DALL-E: Generates Images from Text Prompts


DALL-E is a large language model (LLM) developed by OpenAI that can generate images from text descriptions. It was first announced in January 2021 and is still under development. OpenAI is a non-profit research company founded in 2015 by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, and others.


What does DALL-E do?

DALL-E can generate images from text descriptions. For example, you could give it this text prompt:

3D render of a cute tropical fish in an aquarium on a dark blue background, digital art.

And this is an image generated with the prompt (you can copy and try out):

Notable features

DALL-E has a number of notable features, including:

  • It can generate high-quality images from text descriptions.
  • It can generate images of a wide variety of objects and scenes.
  • It can be used to create realistic portraits, landscapes, and objects.
  • It is still under development, but it has already been used to generate a wide variety of images.


DALL-E’s main competitors are other LLMs that can generate images from text descriptions, such as Midjourney, Stable Duffision.


You need to buy “credits” to use DALL-E. As of this writing you can purchase 115 credits for $15. You can use “credits” to generate images through a text prompt, or make an edit/variation request. Credits are deducted only for requests that return generations; they won’t be deducted for warnings or error messages.

DALL-E has been praised by critics for its ability to generate high-quality images from text descriptions. However, some critics have raised concerns about the potential for DALL-E to be used to generate harmful or misleading images.

[ait-desc] Generates images from text prompts
[ait-name] DALL-E
[ait-price] Paid

Derek Yang

I’m an immigrant living with my family in a small town on the East Coast. I love classical music, enjoy a good cup of coffee, and have a soft spot for BMWs. I believe in lifelong learning and look forward to connecting with you to share our life experiences. Twitter @mrderekyang.

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