How to use DALL-E 3 for free?

OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 has arrived, and boy, it’s mind-blowing! This AI art generator is taking image creation to a whole new level and the improvements they’ve made are seriously impressive.

Whether you’re an artist, designer, or simply curious about AI technology, DALL-E 3 will surely amaze you. From realistic landscapes to abstract compositions, the possibilities are endless. With just a few simple inputs or prompts, you can unlock a world of artistic possibilities.

In this guide, we’ll explore how to use DALL-E 3 to create stunning AI-generated art.

Introduction to DALL-E 3!

DALL-E is an AI system developed by OpenAI that turns text prompts into stunning and imaginative images.

Previous versions, DALL-E and DALL-E 2 showcased the incredible potential of AI art generation. However, they had limitations in understanding nuanced prompts, and requires extra work while prompting to get the desired results.

But with DALL-E 3, OpenAI has made significant improvements. It can now understand simple prompts and is able to better grasp the subtle meanings and details in text prompt. This means that when you describe your vision to DALL-E 3, it can now interpret the nuances more accurately, which in return gives the user more precise and satisfactory results.

How to use DALL-E 3 for free?

Thanks to Microsoft’s generous investment of $1 billion in OpenAI for building artificial general intelligence (AGI), we get to enjoy DALL-E 3 for free! (At least for now!)

Microsoft has teamed up with OpenAI and made the DALL-E 3 model available to all Bing users absolutely free of charge!

Isn’t that just fabulously awesome? Let me show the steps to get you started,

1. Use DALL-E 3 via Bing Image Creator.

Regardless of the platform, if you want to take advantage of DALL-E 3 to unlock your artistic superpower, Bing Image Creator is your gateway. All you need is an internet connection, and a web-browser. Here is how.

  1. Open web browser of your choice and open Bing Image Creator.
  2. Next, login with your Microsoft account. (Or sign up, if you haven’t already.)
  3. Once you are in, you are ready to unleash your creativity. Just type in your prompt and hit the Create button.

microsoft bing image creator with dalle 3

For every prompt, Bing Image Creator will create at least 4 different images. You can refine your prompt further to change the image output or hit Create again to get more variations of it.

bing image creator ai image results by dalle 3

Otherwise, you can experiment with the Surprise Me button for Bing Image Creator to generate something for you with a random prompt to see DALL-E 3 in action.

Note that, when you sign up for Bing Image Creator, you will get 100 Boosts for free to aid up in faster image generation. Once you consumed all your boosts, the image generation will be relatively slower. However, you can always buy more boosts from Microsoft Rewards for faster image generation.

2. Use DALL-E from Windows Copilot. (Only Windows 11)

Windows Copilot is an AI assistant integrated into the Windows 11. With Window Copilot, you also get access to DALL-E 3 and can generate AI artworks without having to visit Bing Image Creator’s website.

All Windows 11 users running version 23H2 can access DALLE-3 right from their Windows taskbar via Windows Copilot.

But if you are on the version 23H2 of Windows 11, and still not seeing the Copilot icon on your taskbar, you can enable it from the Windows settings app.

  1. Open settings app on your Windows 11 PC/laptop.
  2. Go to Personalization > personalization taskbar settings
  3. Enable Copilot (Preview) toggle from the options.enable windows copilot icon taskbar

Once enabled, click on the Copilot icon to open Copilot window as a sidebar.

windows copilot icon on taskbar

Then on the Copilot window change conversation style to “More Creative” to generate better responses. After that, enter your prompt in the text box and hit “Enter“. Copilot will then generate 4 images based on the provided prompt. You can click on the image to view it inside your browser or enter another prompt to get generate a different set of AI images.

copilot with bing chat window on windows

Since Copilot uses Bing Image Creator tool to generate AI images, you can always get back and check all your generated images there under “Creations” tab.

3. Using DALL-E inside Windows Paint app.

Microsoft recently revamped their Paint app on Windows, adding features like layers, transparency support and a background remover. Along with these features, they have also added the AI magic in form of Cocreator.

