I Like Using A.I. to Make my Images

An artist, I am not!

Often I write “How-To” articles where I want an image that helps get a concept across. A page full of text is just too boring. I have been known to spend hours finding just the right image and maybe tweaking it a bit for my needs. Now, I just have to get clear on what I want and ask for it!

If I was a professional artist, I could create my own images but, an artist, I am not! I think of myself as a little girl making a mess. I thought it would be fun to have an image just about that, so I went to Copilot and asked:

“Create an image of a girl standing at an easel where she is painting something. What we see on the canvas is awful. Black, red, squiggles and squares. the girl has a frown on her face and a paintbrush in her hand.”

I just wrote an article about how Google Photos is meant to rescue you from being overwhelmed by the thousands of photos you now take with your phone. I write about this concept in my book, Learn Google Photos and I needed an image for the back cover. That was a few years ago, before A.I. came on the scene. It took my hours to come up with the image. I had a vision in my head of someone drowning and their hands showing above the water in a desparate “help me” position. Then, rather than water, I wanted a sea of photos. I found a photo of the drowning hands that I paid for at DepositPhotos.com. Then I gathered images of piles of photos and manipulated them around the hands to achieve the look I wanted.

This time I just asked Copilot “Create an image of a person drowning in a sea photos” and I got:

Not bad, but I was really intrigued by the suggestion shown by Copilot to: “Add a lifebuoy or flotation device nearby.” I thought, what a great idea! So I clicked it and got:

Looking good! Then, that sparked the idea that Google Photos IS the life ring! So I just added the Google Photos logo inside the life ring and I had the image to perfectly supplement my article. This all took me just a few minutes.

I’m also working on an article about what to do if your Google Photos account is running out of space. I think it’s important for people to get the concept that the storage of your photos is in the cloud, and when a cloud account gets full you need to expand the space, or delete a lot of content. So I asked Copilot to create an image of a cloud full and overflowing of photos. It gave me the image at right and I added the words “Your cloud is full!”

This is fun. If you want to try it, it’s free. Just go to Copilot.com and sign in with your Microsoft account. At the bottom, where it says “Ask me anything …” Type “Create an image …” and the description of the image you want to see. There are a lot more tools besides Copilot, and they are increasing and improving every day. Also, the better you are at describing what you want, the better the results will be.

The following two images were created to go along with my lesson on how to search for photos using Google Photos. To make the first photo I wrote something like: Create an image of a woman walking down a path covered with photos. Use a cartoon style with a dreamlike quality. For the second one I asked for a man in front of a mountain of photos triumphantly holding one photo in his outstretched hand. Use a cartoon style.

Unfortunately, I don’t remember which A.I. I used for those last two. I keep experimenting with Copilot, Canva, Google Slides, Gemini. I need an A.I. to help me keep track of my use of A.I.!! Has anyone used NotebookLM? It is supposed to be a second brain. That sounds like what I need.

Leave a comment below about your experiene. Have fun!


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