Monday night’s ‘Garden of Time’-themed Met Gala was the place to be seen for the biggest names in music, film, and fashion — even if some stars weren’t really there.

DailyMail.com has talked to two superfans of pop star Katy Perry, whose work with AI image-generators ‘imagined’ what Perry might have worn to the gala so vividly they even fooled Perry’s own mother.

‘I intend to continue creating content that inspires and enchants fans, without disrespecting the artist’s image,’ Brazilian fan ‘Sali’ told DailyMail.com of his work.

Sali — who also crafted an uncanny AI fake of Billie Eilish at last night’s gala — knows his work is ‘sparking debates about ethical AI use,’ particularly in an election year that has already seen AI-faked Biden robocalls and AI images of Trump supporters.

DailyMail.com has talked to two superfans of chart-topping pop artist Katy Perry, whose work with artificial intelligence (AI) image-generators 'imagined' what Perry might have worn to the gala. The finished product was so vivid that the fans even fooled Katy Perry's own mother

DailyMail.com has talked to two superfans of chart-topping pop artist Katy Perry, whose work with artificial intelligence (AI) image-generators 'imagined' what Perry might have worn to the gala. The finished product was so vivid that the fans even fooled Katy Perry's own mother

DailyMail.com has talked to two superfans of chart-topping pop artist Katy Perry, whose work with artificial intelligence (AI) image-generators ‘imagined’ what Perry might have worn to the gala. The finished product was so vivid that the fans even fooled Katy Perry’s own mother

Brazilian Katy Perry fan 'Sali' told DailyMail.com he knows his work is 'sparking debates about ethical AI use,' particularly in an election year. But this sincere and dedicated Perry fan hopes there will still be freedom for creating 'positive and admirable content' with advanced AI

Brazilian Katy Perry fan 'Sali' told DailyMail.com he knows his work is 'sparking debates about ethical AI use,' particularly in an election year. But this sincere and dedicated Perry fan hopes there will still be freedom for creating 'positive and admirable content' with advanced AI

Brazilian Katy Perry fan ‘Sali’ told DailyMail.com he knows his work is ‘sparking debates about ethical AI use,’ particularly in an election year. But this sincere and dedicated Perry fan hopes there will still be freedom for creating ‘positive and admirable content’ with advanced AI

But this sincere and dedicated Katy Perry fan hopes there will still be freedom for the creation of ‘positive and admirable content’ with the shockingly advanced tech, as he explained to DailyMail.com the craftsman-like process he used to make his fakes. 

Sali, a nickname for the AI-image maker whose first name is Gustavo and who wishes to remain private, explained that his process was more than making an AI prompt.

‘She was made by AI on Bing,’ Sali told DailyMail.com, ‘ then I remastered everything and added her face.’ 

Launched in March of 2023 as a new feature for Microsoft’s search engine Bing,  Copilot Designer helps users ‘create images from words with AI’.

The tool, though powerful, is far from perfect according to Sali, who describes Bing’s offering as ‘one of the best AIs for creating looks’ and ideal for ‘creativity generation.’ 

‘The attempts on Bing to generate an image are varied until I reach the result I consider perfect,’ he said.

Once the app has whipped up some captivating images, Sali turns to Leonardo.AI, a Sydney, Australia-based generative AI start-up, for fine-tuning.

‘It’s an AI that adds quality and realism to the image,’ the Katy Perry fan said. ‘So, after generating the image with Bing, I send it to Leonardo, which adds skin texture, realism, and then makes final adjustments in Photoshop.’

Brazilian Katy Perry fan Sali also dabbles in making AI images of other celebrities. 'One edit that caused quite a stir was the one of Billie Eilish at the recent Met Gala,' he told DailyMail.com

Brazilian Katy Perry fan Sali also dabbles in making AI images of other celebrities. 'One edit that caused quite a stir was the one of Billie Eilish at the recent Met Gala,' he told DailyMail.com

Brazilian Katy Perry fan Sali also dabbles in making AI images of other celebrities. ‘One edit that caused quite a stir was the one of Billie Eilish at the recent Met Gala,’ he told DailyMail.com

Social media feeds were crowded with AI-made fakes pretending to show images of the rich and famous at the 2024 Met Gala, including this lifelike image of Rihanna (above). This Rihanna image, however, was not made by Sali or his fellow fan Kauán

Social media feeds were crowded with AI-made fakes pretending to show images of the rich and famous at the 2024 Met Gala, including this lifelike image of Rihanna (above). This Rihanna image, however, was not made by Sali or his fellow fan Kauán

Social media feeds were crowded with AI-made fakes pretending to show images of the rich and famous at the 2024 Met Gala, including this lifelike image of Rihanna (above). This Rihanna image, however, was not made by Sali or his fellow fan Kauán

Using Adobe’s tried and true image and photo editing suite, Sali explained, allows him to subtle correct the facial proportions on his AI Katy Perry and sometimes insert real photos of her face into the AI-generated image ‘editing them as necessary.’

‘I also edit faces of other celebrities besides Katy. One edit that caused quite a stir was the one of Billie Eilish at the recent Met Gala.’

A fellow Perry fan, Kauán, who goes by @wanthatoo on the Elon Musk-owned social media site X, told DailyMail.com that he was allowed to play a minor role as ‘part of the creative process.’

Kauán, via Portuguese translation, told DailyMail.com that he was thrilled and relieved that Katy Perry herself appeared to give her blessing to the project, retroactively, giving X posts of Sali’s AI images a ‘Like’ on the platform.

‘The use of edits with artificial intelligence, in this case, as fan-made is not necessarily harmful, right?’ Kauán opined.

‘However, it is clear that it has the potential for harmful uses for society,’ the fan admitted, ‘with deepfakes, creation of child pornography, political use […] etc!’

Katy Perry posted a screencap of her conversation with her mother, who had fallen for the viral images, thinking here daughter had attended the Met Gala this year (above)

Katy Perry posted a screencap of her conversation with her mother, who had fallen for the viral images, thinking here daughter had attended the Met Gala this year (above)

Though she warned her mother to 'BEWARE!' Perry ultimately gave her AI-image-making fans a tacit 'Like' of approval (above)

Though she warned her mother to 'BEWARE!' Perry ultimately gave her AI-image-making fans a tacit 'Like' of approval (above)

While Katy Perry posted a screencap of her conversation with her mother, who had fallen for the viral images, thinking here daughter had attended the Met Gala this year (left), warning her to ‘BEWARE’ she ultimately gave her AI-image-making fans a tacit ‘Like’ of approval (right)

‘Receiving approval from Katy Perry was gratifying and motivates me to move forward, aware of the responsibility I carry,’ Sali told DailyMail.com of the quiet bode of confidence.

The songwriter also posted a screencap of her conversation with her mother, who had fallen for the viral images, thinking here daughter had attended the Met Gala this year.

‘lol mom the AI got you too, BEWARE!’ Perry texted back, based on the screencapture. 

Marveling at the uproar and attention, Sali said, ‘I feel very happy, yet at the same time, very scared of the scale it has taken’

‘It’s been very, very … crazy,’ Sali told DailyMail.com. 

While he personally find this new era of hyper-advanced and hyper-realistic AI-image making ‘incredible,’ he understands that his ethically motivated approach is not the only one being practiced.

‘On my profile, I dedicate all my edits to Katy Perry. I seek only to praise her beauty and create concepts, avoiding sexualization,’ Sali said.

‘I understand it may cause discomfort for some, but I’m committed to creating positive and admirable content.’

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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