a guide to using stable diffusion on the dreamstudio web app

A Beginner’s Guide to Designing Professional Visuals with DreamStudio (2023)

DreamStudio is a widely used AI text-to-image generator and is great for creating realistic art quickly. With AI becoming a norm in the digital marketing world, let’s take a look at how DreamStudio can be used to generate some great images!

Stable Diffusion vs. DreamStudio App

Before we dive into how to use DreamStudio, it is important to understand what Stable Diffusion is and its relation to DreamStudio.

Stable Diffusion is an open-source AI model that was created by Stability AI. Open-source models are accessible to anyone, but only programmers or experienced users can use them due to their complexity.

This is where DreamStudio comes into play. To make Stable Diffusion more accessible to everyday users, Stability AI created the application DreamStudio. DreamStudio is simply the application everyday users can use to access the Stable Diffusion AI model!

Start Generating Images With DreamStudio

DreamStudio has a simple user interface and makes it easy for users to generate some awesome images. Sometimes it may be tricky to develop the perfect prompt, but DreamStudio has a few features that help get the image you are visualizing along with tons of resources. Time to dive in and take a look at the DreamStudio interface and how it works.

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DreamStudio Dashboard


To start, DreamStudio offers 16 different ‘styles’ that users can apply to their generation. These styles help tell the software what approach or type of image to create. Users can choose any style from fantasy art, comic book, or even neon punk!

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DreamStudio Offers Different Preset Image Styles


Prompts are the most important part of the image generation process and they can be difficult to craft. Luckily, we noticed DreamStudio doesn’t need extremely specific prompts compared to other programs, so a brief descriptive text prompt works well.

DreamStudio offers the option to add both positive and negative prompts.

  • Positive Prompts are what you want to see in your image
  • Negative Prompts are what you do not want in the image

Here is a great example of a positive and negative prompt: “a realistic image of a beach in Hawaii with waves crashing on rocks at sunset” with the negative prompt “people or animals”. This prompt indicates that I do not want to see any people or animals in my beach image.

If you need help with prompts there is a great free resource called, Lexica. This website lets users search for previously generated AI images and look at the prompts and settings that were used to generate those AI images. This website is great for inspiration!

Another great resource is actually in DreamStudio. Under your account information, there is a link to a Prompt Guide that DreamStudio created for users to help optimize their prompt potential.

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AI-generated Image and Prompt Used

Upload Image

Like other AI image generators, DreamStudio lets users upload their images to the platform. This is a nice feature if users are loodking to create a variation of their own images. DreamStudio lets you set the strength of how much you want the new image to look like the original image.


One of the nicest things about DreamStudio is the fact they allow some customization. They offer a few settings that other platforms do not to ensure your images come out as expected.

Keep in mind that each setting changed may cost more or less credits depending on what you choose which we will get into later. Let’s dive into these settings!

Image Ratio

DreamStudio offers nine different image ratios that users can choose ranging from 7:4 to 4:7 (horizontal-vertical). This is a nice feature they offer because other tools only allow a square ratio option.

Image Count

DreamStudio allows users to generate up to 10 images per prompt.

Advanced Settings

There are four more settings that are a little more advanced but super useful to utilize once users get the hang of it.

  • Prompt Strength – This setting allows users to choose how closely the final AI image will reflect the prompt. Users can choose between a prompt strength of one to 30.
  • Generation Steps – Steps are how many images during the AI image generation process are sampled or referenced when creating the AI image. Users can pick any amount of steps between 10-150. More steps likely will make the image more of what you are envisioning.
  • Seed – According to getimg.ai a “seed in Stable Diffusion is a number used to initialize the generation” and that “the most important thing about seed is that generations with the same parameters, prompt, and seed will produce precisely the same images.” The seed basically controls the amount of variation between each generation.
  • Model – DreamStudio recommends their new SDXL model, but they do allow users to choose an older model to generate their images (Stable Diffusion v2.1 or Stable Diffusion v2.1-768). 
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Settings in DreamStudio Image Generator

Editing Your AI Images

Like DALL-E2 and other AI text-to-image tools, DreamStudio offers editing on its platform. Users can add or replace aspects of their AI-generated images or their own personal images to add their own artistic style.

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Replaced Man’s Face Using Eraser Tool in DreamStudio (Before and After)

Selection Tool

This tool allows users to extend the frame of their image with a prompt. Click the plus sign on the upper right-hand side of the screen, move the frame to where you want it, and generate a new image with the prompts to add onto the image!

Eraser Tool

Users can use the eraser tool to remove a section of their image and replace it with a new image via prompts. A simple example is erasing someone’s hair in an image and using the prompt “blue hair” to change the hair color of the person.

After editing is complete, users can do a “selection export” and select the area in the frame they want to export or use the “smart save” option which downloads the entire image.

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Eraser Tool Feature in DreamStudio

DreamStudio Pricing

One of the things we like about DreamStudio is that they offer a credit-based payment system rather than a monthly subscription or contract. The minimum amount you can load onto your account is $10 which gets users 1,000 credits.

A drawback of their credit system is that it can be easy to run through credits fast. Each generation can cost anywhere from .83 credits to 78.09 credits depending on the settings you choose. The more ‘work’ the software has to do, the more expensive the generation will be.

A few examples of high-costing images are if you want to generate 10 images from one prompt, have the max amount of generation steps (150), or even a 7:4 image ratio. For the everyday user, using the auto settings that DreamStudio provides will work just fine (3.33 credits).

For those looking to test out DreamStudio, they do offer a free trial with a limited amount of credits and no credit card required.

Start Generating Images Today With DreamStudio

After tons of research, DreamStudio is one of the better AI image generators due to the customization options and the realistic images it produces. We are not sponsored by DreamStudio in any way, we just hope to help users understand how to use this powerful tool.

If you want to learn about AI tools or other applications that use Stable Diffusion, check out our blog!

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