DALL·E: Introducing Outpainting

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Extend creativity and tell a bigger story with DALL-E images of any size

Original outpainting by Emma Catnip

Today we’re introducing Outpainting, a new feature which helps users extend their creativity by continuing an image beyond its original borders — adding visual elements in the same style, or taking a story in new directions — simply by using a natural language description.

Girl with a Pearl Earring outpainted
Original: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer Outpainting: August Kamp

DALL·E’s Edit feature already enables changes within a generated or uploaded image — a capability known as Inpainting. Now, with Outpainting, users can extend the original image, creating large-scale images in any aspect ratio. Outpainting takes into account the image’s existing visual elements — including shadows, reflections, and textures — to maintain the context of the original image.

More than one million people are using DALL·E, the AI system that generates original images and artwork from a natural language description, as a creative tool today. Artists have already created remarkable images with the new Outpainting feature, and helped us better understand its capabilities in the process.

Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by Tyna Eloundou
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by OpenAI
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Outpainting by David Schnurr
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by Sonia Levesque
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by Danielle Baskin
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by Danielle Baskin
Work by Tyna Eloundou
Original outpainting by Chad Nelson

Outpainting is now available to all DALL·E users on desktop. To discover new realms of creativity, visit labs.openai.com or join the waitlist.


Featured artists:

August Kamp
Emma Catnip
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