Best AI Illustration Generators in 2024

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June 19, 2024

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Illustrations can be a great design asset. But you don’t need to waste hours wading through illustration libraries. Check out one of these awesome AI illustration generators and get amazing illustrations for every occasion.

Whether you like it or not, AI design is here to stay. Even if it can’t replace the extent of human creativity just yet, AI-powevered digital art software get ideas and elements for your creative projects.

AI image generators allow you to get custom images based on text prompts. Usually, the more detailed the prompt the better the results. So, if you’re planning to use one of these text to image AI tools, be sure to specify things like style, color scheme, layout, file size, etc., as well as the subject matter.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best paid and free AI illustration generators you can use right now!


Dalle 3

Dalle 3 is the successor of Dalle Mini and Dalle-2, and the latest text to image system from the makers of ChatGPT. It’s currently available to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users. However, their website says API users (free plan) will get access to it this fall.

From the couple of photos found on their site, it’s clear that this AI generated artwork is pretty impressive. So, if you don’t want to pay for the subscription just yet (it costs only $20 though), keep your eyes peeled on updates for this AI powered tool. 

Open AI

A number of users have noted that Dalle 3 is worse than Dalle 2, with specific styles, such as oil painting. They have noted that it’s technically more stable and better at recognizing prompts.

Adobe Firefly

Most people are familiar with this design software. So, it’s no surprise that the question “does Illustrator have generative AI” is a common query. And the answer is, yes, it’s possible to create AI generated art in Adobe Illustrator.

However, being the design software leader that it is, Adobe also has a separate artificial intelligence image generator called Adobe Firefly. And while most Adobe software can be quite costly compared to the rest, Firefly is a free AI illustration generator.

Parametric Architecture

The great thing about this free AI illustration generator is that you can easily edit the pictures, and even choose which elements to exclude by providing a simple text prompt.


Craiyon is the updated version of Dall E mini. As you can see while the Ai generation model is refined, it’s still nowhere near some of the newer competitors. My prompt got all mixed up, so the girl ended up with a moustache in some of the variations. Also, none of the options actually includes all the elements of the text prompt.

This could be a good tool to use to generate simple images, for example for social media use. Like many other older AI image generators it’s a good choice for AI art, as the imperfections can make art seem more realistic.

But if you want more intricate art scenes, there are much better options out there.

Hotpot AI

You can try out Hotpot for free for one image. After that you must purchase credits, which will also cover commercial use and advanced editing options. 

I tested it out with a simple prompt “messy bedroom” (which may  or may not be inspired by real life). As you can see it’s a truly high-quality image, with great detailing. You can choose one of thirty styles for your illustrations, which gives you a whole lot of creative freedom. Since the quality is pretty good, you could even use these AI images on your website.

Like most AI generators, Hotpot works best with simple prompts.

Open Art

This is a freeAI image generator  that allows you to create images using a stable diffusion AI (for AI photos) or Dalle 2 (for illustrations). The free plan is limited to 100 image generations and Image sizes up to to 512x512 (so it’s not ideal for high-quality social media AI image generation).

The free trial also comes with 50 credits, which allows you to use some of the premium features, such as inpating, image upscaling, face enhancement, and more.

The quality of some of the AI generated images featured on the site is pretty impressive, although there are many examples with issues like details, scaling, background, etc. 

Night Cafe 

This is definitely one of my favourite free AI illustration generators. There are a few Pro plans with advanced features (most importantly more variations). But truth be told, you can get a lot out of this tool without paying anything.

Aside from pretty decent illustrations, this AI art generator app also also has a couple of cool features. For example, you can easily change aspect ratios and seeds, which are random numbers that affect the composition. It’s a great little feature to play around with if you want to get ideas for generating AI art!


We hope this list helps you get a few ideas on where to make AI art. As you can see, AI generator work can be quite unpredictable. You might get lucky and get something that perfectly fits your style and prompt. On the other hand, isome machine learning algorithms are still in the early stages. So, it still can’t replace the expertise and craft of a human designer.

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Having lived and studied in London and Berlin, I'm back in native Serbia, working remotely and writing short stories and plays in my free time. With previous experience in the nonprofit sector, I'm currently writing about the universal language of good graphic design. I make mix CDs and my playlists are almost exclusively 1960s.

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