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Advanced Control with LORA Concept Sliders for Stable Diffusion

Let’s talk about an exciting new feature in the world of digital art and image generation. We’re going to explore Concept Sliders: LoRA Adaptors for Precise Control in Diffusion Models. These sliders can be used with Stable Diffusion XL!

From https://sliders.baulab.info/

Introduction to Concept Sliders

If you are reading this, you probably have generated many images using Stable Diffusion or other tools using just a text prompt as instruction. It’s fun and easy, right? But sometimes, you might feel like you’re wrestling with the model to get just the right look, despite all the clear instructions that you provided. Maybe the eyes in your portrait aren’t the exact size you want, or the lighting in your landscape isn’t quite hitting the mark. Maybe you have generated an amazing image, but there is an imperfection that you wish to correct, without creating a new image that might look too different. That’s where Concept Sliders come in to save the day!

Concept Sliders are like magic wands for creators using text-to-image models. Developed by some smart cookies from Northeastern University and MIT CSAIL, these sliders are plug-and-play adaptors that you can use on top of your existing models (like LORAs). They give you super precise control over specific attributes in your images – you can basically use the slider to adjust concepts, like a facial expression, age, hair style and even repair an image from artifacts.

The Mechanics Behind Concept Sliders

So, how do these Concept Sliders work? It’s pretty cool – they use simple text descriptions or a small set of paired images to train themselves. This way, they learn the direction of the attributes you want to tweak. When you’re generating your image, you can adjust the strength of these attributes using the sliders. It’s like having a set of sophisticated dials to adjust your image, ensuring every detail is just as you envisioned.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, for starters, it opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. Creators can now make subtle adjustments without having to rewrite their entire prompts or start from scratch. It’s a game-changer for fine-tuning and perfecting digital artworks.

Textual vs. Visual Concept Sliders

The Concept Sliders come in two flavors – Textual and Visual. Textual Concept Sliders are trained using text prompts and are great for tweaking concepts that can be easily described in words. On the other hand, Visual Concept Sliders use image pairs for training and are perfect for those intricate visual concepts that are hard to put into words.

"repair" slider on fine details: it improves the rendering of densely arranged objects, it straightens architectural lines, and it avoids blurring and distortions at the edges of complex shapes.

Detailed Control for your Generations

One of the coolest things about these sliders is their ability to disentangle attributes. This means you can adjust one aspect of your image without unintentionally changing another – like altering the age of a person in your image without affecting their race. It’s all about precision, control and saving time. No need to generate many different images until you find the perfect one, with this Concept Slider we can work on selected concepts on an image much faster and with more precision.


In a nutshell, Concept Sliders are candidates to revolutionize the way we interact with text-to-image models, similarly to ControlNet and IPAdapters. They’re making the process more intuitive, precise, and aligned with the artist’s vision. The concept of sliders is not new, you can already find several LORAs of this type in civit.ai, but these ones tend to drastically change the base image, making them less useful. Concept Sliders have the capabilities to focus on every specific concept, keeping the rest of the image untouched.


Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2311.12092

Site: https://sliders.baulab.info/

Git Repository: https://github.com/rohitgandikota/sliders

Weights: https://sliders.baulab.info/weights/xl_sliders/

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