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How to Create Stunning Illustrations with Midjourney

I have given prompts to create cool logos and mockups in the past, but the prompts and generative AI tools keep getting better and better.

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Today on Bagel Bots:

  • 🤯 Black Widow vs. OpenAI

  • ⚡️ Fresh tech of the day - Lightroom AI Features

  • 📰 The latest AI and tech news

  • 🤖 Cool new apps for you to check out

  • 🧠 Today’s Tip: How to Create Stunning Illustrations with Midjourney

(Read time: five minutes) - Fun fact: I never change this.

I love Marvel and the Avengers. You may be afraid of Hulk or Thor, but most people learn to fear Black Widow for her wide range of skills. Perhaps Sam Altman and OpenAI missed the message.

So OpenAI released ChatGPT-4o, and it’s incredible. The voice sounded familiar. Maybe too familiar. Enter Scarlett Johansson. This is what happened, straight from her:

"Last September, I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system. He told me that he felt that by my voicing the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers to feel comfortable with the seismic shift concerning humans and AI. He said he felt that my voice would be comforting to people.

After much consideration and for personal reasons, I declined the offer. Nine months later, my friends, family and the general public all noted how much the newest system named “Sky” sounded like me.

When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angered and in disbelief that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and news outlets could not tell the difference. Mr. Altman even insinuated that the similarity was intentional, tweeting a single word “her” – a reference to the film in which I voiced a chat system, Samantha, who forms an intimate relationship with a human.

Two days before the ChatGPT 4.0 demo was released, Mr. Altman contacted my agent, asking me to reconsider. Before we could connect, the system was out there.

As a result of their actions, I was forced to hire legal counsel, who wrote two letters to Mr. Altman and OpenAI, setting out what they had done and asking them to detail the exact process by which they created the “Sky” voice. Consequently, OpenAI reluctantly agreed to take down the “Sky” voice.

In a time when we are all grappling with deepfakes and the protection of our own likeness, our own work, our own identities, I believe these are questions that deserve absolute clarity. I look forward to resolution in the form of transparency and the passage of appropriate legislation to help ensure that individual rights are protected.”

Scarlett Johansson

So what happened next? ChatGPT 4o's voice sounded close to Scarlett's but was not her voice. Now, we’ll need to figure out everyone’s tolerance for “close but not the same” in the future of the arts.

🔗 You can read all about it here.

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Cool Tech: Adobe Lightroom AI Features

I love traveling and photography, so this is big news for me. I have been using Lightroom to edit photos for almost ten years, and I am so happy they have finally added some AI features to their world-class photo editing software!

I cannot wait to go back and remove unwanted people from my photos from the last ten years!

Generative Remove offers a powerful, one-touch solution to remove any distraction, from photobombers to stains, ensuring every photo is your best photo. It even handles complex removals, like stains on patterned clothing, with ease.

With Lens Blur, you can now choose which part of your photo to make stand out, applying presets for popular styles like portraits, cityscapes, or street photography. Save your favorite edits as presets for future use and customize blur effects to create dreamy light effects in the background.


🔗 You can read all about it here.

Latest News.

My take: Shout out to my favorite country for using AI to care for people; I like that. But using AI to literally change people’s tone and hide their emotions is a slippery slope, right?

My take: Call me crazy, but I think this makes AI more likely to take over the planet. A ‘risk-based’ approach to AI sounds a lot like every movie I have ever seen about building AI that eventually goes rogue.

My take: We just added self-driving features to our Tesla, and it’s actually amazing. The one thing you think about while the car is driving itself is that I trust me and the car; I don’t trust everyone else. I’m curious to see where this all goes.

My take: On the one hand—yes, this is really insane and cool. On the other hand, it’s a good test of our tolerance for massive advancements in computers and people becoming one. This is a story I follow often.

Fresh Apps to Play With

Are you looking to automate your work or life? Every post has five new AI apps for you to try for yourself.

  • 🔗 Becca - Becca's AI-powered analyzer finds the latest trends in your niche to create engaging posts which sounds just like you

  • 🔗 MyAudioJournal - Record your thoughts on the go, and AI will analyze them for you

  • 🔗 Narafy - Whether you’re looking for a quick answer to a question that’s buried in your notes or want to find that one note but are struggling to think where you put it... Narafy helps you find what you're looking for

  • 🔗 Lune - Use AI to teach you languages quickly and dynamically

  • 🔗 Inncivio - An AI-Powered Education Platform for Businesses

Check out these AI apps, and let me know what you think. Reply to this email or tweet me directly.

Today’s Tip: How to Create Stunning Illustrations with Midjourney

I have given prompts to create cool logos and mockups in the past, but the prompts and generative AI tools keep improving. So today, we’re going to talk about how to create stunning illustrations with a simple prompt in Midjourney (I assume this will work in whatever AI art generator you prefer).


illustration of [thing] on [color] background, simple design, vector illustration, ultra hd, saturated color, high quality photo, high detailed --ar 3:2 --style raw

You can update the items in brackets above to create anything you want.

Here are some of my creations:

illustration of a bonsai tree on blue background, simple design, vector illustration, ultra hd, saturated color, high quality photo, high detailed --ar 3:2 --style raw

Here is one more:

illustration of a Black Tesla Model S on a yellow background, simple design, vector illustration, ultra hd, saturated color, high quality photo, high detailed --ar 3:2 --style raw

Now it’s your turn!


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