Variations on a theme

Winkletter  •  22 Sept 2022   •    

As I was working today with Stable Diffusion to generate art for the card deck I’m developing, it suddenly hit me. If I can create a deck of cards with artwork in a couple days, then I can create variations just as easily. And since I’m planning to use a print on demand publisher, I can create and upload multiple themed decks with almost no investment.

The original deck I’m creating now is themed for middle-grade/young adult since that’s my main genre of interest, but I could easily make decks for other genres like noir, sci-fi and fantasy. It probably wouldn’t take more than a few days to create each set and upload them to the service.

When I think of what my prototype looked like from June, compared to what I’m able to make now, the difference is quite shocking.

Screenshot of some cards


Oh man! That’s amazing. Wish I had this tool to play with (in hi-res).
The colouring book options are endless for publishing on Amazon!

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tao  •  22 Sept 2022, 5:22 pm

Wow the cards look amazing!

jasonleow  •  23 Sept 2022, 12:22 am

@tao This turned out to be a good project for this since I could use the default 512-pixel resolution. But it helped running it on my own PC since I had to generate over 1500 images to find 54 that worked. It might be time to research print on demand coloring books.

@jasonleow Yes they are surprising. While it helps that I have experience with image editing and publishing, the AI-generated assets really make a huge difference in quality. The consistent style of the art brings it all together and that’s something I could only have done if I drew the art myself or hired someone to illustrate over 50 images.

Winkletter  •  23 Sept 2022, 1:29 pm

I’m starting to think this is a great blend of your writing and art skills. Great images with great writing!

jasonleow  •  24 Sept 2022, 8:15 am