Stable Diffusion Tutorials

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You want to start to create AI images using Stable Diffusion, but you don’t know where to start: there are so many new resources, tools and techniques that might make feel you overwhelmed.

On this page, I have gathered and organized information providing some resources and several Stable Diffusion tutorials. I’ve included basic methods for running it locally or online, along with fundamental tutorials showcasing common techniques for generating images or videos.

At its most basic level, Stable Diffusion is a tool capable of transforming text into images. It is a mode (a file), that has undergone extensive training on billions of existing images. This enables it to generate new images based on your textual instructions.


Prompts

You will encounter this word and its derivatives frequently: prompt, negative prompt, prompt engineering… If you don’t know what a prompt is, it’s simply the textual input description that we provide to the model. It’s the primary means by which we interact with Stable Diffusion, enabling us to communicate what we want the model to create. While it’s just a simple text, it’s not exactly like conversing with a person: you need to be precise and provide proper keywords to get the best results.

If you’re seeking inspiration for prompts, you can use tools such as Lexica.art or Prompt Hero, for example.

Run Online

If you don’t have a powerful Mac or PC (with a good GPU), you can run Stable Diffusion using many available apps or websites. There are some free possibilities, usually with long waiting times or limited generations, and of course paid options.

Websites

DreamStudio: Official application directly from Stability.AI.

Stable UI: A free tools powered by Stable Horde that uses shared GPUs to generate images.

RunwayML: The creators of Stable Diffusion, very good interface to also generate videos.

OpenArt: highly versatile with many se cases available using workflows.

Mobile Apps

Draw Things (iOS): It can run Stable Diffusion locally on a recent iPhone.

ImmaginAI (iOS +Android) : Simple Ai Generator powered by Stable Horde.

Local Installation

If you’re looking to start generating AI images on your local PC, here you’ll find essential Stable Diffusion tutorials to explore its key tools, including LORAs, ControlNet, Inpainting, Stable Video Diffusion, SDXL Turbo, and more.

This collection also includes articles on some of the main user interfaces, specifically: stable-diffusion-webui (automatic1111), ComfyUI, and Fooocus.


Stable Diffusion Tutorials

Most of the techniques shown in these tutorials can only be executed locally, but you can apply the knowledge in other tools as well. The aim is to keep the explanations simple and easily understandable.