How to spot AI images: don't be fooled by the fakes

A selection of AI-generated images illustrating how to spot AI images
(Image credit: AI / Future)

You may be wondering how to spot AI images in 2024 considering that AI image generators have improved so fast. Is it still possible to tell a real photo from an AI-generated invention? Or the work of a human from AI art made by a machine model? Well, it's becoming more difficult, but there are still ways to spot AI art if you look closely, even with some of the examples that almost fooled us.

Recent developments have seen Instagram finally add a 'Made with AI' tag for AI-generated images, but its implementation hasn't been without controversy. There's also been a surge of interest in Cara app, a social media platform with an anti-AI policy. Cara uses an automated tool to detect AI art, but can the human eye also do the job? Below, we suggest several ways to tell if an image was generated by AI.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.