Microsoft Designer Reviews | AI image creation service into Microsoft 365

The upcoming Microsoft Designer is a must-try visual art design tool. After Clipchamp, it can be said that it is the best consumer app Microsoft has ever made.

Why use a designer program? There are two reasons: AI art and templates. In Designer, users can combine virtually unlimited AI art with intelligently suggested templates that can create complete projects in seconds.

It was last October that Microsoft announced Microsoft Designer. It is currently only open to a small group of testers in preview mode. PCWorld was accessed via a preview code shared on Twitter, and Microsoft adds users this way. After downloading your first creation, you will receive 3 additional license codes to share with anyone you like. AI art capabilities will be shared with Image Creator, a Microsoft Edge browser tool, and Microsoft Designer will eventually become part of Microsoft 365.

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Interestingly, Designer isn’t an enterprise tool, at least not for now. The published preview code does not work with Enterprise or Education accounts. Instead, Microsoft personal accounts can use Microsoft Designer, perhaps in keeping with the overall thematic consciousness that designers are, above all, consumer tools.

In fact, Designer feels like a complementary tool to Microsoft’s Clip Champ, a web-based video editor that launched earlier this year. Microsoft acquired Clip Champ, but it’s unclear where the resources used for the designer came from. However, the designer UI and layout are reminiscent of a more refined version of Clip Champ. If you recently installed a new Windows 11 PC, the layout will look very familiar. However, as PCWorld’s review of Clip Champ, its web-based nature raises some issues. When I went back to the designer tab the next morning, I had to reload the page because the open designer tab gave me an error message. (My project stayed the same.)

How to use Microsoft Designer

Microsoft Designer is a personal program that allows you to quickly and easily create professional-quality designs. © Mark Hachman / IDG

In fact, you’ll be able to create professional-looking images in just a few minutes. Designers don’t waste time. After a short animation on, the designer gets to work right away. There are three entry points. What I want to say, what I want to show, what I want to create.

It is the designer’s strength to design by intelligently utilizing the signal that the user throws. By typing ‘Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary’ into the (add text) field of the new design title, designers can create a range of anniversary cards featuring images of rings and cakes in seconds. Type in Little League Pizza Party and you’ll see 12 designs with different fonts and pizza background images.

AI, but not the flashy kind. It’s more of a smart, helpful app that gives you the features you need and then walks away.

All you have to do is type in a few hint words so we can suggest the image you want. © Mark Hachman / IDG

You can also start with an image or photo stored on your computer. Since the app doesn’t yet know what message the user is trying to convey, the layout needs to be adjusted to indicate the intent, such as an invitation or congratulations. The ability to precisely center the focus of the photo was also excellent.

By selecting a template, users can always quickly change to another template on the fly. Users can also add to the scene using some suggested elements (shown on the left of the workspace). But honestly, these templates are so clean and polished that it almost seems like a waste to mess with them.

I uploaded a photo of a sunset in the Bay Area and found dozens of templates using this image. © Mark Hachman / IDG

Powerful AI rather than flashy

Also, designers do not value AI art, which is the core of the app. The third item on the designer’s starting page is ‘Create an image using description’, and it is the most outstanding item in the designer. You can create almost any kind of custom background here.

The concept of the AI ​​image generation service, which started to gain a lot of popularity last summer, is simple. If you enter an image or scene you want to see as text, the AI ​​service creates a matching image. A beach ball and a wedding, a dentist and a gorilla drawn in the style of Andy Warhol, a samurai koala that feels like a pencil sketch, any imagination or combination is possible.

In fact, as you type into the text prompt, Microsoft lists suggestions for further tweaking of your input to give you ideas on how to tweak the end result. I’m honestly a bit confused. Because it’s not entirely intuitive to click the purple arrow icon to start generating results and get three results to choose from.

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Of course, the results are not perfect. But for a random query in a designer program, it yields pretty good results.

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