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Stable Diffusion: Everything you need to know [Guide]

What is Stable Diffusion?

Stable Diffusion is an open-source AI image generator that creates images from text prompts. It uses diffusion models and was created by Stability AI. Stable Diffusion produces high-quality results on par with Midjourney and Dall-E.

Getting Started

Beta Phase

Stable Diffusion was first released in a private beta in April 2022. It quickly generated interest among AI researchers and artists. Stability AI opened access in August 2022 after training the model on massive public image datasets.

Demo Sites & Free Trials

New users can test Stable Diffusion on sites like:

Lexicalexica.art. This site has a beginner-friendly interface and allows you to generate up to 25 images per day for free.

Hotpot.ai – hotpot.ai. Offers a basic version for free image generation without login. More advanced features require subscription.

Disco Diffusion – disco.co. Has a free tier that allows unlimited generation but with longer wait times. Premium tiers offer priority access.

Runway ML – runwayml.com. Free plan allows generating up to 5 images per day. Premium plans provide higher image limits and priority access.

Anthropic – www.anthropic.com. Offers a basic free version with a limited number of daily generations. Paid plans unlock more advanced features and priority generation.

Install Guides

Stable Diffusion runs locally on hardware like NVIDIA GPUs. Install involves downloading the files and dependencies from GitHub repositories. Step-by-step guides make the process easy.

How to Use Stable Diffusion

Users provide text prompts to generate images in Stable Diffusion. Controlling aspects like image quality, size, and style involves tweaking sampling settings and parameters. Using good prompts is key.

Subscription & Pricing

While the base Stable Diffusion model is open source, Stability AI offers improved premium models starting at $12 per month. There are also free third-party trained models.

Ravjar Said
Ravjar Said

Ravjar Said is an engineer passionate about social impact. In his spare time, he runs Snowball AI - a YouTube channel exploring the intersections of artificial intelligence, education and creativity. Through innovative projects, he hopes to make AI more accessible and beneficial for all. Ravjar loves helping bring people and technology together for good. YouTube | Twitter

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