Can AI also be used to make money for artists and creatives?
YES IT CAN
In this post, we’ll explore 5 different models for how AI art can generate income. Whether you’re looking to create a new revenue stream or supplement your existing one, there’s bound to be a method here that fits your needs!
In this article, we’ll share with you how to make money with AI art.
There are five marvelous ways to make money with AI art.
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1. Create and Sell Merchandise
Stable diffusion and Midjourney allow you to create infinite repeating patterns which are perfect for creating merchandise.
For example, you make some jolly good leggings.
You can see, on this print-on-demand service redbubble.
Another way to use this new feature is to create wallpapers.
On this side spoonflower, you can create your own wallpapers just by uploading a repeatable tile.
If you want to learn how to make tiles inside of Midjourney, check out this video here.
And did you know that over 2 billion t-shirts are sold every single year so there is a huge opportunity to take a small slice of that market?
You have the opportunity to appeal to people’s tribal nature.
2. Create and Sell Logos
The next thing you can do is sell logos.
People are willing to spend unreasonably large amounts of money on a logo.
For example, this logo created by BP cost over 210 billion dollars.
That’s a lot of money.
I recommend using DALL·E for creating logos.
Here are a few that I made earlier.
I can imagine these working very well for a children’s brand.
So if you don’t have large corporations willing to pay you millions of dollars for your tiny logo you can also advertise your services on Fiverr.
For example, here’s a person offering some pretty reasonable logos here for seventy dollars each.
And you can see that these are the kind of things you could easily recreate very quickly inside of DALL·E.
3. Make a Tool
Number three is you can make a tool.
For example, Getty Images has recently said that they are banning all AI art available.
So why not create a stock site purely for AI art that is a unique angle?
Create other tools related to AI art.
For example, upscaling enhancers or animation techniques.
I’ve been using this hugging face interpolation animator to create animations like this but there are some severe limitations with it.
It has a maximum resolution and it only allows you to upload two images at a time.
So I think there’s an opportunity to create an AI art animator using frame interpolation and high-resolution images.
4. Sell Prompts
Next up is selling prompts.
You can actually sell your prompts on promptbase.com which is a Marketplace for prompts.
You can see that people are offering very distinctive looks for a low price between two and five dollars.
I’ve been selling a prompt on here.
I put one up and it’s sold more than 20 already in just a couple of weeks.
So imagine if you put a hundred or a thousand on there you can get yourself a pretty reasonable regular income.
So here’s something that you can do that is completely legal but whether it’s ethical is another question.
You can come into the community feed you can select something that you particularly like from Midjourney.
And you can copy the prompt.
You can then adjust it a little bit.
For example, this would work really well if you could have a series of felt animals that you can upload on the prompt base.
A simple way to start making some money and I think as long as you’re adjusting enough you can easily do that without feeling guilty.
5. Create Personalized AI Art Portraits
So the next option is to create personalized AI art portraits.
And it’s now possible to take stable diffusion and train it on your own images.
You can very quickly put someone that you know into your artwork.
I’ve been making some portraits of people that I admire and have recently died just to be an homage to them.
This is the queen.
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Let’s see, people are offering personalized portraits for a theme.
So you can offer your services of creating personalized AI art portraits.
You could even automate this and set it up.
You could also do the same with a very specific character who has a loyal fanbase.
So if you take someone who’s a little bit obscure and create some great fan art about them you’ll be able to offer these as prints.
Download all actual framed prints too.
If you’d like to see how I made the queen you can check out this video here.
Next up is you can create a graphic novel.
Another way to approach this instead of writing your own book is to take an old out-of-copyright book and create an illustrated version of it where you’re literally just taking it creating wonderful artworks to interlace throughout the book and selling it as an ebook or a printed version.
For example, this Illustrated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s book is doing very well it’s got over 780 ratings.
There’s also more information about Zarya of The Dawn and the copyright issue in this video.