Demo image of Microsoft Designer creating cake images

AI Image Generators have become increasingly popular over the past few months, especially with the availability of Stable Diffusion and its many offshoots. Microsoft is officially entering the AI art game with a new app, Designer.

Microsoft Designer was announced today, based on the Designer feature in PowerPoint, which attempts to match the content of your slideshows with less-generic backgrounds. The new dedicated Designer app is branded as a graphic design tool “that helps you create stunning social media posts, invitations, digital postcards, graphics, and more, all in a flash.”

The new app allows you to type in text, which appears like the title of a PowerPoint slide, as well as a text prompt for generating a background image. Microsoft is using DALL-E 2 by OpenAI to create the images, so they should look reasonably fine — though generating designs for commercial use with AI art is still a murky field. You can also substitute your own images, which are integrated into Microsoft’s templates.

Microsoft Designer image

Designer is available today as a web preview, which is free but has a waitlist. Microsoft says it will be available as a free app when it’s ready, with “more premium features available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers.” Microsoft also plans to add a version of Designer to Microsoft Edge, because Edge definitely needs more bloat.

Source: Microsoft 365 Blog

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