Artisse AI, an AI photo creation app, has successfully raised $6.7 million in a seed funding round. The app allows users to generate photos of themselves by uploading selfies combined with prompts. Unlike other apps in the market, Artisse focuses on producing more photo-realistic images, making them suitable for professional photography.
Artisse users upload their photos to train the AI, which then generates new photos based on text or image prompts in various settings, postures, and styles. The app’s proprietary model, combined with open-source elements, contributes to creating hyper-realistic images. Artisse has gained popularity, becoming a top photo app on the Google Play Store in several markets.
The app, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times, has created over 5 million photos, reaching an estimated 43 million people across social media. Artisse’s unique approach to creating more realistic AI-generated images has attracted attention, resulting in its seed funding round.
The funding will support Artisse in advancing its technology and expanding its features. The company aims to innovate on the product side to provide users with a set of features for creating the best images. Artisse’s focus on producing realistic images has set it apart in the competitive AI photo creation space.
Artisse was founded by William Wu, who previously worked in investment and strategy at McKinsey & Co. and Oaktree Capital. The app’s technology requires longer training times, around 30 to 40 minutes, but the resulting AI images are more realistic than some competitors. Artisse plans to explore applications beyond consumer photos, such as virtual fitting room tech for online shopping and a group photo feature. The seed funding round was led by The London Fund, and the company is still open to additional investments.