People are using DALL-E 2's latest AI art tool to 'uncrop' masterpieces

The Girl with the Pearl Earring extended using DALL-E 2 outpainting
(Image credit: OpenAI / public domain)

Ever wondered what was just off to the left while da Vinci was painting the Mona Lisa? Or what hung on the wall behind Van Gogh's Sunflowers? Well, AI's got you covered thanks to DALL-E 2's new outpainting feature. No, DALL-E 2 can't show you what the scene really looked like – that would be truly frightening, but it can now extend an image beyond the edges of its original canvas. 

And, as DALL-E 2 uses have discovered, that quickly opens up some pretty mindblowing possibilities since it can not only save you time when you're creating original work but it can also allow you to, say add in a SuperBowl crowd behind the Mona Lisa, because, well why not? If you prefer to do things the traditional way, see our pick of the best graphic design software, but read on for more about DALL-E 2 outpainting – and some examples.

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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.