Oh, the ol-internet, where “Rickrolling” was the ultimate prank, a new contender has swaggered into the limelight: the AI memes.
Imagine crafting the perfect meme, not by endlessly scrolling through templates, but by simply typing a description. With the combined genius of ChatGPT and DALL-E 3.
AI meme creation on ChatGPT Plus: Step by step
Below, we provide a clear step-by-step guide to help you navigate this new AI meme-making process. Alongside each step, you’ll find practical tips to enhance your experience.
After breaking down the how-to, we’ll share our own experience with this innovative approach, giving you an inside look into the challenges and successes we faced.
Step 1: Character and setting design
Goal: Establish a vivid backdrop and characters for the meme.
ChatGPT assistance: For an AI meme, you can start with a basic idea, and ChatGPT can further detail and refine the concept. For example, if you suggest “two office workers by a water cooler,” ChatGPT can expand on their looks, attire, and surroundings.
- Specify attributes like age, gender, and attire.
- Detail the setting – indoors/outdoors, time of day, atmosphere.
ChatGPT and Midjourney prompts for characters, logos… well everything
Step 2: Crafting engaging dialogues
Goal: Develop conversations that resonate with your audience.
ChatGPT assistance: Give a theme, and ChatGPT can draft conversations fit for an engaging AI meme.
- Keep the conversation concise and relatable.
- Align dialogues with the characters’ personalities.
Step 3: Maintaining visual consistency
Goal: Achieve uniformity in illustrations across the meme.
ChatGPT assistance: For a cohesive AI meme look, provide consistent prompts and use the same seed number, ensuring similar visuals.
- Use descriptive prompts for image generation.
- The seed number is key for consistent imagery. Note it for reference.
Step 4: Refinement through feedback
Goal: Analyze and fine-tune the generated visuals.
ChatGPT assistance: Post AI meme generation, share feedback on desired alterations. ChatGPT can adapt prompts to better match your vision.
- Focus on significant inconsistencies or inaccuracies.
- Perfection might need multiple iterations.
Step 5: Sharing time
Goal: Assemble the visuals to finalize the AI meme and share it.
ChatGPT assistance: Once the images align with your expectations, ChatGPT offers guidance on ordering them to effectively tell the meme’s story.
- Ensure the meme’s flow is logical and intuitive.
- Distribute on platforms frequented by your target audience.
Our journey of creating an AI meme
For the purposes of this tutorial, we initiated our journey by requesting ChatGPT to conceptualize two distinct characters. It was essential for us to delve into the finer details, ensuring that each character was fleshed out with attributes such as age, gender, and attire. This specificity was paramount to guarantee the relatability and authenticity of the meme’s participants.
Additionally, the setting played a pivotal role. We emphasized the importance of describing not just the location—be it indoors or outdoors—but also the nuances like the time of day and the prevailing atmosphere. These details serve as the backdrop, setting the stage and mood for the unfolding narrative.
ChatGPT-created characters and ambiance:
- Age: 28
- Gender: Female
- Attire: Wearing a navy blue business suit with a white blouse underneath, black heels, and a matching handbag. Her hair is styled in a sleek bun, and she wears minimalistic jewelry – a silver pendant necklace and stud earrings.
- Age: 32
- Gender: Male
- Attire: Sporting a casual look with a gray polo shirt, khaki trousers, brown loafers, and a leather wristwatch. His hair is short and neatly combed, with a hint of stubble on his face.
- Location: A modern, chic coffee shop with large glass windows offering a view of the bustling city outside.
- Time of day: Late afternoon, around 4 pm.
- Atmosphere: The sun casts a golden hue, creating cozy ambient lighting inside the café. The soft hum of conversations and the sound of coffee machines can be heard. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air.
Next, we prompted ChatGPT to craft a compelling dialogue that would strike a chord with viewers. We emphasized the need for a central theme or subject. The conversation was kept succinct and in tune with common experiences. It was also vital that the dialogues reflected the inherent traits of the characters.
To strike that perfect balance of humor in a meme, and to ensure the visuals remain consistent, engaging in a dialogue with ChatGPT is essential. However, this isn’t just any regular conversation. By adhering to the tips we’ve outlined above, you can steer the AI in the right direction, optimizing its creative output. It’s worth noting that, like any creative process, there can be a few misses before you hit the jackpot.
In order to not bore our readers, we share the final dialogue created by ChatGPT:
- Alex: “Updated my phone. Lost all memes.”
- Jordan: “Tech progress: 1, Human sanity: 0.”
Now it’s time to generate the images, for this we have a detailed guide on how to use DALL-E 3 on ChatGPT.
We used following prompts after creating the characters:
- Alex saying in a speech bubble: “Updated my phone. Lost all memes.” simple animation style, seed: 123
- Jordan saying in a speech bubble: “Tech progress: 1, Human sanity: 0.” simple animation style, seed: 123
We fixed some of the errors after selecting our images using Canva, and merged them into one. Here’s the result:
Featured image credit: Kerem Gülen/DALL-E 3