The best AI image generators

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The logos of three of the best AI art generators on a purple background

(Image credit: Future / Adobe / Midjourney / OpenAI)

The list in brief ↴
1. Best overall: Adobe Firefly
2. Best photo realism: Midjourney
3. Easiest to use: DALL-E 2
4. Open source: Stable Diffusion
5. Best plugin: Vision FX 2.0
6. Best for video: Runway
7. Best free: Craiyon
8. Best for craft: CF Spark
9. Best for 3D: Masterpiece X
How to choose
How we test

The best AI art generators remain controversial for several reasons, and they have both fans and detractors. Their output can be seen on many social media platforms, and many creatives are experimenting with including them in their workflows to different degrees and for different reasons, whether it's for exploring ideas or creating finished pieces. 

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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.