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DALL-E 3 vs DALL-E 2: 18 Prompts In contrast (They Are Not Even Shut)

After OpenAI unveiled GPT-4 final June, they set their eyes on the subsequent merchandise on their roadmap: refining and launching DALL-E 3.

Even earlier than its launch, there have been murmurs that this new mannequin has the ability to rival Midjourney each in creativity and nuance.

Lastly, when it was formally introduced, we obtained our first glimpse on the AI picture generator of the longer term. Individuals (myself included) instantly sprung into motion and in contrast the brand new product to different current AI picture mills out there.

However, I’ve by no means actually thought of evaluating its outputs towards its earlier iteration till now. There’s no query that DALL-E 3 is a big enchancment from DALL-E 2 however how a lot precisely? Let’s discover out.

Output Comparability

To maintain issues constant, we’ll have DALL-E 2 on the left and DALL-E 3 on the suitable.

Sensible: Individuals

Immediate: a practical close-up portrait of an aged individual that radiates knowledge and character

DALL-E Comparison: Realistic, People

If we’re going by pure realism, I really choose DALL-E 2 over DALL-E 3. The aged man in its picture has the face of somebody who’s been by hell and again. Wrinkles, chuckle strains, age spots — you simply know that is somebody who’s stuffed with knowledge.

It’s not that DALL-E 3 did a nasty job. I assumed it did fairly properly. Nonetheless, it tends to smoothen faces, which typically leads to faces wanting like wax figures.

Sensible: Panorama

Immediate: a snow-covered alpine panorama with a comfy cabin nestled among the many pine timber, smoke rising from its chimney into the crisp winter air

DALL-E Comparison: Realistic, Landscape

That is the place we see DALL-E 3’s evolution over its earlier model. As a substitute of making one thing coherent, DALL-E 2 seems to be prefer it crammed the weather within the immediate into one disjointed picture.

Then again, DALL-E 3 generated a picture that’s extra true to the essence of the immediate. It’s cozy and fulfills each requirement with out overcompensating.

Sensible: Historic

Immediate: a picture of recent york metropolis that captures the sensation of nostalgia for the Nineteen Eighties, that includes iconic objects from that period.

DALL-E Comparison: Historical

DALL-E 2 utterly missed the mark right here. It simply created a poor depiction of a payphone. There aren’t any parts that scream “New York” or something particularly concerning the Nineteen Eighties.

I’d say that DALL-E 3 additionally had a tough time with this immediate. I might’ve rated it increased however I didn’t for 2 causes. One, why is it in black and white when colour images was commonplace within the Nineteen Eighties, and two, why is the subway above floor?


Immediate: a man-fox hybrid strolling in a surreal dreamscape that mixes parts of a forest, a desert, and a tropical seashore

DALL-E Comparison: Surrealist

The panorama itself is ok in DALL-E 2, nevertheless it didn’t even try to create a man-fox hybrid. DALL-E 3 understood the context utterly and even added its personal twist within the remaining output. That is certainly one of my favourite comparisons thus far as a result of it completely encapsulates how far this mannequin has come.

I’ve additionally seen that, whereas DALL-E 3 typically smoothens photos, DALL-E 2 tends to create one thing that’s tough across the edges and appears prefer it’s drawn with crayons.


Immediate: a contemporary two-story, eco-friendly and sustainable home with photo voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting programs, and a inexperienced roof backyard

DALL-E Comparison: Architecture

DALL-E 2’s home clearly suffered from some rendering points. In the event you zoom in, you may see that it tried to create a balcony on the suitable aspect of the second ground nevertheless it was a bizarre window-balcony hybrid. The vegetation additionally block a lot of the primary ground, which makes it arduous to see what the home really seems to be like.

As for DALL-E 3, now that’s a home I need to reside in. It’s an distinctive render of a contemporary eco-friendly home. Nonetheless, it does have a dream-like high quality to it, which takes away from its realism.

3D Render

Immediate: a 3D diorama of a fantasy forest with legendary creatures, historic ruins, and enchanting bioluminescent vegetation

DALL-E Comparison: 3D Render

As soon as once more, DALL-E 2 missed an essential side of the immediate by making an paintings as a substitute of a 3D diorama. DALL-E 3 was capable of generate a picture of a diorama containing all of the context I offered.

Oil Portray

Immediate: an oil portray of a person busking in the course of a bustling metropolis avenue at night time, with folks and reflections within the rain-soaked pavement

DALL-E Comparison: Oil Painting

I like these two photos as a result of it reveals the advance the mannequin has made in only a yr. DALL-E 2 glad the whole lot included in my immediate nevertheless it has subpar creativity. It’s poorly blended and obscure. The reflections are just a little bit off too.

DALL-E 3’s portray seems to be just like the DALL-E 2’s output if it was carried out by knowledgeable artist. The streets look extra detailed and alive. It’s not good (the topic is lacking a leg) nevertheless it’s a particularly good try.

Pixel Artwork

Immediate: a pixel artwork scene of a chilled Japanese backyard with bonsai timber, a koi pond, and a tranquil bridge

DALL-E Comparison: Pixel Art

These photos seem like a nonetheless from an outdated Gameboy sport and its remastered model. I really like DALL-E 2’s pixel artwork due to the nostalgia issue however, arms down, DALL-E 3 is much better. It’s vibrant, detailed, and constant. The way in which it seems to be jogs my memory of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing.

Pastiche: Images

Immediate: a close-up portrait of a musician misplaced within the second, with vibrant colours that evoke the movie’s wealthy, with the nice and cozy tones of Portra 400

DALL-E Comparison: Pastiche, Photography

If there’s one factor I actually like about DALL-E 2, it’s how properly it generates close-up photos. There’s actually nothing mistaken with both of those two photos, however I barely choose DALL-E 3 due to the distinction and lighting.

