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10 Ways Indie Authors Can Use AI-generated Art

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Have you already used AI tools for your writing? You’ll probably agree that it makes your work easier and faster. But do you know how to get the most out of it? We know.

Today, we share 10 ways indie authors can use AI-generated art, from illustrations to book promos. Let’s get started.

What AI tools to use for generating art?

AI platforms allow you to create beautiful images and videos effortlessly and in seconds. Here is a list of tools that you will find helpful if you want to take advantage of this modern technology.

Tools for creating images:

Platforms for generating videos:

Now, let’s check out what you can use these tools for.

1. Visualize your characters and settings

Using AI tools to generate images of your characters and settings is an excellent idea. It helps to create vivid and memorable world readers can imagine and relate to. Indie authors can also better understand heroes’ personalities, motivations, and behaviors.

Moreover, visualization is essential for future book marketing. Writers can use these images in book trailers, social media posts, and other promotional materials to help entice readers and build buzz around their books.

2. Create an author’s photo

Having a pen name may require a unique image for your author profile. AI tools can generate authentic and distinct pictures of non-existent individuals in seconds. All you have to enter a prompt describing your writer’s personality.

You can try to do it without a description. Just write your pseudonym and let AI show how it images that person. Sometimes it offers impressive results.

Author’s photo generated by Stablecog

3. Get book cover references

The use of AI-generated images in book cover design remains a controversial issue. Therefore, if you are not ready for the risks associated with copyright, use these platforms to create references for your book cover designer.

Doing so lets you show the artist exactly what your ideal book cover should look like. And the designer will create it using stock photo manipulation or draw it from scratch. But in this case, you will be 100% sure no one else will use your book cover illegally.

4. Make book trailers

It’s no secret that book trailers are a great way to promote your book. However, creating a video can be time-consuming and expensive. 

Today, indie authors can create visually stunning book trailers with the help of AI. It provides various customization options for adjusting the pace and transitions and a great choice of visuals and music. Everything you need to create a unique and engaging book trailer that will reflect your brand.

5. Create promo images

With the help of AI tools, you can create images for promotional materials, such as bookmarks, posters, or flyers. These items are essential for any advertising campaign to attract a broad audience.

Create colorful images with characters or fantasy worlds from your books. You won’t need to hire a designer or artist separately. Artificial intelligence will save you money, time, and effort. Optionally, you can add text to the finished image using online editors.  

6. Make images for social media posts

If you run social media, you can’t do without attention-grabbing images. So use AI-generated art to create visually stunning social media posts that attract potential readers. You can make pictures in different styles, including abstract, illustrated, or photorealistic ones.

Use these images for your Instagram or Facebook posts. Moreover, you get several picture variations, so you can use one and save the rest for your future posts.

Image generated by StarryAI

7. Prepare images for the author’s blog

You can’t do without images if you run a blog on your author’s website. After all, they make an article more readable, engaging, and attractive. Besides, visuals are essential for optimizing your blog post and increasing its ranking in search engine results.

Artificial intelligence allows you to create original, vivid images that attract readers’ attention and decorate your article. You can also use AI-generated pictures to clearly illustrate and explain your thoughts and ideas.

8. Create merch designs

Fans of your book will be happy to receive themed T-shirts, mugs, or even socks with their favorite characters. If you don’t know how to draw or don’t want to hire an illustrator for an additional fee, take advantage of artificial intelligence.

Special platforms allow you to quickly and easily create bright and attractive print designs for merchandise. In addition, you can customize the style and size of images to suit your taste and needs.

9. Get beautiful illustrations

Not all books need illustrations, but they can give your work a distinct and unique visual aesthetic. For example, consider including pictures in your books if you write children’s or fantasy stories. However, this pleasure is quite expensive.

Using AI to create illustrations for your book can be a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to hiring a professional artist. Besides, you can easily create several dozen without worrying about your budget.

Image generated by Stablecog

10. Find inspiration for new books

Sometimes, you may generate AI images for fun and find new ideas for future creations. You probably have a notebook where you write down all the ideas that jump to your mind. Why not create a similar folder with characters and new worlds?

Try to create unique characters and invent unusual worlds your readers would like to visit. Such experiments will give you a dose of inspiration.

Summing up

To sum up, indie authors can use AI differently, whether for writing, getting inspiration, or generating AI art and promotional images. Don’t be afraid to use new technologies to advance and make your writing routine easier. We don’t believe that AI will ever replace writers or artists, but it will definitely become their helper. 

How do you use AI-generated art? Let us know in the comments.

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Vasylysa In her spare time, Vasylysa likes reading books, writing fiction, gardening, and walking. She hopes to publish her own book and become a famous author one day.
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