Cocreator is basically Microsoft adding ability to generate AI images via DALL-E right inside the paint app. If for some reasons, you are a Paint app connoisseur on Windows, you can use Cocreate to generate images based on your prompt to use them in your Picassoesque artwork.

To use DALL-E inside Paint app,

  1. Click on Cocreate icon on the Paint app toolbar to open Cocreator in a side panel.
  2. Then in the text box, type a description of the image you want, and choose from one of the available style options. (optional)
  3. Finally, click the Create button.

dalle inside microsoft paint with cocreator

Based on the provided description and chosen style, Cocreator will generate 3 images for you to choose from. Select the one that you like to add to your artwork, and that image will be added in a new layer on your canvas.

Note that, similar to Bing Image Creator tool Cocreator inside Paint app also requires credits to generate images. When you sign up for Cocreate inside Paint app, you will get 50 credits/boosts for free that you can use to create your AI artwork.

How to use DALL-E 3 with ChatGPT?

Earlier DALL-E 3 can only be accessed through OpenAI labs, where you need to buy credits for using this generative AI tool. But recently, OpenAI has integrated DALL-E 3 as a GPT plugin inside ChatGPT. This integration allows ChatGPT users to use this new version of DALL-3 within a familiar chat-based interface.

However, only those on the Plus or Enterprise plans of ChatGPT can get access to DALL-E 3. If you are already subscribed to ChatGPT Plus, you can use it right away to generate AI images by enabling DALL-E plugin from the Explore section inside ChatGPT.

But if you are just getting started, follow the steps below to dive into the world of generative AI.

Step 1: Create a ChatGPT account.

Firstly, to use DALL-E 3 inside ChatGPT, you need to create a ChatGPT account. If you already have an account, skip to Step #2, else follow the steps below.

  1. Visit and click on Sign up button.
  2. Next, enter your email address, or simply login with Gmail, Microsoft or Apple ID.
  3. Then verify your email address, phone number and you are DONE!

You have successfully created your ChatGPT account.

And if you run into any trouble, don’t sweat it, our guide on how to use ChatGPT will help you navigate through the interface, and get familiar with it.

Step 2: Subscribe to ChatGPT Plus.

Once your account is verified and you are logged into your ChatGPT interface, you’ll need to get yourself a ChatGPT Plus subscription.

ChatGPT Plus subscription will cost you $20/Month, giving you the access to the latest and greatest GPT-4 language model by OpenAI. Besides that, you will also get a direct access to the DALL-E 3, with other useful GPTs.

upgrade to chatgpt plus to access gpt 4

To get started, once you are inside your ChatGPT account, click on the Upgrade option at the bottom right corner.

Then on the Your Plan popup, press the Upgrade to Plus button and complete the payment to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus.

Step 3: Enable DALL-E 3 Plugin inside ChatGPT.

After you subscribe to ChatGPT Plus, you will have to select plugin for DALL-E 3 before you can create or generate any image using prompt. Here is how to do it,

  1. On the left side bar, click on Explore right below the ChatGPT logo.explore plugin gpts on chatgpt plus
  2. Then, scroll down and select DALL·E under Made by OpenAI GPT from the list.enable dalle plugin gpt inside chat gpt plus

This will open a new chat window inside ChatGPT with DALL·E plugin enabled. Now, let’s create some AI generated artwork!

Step 4: Create your AI artwork using ChatGPT.

Inside the chat window, enter your prompt or describe the image that you want DALL·E to create for you. Make sure the prompt/description is as accurate as possible, and when you are satisfied with it, press Enter.

dalle 3 inside chatgpt

ChatGPT will then process the prompt and generate 4 variations of artwork based on the prompt. You can download them or refine them further with more description until you get what you want to create using DALL-E 3.

Here is an example that we tried,

Prompt: An illustration of an avocado sitting in a therapist’s Chair, saying ‘l just feel so empty inside’.


dalle 3 ai generated results inside chatgpt

How to use DALL-E-3 through Labs?

You can still use DALL-E 3 directly by visiting, and the best part is that it doesn’t requires you to subscribe to a plan. But you’ll still need credits, which you can buy as needed.

