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How to Use DALL-E 3 AI Image Generator for Free

Author: Sommers' AdvisorsTime: 2024-01-05 10:30:00

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Introduction to Using DALL-E 3 Without ChatGPT Plus

DALL-E 3 is the latest artificial intelligence system from OpenAI that can generate highly realistic images from text descriptions. In a previous video, I demonstrated how to leverage DALL-E 3 capabilities using a paid ChatGPT Plus subscription. However, Microsoft has now integrated limited DALL-E 3 functionality into Bing search for free under Bing Creative Tools.

In this blog post, I will provide a step-by-step guide to accessing and using the free DALL-E 3 capabilities through Bing. We will explore the specific capabilities available in the free version, including generating new images from text prompts. We will also compare the output to my previous ChatGPT Plus images to assess similarities and differences.

Overview of DALL-E 3 Capabilities

DALL-E 3 utilizes a cutting-edge diffusion model trained on enormous datasets to generate highly realistic synthetic images. It can interpret text prompts to create original images that do not directly copy any existing images online. The capabilities span many domains like landscapes, animals, food, technology, and more. The free DALL-E 3 access through Bing Creative Tools provides the ability to generate images from text descriptions. However, there are constraints on the image sizes and number of generations per month. There is also a creation queue to limit system load.

Limitations of the Free Version

The free DALL-E 3 experience has important limitations compared to the full ChatGPT Plus capabilities. Key constraints include smaller 512x512 pixel images instead of 1024x1024, creation throttling and queues, and a limit of 50 image generations per month. There may also be inconsistencies with image interpretations from the transcription to mitigate harmful content at scale. Creativity and abstraction capability may be lower as well. So while free DALL-E 3 provides an introduction, ChatGPT Plus subscriptions unlock greater flexibility.

Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing Free DALL-E 3

Gaining access to free DALL-E 3 is simple by leveraging your existing or newly created Microsoft account. Here is an outline of the quick process to start generating AI images.

Creating a Microsoft Account

If you do not already have a Microsoft account, visit account.microsoft.com to set one up for free. This will be the account credential used to access both Bing and the Bing Creative Tools DALL-E 3 integration. The Microsoft account also provides access to other Microsoft solutions like Outlook email, OneDrive cloud storage, Office software suites, and more. So it can serve as a convenient single sign-on credential.

Navigating to Bing Creative Tools

Once signed into your Microsoft account, simply navigate your web browser to www.bing.com/create. This will take you to the Bing Creative Tools portal showcasing the DALL-E 3 image generation capabilities. The portal provides an intuitive text prompt box to enter what you want your AI image to depict. It also shows options to customize image sizes and styles as well as save, share, or download your DALL-E 3 creations.

Entering Text Prompts and Generating Images

With access to the Bing Creative Tools DALL-E 3 page, start entering detailed text prompts describing what you want your generated image to show. For example, "An eagle soaring around a mountain landscape". Then simple click Create to have DALL-E interpret the text and produce a unique new image. Explore a variety of prompt concepts around landscapes, animals, food dishes, building architecture, technology renderings, and more. The Create button will add your request to the processing queue and produce the AI generated images within minutes in most cases.

Comparing Free DALL-E 3 Images to ChatGPT Plus

To assess how the free DALL-E 3 Bing integration compares to the full capabilities unlocked by a ChatGPT Plus subscription, we can recreate some of my past DALL-E 3 images using the same text prompts.

This side-by-side analysis highlights similarities in image interpretations from the AI as well as differences resulting from model variations between the Microsoft and OpenAI systems.

Recreating Previous ChatGPT Plus Images

I can reference my past DALL-E 3 creations prompted within my ChatGPT Plus subscription and copy those exact text descriptions. For example, my "Futuristic self-driving sleeper car with augmented reality dash and power status". Pasting these detailed prompts into the Bing Creative Tools portal creates new images driven by the same textual descriptions. We can then closely compare the visual interpretations between the two AI engines powering DALL-E 3 outputs.

Assessing Visual Similarities and Differences

When recreating the same text prompts between ChatGPT Plus DALL-E 3 images and Bing's version, we find strong similarities in core object relationships, compositions, and colors. This reflects robustness in the underlying AI models powering synthetic image generation. However, we also notice key differences resulting from variations between the OpenAI and Microsoft algorithms as well as content moderation constraints on the free platform. This includes loss of fine details, abstraction abilities, and creative flourishes compared to the subscription offering.

Key Takeaways and Next Steps

The free DALL-E 3 access unlocked through Bing Creative Tools provides an exciting entrypoint for experiencing AI-generated images from text prompts. While more limited than paid offerings, it opens the door to new creativity.

Summarizing the Capabilities of Free DALL-E 3

In summary, the free DALL-E 3 integration in Bing provides 512x512 images from text prompts up to 50 times per month for users signed into a Microsoft account. It offers strong core scene and object generation but loses some finer details relative to the fuller OpenAI subscription version. There are also important constraints around image queues, throttling, and content moderation filters necessary to operate such a large-scale public platform reliably. But it remains an excellent starting point on the DALL-E journey.

Further Resources for Using DALL-E 3 Effectively

To learn more about applying DALL-E 3, check out my earlier ChatGPT Plus tutorial video for best practices prompting the system. And continue exploring the Microsoft Bing Create site to find inspiring examples and refine techniques. Over time, expect enhanced integration between ChatGPT and DALL-E along with incremental improvements to the free offering's capabilities relative to paid plans. But for now, the free DALL-E 3 provides enough to fuel creative experiments.


Q: Do I need to pay for ChatGPT Plus to use DALL-E 3?
A: No, you can access a free version of DALL-E 3 through Microsoft Bing without a ChatGPT Plus subscription.

Q: What are the constraints of the free DALL-E 3 version?
A: The free version has limits on the number of images you can generate per month and may take longer to create images due to increased demand.

Q: How do I access the free DALL-E 3 tool?
A: Go to bing.com/create and sign in with your Microsoft account to start using the free DALL-E 3 tool.