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Lensa app: How to use the image generator to make AI selfies

Artificial intelligence is a term thrown around a lot in the tech space, and while it's not always the easiest thing to understand, it can have some pretty fascinating uses — such as AI image generators with apps like Lensa.

Lensa is an AI-powered photo-editing app with a large swath of tools, allowing users to remove objects from photos, remove blemishes from selfies, and more. Lensa's best and most popular feature, though, is its AI selfie generator. With just a few taps, the Lensa app uses AI to generate images of yourself — with the results often looking really impressive.

Interested in using Lensa to generate your own AI selfies? Here's how to get started.

The Lensa AI app on an iPhone. Joe Maring/Digital Trends

How to use Lensa to generate AI selfies

First things first, you'll need to download the Lensa app on your smartphone. It's available for both Android and iOS, so whether you have a Google Pixel 7 or iPhone 14, you can get in on the fun just the same. Once you have the app, that's when the real fun begins.

Step 1: Open the Lensa app on your phone.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 2: Tap the Next button on the following pages to see how the Lensa app works.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 3: When you're through those pages, tap Get Started.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 4: To use Lensa's AI selfie generator, you'll want to subscribe to its paid subscription. Thankfully, a free trial is available. Tap the toggle next to Not sure yet? Enable free trial.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 5: Tap the yellow Try free Subscribe button.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 6: After completing your subscription/free trial, select the yellow Try Now button.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 7: Select Continue.

Explanation of the AI selfie generator in the Lensa AI app.

Step 8: Read Lensa's photo instructions, select the checkbox next to I agree with Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and then tap Select 10-20 photos.

Explanation of the AI selfie generator in the Lensa AI app.

Step 9: Find and select 10-20 selfies of yourself.

Selecting photos to upload to the Lensa app.

Step 10: Wait for Lensa to import your photos.

Uploading photos to the Lensa AI app.

Step 11: Select your gender.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 12: Choose how many AI avatars you want to purchase.

Step 13: After choosing how many avatars you want, tap the Purchase button at the bottom of the screen.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 14: Wait for the Lensa app to upload your photos.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 15: After uploading your photos, the Lensa app needs time to generate your AI selfie images. The Lensa app shows how much time is remaining in the middle of the screen. You can leave the app open there, or tap one of the two options at the bottom — Notify me when it's done or Hide this screen.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 16: When your AI selfie avatars are finished, open the Lensa app again and tap the smiley face icon in the upper left corner.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 17: Tap your pack of avatars.

The Lensa AI app.

Step 18: Have fun browsing through all of the AI selfies Lensa generated for you! The AI selfie images are organized by various categories, including Superhero, Mystical, Sci-fi, and more.

Step 19: Tap Save all avatars in the top right corner to save all of the AI selfies to your phone. Alternatively, tap any photo and then the Save to Photos button to save a single AI selfie.

AI selfies generated with the Lensa AI app.

Is Lensa free?

It doesn't cost any money to initially download the Lensa app. However, you will need to fork over some cash to make your AI selfies.

How much do those selfies cost? On December 1, Lensa was selling 50 AI selfies for $4, 100 selfies for $6, and 200 selfies for $8. As of December 2, though, the prices have gone up. Now, 50 selfies cost $8, 100 selfies cost $12, and 200 will set you back $16.

If you sign up for Lensa's premium subscription, one of the perks is a 51% discount on these AI selfie purchases. There are numerous plans available for Lensa's premium subscription, with the most common ones going for about $40 a year.

Android 13 logo on a Google Pixel 6a. Joe Maring/Digital Trends

Is Lensa on Android?

Even in 2022, there are still instances where some apps are available for iPhones but aren't on Android devices. This used to be more of a problem a few years ago, but it still persists today.

What about Lensa? There's good news regardless of which smartphone you use. That's because the Lensa app is available for iPhones and Android phones. So long as you have an Android phone running Android 8.0 or later, you can download Lensa and use it without a problem.

Does Lensa steal art?

The AI selfies from Lensa are undeniably cool — but they've also raised an interesting question around the app, and AI art in general. More specifically, is the Lensa app using artificial intelligence to steal artwork from real, human artists?

Artist Jenny Yokobori put together a comprehensive series of Tweets explaining why Lensa is harmful in this regard, saying "These AI steal examples of art that were born from years of practice and expensive classes." She goes on to say, "These AI aren’t harmless. They are predatory and their art will always fall short of something drawn by someone who has dedicated themselves to honing their craft."

Some artists, like Meg Rae on Twitter, have also highlighted the fact that Lensa uses Stable Diffusion to generate its AI images. Stable Diffusion is an AI model that powers the image generation. But as Meg Rae suggests, Stable Diffusion is "a legal loophole to squeeze out artists from the process for using images any for-profit corporation would have to pay for licensing fees."

So, what does all of this really mean? The Lensa app and Stable Diffusion technology aren't breaking any laws. But there is clearly an ethical gray area here that you'll have to decide if you're comfortable with it or not. The Lensa app is easy to use and generates hundreds of images for a fraction of the cost of what a human artist could offer. But is that convenience worth giving money to an AI setup instead of a real, authentic artist? That's where things can get messy.

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Is Lensa safe?

Lensa isn't the first smartphone app to offer AI photo-editing tools. Whenever an app like this comes along, one of the main questions people ask is, "Is this app safe to use?"

The Lensa app is developed by Prisma AI, which is based out of Sunnyvale, California. Prisma AI was founded in 2016, and its flagship Prisma app was awarded "App of the Year" by both Apple and Google for the App Store and Play Store, respectively.

Prisma recently told TechCrunch that the company uses AWS (Amazon Web Services) to perform the AI processing on people's selfies. Once the selfies are created, Prisma says all of your uploaded images are "immediately deleted."

It's safe to assume that every app you download collects data of some kind. And while Prisma has been transparent about how it deletes user photos and doesn't save them, some people may still not be comfortable using the app. And that's totally fine!

If you want to read the nitty-gritty about Prisma's approach to this stuff, you can read the company's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, both of which are publicly available on its website.

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