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 getting into 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 designed 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 lets you enter text, which appears as the title of a PowerPoint slide, as well as a text prompt to generate a background image. Microsoft is using DALL-E 2 by OpenAI to create the images, so they should look reasonably good – although generating designs for commercial use with AI art is another murky field. You can also substitute your own images, which are built into Microsoft’s templates.
The designer is available today in web preview, which is free but has a waiting list. Microsoft says it will be available as a free app when 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, as Edge absolutely needs more bloat.
Source: Microsoft 365 Blog