Machine-generated artificially intelligent (AI) images are on sale in droves on stock photography websites such as Shutterstock, iStock, and Adobe Stock.
The development means there is increased competition for photographers on what used to be traditionally called stock photography websites, but could now be better described as something else entirely.
A search on Shutterstock with the term “AI-Generated” returns 18,850 results, not all of which were created by programs such as DALl-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, but a quick scroll clearly shows that many of they were.
The same iStock search returns 1,585 results with an image that photographers could only dream of as a “Vintage Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster”.
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vanessaa book cover photographer, posted a video titled How to start selling Midjourney AI art on Shutterstock.
“I found that Shutterstock is accepting of AI art, not everyone is okay with AI generated art, that might change over time,” she says.
Initially, Vanessa had her AI-generated artwork rejected by Shutterstock for technical reasons.
“You can’t just take your AI art and upload it because its resolution isn’t good enough,” she explains.
Currently, programs such as DALL-E only generate images with a maximum of 1024 pixels, which means that users must use an outside program to scale their images.
Low resolution isn’t Vanessa’s only problem. The AI-generated images often contain visual quirks such as poorly rendered facial features, which it says it corrected in Photoshop before putting them up for sale.
Midjourney seems to be popular on stock exchange sites and a look at its terms of service indicates that non-paying members of Midjourney are granted a Creative Commons Noncommercial 4.0 International Attribution License for Images, which means users are not not allowed to sell the images they create. for commercial purposes.
However, Midjourney says paying members “own any assets you create with the service.”
AI image generation has exploded in popularity over the past few months, so it’s no surprise that businesses and governments have yet to establish firm rules for the new frontier of image creation.
“I think there will be changes in laws, copyright and the use of AI-generated art,” Vanessa adds.