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The Stable Artist: Steering Semantics in Diffusion Latent Space

Manuel Brack; Patrick Schramowski; Felix Friedrich; Dominik Hintersdorf; Kristian Kersting
In: Computing Research Repository eprint Journal (CoRR), Vol. abs/2212.06013, Pages 0-10, arXiv, 2022.


Text-to-image diffusion models have recently received a lot of interest for their astonishing ability to produce high-fidelity images from text only. However, achieving one-shot generation that aligns with the user's intent is nearly impossible, yet small changes to the input prompt often result in very different images. This leaves the user with little semantic control. To put the user in control, we show how to interact with the diffusion process to flexibly steer it along semantic directions. This semantic guidance (SEGA) allows for subtle and extensive edits, changes in composition and style, as well as optimizing the overall artistic conception. We demonstrate SEGA's effectiveness on a variety of tasks and provide evidence for its versatility and flexibility.

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