion design, by making their design process sustainable as well as more customer-centric.
  2. Advertising solutions and services - Advancements in technology have led to a new offering in the form of AI-as-a-Service. A global advertising platform and solution provider, MGID, expanded its existing intelligent solution offerings by developing and integrating generative AI. This helps them expand their service horizon, tap into uncharted markets, and power the next stage of optimized ad campaigns. 
  3. Reduce iterations in image creation process - A study showed that 52% of marketing teams revise their assets 3-5 times before finalizing, while 20% of teams reported 5-10 revisions. AI art generators can possibly reduce the number of iterations, thereby becoming the perfect assistant for your designer.
  4. Customize AI art generators with your brand voice - There are AI platforms that can be trained with an organization’s unique tone and voice. Using visual inputs and past creative assets, AI can create multiple iterations of the next stage in your brand journey. This can help create consistency in your product offerings and acts as a testing mechanism as well.

AI can provide you with great insights that may be useful in the initial stages of ideation and drafting. Always look at it as the starting step and not the final one.

Independent Artists

An interesting case is that of the artist Jason Allen, who won first place in Colorado State Fair’s fine arts competition within the “digitally manipulated photography” category. For creating his piece - Théâtre D’opéra Spatial - he took help from Midjourney.

As per reports, it took Jason 80 hours to create the final work and he made over 900 versions of this piece.

He repeatedly tried out different prompts by adding words like “opulent” and “lavish” to fine-tune its tone and feel. The final outcome was completed on Adobe Photoshop before printing it on the canvas. 

The question here is one of copyright. Jason Allen has 900 versions that were edited in Photoshop.

So does he own the copyright, does Midjourney, does Photoshop, or do the artists whose data was used?

The AI-generated art, Théâtre D’opéra Spatial, that won first place for Jason Allen at  Colorado State Fair’s fine arts competition
Théâtre D’opéra Spatial: Jason Allen’s winning AI-generated art, source

Risks involved in using AI image generation tools

While AI-generated images are making headlines on the internet, it is still a relatively new technology that has some problems. 

  1. Image copyright: AI is uncharted territory for copyright and the ethical usage of these images. It can infringe upon the rights of artists whose original work was used to train AI tools, by sourcing images from the web without any consent. A particular class action lawsuit that is gaining interest is of the artist trio that sued AI image generators.
  2. Usage of AI images for monetization: Stock photo sites like Getty Images are banning the upload of AI-generated images to protect their customers. Getty’s CEO, Craig Peters says, “There’s a lot of questions out there right now—about who owns the copyright to that material, about the rights that were leveraged to create that material—and we don’t want to put our customers into that legal risk area... There have been assertions that copyright is owned by x, y, z, by certain platforms, but I don’t think those questions have been answered.”
  3. US copyright test for new technology: In another case, AI-generated images for a graphic novel were involved in a copyright battle and lost the right to claim original work. In a letter by the Copyright Office, they concluded that the author could claim copyright for the text and the concept, but not for the images generated by AI. 
AI art generator workflow that creates AI images based on the prompt and training provided.
AI art generator workflow, source

Checking for AI

The lawsuits and ensuing debates are potentially paving the way for ethical use of AI-generated images and protecting the creative copyright of the original artists as well as the creator. is trying to address the copyright issue with their "Have I Been Trained?" tool allowing users to check their 5.8 billion image database. With this tool, you can determine if your art or likeness was used in their AI training datasets. 

Similarly, V7 Labs developed and released a Chrome extension that could detect AI-generated images. In a video shared on Loom, one of the founders of V7, Alberto Rizzoli, demonstrated the product and claimed an accuracy of 99.28%.

All in all, despite their limitations and challenges, AI art generators have a strong future. They can lower the entry barrier for people who don’t come from artistic backgrounds, providing ideas and variations from existing datasets. Combining this in a collaborative effort with professional designers can help create a truly unique marketing experience that leverages technology and art.

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