OpenAI’s ChatGPT is free to use, and the GPT-4 upgrade is worth it if you use it daily.
I’ve started using Perplexity.ai when I just want to do a simple query–the sort of thing I would previously have used Google for. It seems to use ChatGPT’s API, but it also adds in web links for reference. This way I don’t clutter up my ChatGPT conversation threads with random questions. No sign up necessary to use it.
I also like HeyPi, which is tuned to conversation.
Midjourney is the best, but you only get 25 images for free, and sometimes not even that as their servers are often maxed. It runs through Discord, which is a bit of a pain.
Blue Willow is another model running through Discord that’s pretty good, and it’s free, with unlimited generation. It’s even free to add it to your own Discord server, which I highly recommend as you don’t have to scroll through everyone else’s stuff to find your images. They use a variety of models and their “supermodel picks the best model to run based on the user prompt.”
I also think Bing’s image generator is fairly good and it’s also free but you get limited credits for faster generation. It is powered by Dall-E. The credits regenerate over time.
Dreamlike.art also has a credit system where you can claim 24 free credits per day (limit 50 total). Their system lets you choose different models to use to generate your images.
Lexica.art offers 100 free image generations per month.
Adobe Firefly is open and seems to be free for now.
Leonardo.ai looks really cool, but I haven’t gotten my invite yet.
My Fav AI Youtubers
Matt Wolfe – AI tool reviews and overall news
AI Explained – in depth technical details around AI news
Robert Miles – AI safety