BlueWillow Takes on Midjourney AI: The Next Big Thing in AI Image-Making

Making AI Magic
15 Feb 202306:25

TLDRBlueWillow is a new AI image generator that is making waves in the world of digital art, challenging the dominance of Midjourney. Like Midjourney, BlueWillow operates through Discord and offers a user interface that is strikingly similar. It has a smaller user base compared to Midjourney's 10 million users, with its own 200,000 users. Users can create images by typing a description into a designated channel, and the AI will return a grid of four images within a minute. While BlueWillow's results can sometimes resemble those of Midjourney, they tend to be more game-like and less artistic, with a tendency to cut off the top of bodies and show more skin. Both AIs can create realistic photos, but Midjourney's images are often more artistic and less prone to AI distortions. BlueWillow is currently free, unlike Midjourney which requires a subscription after 25 free prompts. However, BlueWillow has limitations, such as not accepting multi-prompts or additional parameters, and lacks an organized image gallery. Despite these drawbacks, BlueWillow is a promising tool for creating unique images, though its results can be inconsistent and its founders remain anonymous, which may raise concerns for some users.

Takeaways

  • 🌟 BlueWillow is an AI image generator that is compared to Midjourney due to its similar interface and functionality.
  • 🔍 Both BlueWillow and Midjourney operate through Discord, with BlueWillow having a smaller user base compared to Midjourney's 10 million users.
  • 📷 To create an image in BlueWillow, users type 'slash imagine' in a designated channel, and the AI returns a grid of four images.
  • 🔗 Finding created images can be challenging, but BlueWillow provides an inbox feature for users to locate their creations.
  • 🎨 The user interface of BlueWillow closely resembles that of Midjourney, but the generated images may have a different aesthetic, with BlueWillow leaning more towards a game-like style.
  • 🤖 BlueWillow's AI sometimes struggles with artistry and detail, and it has a more limited vocabulary compared to Midjourney.
  • 🆓 BlueWillow is currently free to use, unlike Midjourney, which requires a subscription after the initial 25 prompts.
  • 📏 BlueWillow does not offer additional upscale options like Midjourney, but it upscales images to a maximum of 2048 pixels on the short side by default.
  • ❌ BlueWillow handles questionable prompts by removing the offending words and running the prompt, unlike Midjourney which bans certain words.
  • 🚫 BlueWillow does not currently accept parameters other than aspect ratio and does not provide a way to access the seed used for image creation.
  • 📚 One of BlueWillow's limitations is the lack of a gallery feature, making it difficult to organize and revisit previously created images.

Q & A

  • What is BlueWillow and how does it relate to AI image-making?

    -BlueWillow is an AI image generator that is compared to Midjourney due to its similar functionality. It works through Discord and allows users to create images by entering prompts, returning a grid of images based on the input.

  • How does one get started with BlueWillow?

    -To get started with BlueWillow, users need to go to BlueWillow Ai, join the beta, accept the invite, and go to Discord. They can then participate in chat rooms and daily themes.

  • How does the user interface of BlueWillow compare to Midjourney?

    -The user interface for both Midjourney and BlueWillow is very similar. They both operate through Discord and have a similar process for creating images.

  • What are the differences in the image results between BlueWillow and Midjourney?

    -While both can generate artistic styles and realistic photos, Midjourney images tend to be more artistic and less prone to AI distortions. BlueWillow may sometimes struggle with artistry and detail, and its aesthetic is more game-like.

  • How does BlueWillow handle aspect ratio in image generation?

    -Users can request a specific portrait or landscape aspect ratio in both BlueWillow and Midjourney by using the '--AR' or '--aspect' prompting within their request.

  • What are some limitations of BlueWillow compared to Midjourney?

    -BlueWillow currently does not have additional upscale options like Midjourney, does not accept multi-prompts, and struggles with image organization, lacking a gallery feature to view all images in one place.

  • Is there a cost associated with using BlueWillow?

    -As of the time of the transcript, BlueWillow is free and offers 25 free image prompts. However, it is expected that it may move to a subscription model in the future.

  • How does BlueWillow handle questionable prompts?

    -BlueWillow does not ban words like Midjourney does. Instead, it removes any offending words and runs the prompt without them.

  • What is the current status of BlueWillow's bot invitation feature?

    -BlueWillow has opened the ability to invite the bot to one's own server, but the availability of this feature is limited and was fully claimed at the time of the transcript.

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  • How does BlueWillow differ from Midjourney in terms of image parameter handling?

    -BlueWillow does not appear to take parameters other than aspect ratio, and it ignores instructions like seed, stylize, and chaos, unlike Midjourney.

  • What are the anonymous founders of BlueWillow?

    -The founders of BlueWillow are anonymous, which is noted as a point of concern in the transcript. The community is open, but the anonymity of the founders is unclear.

  • How can users provide feedback or share their impressions of BlueWillow?

    -Users can share their impressions and provide feedback by commenting on the video where the transcript is sourced from.

