ChatGPT can now process photos
ChatGPT isn’t only a tool for writing texts any longer – it can now process your photos, too! As a part of the latest beta features, you can now apply basic enhancements to your photos such as brightness, contrast, grain, even color grading. Of course, I just had to test it out, and I’ll show you how to do it and how it performs.
Meet ChatGPT’s Code interpreter
Code interpreter is the tool behind this latest AI magic. OpenAI is rolling it out in beta to all ChatGPT Plus users this week. It lets ChatGPT run code, optionally with access to files you’ve uploaded. “You can ask ChatGPT to analyze data, create charts, edit files, perform math, etc.,” OpenAI writes in a statement. But what we’re interested here is image editing… But we’ll get to that. Let’s enable it first.
How to enable code interpreter?
As I mentioned, the Code Interpreter is only available for ChatGPT’s Plus users. So if you’re among them, here’s how to access it. Click on your name on the bottom left, then choose “Settings.” Select “beta features,” and then toggle on the beta features you’d like to try.
How to use ChatGPT for photo editing
When you turn on the Code interpreter, you’ll see a little “+” icon on the left side of your text bar in ChatGPT. Here, you can upload the photo you want to edit. Once the upload is complete, you can enter your text and tell ChatGPT what you do as you normally would.
For example, you can write something like, “Make this image 50% brighter, convert it to black and white, add 10% grain, and color grade it in yellow and blue.” What I particularly like is that the program tells you what it will do to get your results. It also tells you if something is difficult, or if something is an artistic choice (like color grading). I’ll show you some of my examples below so you get a picture (no pun intended).
I started with a cat photo and kept it simple. The result was pretty good; accurate.
Then I experimented a bit, and here are the rest of the prompts and the results with this image (before I actually figured out how to color grade it:
Next, I tried one photo from a recent protest in my hometown. I played with adding grain and then denoising the image, all I can say is: yikes!
I tried color-grading it, and it took a few attempts:
Tips for editing photos in ChatGPT
Just like letting ChatGPT write texts for you, letting it edit your images is still a bit of a guessing game. But here are a few quick tips I picked up:
Be specific: visualize your resulting image and be really specific when telling ChatGPT what to do with it. If you’re not happy, you can adjust your prompts as you go.
Always start with the original photo: if you’re not happy with the result, enter your prompt from scratch and make it refer to the original image. Do this especially if you applied irreversible changes, like adding noise or color grading.
Use hex codes: if you have very specific colors in mind for color grading, use Hex codes.
Use percentages: ChatGPT doesn’t know what it means to make a photo ” a little” or “a lot” brighter, for example. So, when writing prompts, be mathematical and use percentages for the most accurate results.
There’s so much more to explore and learn in this realm of ChatGPT, but I must say that I enjoyed it during this short test I performed. I mean, if we can use it for text-to-video, video calls, and even writing a photoshoot setup – why not photo editing, too?
Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.