Updates: Follow-on funding, Sketch-to-image, Landscapes AI, Unsplash integration, and Accomplice is hiring!

Accomplice product updates for June 20, 2022

Announcing a $400k follow-on investment from Splash Capital

“drop of water ripping on the surface of water” by @adam using DALL·E Mini

I am happy to announce that Splash Capital – led by Tihan Seale out of Boulder, Colorado – has invested $400,000 in Accomplice as part of a follow-on round to Tinyseed's initial investment back in April.

Tihan and Splash Capital are extremely active seed investors and have previously invested in dozens of successful startups like OfferUp, Lighter Capital, and Wefunder.

Tihan says about the investment, "Splash Capital is proud to support Accomplice in bringing the world-changing potential of artificial intelligence to everyone."

The $520,000 total in seed money now raised, combined with strong user growth, means Accomplice is well positioned to continue leading the way in this brand new and quickly growing category of AI-powered design. First-of-their-kind innovations like the ones in this newsletter alone – sketch-to-image and Unsplash integration in the same update?! – will keep launching every few weeks and redefining what you can create with AI.

Thanks to both Splash Capital and you for your support. Exciting times!

Now, onto those first-of-their-kind innovations I was talking about…

Amazing new feature: Sketch-to-image

Text-to-image + Sketch-to-image = 🤯

You can now do a quick, rough sketch directly in Accomplice and use that as your starter image for Disco Diffusion, ImageNet, WikiArt, and Style Transfer models!

This is a feature I've been dreaming of since Accomplice launched back in September of last year and I'm thrilled it's finally here.

Accomplice will take your sketch – done right inside the app, no need to upload anything, just sketch and save – and improve upon it based on both the sketch and the text prompt you've given.

Yes, really. Just look at that GIF. It's so fun. In fact I almost didn't get this newsletter out on time because I was playing with it so much. Oh and it works great on mobile, too.

First, quickly read the rest of this newsletter and, then, go try it.

Best premium model yet: “Landscapes AI” from illustrator Mel Shields

Make amazing landscapes in any aspect ratio with Landscapes AI

(Gets up on soapbox. Clears throat)

Buying designer created models on the Accomplice Model Marketplace is a chance to support AI design and the future of creativity, while also still supporting the individual artist.

The choice doesn't have to be either 1) let huge corporations suck up the world's art and spit it back out without supporting the artists or 2) hide in a cave and ignore that it's happening. There can be a middle ground!

(Gets down off soapbox)

And that's why I'm so delighted that the amazingly talented Mel Shields has used Accomplice’s simple drag-and-drop no code training tools to easily train Accomplice on over 50 of her incredibly detailed, custom landscape illustrations – from deserts to snow capped mountains to rivers and oceans to fields of waving grain – and created the Accomplice-exclusive model Landscapes AI.

Just look at these examples. The details are stunning and the color palette truly shines.

And one of the best parts? Landscapes AI supports the extra aspect ratios. So, in addition to landscape, portrait, and square, you can also create these ridiculously majestic landscapes in panoramic and skyscraper sizes!

Go buy Landscapes AI and support trailblazing AI artists like Mel.

New feature: Unsplash integration

Browse the latest Unsplash images or search for something specific like “confetti”

You can now find the perfect starter image by browsing and searching the internet’s #1 source of freely-usable images, Unsplash, from directly inside Accomplice.

Unsplash has over 3,000,000 images in its library (!) so finding a good starting image is now easier, and faster, than ever before.

Just go to the Browse images tab when adding an image prompt, find the image you want by either browsing or searching for it, and add it to your prompt.

Accomplice is hiring

At the risk of getting too deep here in what is ostensibly a job ad: we’re entering the stage of humanity where almost everything we create will be aided by AI in some way. Just like 40 years ago when we started going from analog to digital. And 25 years ago when we went from offline to online.

In the very near future, some of our greatest advancements as humans will be done alongside AI. And we will be defined by our ability to edit the signal from the noise, while still finding a way to bring our tastes and point of view into everything we create.

If that idea excites you and you are – or know of – a:

  • Junior designer interested in learning more about product design, marketing, and creating AI image models
  • Sales development representative interested in helping grow Accomplice

Please do reach out via the website or respond to this email. Thanks!

Thanks as always for supporting Accomplice and happy creating!