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11 Ways to Make Money With AI Art

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Key Takeaways

  • Create your own AI art generator and service model.
  • Sell AI art text prompts as a service or sell text prompts through a marketplace like PromptBase.
  • Create AI art dataset generation service.
  • Sell AI art NFT collections or AI art NFTs.
  • Sell AI art on print-on-demand products. The easiest way to do this is through Redbubble.
  • You can create AI art resources and sell different AI art packages for various use cases.
  • Create content about AI art on YouTube or using Substack and earn money that way.
  • Sell printable wall art.
  • Create an online course about AI art.
  • You can sell coloring books through marketplaces like Etsy.
  • Offer a service to create custom AI art for various customer demands and projects.

AI Art Generator Services

Create your own AI art generator service. AI art generator services use machine learning models to generate images based on text descriptions or prompts. It is trained on a dataset of images and their associated text captions and can generate new images that match a given text description.

For example, if you provide the text “a two-story pink house with a white fence and a red door,” an AI art generator will generate an image of a house that matches that description. The service can be used to generate a wide variety of images, including illustrations, photographs, and abstract art.

Many companies already sell AI art generator services, and there’s no reason why you couldn’t create a similar one by yourself. Stable Diffusion is definitely one that could be expanded to a service model. Many people are creating different models for Stable Diffusion, so why not offer a service where people can post their models to the service, and then the users can choose different models to create new and unique AI art?

Most used AI art generator services:

You can take inspiration from the above list when you are interested in creating your own AI art generator service. The best way to get started is to read how Stable Diffusion works and innovate how it could be used to create a new service model.

What to offer in an AI art generator service

Jasper Art is an excellent service to take inspiration as they have streamlined the creation process for the user. Instead of coming up with text prompts, Jasper Art has created dropdown menus and selection boxes to help users define what they want to create.

List of features you could offer with an AI art generator service:

  • Ready-made text prompts to give users a quick start.
  • Different Stable Diffusion models to test.
  • Storage where users could temporarily save their creations.
  • Instant social media sharing function.
  • Automatic image upscaling service.
  • Saveable templates (template would include style, medium, mood, etc. selections, so a user wouldn’t have to select those again).
  • All the features other services already provide.

AI Art Text Prompts

AI art is currently working on a text-to-image basis. A user enters a text prompt into the AI art generator, and the generator creates an image based on the text prompt and the dataset that it has been trained. PromptBase is a service that gives you ready-made text prompts to use in different AI art generators like Midjourney, DALL-E2, and Stable Diffusion.

If you know a lot about AI art and how text prompts work the best, you could create a similar service like PromptBase and offer AI art text prompts for customers. If you don’t want to create your own text-prompt service, PromptBase enables you to sell your text prompts via PromptBase. So while you are testing and creating AI art with different text prompts, why not sell them through PromptBase?

Dataset Service

AI art is based on datasets. A dataset in AI art refers to a collection of images and their associated text captions that are used to train a machine-learning model. The dataset is used to teach the model how to understand the relationship between text and image and how to generate new images that match a given text description.

The dataset used in a service like DALL-E2 is typically a large collection of images and captions that has been gathered from various sources, such as the internet or a specific art collection. The dataset should be diverse in terms of the images it contains and should cover a wide range of different art styles and subjects to ensure that the model can generate a wide variety of images.

You can also create your own dataset to be used with an AI art generator like Stable Diffusion. By offering AI art datasets, you can create a market segment that is still fresh and new.

Currently, one of the biggest dataset providers is LAION, and their LAION5B and LAION400M. LAION5B contains 5.85 billion CLIP-filtered-image-text-pairs and is used by various AI art generators. You can also read a blog post about LAION and Stable Horde collaboration and how their goal is to create even better datasets for use in Stable Diffusion.

What you need for creating a dataset service

Datasets used for machine learning, and AI are typically hosted on servers. These servers can be located on-premises within a company or organization, or they can be hosted in the cloud. The choice of hosting location depends on the specific requirements of the project and the resources available.

When the dataset is hosted on-premises, it is stored on a physical server that is located within the organization’s facilities. This can provide greater control over the data and can be useful for sensitive data that needs to be kept within the organization’s network.

When the dataset is hosted in the cloud, it is stored on servers that are provided by a cloud provider, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. This can be more cost-effective and allows for easy scalability, but it may not be suitable for sensitive data.

NFTs

If you are not into building your own AI art generator or dataset service, one way to make money with AI art is to create an NFT collection using AI art. You can check something like the Anomaly Genesis NFT project to get inspiration for your own NFT AI art collection.

Coinstats wrote extensively about how AI is affecting the overall crypto market. While people make a lot of money with AI art NFTs, whole blockchains are now beginning to implement AI in their offerings.

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NFT project example that uses AI art

Best ways to make money with AI art NFTs

  • Create an NFT collection with utility, innovation, social and monetary value, story, and originality.
  • Create a 1:1 unique NFT and emphasize the importance of the artwork.
  • Earn royalties from secondary sales.
  • Create hype around your NFT collection through a highly-engaging marketing campaign.
  • Build a massive community and a following for your NFT project.
  • Stealth launch your NFT project.
  • Sell on smaller marketplaces with low competition and bigger exposure.

Print-On-Demand Products

AI art is a form of digital art, and it’s easy to upload your designs and artwork to services like Redbubble, Society6, or even Printful and start selling. The easiest way to get started with print-on-demand is to sell your creations on Redbubble. If you want to up the game a little, you can upload your designs to Printful, integrate that with Etsy or Shopify, and create a brand around your AI art.

If you decide to take the harder route and build a brand, use high-quality mockups (you can find the best ones from Placeit) and build a website either with Shopify or with Namecheap, Bluehost, and WordPress.

