Everyone, the future is here.
If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, your Facebook friends have been wowed by the powers of AI. Lots of these programs and systems are genuinely amazing, and board game designers are always looking for new sources of art.
Licensing has remained a sticky point, though – while personal use is usually fine, ensuring you have a commercial license to use what you create makes it a lot easier to use it in contests.
A quick, obvious, note: Do your own research. This post was up to date as of it’s last update, December 2021.
iOS and Android app – type in a prompt, the more detailed the better, then watch the AI do it’s magic. Get a few free daily credits, which reset every day, or pay for more. Commercial purposes look to be allowed whether it’s free or paid, though the paid options unlock bigger sizes, no ads, etc.
Per https://www.starryai.com/frequently-asked-questions: “Can I use my creations for commercial purposes?
Yes, you are the copyright owner of your creations (as long as you have the right to the initial image used, if any).”
Web-based app – start from a text prompt. Generate, tweak and download up to 2 artworks per day for free. No watermarks. A few chances to earn credits by posting on social media, but they’re pretty cheap to pay for as well. Note the number of credits to pay involves ‘runtime’ (how long the AI works on the piece) and ‘resolution’ (how big you want the final piece to be)
“Does the license allow me to sell my creations or use them for commercial purposes?
Yes, you can use your creations for commercial purposes, as long as you own (or have permission to use) any input images you used. For style transfer, you must have copyright permission for the content and style images. For text-to-image artworks, you must have copyright permissions for any start and target images. If your creation doesn’t use any other images, you’re welcome to use it for commercial purposes.”
Web-based app – several intriguing tools. Start with the ‘Pro-Art Filters’ to apply filters to your uploaded photo, or go a bit deeper to train an AI to create new pictures based on stuff you upload. Verify your phone number (‘123456 is your code’ for the free credits.
Web app – yes, yes, I know, you’re here to make images, not NFT’s… This site isn’t actually minting the NFT’s, though – it’s about making the artwork. It’s a collection of web-based AI tools to create, personalize, enlarge, sharpen, and more. Free images are granted the CC-BY-NC license (the Creative Commons license where you must credit the creator and cannot use it commercially).
Paid images offer a commercial use license and are supposedly faster. Plenty of options, but take care to look at how many credits an offering costs before putting down money.
Web app – seems to be for faces only, and compared to some of these other options, a bit more limited. Donate via the ‘Buy Me a Coffee’ button for commercial rights.
Web app – uses AI to overlay any of several dozen funky filters on top of a picture you upload. A free account gives you personal use rights and the chance to download what you make. Register to remove the watermark.
Per https://www.fotor.com/termsofservice, commercial use requires paying for it, and your rights end 30 days after your subscription runs out.
Web app – while there are plenty of tools on the site, Toongineer Cartoonizer and VansPortrait are the two tools to transform photos. Great for creating sketches or anime-style portraits.
Pay once or per month (credits roll over), or stick with a free account for a few credits per month.
It could be better worded, but per https://vanceai.com/term-of-use: “The User may access and use the website for non-commercial purposes. This includes free users and those under basic plan. For pro users, there is the exclusion in the use for both direct and indirect commercial purposes.”
Web app – great for compiling lots of photos in lots of combinations based on the various layers. If you have the various layers and just want to randomly mix them together, this is a great no-code option.
While there’s nothing on their website that explicitly details their commercial use policy, multiple staff from the official Discord channel have mentioned commercial use is fine.
Commercial rights… but…
Web app – change an image by modifying its ‘genes’.
• Each Artbreeder image is owned by the user who created that image.
• You agree to license any images you create on Artbreeder under the Creative Commons CC0 license. This effectively releases any image you create on Artbreeder into the public domain. Such images may be used by anyone for any purpose, with or without attribution. If you use another user’s image, please consider providing attribution in the form of a link to the image’s lineage page.
So it’s your image since you created, but you’re also releasing it as a public domain image that anyone else can also use.
Commercial rights unclear or not available
This section is presented in the interest of sharing other tools I’ve heard of. These wouldn’t be appropriate to use in commercial settings, though, either because commercial rights to what you create aren’t clear or aren’t allowed, even if you pay for access to the service. These may change, as all these services are still very new.
Web app and on iOS / Android – very simple and straightforward. As a bonus, this is one of the few that lets you see the various generations of the generative art.
Per https://www.wombo.ai/terms: “The Service and its original content, features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of WOMBO and its licensors. The Service is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both India and foreign countries. Our trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of WOMBO.
iOS / Android app – this was a hit with a lot of my friends, thanks partially to its surprisingly good results. Upload photo, get a cartoonified version of the photo back.
Per https://www.wemagine.ai/terms: “Also, you hereby agree that the results or products of our app are solely for personal and/or editorial use and NOT for commercial use, re-sell, distribute in anyway.”
Web app – upload photo, choose style, let the server work its magic.
Per https://deepart.io/page/terms-and-conditions. “Subscriber may download or copy the Content, and other items displayed on the Site for download, for personal use only, provided that Subscriber maintains all copyright and other notices contained in such Content. Downloading, copying, or storing any Content for other than personal, noncommercial use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Deepart.io, or from the copyright holder identified in such Content’s copyright notice”
Over to you
Found some other cool generative art projects? Do they explicitly allow commercial use? Share in the comments.