How to spot AI generated imagery

Everypixel Journal — In a modern world where artificial intelligence has already generated as many images as photographers have taken in 150 years, the line between real and AI-created content has become increasingly blurred. However, for those who regularly work with AI models, this is not a big concern. As you come across lots of AI-crafted images on a daily basis, you may naturally develop the ability to recognize them effortlessly. Within our Everypixel team, we also have experts who work a lot with AI-generated images, and they’ve learned how to tell them apart from human-made ones. In this article, we share their insights and tips, guiding you on how to spot AI-generated images.

Visual Defects

AI-generated content can often be detected at first glance as certain visual defects serve as clear signs of AI involvement. Our colleague and photographer Aleksandr Seledchik, a frequent user of Midjourney, has developed an almost impeccable skill for distinguishing between AI and human-crafted images. Here, we unveil some less obvious details which deserve your attention: 

AI algorithms sometimes generate objects that stand out due to their unusual size or noticeable asymmetry. Look for buildings with distorted proportions, body parts with distinctive asymmetry, or even crooked frame structures.

Composition Fusion

When different elements are combined within an image, AI-generated content may exhibit composition fusion, resulting in visible seams, abrupt transitions, or merging of elements between objects.

Hair Anomalies

Hairstyle have a lot of variability and details, making them one of the most difficult things for an AI to capture. Keep an eye out for unrealistic hair patterns, disconnected strands of hair, or a peculiar glow around it.

Hand Positions

AI-generated images might sometimes present unnatural hand positions, where fingers appear distorted or in physically impossible poses. Carefully examine hands and fingers in the image for such anomalies.

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