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Example of AI art being used to sell print-on-demand products

Most popular print-on-demand products to sell with AI art on it:

  • Stickers
  • T-Shirts
  • Wall art

AI Art Resources

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An example AI art resource package being sold on Artstation

You can sell AI art resources on multiple marketplaces such as Artstation, Etsy, Gumroad, and various stock photo sites. You can find a lot of inspiration from Artstation and how people are selling different kinds of art resources created with the help of AI.

AI art resources ideas to make money with:

  • Video game assets
  • Graphic design mockups
  • Stock photo
  • Stickers
  • Reference packages for artists
  • Isometric images
  • 3D models
  • Full artworks

Note that AI art does not have automatic copyright protection the same way original handmade digital art has. This means that all the AI art resources you sell are free to use in whichever way the customer wants.

Create Content About AI Art

If you are an AI art enthusiast and want to share your knowledge about AI art and how to best use it. You can create a newsletter with Substack and earn by writing about AI art. You can also create a YouTube channel that is dedicated to AI art. With both of these platforms, you are able to create content around the topic that you love and get paid to do that.

How does Substack work?

Substack is a platform for creating and distributing newsletters. It allows users to create a newsletter and send it to subscribers via email. Subscribers can sign up to receive the newsletter and can unsubscribe at any time.

Substack also includes features such as analytics, the ability to monetize newsletters through paid subscriptions, and the ability to export subscriber lists. The platform is easy to use and allows anyone to create and distribute a newsletter without needing technical expertise.

AI art content ideas for a YouTube channel

  • Show your latest artwork.
  • Explain and show your creative process, how you come up with text prompts, and which AI art generator you use.
  • Talk about the latest trends in the AI art industry.
  • Share useful tips and tricks on getting the best results with different AI art generators.
  • Review AI art generators.
  • Become an affiliate to AI art generators and earn money when users buy a service through one of your links.

Printables And Wall Art

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An example shop on Etsy selling printable wall art

Wall art refers to any type of decorative item that is hung on the walls of a room or building. This can include paintings, photographs, posters, tapestries, and other types of decorative items.

Printable wall art refers to digital art files that can be downloaded, printed, and then hung on a wall. These files are often available in various sizes and resolutions, allowing them to be printed on different types of paper or canvas. These digital files can be easily bought, downloaded, and printed at home or by a print shop.

You can either set up a shop on Etsy or with Shopify that sells printed art and framed art or if you want an easier route, just sell the digital AI art file as a printable wall art item.

Currently, the market is still relatively small for printable AI-generated art, but it can grow as more and more people find art (without even knowing it’s AI-generated) through sites like Etsy.

Popular wall art and printable topics that sell well on Etsy are:

  • Vintage and retro
  • Nature and landscapes
  • Abstract and geometric shapes

Online Courses

There are several reasons why you might want to create an online course about AI art:

  • Scalability: You can sell an online course to an unlimited number of people
  • Flexibility: You can basically work from anywhere, all you need is an internet connection
  • Expertise: Enables you to share your expertise and knowledge with a wider audience and earn money from it
  • Low overhead: Creating an online course does not require a lot of upfront costs, making it a relatively low-risk way to start an online business
  • Personal Branding: Allows you to establish yourself as a thought leader in your niche, build a personal brand and increase your visibility
  • Variety of ways to monetize: Online courses can be sold directly, promoted through affiliates, or even bundled with other products or services

Overall, creating an online course about AI art is a great way for you to share your knowledge, build your brand and make money online in a scalable and flexible way.

Best way to build an online course business is to have a domain (Namecheap offers best prices), website (Bluehost + WordPress or Squarespace) and a course platform such as Skool or Podia. Two services which we highly recommend.

Another option is to create courses to Skillshare or Udemy. When done this way, you don’t have to worry about customer service, refunds, traffic building, etc.

Coloring Books

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An example AI art coloring book that is sold on Etsy

If you are able to create line art with AI art generators, you could create coloring books to sell on Etsy, for exmaple. Printable coloring books sell well on Etsy and it’s relatively easy to do those. When you have your artworks ready, just upload them to a service like Canva or Picsarts and start creating that coloring book. Remember to explain in the product description that the product is a downloadable file and also the sizes they can print it.

Coloring book topics themes that sell well on Etsy:

  • Christmas (gnomes, reindeer, Santa Claus, etc.)
  • Halloween
  • Adult coloring books
  • Mandala
  • Anime
  • Characters and creatures
  • Something for kids (cute characters and animals, kawaii, etc.)

Offer Custom AI Art Generation Service

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An example of people selling AI generation services on Fiverr.

There are a lot of people who don’t know how to get started with AI art, how to create it, or even what AI art is. Fiverr, Etsy, and UpWork are a few places where you can offer custom AI art services. Currently, the pricing starts at $5, and the turnaround time is roughly one day. You can offer AI art to be created for NFT projects or to be used as a print. AI can also be used to transform someone’s photo to an anime character or to a cartoon character.

FAQs About Making Money With AI Art

How do you make money selling AI-generated art?

You can make money with AI art by selling the following products:

  • AI art character reference images and packs
  • Video game assets
  • Printable wall art
  • Printable coloring books
  • Reference images for artists
  • NFTs and NFT collections

Can I use AI art commercially?

Yes, you can use AI art commercially. AI art is a form of digital art and can be sold the same way as digital art. AI art does not have automatic copyright protection; anyone can use your creations as they see fit, with or without your permission. You can not claim ownership of AI-generated art; creating a business with AI art might be difficult.

Can I sell AI art on Etsy?

Yes, you can sell AI art on Etsy. You can read more about it in our ‘Can you sell AI art on Etsy’ article.

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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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