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How to use the new AI image generator in Google Search

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Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) tool now has a new feature that enables you to generate images from text prompts. The feature uses the Imagen family of AI models to produce images based on your query and is only accessible to users who have signed up for Google’s Search Labs programme.

This feature is comparable to Microsoft’s Bing Image Creator, which builds images from text prompts using OpenAI’s Dall-E 3 model. Users who want to create their own unique images have found great success with Bing Image Creator since its March release.

How to use the new AI image generator in Google Search

Google claims that SGE has a number of safeguards in place to stop the creation of harmful or inappropriate images. For instance, the tool won’t produce pictures of photorealistic faces or famous people, which are prohibited by the company’s generative AI policy. Google also claims that every image produced by SGE will have embedded watermarking and metadata labelling to show that it was produced using AI. Additionally, users must be at least 18 years old to use the tool.

To assist you in getting started on your writing project right away, the internet search giant also revealed that SGE can now generate written draughts from text prompts.

In order to improve the search outcomes provided by Google with more interactive and interesting content, SGE was introduced in May. Since then, Google has expanded its offerings to include things like better links and video.

How to make use of Google's AI image generator

How to use the new AI image generator in Google Search

As was already mentioned, Google’s AI image generator features aren’t yet widely available. In actuality, they are currently only offered in the US. However, you can still sign up for Google Labs, a programme that allows users to test out early versions of Google Search, to get access to the function when it becomes available. Here’s how to go about it:

1. Open the Google app on your Android device and make sure you’re logged in with your google account.

2. Click the Labs icon located in the upper-left corner. Don’t worry if you can’t see it. Not everyone has access to it yet.

3. To access Labs, you might need to sign up for the waitlist. If so, select Join Waitlist and wait for an email notifying you when a spot becomes available.

4. After entering, locate and activate the Search Generative Experience.

You can start experimenting with different prompts on Google Search once SGE has been enabled. The image generator will be activated by clickable prompts that request that Google draw something. 

You will see four different images based on that prompt if SGE registers it. You can further customise your prompt by tapping on any of these images if you’d like something more specific.

In addition, SGE will occasionally prompt you to create AI-generated pictures in Google Images when you conduct an inspirational search using terms like “spooky dog house ideas” or “minimalist Halloween table settings.”

You can still use SGE to get AI-generated search results at the top of your search results even though Google hasn’t yet introduced image generation capabilities in India.

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