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Leverage AI Image Generation with Bing and DALL-E 3

Author: Flipped Classroom TutorialsTime: 2024-01-05 01:25:02

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Introduction to Bing's AI Image Creation

Microsoft recently announced an exciting new AI feature called Bing Create, powered by DALL-E 3 technology from OpenAI. This tool allows users to generate custom images simply by providing text prompts or uploading reference images. The results are remarkably detailed and lifelike images that have creative applications across many industries and use cases.

In this blog post, we'll explore how Bing Create works, key benefits of leveraging this new AI image generator, tips for crafting effective prompts, and some cool examples of how it could be used in the classroom or for other creative purposes.

What is Bing Create and DALL-E 3?

Bing Create is a new feature within Microsoft's Bing search engine that allows users to generate custom AI images. The technology powering it is called DALL-E 3, which is the latest iteration of OpenAI's cutting-edge deep learning model for creating images from text descriptions. DALL-E uses a complex neural network architecture to analyze relationships between images and text in its training data. It can then generate new images that accurately depict a text prompt, while rendering realistic lighting, shadows, textures and other fine details.

Benefits of Using Bing Create

There are many exciting benefits to experimenting with AI image generation tools like Bing Create, including:

  • Quickly creating custom visuals for presentations, documents, social posts, etc.
  • Engaging students' creativity by having them describe imaginary scenes
  • Ideating product concepts or marketing campaigns
  • Bringing lesson plans or writing prompts to life visually
  • Having fun making weird or whimsical images that would be difficult to produce manually

Generating Images from Text Prompts

The most straightforward way to use Bing Create is by providing text prompts that describe the type of image you want it to generate.

You can get surprisingly realistic and detailed results even from short prompt sentences if you provide relevant context to help the AI understand the relationships between the different components.

Crafting Effective Prompts

When creating a text prompt to generate images in Bing Create, keep these tips in mind:

  • Include descriptive details - more context helps the AI render appropriate relationships between components
  • Use clear, concise language - avoid ambiguity so the AI does not misinterpret your intention
  • Specify a scenario or 'scene' for the AI to depict
  • List multiple elements you want to see rendered together
  • Invite creativity with imaginative ideas or whimsical combinations of objects or characters
  • Take an iterative approach - review initial results and refine the prompt for improved results

Customizing and Downloading Images

Once Bing Create generates image options based on your text prompt, you can review and customize the results:

  • Browse different variations to select your favorite composition
  • Use built-in image editing tools to tweak colors, crop, etc.
  • Download final images to use across documents, social posts and more
  • Take customized images into other design tools to add overlays, text and special effects

Using Reference Images for Enhanced Results

In addition to text prompts, you can also provide Bing Create with reference images to use as inspiration or elements to composite into a new AI-generated scene.

This works particularly well if you want to maintain brand consistency with things like logos, products or characters.

Uploading Images in Co-Pilot

To upload reference images for Bing Create to use, leverage the Co-Pilot functionality built into Microsoft Edge browser:

  • Click the Co-Pilot extension icon to activate an AI assistant sidebar
  • Choose 'image generation' and upload a reference photo to get started
  • The AI will interpret elements of the image to incorporate into new composite scenes

Combining Images and Prompts

You can combine uploaded reference images with text prompts for tailored results that maintain brand consistency while adding imaginative new elements:

  • Upload a product photo + describe a lifestyle scene to render your product realistically integrated into an environment
  • Provide a logo image + ask the AI to depict it above a whimsical landscape
  • Include a photo of a pet or person + describe an adventure, fantasy or vacation scenario for fun composite images

Classroom Applications for AI Image Generation

Creative educators are already finding ways to engage students with Bing Create in lesson plans spanning writing, art, critical thinking and more. The quick generation of custom images makes it easy to bring imaginative ideas to life visually.

Story Starters and Creative Writing

Use randomly generated Bing Create images to spark students' creative writing with unusual visual story starters:

  • Show an image at the start of class and have students brainstorm descriptive paragraphs collaboratively on the whiteboard
  • Print an evocative image for each student as a thought-provoking writing prompt
  • Create zany compositions to inspire fantastical stories or science fiction scenes

Engaging Visual Lessons

Quickly create one-of-a-kind images to reinforce visual components of lessons across many subjects:

  • Depict historical figures or events with photorealistic accuracy
  • Generate diagrams to explain math, science or anatomy concepts
  • Render fictional scenes or composites to analyze imagery for media literacy

Conclusion and Next Steps with Bing Create

Bing Create puts simple yet powerful AI image generation into anyone's hands for free. Whether you want to create quick custom visuals, engage students' creativity or just have some whimsical fun, explore the possibilities with text and image prompts.

As with any new technology, there will be improvements and new best practices that develop over time around responsible and ethical usage. But for now, the possibilities seem endless for this new frictionless way to turn ideas into imaginative imagery with just a few clicks.


Q: How do I access Bing's image creation features?
A: Go to bing.com and look for the 'Bing Create' option to get started. The image generation is also available in Microsoft Edge's Co-Pilot.

Q: Can I use AI-generated images commercially?
A: You need to check the content credentials and licensing for each image. Some may have restrictions on commercial use.

Q: What kind of images can I create with Bing?
A: You can generate realistic images, designs, landscapes and more based on text prompts or reference images. The possibilities are vast.

Q: How good is the image quality?
A: The images leverage DALL-E 3 and can be very detailed and high-resolution when properly prompted.

Q: Does Bing provide any post-processing options?
A: Yes, you can access Microsoft Designer to further customize images after generating them.

Q: Can students use this tool?
A: Yes, with appropriate guidance, Bing Create can engage students in creative writing and media literacy lessons.

Q: Is there a limit on how many images I can create?
A: Currently, users are limited to around 100 generations within a session before needing to reopen Bing Create.

Q: What other Microsoft products does this integrate with?
A: The images integrate smoothly with tools like Office, OneDrive, Teams and more for further sharing and collaboration.

Q: Do I need an account to use this?
A: No, Bing Create is freely available to start generating images without needing an account.

Q: Can I provide feedback to improve the AI system?
A: Yes, you can flag problematic images and provide other feedback to help enhance the image generation models over time.