AI has busted into the art scene in a big way recently. Companies like Nvidia have been working on AI tools to make art out of basic squiggles (opens in new tab) while robot AI artists do unique and interesting paintings. (opens in new tab) Lately, the internet has been abuzz with images created by the DALL-E 2 art bot that can create images from just a few words, likewise the more lightweight DALL-E mini homage. They are often a good mix of impressive and utterly cursed, much like these AI-generated Duke Nukems (opens in new tab).

While amazing for generating fresh mematic content on the regular, these AI art bots are at their hearts, tools, and one photographer (spotted by PetaPixel) has found a great use for the software. Rather than creating a whole image from a description in DALL-E 2, they’ve used it to clean up a photo taken, and the results look more impressive than Photoshop.