So, here’s what you need to do.

  1. First, log in to your OpenAI/ChatGPT account or create one if you haven’t already.
  2. Next, you’ll need to buy some credits. You can get 115 credits for as low as $15.
  3. Once you have your credits, enter your creative prompt and start generating your image. It’s as easy as that!

use dalle 3 via openai labs

Difference between DALL-E 2 and DALL-E 3!

Imagine having a continuous conversation where you can generate multiple desired outputs throughout the dialogue. That’s exactly what the combination of ChatGPT and DALL-E 3 offers.

ChatGPT acts as a prompt refiner for DALL-E 3, making the process of image generation a breeze which wasn’t the case with DALL-E 2.

With the fusion of ChatGPT and DALL-E 3, It takes away the burden of sharpening our prompt skills and allows us to achieve better and more precise results.

Here are some of the most significant upgrades in DALL-E 3 compared to prior versions,

  • Improved image quality: DALL-E 3 generates higher-fidelity, more realistic images with fewer visual artifacts across a wide variety of concepts.
  • Enhanced control: Users have more granular control over image styles, lighting, angles, backgrounds, and other attributes when crafting a prompt.
  • Increased contextual understanding: As mentioned above, DALL-E 3 exhibits a better grasp of subtle context clues and descriptive nuance in natural language prompts.
  • More consistent image pairs: DALL-E 3 is superior at generating aesthetically balanced and logical image pairs that match a given prompt.
  • Broader knowledge: The system draws from a vaster knowledge base to conjure more accurate conceptual images across diverse topics.
  • Creative risk-taking: While maintaining properly aligned outputs, DALL-E 3 shows more willingness to deviate creatively from a prompt when appropriate.
  • Creator Opt-out: The new update of DALLE-3 also allows creators & artist to opt-out their content/artwork from OpenAI database. Doing this, no one can copy their style in the images generated by DALLE-3.

These improvements result in AI-generated images that are more in line with what a human imaginatively intends with a text description. In essence, DALL-E 3 better translates ideas into pixels.

We compared outputs of prompt “A digital art of monster hiding below a bed at midnight” between DALL-E 2 & DALL-E 3 below.

DALL·E 2 vs DALL·E 3:

Limitations of DALL·E-3!

OpenAI has now trained its DALL-E 3 model in such a way that it may strictly reject generation of images if the text voids privacy of a known public figure as well as it will also avoid generation of harmful content that may cause hate speech, violence and nudity. This shows that OpenAI understands and promotes the use AI tools in ethical manner only.

Moreover, OpenAI has also introduced an option for Artists & Creators to have more control over their art and style with this new update, they can opt-out from OpenAI’s database to use their artwork and style for training DALL-E models.

DALL-E 3 vs Midjourney: Which is better?

Midjourney is another popular image AI Image Generator tool, that works similar to DALL-E where you have to provide a prompt and in return it outputs an image.

Midjourney is improving in a fast phase with its latest version v5.2, which was released in June 2023 and after this update, it has improved coherence, better text understanding, higher variation modes, zoom-out paintings, improved aesthetics and new /shorten command for analyzing prompt tokens.

Midjourney exist as a bot integrated in Discord unlike DALL-E which has its own website and now also integrated with Bing AI, and also comes as a plugin inside ChatGPT.

OpenAI has actually beefed-up image generation and text-based images with the new DALL-E version, but they haven’t thrown in features like resizing aspect ratios, negative commands, or image references yet, which Midjourney totally nails. (not sure about it now)

Although there are many AI Image Generator tools such as Ideogram, Adobe Firefly, Stable Diffusion, ArtBot, PhotoAI, Lama etc. but the most popular one’s among them our DALL-E and Midjourney.

To assess the capabilities of both AI systems, we provided them with five identical prompts. Let’s see who won the ultimate battle.

Note that, For DALL-E 3 we are using Bing Image Creator as it’s free and will be most used by everyone.

PROMPT 1: A picture of tree where different colors of birds are sitting on its branch, but no yellow color bird should be there.


