Among Artists is author and illustrator Rob Biddulph, who says that AI-generated art “is the exact opposite of what I believe art to be. Fundamentally, I have always felt that art is all about translating something that you feel internally into something that exists externally".
AI art appears to be a particular threat to digital artists. Part of this is because these creators tend to produce large bodies of content, meaning that datasets will have access to huge amounts of information on their style.
AI and Photoshop: Collaboration for High-Impact Art
In recent years, the use of AI with Photoshop to create high-impact art has become increasingly common. AI can be used in several ways with Photoshop, from improving the quality of existing images to creating completely new images.
There has been an explosion of software that uses AI to generate artwork on the fly. Now, working artists say these systems are unethical because they trained using artists work, and without their permission.
At the moment, most AI-generated art falls well short of the standards set by human artists. But as the technology rapidly advances, there's real concern that it will quickly become sophisticated enough to make creative professionals obsolete, or at least disrupt the economic model that makes art a viable career.
A user can ask the system to produce an image, such as “a cat in the style of Van Gogh,” and the AI tool will quickly do so. That makes living artists worry that their works will be copied without their permission. Two new legal actions, or lawsuits, have been brought against the AI companies creating the images.
While AI can automate many tasks, it cannot replace the human experience of creativity and emotion, at least not yet. Therefore, it is important to view AI as a tool that can assist and augment human creativity and workmanship rather than a replacement for it.
While AI technology has made significant progress in generating visual and audio content, it still lacks the creativity and human touch that is intrinsic to art. Moreover, artists bring their own unique perspectives and emotions to their work, which AI apps cannot replicate.