AI tools have been springing up like mushrooms lately. I try a lot of it and put it aside because it's not very mature and I don't think it's worth a contribution yet. The situation is different with Skybox from Blockade Labs.
I just came across this tool through a YouTube video and was immediately impressed by the possibility of creating 360-degree images with artificial intelligence. The following screenshot shows which chic landscapes or environments you can create with it.
When you step onto Skybox, you are immediately greeted with a fantasy landscape generated by Skybox. With the mouse you can move through the picture and look around. You can then zoom in and out with the mouse wheel.
I find it positive that there is no account requirement. You can enter something directly below in the text command bar (see screenshot above) and let the AI start calculating. After about 30 to 40 seconds the new picture will be displayed.
Use styles as preselection
Next to the text field for the prompt entry is a box with options for different styles. These have a significant influence on the result that is generated afterwards.
Currently there are these styles to choose from:
Anime art style
Advanced (No Style Words)
The last point stands for an omission of style, so to speak. You can then define the style of the image yourself in the prompt.
Download and share via link possible
If you have created a nice panorama that you would like to show others or use in some other way, you can do this with the "Share" or "Download" options.
If you click on the share button, the link to the current picture is copied to the clipboard and you can post it on social channels or - like here - integrate it as a link on a website: Link to my "Garden in the spaceship image".
Increase resolution and sharpen image with Topaz Photo AI
In order to improve the somewhat spongy 360° images from Skybox, I have the software Topaz Photo AI tried it out, which I've had for a few months anyway, to enlarge or improve manufacturer photos and logos for product tests and reports.
If you throw the skybox images into Topaz Photo AI and activate the "Remove Noise" and "Enhance Resolution" features, you can already see in the preview that the image is much sharper and has more details.
At just under $200, the app is certainly too expensive to use to enhance AI images just for fun, but if you already own it, you'll have significantly better results with Skybox. If you want to test it, you can go to Topaz Photo AI also download a trial version for free. I'm pretty sure you'll be amazed by the results too.
I've also tried some free online AI image enhancers, but either they didn't want to work with such large images as they fall out of skybox, or then they suddenly want to see money to remove a bold watermark.
If you have a tip for a free AI image upscaler, please leave a comment. I'll be happy to test it and post it here if it works with skybox images.
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