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Creations, Chats, & Challenges: NightCafe Studio (Part I)

Updated: Mar 6

AI Art. Illustration of a woman with rainbow hair dancing in a futuristic black and iridescent dress against a black background.

@NightCafeStudio reached out to me a couple weeks ago about a Creator Collaboration, and I have been checking out their platform. So far, I am impressed!


NightCafe is an AI art generation platform that is unique for its social and challenge systems. It’s not usual for platforms to allow you to view and like others’ work, but NightCafe actively encourages social interaction and allows you to create chatrooms and challenges to further interact with other people.


NightCafe also gives the option to publish creations or keep them private. This allows for better curation of the creation feed and allows people to opt out. 


Additionally, images may be uploaded from other AI art generators. These cannot be used in Daily Challenges and may be excluded from community challenges, but they can still be commented on, liked, and even given a “Buy Link” if you are selling an NFT or print of that particular image.


Today we will look at how to get started with NightCafe and the ways you might earn free credits. In Part II, we’ll take a closer look at the image creation as well as chats and challenges.


Referral Link

If you create an account after using a referral link (here is mine) you will be able to help your referrer earn credits. You can find your own referral link later under your account menu (the “Refer Friends” option) once you have created an account.


Feel free to link your referral link in the comments or QT this article with your link included!


Account Creation

NightCafe’s account creation is a little different than standard, so we’ll walk through it. 


There are two different ways to get an account. 


The first way is to select the empty profile image in the upper right and select “Log in” then log in through Google or another method. This will set you up with information from that method’s account. To change your username, click the profile picture and then click the “Edit Profile” button.


The second way is a little more complicated. If you go to NightCafe and click “create,” you are able to create a temporary account with five free credits to try. 


To create a permanent, full-fledged account, you will want to click the empty profile image in the upper right and select “View Profile.” From here click “Open Full Profile” then the “Edit Profile” button. It will prompt you for better log in information and then you will be able to edit the username and profile.


Credits

The little number on your profile icon is the number of credits you have. 


When you see numbers on other people’s profile pics (or yours when in profile view), this is instead the number of days they have been active on the platform.


Credits are used to create images. Different image settings have different credit requirements, but there are settings under which you can generate for free. Here's one such set:


Model: DreamShaper v8

# of Images: 1

Output Resolution: Thumb

Runtime: Short


If you would just like to play around with the creator and maybe get an idea of what kind of output a prompt might give, you can give it a try with these settings as to not waste credits.


Earning Credits

In NightCafe, you can get free credits by earning badges. You can claim the credits from these badges in the Inbox (the bell icon in the upper right). You also get 5 free credits once per day. Days reset at Midnight UTC.


Here is a list of badges and their descriptions from the website along with how many credits each is worth:


Repeatable

Badge

Objective

Repeats

Credits

Love Bomber

Like 25 creations

Daily

5

Hospitable

Like and comment on 10 creations by newbies (must have 50+ followers to qualify)

Daily

5

Daily Voter

Vote for 40 entries in today’ official daily challenge

Per Challenge

2

5 Day Streak

Create for 5 consecutive days

Every 5 in Streak

5

(Eagle) 5 Day Streak

Reach “Eagle” streak rank then earn for every 5 consecutive days

Every 5 after Eagle

10

‘Grammer

Post a creation to Instagram & mention @NightCafeStudio. You must have 50+ followers.

10x a Day*

3

TikToker

Post a creation to TikTok & mention @NightCafeStudio. You must have 50+ followers.

10x a Day*

3

Daily Winner

Win an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

250

Daily Runner-Up

Come second in an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

150

Daily Bronze

Come third in an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

50

Daily 5%

Be in the top 5% of entries in an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

20

Daily 10%

Be in the top 10% of entries in an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

10

Daily 20%

Be in the top 20% of entries in an official daily challenge

Per Challenge

5

Survey (short)

Complete a short survey when requested via the Inbox

Per Survey

10

Survey (medium)

Complete a medium length survey when requested via the Inbox

Per Survey

25

Survey (long)

Complete a long survey when requested via the Inbox

Per Survey

40

BOOM!

Win a community challenge with at least 5 players**

Per Challenge

3

Piece of Cake

Win a community challenge with at least 20 players**

Per Challenge

5

Pro Gamer

Win a community challenge with at least 100 players**

Per Challenge

10

AI Royalty

Win a community challenge with at least 500 players**

Per Challenge

20

Time to pay

Host a community challenge with at least 5 players**

Per Challenge

1

Ready, set, go!

Host a community challenge with at least 20 players**

Per Challenge

3

Hot stuff

Host a community challenge with at least 100 players**

Per Challenge

10

Cat herder

Host a community challenge with at least 500 players**

Per Challenge

20

* “Social badges can be earned up to 10 times per day total. The limit is collective, not per social platform.”

** A player is someone who both enters and votes/ranks entries.


Non-Repeatable


Badge

Objective

Credits

Admirer

Like 10 creations

1

Enthusiast

Like 50 creations

2

Aficionado

Like 100 creations

5

Critic

Like 500 creations

10

Connoisseur

Like 1,000 creations

20

Lover

Like 10,000 creations

50

Distinguished

Complete your profile

3

Connected

Sign up to NightCafe

3

Newbie

Publish a creation

1

Amateur

Publish 5 creations

2

Confident

Publish 10 creations

2

Experienced

Publish 20 creations 

2

Pro

Publish 50 creations

4

Prolific

Publish 100 creations

10

Master

Publish 500 creations

30

Grand Master

Publish 1,000 creations

50

AI Art Whisperer

Publish 10,000 creations

100

Not bad!