Pastiche: Art work

Immediate: a visible homage to Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical research together with the intricate particulars of the human physique with a contemporary twist

DALL-E Comparison: Pastiche, Art

What I actually dislike about DALL-E 2 (which led me to make use of Midjourney within the first place) is that it tends to create crayon-like photos, just like the one you see right here. It’s additionally completely different from Leonardo Da Vinci’s artwork, which was an important a part of the immediate.

DALL-E 3 managed to resolve this and create one thing that appears like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. It additionally added a contemporary twist, as specified within the immediate, by depicting a cyborg as a substitute of a human.

Summary Ideas

Immediate: a visualization of morality

DALL-E Comparison: Abstract

Creating a visible depiction of an summary idea is at all times a tough job and that reveals in these photos. DALL-E 2 went right into a extra concrete depiction the place it selected to outline morality as an inside wrestle between two sides of your character. DALL-E 3 went to a extra summary highway the place it depicted morality as a multi-faceted spectrum of various values.

Visualization of Digital Ideas

Immediate: a visualization of the Web as a bodily panorama, with web sites and social media platforms as buildings

DALL-E Comparison: Digital

This one isn’t even shut. DALL-E 2’s output lacks creativity and the colours mix collectively in a nasty approach. You couldn’t even inform the buildings aside. Then again, DALL-E 3 did a terrific job at making a society based mostly on the web panorama right this moment. I additionally significantly just like the double-meaning of the high-speed site visitors going out and in of the web.

Textual content Technology

Immediate: a information article from the longer term reporting on the primary contact with an extraterrestrial civilization

DALL-E Comparison: Text

One of the crucial vital challenges of AI picture mills right this moment is textual content. It’s because they understand texts as shapes with none which means. At any time when I take advantage of DALL-E 2, the textual content at all times comes out wanting just like the Greek alphabet, which you’ll see right here. 

DALL-E 3 guarantees to have higher textual content era and, for probably the most half, it does. It’s nonetheless unpolished, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly an enchancment.

Non-Existent Topics

Immediate: an historic civilization’s undiscovered misplaced metropolis buried deep inside a jungle

DALL-E Comparison: Non-Existent

DALL-E 2’s option to generate an aerial view of the immediate is a head-scratcher for certain. You actually can’t see any particulars other than the ruins, that are poorly-rendered to start with. DALL-E 3’s paintings jogs my memory of historic Aztec civilization. It’s detailed, well-lit, and has a legendary high quality to it.

Low Context

Immediate: a flying golden retriever

DALL-E Comparison: Low Context

It’s not a superb signal when your AI picture generator can’t fulfill a low context immediate like this one. Aside from the evident rendering points on DALL-E 2’s canine, there’s additionally the truth that it’s leaping and never flying. 

DALL-E 3 was capable of flip a easy immediate right into a cute paintings. That stated, I don’t actually perceive the necessity to flip the goldie into an angel, nevertheless it provides to the attraction of the picture.

Excessive Context: Various Components

Immediate: an alternate historical past scene the place historic Egypt with superior expertise, that includes pyramids with rocket boosters, hieroglyphic-coded computer systems, and cyborg pharaohs, is in a battle towards a futuristic Roman legion with electrical spears and mecha horses

DALL-E Comparison: High Context, Diverse Elements

Unsurprisingly, DALL-E 2 couldn’t deal with a excessive context immediate in any respect. In actual fact, it seemed prefer it gave up midway by the method. It might be honest to say that its output is an entire mess.

DALL-E 3, as soon as once more, has blown me away with its precision relating to prompts. It didn’t miss any single line, even once I saved specifying random objects. This one’s a transparent winner.

Excessive Context: Background Description

Immediate: a neo-noir movie nonetheless of a grizzled detective ingesting whiskey in his burgundy-colored chair throughout a thunderstorm at night time, behind him is a bookshelf full of books and an ashtray, a single lamp is illuminating one aspect of his face

DALL-E Comparison: High Context, Background

At this level, I’m noticing a pattern in DALL-E 2 the place rendering points turn out to be extra obvious the longer the immediate is. As an illustration, the picture above is lacking its face. In the meantime, DALL-E 3 created the right movie nonetheless that precisely depicts my immediate. It’s moody, atmospheric, and gritty — similar to some other neo-noir movie.

Excessive Context: Topic Description

Immediate: an expressive oil portray of a younger grownup lady of southeast asian descent, with slight curls on her lengthy black hair, who’s making an attempt to regulate her rage. her fists are clenched as her anger slowly turns into fury. feelings are proven in her face and posture. her face is slowly changing into crimson pink as she’s overcome with fury.

DALL-E Comparison: High Context, Subject

I’m really stunned at how properly DALL-E 2 accomplished this immediate. It didn’t miss a single descriptor and I’d say I’m glad with the way it turned out. Nonetheless, DALL-E 3 is simply on an entire completely different degree. You may actually really feel the feelings popping out of the lady within the image. I additionally like that, in the event you zoom in, you may see the comb strokes that’s frequent in oil work.

My Ideas on DALL-E 3

I anticipated DALL-E 3 to be a greater model of DALL-E 2, however I did not anticipate such a stark distinction between them to be honest. Trying on the outputs aspect by aspect, it’s actually night time and day when it comes to high quality alone.

It’s not simply creativity, it additionally follows by with its promise of higher nuance and textual content era. Lacking the interpretation of a line within the immediate appears to be so uncommon in DALL-E 3, which is one thing that occurs very often even between Midjourney and Firefly.

That stated, DALL-E 3 isn’t good. However contemplating the strides it made in only a yr, it is now a viable competitor to different AI picture mills

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