Stable Diffusion allows users to generate almost any visual reality they can imagine by inputting a descriptive phrase. It can imitate various visual styles, and the results can be fantastical, photorealistic, or mundane. Stable Diffusion was released in August 2022 and is open source, meaning that anyone can use it, and projects can build off it with few restrictions.
Stable Diffusion can be run locally with a decent GPU, and it takes about 10 seconds to generate a 512x512 image on a Windows PC with an Nvidia RTX 3060 12GB GPU. Stable Diffusion is one of several AI image generation models that have recently been developed, including DALL-E 2 from OpenAI and models from Google and Meta.
These models can potentially revolutionize visual media creation and lower barriers to entry for aspiring artists.