CONCLUSION: The above outputs clearly show that both AI tools generate similar images. However, I prefer Midjourney because its generated images tend to have better quality and realism.

It’s worth noting that both tools ignore the “no/negative” command unless it is given in a specific predefined manner, like in the example below.

Prompt 1.1: A picture of tree where different colors of birds are sitting on its branch –no yellow bird –v 5.2

OUTPUT on Midjourney:

A picture of tree where different colors of birds are sitting on its branch --no yellow bird --v 5.2

PROMPT 2: A photo for an Instagram post where the animals are displaying different emotions.


CONCLUSION: These outputs really got me confused. While being realistic, DALLE-3 generated an image with cute faces of different animal with different emotions. While Midjourney just focused only on one type of animal in the picture, with just one emotion. It’s like they had completely different ideas. For this one I would give points to DALL-E 3 for understanding the emotions & characteristics of animals.

Prompt 3: A comic books style art where cars are talking to each other, and the word GHOSTBUSTER is written on their body.


CONCLUSION DALLE-3 takes the win on this one because even though it didn’t get the text exactly right every time, it still got the talking cars concept down pat, and the comic style looks pretty cool. On the other hand, Midjourney’s output was nowhere close to what we wanted.

PROMPT 4: A logo consisting of bells and below that the name written should be notifier.


CONCLUSION: And the winner is… DALLE-3! It totally nailed it with the logo, getting the bells just right and almost nailing the text format. Midjourney, on the other hand, completely missed the mark. So, DALLE-3 takes home the award for this one!

PRINOT 5: Hoodies for men where words “Lazy Boi” and “GG” are written near chest area.


CONCLUSION: Now, let’s talk about the interesting results we got from DALLE-3. It actually printed the text correctly, but it even went a step further and corrected “Boi” to “Boy” in the output, even though we had entered the words in quotations. On the other hand, I don’t even want to go into the text part of Midjourney because it was just horrible. So, the clear winner here is DALLE-3!

FINAL VERDICT: When it comes to generating realistic images, Midjourney takes the lead. However, if you need text in your output, DALLE-3 is unbeatable. I’m eagerly waiting for Midjourney’s new update, hoping they’ll address the text issue

But for now, I’ll choose DALLE-3 because it understands text prompts, emotions, and if you are using DALL-E 3 via ChatGPT or Labs then it will understand the formatting and aspect ratio whereas this one quality is seems to be missing in Bing Image Creator.

DALL-E 3 Alternatives!

Dale 3 isn’t the only text to image generation ai too. There are plenty of tools that you can use to generate text. Some are absolutely free, while some might require you to pay for a subscription fee.

Here are all the DALL-E 3 alternatives that you can try.

FAQs – Everything about Dall-E 3!

Is DALL-E 3 free to use?

You can use Dalle-3 for free via Bing Creator and Windows Copilot, where you’ll get 100 free credits per week, which is more than enough to start your journey with DALL-E 3. Another option is via ChatGPT, but it will cost you $15 per months.

When will DALL-E 3 be available for users?

Dalle-3 is available for everyone with a Microsoft account, via Bing Creator and Windows 11 copilot. However, those who want to use it inside ChatGPT, OpenAI is rolling out this feature for ChatGPT Plus and ChatGPT Enterprise users in month of October 2023.

How to use DALL-E 3 on Mobile?

Just like your web browser in PC, you can access DALL-E 3 via Bing Image Creator on your mobile phone by logging in with your Microsoft account. In case you are ChatGPT Enterprise or Plus user then you can download the ChatGPT app from Playstore/Appstore and access DALL-E 3.

How to give commands to DALL-E?

The commands in DALL-E 3 are as simple as writing a sentence/prompt filled with your imagination. The AI Image Generator doesn’t need any predefined commands like Midjourney.

How much does 115 credits cost in DALL-E?

If you are using DALL-E 3 via OpenAI labs platform, then for 115 credits/image generations you need to spend $15.

When will API of DALL-E 3 will be available?

DALL-E 3 will be available for all users in the month October 2023. The API will be available to use by the mid of October 2023.

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