Everyone wants to get in on the AI image generation action, but if you’re intimidated by the existing options out there based on Stable Diffusion, including the Midjourney Discord bot, you’re in luck: Diffusion Bee is a simple Mac app that gives you everything you need to generate your own images from text prompts using the open-source AI framework for image generation.
Developed by Divam Gupta, the app does not require any technical expertise and can be installed on M1 Macs via drag and drop. However, you’ll need an M1 or M2 Mac with at least macOS 15.2 – the app uses Apple Silicon’s built-in AI smarts and runs the Stable Diffusion model locally, which has the added benefit of not sending anything to servers. sent .
You can adjust settings, including the height and width of the image, as well as the number of steps the model goes through to generate your result, and the “Guidance Scale” – how much importance the model places on your text prompts when generating the results. Note that in my testing at least, adjusting these parameters higher than the defaults resulted in a large increase in the time it took to produce the images.
This is an extremely easy (and free) way to get started with Stable Diffusion yourself, provided you have a Mac to use it.