DALL-E 3 Announced, Photographers Can Opt Out of its Image Training Data

DALL-3 Example Image
A DALL-E 3 example posted by OpenAI. The prompt to create this image was “A photo of an ancient shipwreck nestled on the ocean floor. Marine plants have claimed the wooden structure, and fish swim in and out of its hollow spaces. Sunken treasures and old cannons are scattered around, providing a glimpse into the past.”

OpenAI, the company behind artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT, has announced a new version of its AI image generator DALL-E.

DALL-E 3 is the latest iteration of the text-to-image model that allows users to write prompts that become images. In July, PetaPixel reported that it was in the works.

OpenAI says that DALL-3 will be better at following instructions given to it by the user and will have improved text rendering — AI image generators struggle to produce legible text. The model is currently in research previews and will be available to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise customers in October.

DALL-E 3 example
Text prompt used to create this image: “A 3D render of a coffee mug placed on a window sill during a stormy day. The storm outside the window is reflected in the coffee, with miniature lightning bolts and turbulent waves seen inside the mug. The room is dimly lit, adding to the dramatic atmosphere.”

“It is far better at understanding and representing what the user is asking for,” adds Aditya Ramesh, an OpenAI researcher.

Photographers Can Opt Out

AI image generators such as DALL-E have caused great controversy since being launched because of the way the models are made. To create convincing artificial imagery, AI image generators must be trained on hundreds of millions of real world images. Many of the owners of these images did not expressly consent to such usage.

DALL-E 3 example
Prompt: “Close-up photograph of a hermit crab nestled in wet sand, with sea foam nearby and the details of its shell and texture of the sand accentuated.”

OpenAI, in a possible bid to avoid future lawsuits, appears to have taken this into consideration by allowing creators to opt out of having their images used to train future models.

The removal form is available on its website. “We understand that some content owners may not want their publicly available works used to help teach our models,” reads the form.

Aside from allowing creators to opt out of its training data, OpenAI says that DALL-E 3 will not generate images in the style of a living artist.


Users will be able to operate DALL-E 3 via OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT app, which is where the AI image maker will be debuted.

DALL-3 example
Prompt: “A middle-aged woman of Asian descent, her dark hair streaked with silver, appears fractured and splintered, intricately embedded within a sea of broken porcelain. The porcelain glistens with splatter paint patterns in a harmonious blend of glossy and matte blues, greens, oranges, and reds, capturing her dance in a surreal juxtaposition of movement and stillness. Her skin tone, a light hue like the porcelain, adds an almost mystical quality to her form.”
Prompt: “A modern architectural building with large glass windows, situated on a cliff overlooking a serene ocean at sunset.”

Currently, OpenAI hasn’t released technical details of DALL-E 3 but has said that much like DALL-E 2, it will limit violent, sexual, and hateful content as well as declining requests to create images of public figures. Images of Donald Trump being arrested caused great controversy after they were generated with rival app Midjourney.

It is also worth noting that any image produced by DALL-3 falls under the public domain since the U.S. Copyright Office have made it clear that AI-generated images do not qualify for copyright protection.