Dots dots dots

Feb 29, 2024 | AI Collaborations, Art, Graphics, Photoshop

You get a lot from a dot

After having a bit of fun with a single dot, expanding it out to see what Photoshop’s AI, Firefly, would generate for me, and around the same time as the other more graphic designer-y experiments with text and grids, I started to play with multiple dots as a visual prompt. Below you can see two sets of images, one where a series of black dots in a row across the top of the image area prompt the expand down, and one with four dots in a square on a pink background.

Unlike the experiment with a dot expanding outwards, where the content generated was generally somewhat realistic, including landscapes, architecture, nature, and quite a lot of people, these dot prompted generations are entirely abstract, super graphic design relevant, and utterly gorgeous. As I’ve said before, I love love love it when Firefly invents text. You can see that colours are introduced into the black and white prompt, but giving a colour in the prompt gives the photoshop AI licence to go a bit wild.

I also wanted to see what happens if you have not only a starting prompt, but an end point too, like when I split my face across an empty area and generated the in-between, but with abstraction. I got these patterns. So many beautiful patterns. I mean I could literally spend days just generating these patterns and maybe only get a little bit bored.

I love the introduction of colour and texture into the generated patterns, and started to give descriptive prompts to direct the kinds of patterns produced. Funny thing though, giving Firefly a descriptive prompt would often over-write the visual prompt. It would still include the dots, but as a border more than an intrinsic visual element. Not always, some prompts were more useful in making patterns than others. And really, some of the more elaborate detours from the dots were some of the most interesting things to come out of the experiment. Like this Tolkien-esque painterly landscape, and the numerous indescribable graphics that came along with it when given the prompt ‘Lino-cut.’ I don’t think Adobe told Firefly about Lino-cutting as a printing making method. But it is still quite lovely.