Easy Tips about Creating Your Personal Illustrations with AI

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I’ve been messing round with completely different generative AI apps, identical to a lot of you. I’m attempting to determine how I can use them in my job and in addition get actually good at utilizing the assorted AI instruments. As a result of I create on-line programs, I’ve been engaged on making my very own illustrations that work nicely.

In a earlier submit, I shared some suggestions based mostly on issues I’ve studying utilizing AI. I’m utilizing Midjourney for my examples, however there are lots of instruments on the market on your preliminary experimentation.

Listed below are some suggestions I’ve picked up and the way I make these free illustrated characters that I share on LinkedIn.

It Begins with Prompts

The key to getting the fitting pictures relies on the prompting. The problem with AI is that you just by no means know what you’ll get and if you get one thing that you just actually like, chances are you’ll not get it once more.

  • I begin easy and don’t attempt to overstate or be too descriptive initially. After which I work from there.
  • I additionally have a look at what pictures individuals share within the AI neighborhood and once I discover one thing I like, I attempt their prompts to see what I get.
  • For prompts, I largely use a personality, an motion, after which the fashion. Relying on what I want, I could add a location or one thing to offer extra visible context.

The Character

There may be lots of bias constructed into the AI language fashions. For instance, if I sort in businessman, 99% of the time it is going to be a white businessman in a go well with. Why white? Why a go well with? That’s one thing you must account for as you create characters.

Whatever the bias, I begin with one thing generic like businessman. That normally offers me a white man in a go well with. However that’s OK to start out. As soon as I get the fitting look, I modify the descriptor. Some tricks to get higher preliminary characters:

  • As an alternative of simply “businessman,” use an age to see what you get. I discover 40-year-old is an effective addition.
  • It doesn’t matter what you get, the principle level is to see if you happen to can give you one thing constant.
  • There are lots of good movies now on learn how to write prompts. The extra you observe and mess around, the higher you get.
  • Sooner or later, I name it good and transfer on. My purpose is to discover a easy option to get a adequate picture. Taking part in round in AI for hours (or days…which is able to occur) is enjoyable, however not one thing I can afford to do for lengthy.

As you may see within the pictures under, you get some fairly respectable preliminary pictures to start out. I can work with these.

AI businessman prompt


The Motion

Describing the motion is the place you get the pose you need and may use. I maintain it easy.

  • I prefer to insert “gesturing” as a part of the immediate. It offers me extra diversified arm positions.
  • Add an emotion or state-of-being comparable to “confused” or “indignant.”
  • I additionally change the pose and should use “arms crossed” or “fingers on hips.”
  • Mess around and see what you get.

You’ll discover how the photographs change based mostly on a couple of easy phrases.

confused AI businessman prompt

angry AI businessman

businessman AI arms crossed illustration

AI illustration hands on hips

As you overview the photographs above, you’ll discover that the kinds change fairly a bit. You’ll additionally discover that you could be not get the pose you anticipate. For instance, “fingers on hips” contains arms crossed. “Arms crossed” aren’t full physique poses. That’s one thing you must reside with.

As you observe and get to know learn how to write prompts it is possible for you to to design extra constant kinds.

The Fashion

As talked about above, getting a constant fashion might be powerful. Plenty of it should come all the way down to the way you write prompts and the texture you get for them as you observe.

  • For illustrated characters, I desire a comparable fashion and no background so it’s straightforward to wash up.
  • My default immediate fashion is “flat vector illustration” as a result of that works nicely for lots of e-learning course design.
  • It additionally works persistently more often than not. And even when the illustrated characters aren’t the identical, they typically are shut sufficient to make use of collectively.
  • I do mess around with distinctive fashion descriptions. For instance, I’ll state “within the fashion of [add descriptor].”

AI prompt description with different style

AI prompt description with different style Burton

As you overview the photographs above, you’ll discover that including a method description to the “flat vector illustration” begins to offer a extra particular fashion that will get nearer to consistency.

Bonus Fashion Tip: Getting Rid of the Background

The AI picture is simply the place to begin. Typically you will have to do some edits to fingers, faces, and many others. One of many principal issues is getting a clear background in order that I can place the picture the place I would like it.

To get as clear a background as potential, I add the immediate: “white background.” That works 90% of the time. The picture under is identical “fingers on hips” immediate as above with the addition of “white background” within the immediate.

AI illustration white background

Overcoming Bias with AI

As I famous above, there’s built-in bias which may embody issues like gender and race, but additionally fashion of garments. You’ll be able to mitigate a few of that by altering the descriptor. As soon as I get a picture fashion I like, I’ll begin to add extra descriptions to get extra various characters. Very quickly in any respect, I’ve a various set of characters from which to construct.

diverse AI illustrated characters

One factor to think about is your individual bias. For instance, I could search for a selected picture after which assume that it really works due to how “I see” that character and what it ought to symbolize.

These are a number of the fundamental tricks to get began creating your individual characters with AI. In a observe up submit, I’ll share my secret sauce and what I do to hurry issues up and the way I edit the characters.

Don’t overlook to obtain the characters I’ve already added. I’ll be including extra, so maintain your eyes peeled.


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