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Microsoft’s AI-powered design tool, Microsoft Designer, went live in public preview today with a broader range of functionality.
Designer, a web software similar to Canva that was introduced in October, can create designs for presentations, posters, digital postcards, invites, graphics, and more that can be shared on social media and other platforms. It uses DALL-E 2, OpenAI’s text-to-image AI, and user-generated material to generate designs, adding drop-down menus and text boxes for more customization and personalization.
“Since October, the AI models have steadily improved, and we’ve worked to weave these powerful capabilities throughout the Designer canvas in even more delightful ways while keeping you in control,” Bryan Rognier, GM at Microsoft’s 365 Consumer division, wrote in a blog post published today.
Now, Designer can produce hashtags and written descriptions for social media posts, providing users with a variety of options. AI-powered animation software can also produce animated graphics with backdrops and text transitions.
According to Microsoft, Designer will eventually get more editing features, such as the capacity to position an object in a certain location within a visual and have the rest of the image be filled in automatically. Users will be able to remove backgrounds, people, or other elements from graphics by using the upcoming “erase” and “replace background” capabilities.
According to Microsoft, Designer will stay free throughout the preview period. It may be accessed through the Designer website and the sidebar in Microsoft’s Edge browser. The Designer app will be a part of Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions once it is broadly accessible, although Microsoft didn’t specify what “some” capability meant.
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Microsoft says that users will have “full” usage rights to commercialize the photos they make with Designer and Image Creator, answering some of the legal concerns that have lately surfaced around AI-powered image-generation systems. However, given the continuing legal disputes involving OpenAI and other businesses commercializing generative AI technologies, it’s uncertain whether that will alter in the future.