Flair markets itself as “The AI design instrument for branded content material,” however based mostly on hands-on impressions, it leaves a lot to be desired.
First seen in an article on Fast Company regarding how synthetic intelligence-based know-how is coming to exchange photographers, Aptitude makes lofty claims about its capabilities, suggesting that folks can create professional-quality product images for his or her branded content material in just a few easy steps. Earlier than assessing that declare, what does Quick Firm author Jesus Diaz say about Aptitude?
Referring to Photo AI, an app that guarantees to let photographers create just about limitless portraits of individuals sporting completely different garments, in varied poses, and inside various environments, Diaz writes, “Aptitude guarantees to do the identical as Photograph AI however for product photographs. It’s far more refined and so much extra helpful for creatives.”
Diaz lauds Aptitude for the quantity of management it provides its customers and the way it permits individuals to “draw” a tough format of the product picture they need and increase a textual content immediate to generate the ultimate picture.
To be truthful to Diaz, he by no means claims that Aptitude’s outcomes are adequate for skilled product picture use. Nonetheless, he does recommend they might work effectively sufficient for Etsy customers and even be used as mockups in a high-end, skilled setting.
It is over for product photographers.
AI can now create skilled product pictures free of charge.
Here is how one can create lovely images of your merchandise in 3 easy steps: pic.twitter.com/yrdawwTCnl
— Moritz Kremb (@moritzkremb) June 12, 2023
That’s an formidable declare. However is it true?
Aptitude guarantees to ship high-end product images utilizing user-created pictures alongside AI-generated belongings. A person uploads a photograph of a product — Aptitude may even take away the product from a background — after which the person can generate a product shot utilizing completely different built-in choices, like stands, props, individuals, together with AI’s mortal enemy, palms, and backgrounds.
PetaPixel examined Aptitude utilizing its built-in product picture belongings, which already lack backgrounds. Aptitude says that customers can use any picture so long as the lighting is pure, the picture is sharp, and an object is absolutely within the image. Even images captured with a smartphone ought to work.
As soon as a product picture is uploaded, Aptitude is all about dragging and dropping. The person interface permits individuals to resize and rotate images and belongings and transfer them from again to entrance. Nonetheless, there’s not full guide management over layers, and in apply, the UI shouldn’t be almost as user-friendly because it seems at first look.
“Describing your dream photoshoot” is integral to Aptitude’s alleged enchantment. Customers ought to have at the very least two of topic, placement, environment, and background/setting described within the textual content immediate. As customers decide choices from Aptitude’s menus, the textual content immediate is created, though it stays customizable earlier than producing the ultimate picture.
Does it Work?
A extra sturdy reply to that query is that Aptitude form of works in extraordinarily restricted conditions.
Some individuals have created decent product photos using Flair, though few stand as much as shut inspection. A lot of them, even the higher ones, embody unusual shadows and unconvincing lighting.
Giving Aptitude one of the best likelihood for achievement, PetaPixel experimented with the web site, utilizing solely Aptitude’s built-in belongings and prompts. With out veering off the overwhelmed path, maybe it’s potential to make use of the app to make good product images. Kremb actually thinks so, regardless that nothing in his video above appears convincing.
Whiskey Bottle: I Want a Drink
Considered one of Aptitude’s included belongings is a whiskey bottle. After irritating finagling and some stops and begins with the immediate technology course of, the ultimate request is a “whiskey bottle on high of a pure hill with hen flying within the background, in entrance of mountains and cloudy skies within the background.”
Considering that this may ship a product picture with a pure, rugged appear and feel, the ensuing 4 pictures have been disappointing, to say the least.
To be truthful to Aptitude, Midjourney, a really succesful AI platform, was additionally confused with the request, at the very least at first.
Nonetheless, after a little bit of tweaking, Midjourney created 4 respectable product images of a whiskey bottle, together with a pair that in all probability wouldn’t look misplaced in an precise commercial, at the very least after a little bit of touching up. It’s unclear why Midjourney opted to have the bottles full of various quantities of whiskey in every picture.
Fragrance Bottle in Arms: One thing Smells Rotten
“Fragrance bottle available, in entrance of daylight streaming down.”
The textual content immediate is sensible to me. Nonetheless, merely put, the outcomes should not good.
Midjourney did a a lot better job, though these should not like-for-like recreations.
Espresso Cup: A Morning Cup of ‘No’
Making an attempt to create a product picture of a girl holding a cup of espresso — there weren’t the required human belongings to make a convincing define of an individual holding a cup to their mouth to drink — resulted on this dire outcome.
The background is outwardly “metropolis skyscrapers,” by the way in which.
I had a particular form of advertising picture in thoughts, which Midjourney fairly generated with little effort. That isn’t to say that these are really convincing “images,” however they don’t seem to be dangerous in any respect and a far cry from Aptitude’s meager try.
A Candle: A Missed Lay-up
It doesn’t get a lot less complicated than this. It’s a candle on a round platform in entrance of fairy lights. I assumed this may be akin to placing a baseball on a tee and giving Aptitude limitless swings.
Not so quick. What is that this platform? The place are the fairy lights? What’s with the bizarre shadow beneath the candle?
That’s extra prefer it. Of Midjourney’s quite a few spectacular generations, these are probably the most convincing. None of those would look misplaced in a real-world advertising marketing campaign.
Contextualizing the Outcomes
Aptitude appears horrible, however conserving the leads to context is important.
I used to be unable to attain something resembling an expert outcome utilizing Aptitude. Nonetheless, some individuals have and are utilizing pictures generated by Aptitude to market and promote their merchandise.
For instance, the picture under, created by Monica, the founding father of Café Sito, seems okay. Would an expert photographer have finished higher? Sure, however not each enterprise has the funds to rent a high-end product and industrial photographer. That is a crucial consideration — good images shouldn’t be free. Nonetheless, it’s cash effectively spent.
It’s straightforward to grasp why individuals demand one thing like Aptitude. Nonetheless, regardless of main current advances in AI know-how, it nonetheless appears straightforward to justify spending the cash to rent a reliable product photographer, particularly when attempting to market and promote items.
Excessive-quality product images is a superb talent for photographers to have of their toolkits. A minimum of for now, AI can not substitute a gifted photographer’s talents, and it’ll probably by no means be capable of substitute the client-focused consideration a real-life particular person can ship.
Pricing and Availability
Individuals can attempt Aptitude free of charge now. A $10 monthly “skilled” plan permits customers to generate limitless images every month with limitless upscaling and modifying instruments. Aptitude additionally gives customized tailored design instruments for particular firms, though pricing is determined by the shopper’s wants.
All that mentioned, it’s our opinion that you shouldn’t use Aptitude, no matter its worth, in its present kind. Product photographers don’t have any concern, your job is protected if that is the competitors.