AI: The magic brush for digital artists

The advancement of AI is on every artists lips, and the use of AI in the creation of NFTs is on the rise. How can the use of AI enhance the process of creative work? Let's take a look at a development that seems to have barely just begun.

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@enter.artPUBLISHED 27TH OCTOBER 2022

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Digital artists are known for their creativity and innovation. In fact, many of the most famous works of art today were created by digital artists. It's no surprise that they'd want to try out new things in  their own field. One of the most talked about topics at the moment is AI. 

So what is AI? It stands for artificial intelligence, which in this case means using software to mimic human behavior and thinking skills. And even if we are still a long way from using an actual,  sentient intelligence, today's so-called AIs are already incredibly useful tools for creatives. 

AI-generated art as a "magic brush" for artists, can help  improve and communicate their ideas

AI-generated art delivers an almost magical tool for artists. It can help improve and communicate ideas, save time (speed up the iterative process), and even be used as a tool for drafting or simply for inspiration. 

AI-generated art allows you to focus on what matters most - your message - while freeing your mind from the details of creating it. That's great because it allows you to get back to work on the  things that really matter: Communicating your ideas effectively, which will ultimately lead to better  work in the long term. 

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Loneliness by Divineripper / AI-Generated with a touch of madness

Versatile uses: Draft, inspiration, creativity booster, visual  storytelling 

AI-generated art can have an incredibly strong use when seen as a tool to create a draft. AI-generated art is perfect for visualizing ideas, as it’s often subtle and more abstract than traditional methods. Depending on the type of AI tool you use, you can even train your AI to create results that come close to your own visual expression. 

AI-generated art can be used as an endless source of inspiration. Because AIs have learned to be amazingly expressive, you don't need to worry about going too far or making something too cluttered - if you like, the AI will make these decisions for you! It has learned from the vast collective creativity and artistic principles created by the human mind since the beginning of art itself. This makes it ideal for getting your creative juices flowing before starting on something new. You can seek out new frontiers and not shy away from techniques which have not yet become native to your work process. 

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Ecstasy of Nature by Yasmaanik / AI & Human collaboration

AI-generated art is great at boosting creativity because of its ability to capture both light and dark moments in an image without forcing anything down our throat. It also helps the graphic designers amongst us to see things from different perspectives by giving us more options when we're designing stuff like logos or packaging. This helps us understand how people will perceive them immediately after seeing them instead of having time pass before they know what we've created! 

So it takes the effect of creating digital mock-ups to a whole new level by integrating the product in development into a more real-life type of setting.

Using AI to generate art can save time (speed up the iterative  process in art creation) 

AI can save you time, money and - inherently - make the process of creating art faster without reducing the overall quality of the final result. 

For example: 

• Using AI to generate art can save time, especially in the concept phase of a project. 

• AI can help artists find new ideas faster by generating ideas for them that are sometimes better than what they would have come up with themselves. This is due to the fact that the AI never finds anything boring after a certain time like humans do. So an AI will keep on re-envisioning the same artistic idea until the artist is satisfied with the result.  

• It helps to visualize all the tiny sparks of creativity that come to mind during the day. Thus AIs can become a sort of visual sketchbook. In the busy world we are living in, the advantage of this use case is vast. Barely any artist can afford to spend all their time on art creation and not many have the skills to make a quick sketch of an idea whenever and wherever they are. 

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The Butterfly Effect #2 by Roger_Cadiz / From the AI & Mixed Media Collection



Human creativity and visual storytelling 

AIs generating art are tools for human creativity and visual storytelling. The ability to create images that are both beautiful and unique, as well as the ability to generate multiple variations of an image with different styles or personalities makes it a powerful medium for communicating ideas. 

AI can help with inspiration, speed up the iterative process, and improve communication between artists who work together on projects.  

This improvement in collaboration is another fact that is highly valuable for artists. While many  artists are looking to work with other artists, communicating with one another can be the hardest part. 

Artists tend to think in a very visual way, but their thoughts are often hard to put into words. This effect becomes even more prominent when you add a language barrier and cultural differences. In helping to bridge these canyons, AI becomes an amazing way to enable human artists to work together and create an even more diverse art world. 

The fact that AI art creation tools are widely available and often include a free-to-use option makes this new technology very accessible. The artist does not need specialized hardware or expensive software licenses to get started with this tech. Looking at AI from this angle, you can say that it AIs bring creative tools to artists who were previously excluded simply because of the cost of hardware and software. So it can even help bring more equality to the artistic community. 

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A glimpse of AI creation in the Midjourney-hangout channel of the enter Discord

Conclusion 

AI-generated art is a tool for human creativity and visual storytelling. It can help you create new  ideas, solve creative puzzles and explore your own creativity. The future of AI-generated art looks  bright as more people begin to explore its potential as an art form that can be used anywhere from  the web browser to professional applications like Photoshop or Illustrator.

It can be much more than just a text-to-picture tool which de-values art and makes it generic. In the right hands and with the right mindset it can become a magic brush and a valuable tool in human art creation. Those who embrace this new tech can benefit from it. AI is not the end of art, it is the beginning of a new chapter. 

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In the enter.art gallery, you can find a wide range of AI art from artists across the globe.



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