In today’s fast-changing world of technology, there are always new AI tools popping up. AI is getting better really fast, and it brings big changes each time it improves. The new AI tools can do amazing things and are constantly opening up new opportunities across various industries. While AI tools have lots of different uses, some are especially great for artists.
For a while now, AI image generators have been capable of generating stunning images in a snap. However, it was sometimes unclear how to implement those into an everyday artistic job.
In recent months, AI-powered image generation tools have undergone a significant transformation. They are no longer confined to standalone platforms. Platforms that were primarily appealing to aspiring artists and not necessarily to established professionals. Instead, major players like Adobe have embraced AI and integrated it into Photoshop * and other creative applications *. This made AI image generation part of the workflow for many designers. Tasks like object removal, background generation and object replacement have become as simple as clicking a button. There’s still a big gap in control artists have over the results produced by these AI image-generation technologies.
A new AI plugin for Photoshop was recently introduced. It is called Alpaca, and it has brought several valuable features to the table. It can generate images, generate images based on reference images or poses, upscale images, create depth masks and more. But the most impressive feature so far was the sketch option. This remarkable tool can take a basic sketch and based on a text prompt convert it into a complete image. This capability has tremendous potential and can be extremely useful for design professionals from various fields.
Game designers, filmmakers, and illustrators can benefit from creating their concept art with this tool. Traditional methods of manually creating concept art can be time-consuming and may require multiple iterations. Alpaca enables quick transformation of rough sketches into polished concept art. It allows designers to move from a basic sketch to a detailed representation. The process becomes faster, freeing up more time for refining ideas and iterating on designs.
But time saving is not the only benefit. This tool can also be a valuable source of inspiration. AI can offer creative suggestions and enhancements to sketches. Ideas and styles the designer might not even think about.
Here is an example of how a very low level, doodle sketch, can instantly turn into a captivating environment using the right prompt and sketch to image feature of Alpaca.
From sketch to a colorful candy style game level:
When using a very low level sketch the first result you will get is not always a very detailed one. You can then run another generation on the result (which will be used as sketch). That will cause a much higher sketch. Sometimes do several generations using each result as a base to get a very fine result.
Few Rough Results with Sketch Type: Doodle, Sketch Fidelity 0.7.
2D platformer game level, candy theme,vector art style, captivating 2D environment.
2D illustrated platformer game level, futuristic city style, detailed illustration, captivating 2D environment.
Ultra detailed illustration of 2D platformer game level, high-detailed, medieval style, captivating 2D environment, (tetradic colors), inkpunk, (ink lines:1.1), strong outlines, bold traces, unframed, high contrast, (cel-shaded:1.1), vector, 32k resolution, best quality, flat colors, flat lights.
Changing Sketch Fidelity to values higher than 1 will force the generation to create the art using the lines in the sketch. Here are a few examples for type: Doodle, Sketch Fidelity 1.3.
We could achieve best results and the highest amount of details using the iterative process:
Exploring anime style: The prompt used to generate those images from the basic sketch above is: Cute cartoon character, Anime t-shirt design, clean flat white background, professional vector, high detail.
Just like with the game level example, high fidelity will keep the generation in lines of the sketch and low fidelity will let AI generate work more freely.
Here are few character design explorations using the colored ink tatoo style:
Promt used for the generation: cartoon character, black, white, blue and yellow ink, tattoo style, pop art, vector logo design, graphic, illustration, white flat background.
Promt used for the generation: cartoon character, black, white and red ink, tattoo style, graphic, illustration, white flat background.
Prompt used for the generation: Vector t-shirt art ready to print, vibrant color graffiti illustration of cartoon character, white flat background.
3D metallic style with different sketch types and fidelity settings:
Interior designers can experiment with furniture layouts, color schemes, and decor choices to create innovative and aesthetically pleasing interiors.