A visual designer has used artificial intelligence (AI) to expand the photos from iconic album covers.
Dev Patel, who is based in Southern California, U.S., has become a TikTok sensation with his stunning expanded versions of beloved music album covers.
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Using AI, Patel has re-imagined album covers from artists such as Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, and Dua Lipa — taking the images beyond their original border and transforming the photos into large-scale masterpieces.
“One of my favorite parts about any album I listen to is the album cover. It tells its own illustrative story for the album before you listen, and when done right, creates a one-of-a-kind world for the music to exist in,” Patel tells PetaPixel.
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“During the AI wave in 2022, I became interested in tools like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney, because I loved how they created a completely new world of their own using only text prompts,” he adds.
“To me, AI expansions are a fun way to add to the stories told by an album cover.”
Patel uses the outpainting feature on AI text-to-image generator DALL-E 2 to create the album covers. Outpainting on DALL-E 2 allows the user to extend an original image creating larger pictures in any aspect ratio.
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“DALL-E 2 has a great Outpainting feature which lets you expand existing images with text prompts,” Patel explains.
“The expansions work in small squares, so it takes around 4 four prompts (one for each side) to create the first expanded image. From there, I keep working my way around the image until I get to a point where I feel like I’ve finished.
“Sometimes that process only takes 2-3 hours, and other times it takes days. It really depends on the prompts I’m feeding into the AI, and the results I get back. Understanding how to write for the AI is probably the most difficult part of the design process.”
Image credits: All images by Pev Datel Designs.