Outlines

00:00

🤖 Comparing AI Image Generators: Blue Willow and Mid-Journey

This segment introduces two AI image generators, Blue Willow and Mid-Journey, and compares their features and capabilities. Blue Willow is a newcomer that operates similarly to Mid-Journey, especially in its use through Discord. Despite having only 200,000 users compared to Mid-Journey's 10 million, Blue Willow mimics many of Mid-Journey's functionalities. Both generators allow users to create images by typing commands, with results appearing within minutes. However, Blue Willow tends to produce images that look more game-like and simplistic, whereas Mid-Journey's results are more artistic and detailed. Despite this, Blue Willow does not restrict user prompts as strictly as Mid-Journey and is currently free, making it an attractive option for users wanting to experiment with AI-generated imagery.

05:00

📸 Analyzing Blue Willow's Limitations and User Experience

This paragraph focuses on the practical limitations and user experience differences between Blue Willow and Mid-Journey. While Blue Willow offers some advantages, such as not requiring additional steps for image upscaling and a more lenient approach to questionable prompts, it lacks organizational features like a gallery to view all generated images. Additionally, Blue Willow's handling of image-to-image generation and multi-prompts is less sophisticated than Mid-Journey's, leading to simpler and less consistent results. The anonymity of Blue Willow's founders also raises concerns compared to the transparent community around Mid-Journey. Despite these issues, the narrator encourages viewers to try Blue Willow and share their impressions.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡AI image making

AI image making refers to the process of creating images using artificial intelligence. In the context of the video, it is the main theme as it discusses how BlueWillow and Midjourney AI are involved in generating images through AI technology.

💡BlueWillow

BlueWillow is an AI image generator that is compared to Midjourney in the video. It is a platform that allows users to create images by entering prompts and is noted for its user interface and image generation capabilities.

💡Midjourney

Midjourney is another AI image generator mentioned in the video, which has surpassed 10 million users. It is used as a benchmark to evaluate the performance and capabilities of BlueWillow.

💡Discord

Discord is a communication platform where both BlueWillow and Midjourney operate. Users join chat rooms and participate in discussions related to AI image generation.

💡Image prompts

Image prompts are the textual descriptions or commands that users input into the AI image generators to create specific images. They are a core part of how both BlueWillow and Midjourney function.

💡Artistic styles

Artistic styles refer to the various visual aesthetics that the AI image generators can emulate or tap into. The video mentions that both BlueWillow and Midjourney can generate images in different artistic styles, including those of known photographers.

💡AI distortions

AI distortions are the imperfections or anomalies that can occur in AI-generated images. The video notes that Midjourney's images may be less susceptible to these distortions, implying a higher quality of image generation.

💡Stable diffusion

Stable diffusion is a type of AI model that BlueWillow is said to be based on. It influences the style and characteristics of the images generated by BlueWillow, such as cutting off the top of the body or showing more skin.

💡Free image prompts

Free image prompts refer to the number of image generation requests a user can make without incurring a cost. BlueWillow currently offers 25 free prompts, contrasting with Midjourney's subscription model.

💡Image organization

Image organization is the system or method used to manage and view the images created by the AI. The video points out that BlueWillow lacks a gallery feature like Midjourney, making it harder to view and manage generated images.

💡Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio is a parameter that users can specify when generating images to determine the shape of the image. Both BlueWillow and Midjourney allow users to set the aspect ratio through prompts.

💡Multi-prompts

Multi-prompts are inputs that combine multiple prompts or ideas to generate a single image. The video notes that BlueWillow struggles with multi-prompts, unlike Midjourney, which can blend images based on multiple prompts.

Highlights

BlueWillow is an AI image generator that is being compared to Midjourney for its capabilities in image-making.

Both BlueWillow and Midjourney operate through Discord, offering a familiar interface to Midjourney users.

Midjourney has over 10 million users, while BlueWillow has around 200,000, indicating a growing community for BlueWillow.

Users can create images in BlueWillow by typing 'slash imagine' in a channel, similar to Midjourney's process.

BlueWillow returns a grid of four images, usually within a minute, which can be upscaled or varied.

The user interface of Midjourney and BlueWillow is strikingly similar, but the generated images have distinct styles.

BlueWillow's images tend to have a more game-like aesthetic, while Midjourney's are more artistic.

Midjourney's images are less susceptible to AI distortions and may appear more artistic.

BlueWillow sometimes struggles with artistry and detail, and has a more limited vocabulary compared to Midjourney.

Both AI image generators can produce realistic photos and tap into artistic styles, knowing the work of many artists.

BlueWillow does not have additional upscale options like Midjourney, but it upscales to a maximum of 2048 pixels by default.

BlueWillow handles questionable prompts by removing offensive words and running the prompt, unlike Midjourney's banning approach.

Currently, BlueWillow is free, offering 25 free image prompts, unlike Midjourney which requires a subscription after the initial prompts.

BlueWillow does not accept parameters other than aspect ratio, and it seems to ignore certain instructions like seed, stylize, and chaos.

BlueWillow struggles with image-to-image generation and cannot blend images like Midjourney.

There is no gallery feature in BlueWillow, making it difficult to organize and find previously created images.

The ability to invite BlueWillow's bot to personal servers was limited and all slots were filled at the time of testing.

The founders of BlueWillow are anonymous, which may raise concerns about the transparency and trustworthiness of the platform.

The maturity of the community is very open, contrasting with the anonymity of the founders.

The results from BlueWillow can be inconsistent, sometimes producing amazing images and at other times odd results.