Guide to Leonardo® Apprentice

Creating in Leonardo® Design Studio can be both fun and productive with dozens of intuitive tools to use! However, not everyone has the time to use these tools to bring their artistic ideas to life. Enter Leonardo Apprentice: the AI-assisted tool to help creators of all skill levels jumpstart their designs!

What is Leonardo Apprentice?

Leonardo Apprentice is a generative art tool that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to turn your ideas into raster or vector images that can be used right inside Leonardo Design Studio!

The AI behind Leonardo Apprentice is trained primarily on open-source, publicly available images to “learn” how to create imagery. Leonardo Apprentice will do its best to interpret users’ prompts to create the artwork you’re looking for.

Welcome to Leonardo Apprentice splash screen.

It’s important to note that AI art is by no means a replacement for human-generated content. Rather, Leonardo Apprentice is designed as a fun feature to assist creators and provide inspiration for their next piece of artwork.

Sound interesting? Let’s dive in!

Leonardo Apprentice Overview

Finding Leonardo Apprentice

To access Leonardo Apprentice, you’ll first need to make sure you’re signed in to your Siser account with Leonardo Design Studio. Once you’re logged in, simply navigate to the Design Library via the navigation bar on the left side of the screen.

Once you’re in the Design Library, look next to the search bar. You’ll see a blue button that says— you guessed it— “Leonardo Apprentice”! Click this to begin.

Image Types

Leonardo Apprentice page.

Welcome to the Leonardo Apprentice page! This is where you can type in your prompts to generate either a vector or raster image. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked!

Vector artwork is when an image is made up of points and lines that allow it to be scaled to any size without losing quality. Vector images are typically made up of solid colors or simple gradients and can be recognized as cut lines.

SVGs are the most common type of vector images, but you may also see them as EPS, PDF, DXF, or other file types.

Raster artwork is when an image is made up of colorful pixels. Raster images allow for true full-color digital artwork, such as photographs. Print and cut projects frequently involve the use of raster images.

Some of the most common file types of raster images are JPG, PNG, and TIFF.

AI generated vector image of cheese.AI generated raster image of cheese.

Token System

Now that you know about the two main types of file formats, you maybe itching to create with Leonardo Apprentice. But first we must discuss the Token system!

Using AI to generate images is a demanding process. To prevent Leonardo Apprentice from becoming overwhelmed, we use a Token system to generate prompts. Think of Tokens as the “currency” used to operate Apprentice.

Leonardo Apprentice Tokens.

Each prompt entered into Leonardo Apprentice uses 1 Token, regardless of a vector or raster request. Entering the same prompt twice will generate a new image and therefore uses another token, so think carefully before spending them!

All Leonardo Design Studio users (Basic and Pro) receive 10 free Tokens to use with Leonardo Apprentice. Pro users will also receive 30 tokens every calendar month! However, Tokens don’t roll over, so make sure you use them before the month is up.

Leonardo Apprentice Walkthrough

Now that you’ve got the gist of what Leonardo Apprentice is about, I’ll walk you through the process of using it for both vector and raster images!

Vector

When you select the “Vector” tab, you’ll notice that there is a “Pro Tips” and “Art Styles” dropdown. We’ll discuss the Pro Tips in a bit, but for now let’s look at the Art Styles.

Leonardo Apprentice allow you to choose between 3 different art styles for your vector image prompt: Simple, Medium, or Complex.

For this demonstration, I’ll be using the “Medium” image style. Underneath is the “Prompt” text field. This is where you really make the magic happen!

Type in the image that you’d like Leonardo Apprentice to generate. It’s best to keep the requests relatively simple as Apprentice can get a bit confused with lengthy or highly specific prompts.

With a prompt typed in, hit “Generate” and let AI do its thing. You’ll also get to enjoy some AI generated vector images of clocks while you wait!

After a brief loading screen, Leonardo Apprentice will present your image! If you’re happy with the results, you can click “Download” to save it to your computer or “Open” to drop it right onto the Design Page to edit!

Vector image of a mouse on a bicycle.

If it’s looking a little messy (it is AI art after all), you can also click “Clean Up” to simplify it.

In the Clean Up window, the slider on the bottom can be adjusted to your liking. The higher the percentage, the more the image will be simplified, and the fewer colors will be used. Click “Simplify” to see a preview, and when you’re happy with the results, you can Download or Open the image.

Grouping by Color

If you do drop your new vector artwork into the Design Page, you may notice that the layers are not grouped by color bur rather all lumped into one mega-group. I have a quick trick to fix this!

First, right-clock and ungroup your image (or press CTRL+U / CMD+U). Then click the “Layers” tab to view all the colors in your image. Select any one of the colors/layers and then click the “More…” option at the bottom of the panel.

Click “Select current color” and Leonardo will expand your selection to include every layer that matches that color! Now you can press CTRL + G / CMD + G to group the colors together. Repeat for the remaining colors until all are grouped!

And there you have it— you’re ready to cut! But before you start having Apprentice crank out vector images for you, there’s some Pro Tips we should discuss!

Vector Pro Tips

Now you’re ready to create cuttable vector images with Leonardo Apprentice! But if you want to create full-color raster images, keep reading!

Raster

Back on the Leonardo Apprentice page, clicking the “Raster” tab will bring up a similar screen to the Vector tab, without the Art Styles dropdown.

Generating raster images works mostly the same way as vector images: simply type your prompt into the text field and hit “Generate”! Just like with vector images, short and simple prompts will give a better result.

This time, you get to enjoy a brief loading screen featuring raster images of clocks! Fascinating!

When Leonardo Apprentice is done processing your prompt, it will present your image!

AI generated raster image of a mouse on a bicycle.

Because there are no layers in a raster image, there’s no Clean Up tool needed here. If you’re satisfied with Apprentice’s creation, click “Download” to save it to your computer!

After downloading, you can then Import your image into the Design Page within Leonardo and set it up for a Print & Cut design!

Raster Pro Tips

In addition to the vector Pro Tips, it’s good practice to keep the following in mind when generating raster images.

Now go ahead and create those full-color raster images with Leonardo Apprentice!

Leonardo Apprentice Video Tutorial

Need to see a more visual walkthrough? We got you! Check out our video below to see Leonardo Apprentice in action.

Ready to try Apprentice for yourself? Fire up Leonardo Design Studio to create with it now or click the button below to download the software for free!