Google Colab tutorial: How to create your own AI image generator

Thursday, August 25, 2022 by AdiAdi
Google Colab tutorial: How to create your own AI image generator

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Suraj Patil, Pedro Cuenca, Nathan Lambert, and Patric von Platen create great image generator. You can find the paper here. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can use it. Please read about license here.

In this tutorial, we will use Google Colab. This platform allows using good GPU. To do it you have to click Runtime, then change Runtime type, and choose GPU.

Let's go!

In the beginning we are going to connect our Google Colab with our Google Drive, to do that use

from google.colab import drive

When you run this command, you will be able to log in to your disc.

Now, we have to install all the needed requirements, we will do it with pip. If you want to see logs, please remove > /dev/null 2>&1

!pip install diffusers==0.2.4 > /dev/null 2>&1
!pip install transformers scipy ftfy > /dev/null 2>&1
!pip install "ipywidgets>=7,<8" > /dev/null 2>&1

If everything is fine we can move to the next step and connect by a token with Hugging Face. Just create an account and create a token (Settings -> Access Tokens -> New token).

from google.colab import output
from huggingface_hub import notebook_login
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We are almost ready to create an image!

If you want to create more than one photo I recommend do create a new folder.

!mkdir "Saved data" 

We should also create a pipe

pipe ="cuda")

Finally, we can create images. We will create it with a prompt, that will be used in the loop to create N-images.

from torch import autocast

prompt = "cat is fighting with robots, digtal art"  # prompt to describe images to create
no_of_images = 100 # number of images to generate

for i in range(no_of_images):

  with autocast("cuda"):
    image = pipe(prompt, height=512, width=768, num_inference_steps=50)["sample"][0]"Saved data/sample_{i}.png") # if you not create folder 

There are serval arguments such as:

height, width - size of generated image

num_inference_steps - number of generation steps

More information you can find here


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If your purpose is to create images with the shape 300x300px you can generate images with bigger resolution and then resize them.

import cv2
from glob import glob

# glob is reading all names of images in the folder Saved data
for i in glob("/content/Saved data/*.png"):  
    img = cv2.imread(i, cv2.IMREAD_COLOR)
    img = cv2.resize(img, (300, 300))
    cv2.imwrite(i, img)

In the end, you can copy your folder to your Google Drive.

!sudo cp -r '/content/Saved data' /content/drive/MyDrive/

The AI journey doesn't end here!

Why would you stop here? Why not build an AI app using image generations and many other models? Why not an app that will change the audio into an image? And many more!

With AI potential is limitless! Let's explore it together! And stay tuned for future AI tutorials!

The Colab of this code can check here.

Thank you! - Adrian Banachowicz, Data Science Intern in New Native

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