OpenAI has developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, DALL·E 2, which makes it easier to create and edit photorealistic digital images. The AI can take a description in natural language and turn it into a realistic image or artwork. DALL·E 2 works by using a process referred to as 'diffusion', which starts with a pattern of random dots and then slowly changes this pattern to create an image when certain aspects of the image are recognised.
OpenAI has now released the DALL-E API in public beta, which allows developers to add the AI to their applications and products. A few companies, such as Cala, a fashion design platform, and Mixtiles, which prints online photos on lightweight decorative tiles, have already tested the API for their own needs.
DALL·E 2 by OpenAI pricing
Different resolutions have different costs for using the DALL-E 2 API. For images of 1024×1024, the cost is $0.02 per image; 512×512 images are $0.018 per image; and 256×256 images are $0.016 per image. Companies that work with OpenAI's enterprise team may be able to take advantage of volume discounts.