Artists start promoting AI-generated paintings on inventory images web sites


A selection of AI-generated artwork that can be licensed through Shutterstock.
Enlarge / A number of AI-generated paintings that may be licensed by Shutterstock.


Looking for methods to “monetize” AI-generated artwork, some artists have already begun submitting their AI-generated items to inventory images web sites like Shutterstock. Searches for “AI generated” or “Midjourney” (a preferred picture synthesis service) produce hundreds of outcomes on the positioning.

In some circumstances, a portion of the paintings that is not labeled as “AI generated” additionally seems to clearly match Midjourney’s artwork type, which appears to be the most well-liked picture synthesis software on the positioning in the intervening time. As of press time, Shutterstock’s phrases of use don’t prohibit the submission of AI-generated paintings. Shutterstock contributors obtain a proportion of the licensing charge that varies from 15 to 40 p.c of what Shutterstock makes from the content material.

A current video tutorial from a Canadian portrait photographer named Vanessa on YouTube lays out her means of looking for which inventory web sites allowed AI paintings created by Midjourney, selecting Shutterstock. She describes needing to upscale her AI-generated paintings earlier than submission as a result of most picture synthesis output at current is not high-resolution sufficient to fulfill Shutterstock’s requirements.

This comes amid a fierce debate on-line concerning the ethics of AI-assisted paintings over the previous few months. Some artist communities are taking motion in opposition to submissions which were flooding their websites because of the ease that they are often generated in an nearly limitless amount. In the meantime, artists that embrace the brand new AI instruments proceed to push their artwork in new and fascinating instructions, and the expertise retains shifting ahead unimpeded.

It is no secret that picture synthesis fashions like Secure Diffusion have been skilled, partially, utilizing inventory images web sites. With AI artwork showing on websites like Shutterstock, if future AI picture fashions skilled on scraped photos from the Web be taught from their very own output, the way forward for artwork could also be very recursive certainly.