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Intro To Lookin' Like You Know AI Artwork 101 -1

Author: @bobsrants published date: June 25, 2024 - copyright: crazy but lazy dd

The silly truth about basic AI artwork: All you have to know how to do is describe a photo or a movie frame in words.

Typically, you'd want to mention if there's a person, animal, robot, or whatever in it. And how many of each usually helps.

Add in some colors, or themes, or objects around the photo or frame. Actions if you want. If you try obscene stuff, you might be blocked permanently.

Okay, Let's Start Describing

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Quickest way to learn is to log into the free Microsoft Copilot Designer. If you have a,, or, you should be able to head to and use that without any trouble. The rest of this lets you use your phone to describe what you'll be doing on a laptop or desktop. We don't recommend doing AI artwork on cell phones.

Once you've made it to, at the top right of the Copilot site, you'll you'll see GPTs options, and you'll select "Designer."

From here on out, your first image will always start with the words "image of"

So, at the bottom, where it says Ask Me Anything, you can try out stuff you want to see displayed.

What you want displayed is called "a prompt." Copilot will guess what you want, and sometimes add stuff you don't want. Usually, Copilot will give you five times to ask what you want to change, after you get your first four picks.

Anytime you Create from "image of" it will give you 1-4 choices, unless that prompt is blocked. If the prompt is blocked, try another topic.

You can pick one of the four to either save, or to render as a new style. You get lots of tries to render a new style, and you can try new renders on each of the 1-4.

Ramble Over (10-4)

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Okay, here one to get us started, and it's amazing because you can see how Copilot attempts to pull in details it didn't tell you. Here we're going to try a location in the United States, but only tell it where, and how we want the image.

image of Amish Country Pennsylvania at sunset in a watercolor painting

Some Copilot images accidentally use copyrighted images inside it, so you're limited how you can actually use a generated image. Before you want to super-star your creation and put it on mugs and baseball caps, know copyright law and a good lawyer.

So the watercolor of Amish Country was pretty nifty. AI knew stuff to add, and how to create the whole scene with lighting. This isn't a very interesting prompt result to do a pick-four.

Microsoft likes you try ones that are not very useful to experiment. Here's one I have no use for, but it shows you how Copilot can quickly render stuff you've not seen (before this guide.)

image of a cell phone tower in black and white charcoal

Yep, so same as the Amish Country work. The prompt gives the AI some data, and the AI guesses what you'd want back. As I mentioned before, you'll usually get at least five tries in the original box to type modifications. Be as direct as possible as what needs to change, and you can change several things at once. What it messes up is called an "Artifact" like what you'd find in a museum. Sometimes people end up with extra pieces of their body.

Let's Go, Seeming Like We're Pros

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Here we're going to work with a long prompt immediately, because we have to show you how to do pick-four render styles. Basically, this means you start with a long, descriptive prompt, than tap an image it made, and use render styles below the image you selected. In simpler words, choose any that show up, open it, then along the bottom you will get several styles, listed here:

  1. Original
  2. Pixel art
  3. Watercolor
  4. Block print
  5. Steampunk
  6. Claymation
  7. Art deco
  8. Low poly
  9. Origami

Okay, long prompt. You can copy and paste this on a laptop or desktop into your Copilot Designer box if you want to try it out. Your images will always look different than the demo images because AI in Copilot always gives you different answers.

A forewarning: Any time you use one of your five modifications, it will change all the images. This can be frustrating, so if you like an image, you want to save it via "Download" using the three dots at the top right of the image box.

It saves to PNG, and the file sizes are usually around 2.5MB for 1024x1024.

a trendy woman with blonde hair wearing a white shirt, zippered purple hoodie, and black jeans. she is wearing an orange lanyard with the letters SU. It is sunset and she is leaning against a motorcycle

Here's the pick four set Copilot gave me. Yours will look different. You can now choose any of the images to go into a render mode, of one of those options listed. If you like the image as it is, you can just use the three dots to top right of the image to save it (Download).

Let's try two renders on the first image.

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Select the first image. Under it, you'll see options for rendering.

There are options covered over on the right you can scroll through.

Selecting "Watercolor":


Selecting "Steampunk":


Now choose the arrow backwards above the image to return to pick-four.

Let's try another render of the second image, the one to the top right on the pick-four.


Selecting "Watercolor":


There you go, just use the three dots and "Download" for the ones to want to keep as PNGs.

There's a lot more behind the scenes, but this finishes Lookin' Like You Know

If You're Diggin' Prompts And Still Here...

If you're still loving prompts, here's the same woman with the motorcycle prompt. All we did was change the hair to brown, and asked Copilot to style all colors from #GippityCreative. If you add a style, you can often get more done with fewer words.

Hashtag styles are not a supported feature but we hope they become one.

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