How to create your own AI avatar using HuggingFace Diffusers and Dreambooth


Wasim Lorgat


March 6, 2023

I’m super impressed with the quality of Dreambooth using HuggingFace Diffusers 🚀 — with only 14 images of myself! These four images are created by Stable Diffusion using the same fine-tuned model with different prompts:1

Four AI-generated pictures of me.

Here are a few details that made the difference for me:

  1. High-quality data: As always, the most crucial element is data. I got away with very few images, but quality is important. I used:

    • 14 images
    • Captured around the same time, therefore same facial structure, hairstyle, etc
    • Cropped to head & shoulders
    • I was the only subject
  2. Avoid overfitting: Second most important is to avoid overfitting. I used:

    • Prior preservation loss with 90 high quality portraits scraped from Pexel via the yuvalkirstain/portrait_dreambooth HuggingFace dataset
    • Low learning rate (1e-6)
    • Low training step count (300) – adjust this based on how many images you have
  3. Train the text encoder: In addition to the U-Net. I needed to use a few of the supported memory optimization features to run this on a 16GB GPU:

  4. High-quality prompts: If you do all of the above perfectly, you still won’t get great results without high quality prompts. I’m not a prompt guru myself, so I took from the excellent prompts curated at PublicPrompts as well as Lexica.

    Even with great prompts, it is a struggle to get it to deviate from the training set. I had to tweak the order of words, and try adding and removing certain words to get it to work. For some reason, adding “Hypnotic illustration” to the start of the prompt worked consistently 🤷🏽‍♂️.

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