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Can ChatGPT create images – is it an image generator?

Rory Greig Updated on by

You might be wondering if ChatGPT can create images, we’re here to break it down for you.

ChatGPT has become something of a phenomenon thanks to its uncanny ability to create natural language and accurate code, but can it create images? Well, essentially, no it cannot, though there are some caveats to that answer that we will be breaking down here.

You might have heard the recent news that the new GPT-4 language model introduces the potential for image inputs to chatGPT, though we have not seen this made available to the public yet. While it might sound like this means that it can produce images back in response however this is not the case.

ChatGPT is trained to output in text form only, specifically in a question and answer format, with prompts coming from the user. It is unable to generate pixels. There are some workarounds to this, however. Let’s get into them.

Is ChatGPT an image generator? No, but…

While ChatGPT itself cannot generate images, it can create detailed descriptions of images, based on users’ prompts. From here, you can then use a text to image synthesis program to create an image that matches that description.


Essentially this means the image is created just with an extra step added in between. ChatGPT is especially good for this kind of method as the language it outputs is very natural, just like the language the image generator has been trained on.

Read more: What is ChatGPT used for?

For some, this extra step might prove redundant, as you could simply type out the descriptions of the image yourself. It is true that going straight to the image generator will save one step, however, do not underestimate how detailed an image description ChatGPT can create in an incredibly short amount of time, providing it is not at capacity that is.

If for your usage you think it might be simpler to go straight to the image-generating AIs. we’ve got a list of some of the most popular ones below.

Image generation alternatives to ChatGPT

Jasper Art

Jasper Art generates 4 images for each input you give it. It’s very versatile and can generate images in multiple different styles depending on your text input. The images it makes have no watermarks and each is unique.


Dall-E was developed by OpenAI, the same company that created ChatGPT. It’s also amazing at generating different styles and can make spookily real-looking images. It is also free to use.

Starry AI

Starry AI has more than 16 different styles for creating images. It also gives complete ownership of the images it creates over to you, to use as you wish. It’s very beginner friendly which good templates and processes to walk you through how to get it to generate the kind of images you want.

Frequently asked questions

Can ChatGPT make text art?

Yes, though with some questionable results. It is able to make ASCII art, though sometimes gets it wrong.