Get 5 likes on one of your creations

1

Nice

Get 10 likes on one of your creations

2

Wow

Get 25 likes on one of your creations

4

Amazing

Get 50 likes on one of your creations

8

Stunning

Get 100 likes on one of your creations

15

Incredible

Get 500 likes on one of your creations

25

Fabulous

Get 1,000 likes on one of your creations

50

10k

Get 10k likes on one of your creations

100

50k

Get 50k likes on one of your creations

250

100k

Get 100k likes on one of your creations

1,000

Popular Comment

Get 5 likes on one of your comments

1

Sweet Comment

Get 10 likes on one of your comments

2

Rad Comment

Get 25 likes on one of your comments

4

Amazing Comment

Get 50 likes on one of your comments

8

Stunning Comment

Get 100 likes on one of your comments

15

One Hit Wonder

Get a like on one of your creations

1

Up and Coming

Get 10 total likes on your creations

2

Rising Star

Get 100 total likes on your creations

5

Veteran

Get 250 total likes on your creations

20

Superstar

Get 500 total likes on your creations

40

Legend

Get 1,000 total likes on your creations

80

Sensation

Get 10k total likes on your creations

100

Phenomenon

Get 50k total likes on your creations

250

Centurion

Get 100k total likes on your creations

1,000

Immortal

Get 1 million total likes on your creations

5,000

Patron

Get 1 follower

2

Local

Get 10 followers

5

Sociable

Get 50 followers

10

Charismatic

Get 100 followers

20

Influencer

Get 500 followers

100

Celebrity

Get 1,000 followers

250

Kardashian

Get 5,000 followers

500

Friendly

Follow 5 users

2

Supporter

Follow 10 users

5

Groupie

Follow 50 users

10

Hall of Famer

Special badge, awarded by NightCafe staff

500

Guru

Special badge, awarded by NightCafe staff

500

Contributor

Special badge, awarded by NightCafe staff

500

Top Hourly

Get enough likes to top the hourly creation list. (Uploaded creations not eligible.)

100

Top Daily

Get enough likes to top the daily creation list. (Uploaded creations not eligible. Creation that scored 5% or better in a daily challenge not eligible.)

200

Top Hourly

Get enough likes to top the weekly creation list. (Uploaded creations not eligible.)

300

Top Monthly

Get enough likes to top the monthly creation list. (Uploaded creations not eligible.)

400

Top All Time

Get enough likes to top the all time creation list. (Uploaded creations not eligible.)

500

First Comment

Get 1 comment

2

Popular

Get 10 comments

4

Noteworthy

Get 50 comments

10

Remarkable

Get 100 comments

30

Impressive

Get 500 comments

50

Trending

Get 1,000 comments

100

Celebrated

Get 5,000 comments

200

Discussion

Get 5 comments on one of your creations

1

Hot topic

Get 10 comments on one of your creations

2

Water cooler

Get 25 comments on one of your creation

4

Controversial

Get 50 comments on one of your creation

10

Blowing up

Get 500 comment on one of your creations

20

Viral

Get 1,000 comments on one of your creations

50

Tippee

Get a tip on one of your creations

10

Gilded

Get a tip on one of your comments

10

Tipper

Tip another user’s creation

5

Thread Master

Tip another user’s comment

5

High Roller

Tip someone the maxim amount

25

Be my guest

Host a chat session

2

Party starter

Host a chat session with at least 5 participants

5

Juggler

Host a chat session with at least 20 participant

10

Flash mob

Host a chat session with at least 100 participants

20

Welcome to the party

Join a chat session

2

Highly evolved

Have 5 different creators evolve a creation, back to back, in a continuous chain within a 1 hour period

20

Share the fun

Share any creation in a chat session

2

Mix it up

Evolve a creation that has been shared by another user in chat

2

Subscriber

Opt-in to receive email newsletters from NightCafe

3

FOMO

Accept push notifications on your device

3

2-Day Streak

Create for 2 days in a row

10

Bee

Create your first creation

1

Owl

Create something 30 days in a row

30

Horse

Create something 100 days in a row

100

Bear

Create something 200 days in a row 

200

Eagle

Create something 365 day in a row

365

Not Just Lucky

Win your first community challenge with at least 5 players*

5

Wanna play?

Host your first community challenge with at least 5 players*

5

Get your game on

Play in your first community challenge with at least 5 players*

5

Everybody hurts

Come last in a community challenge with at least of 10 players*

5

Chosen

Have another player rank your entry a their top position in a community challenge with a least 10 players*

5

Adjustments made

Publish a creation made using a Fine Tuned Model

10

LoRA Pupil

Reach 100 total creations made by your published LoRA

5

LoRA Student

Reach 1,000 total creations made by your published LoRA

20

LoRA Devotee

Reach 10k total creations made by your published LoRA

40

LoRA Protege

Reach 30k total creations made by your published LoRA

80

LoRA Adherent

Reach 100k total creations made by your published LoRA

100

LoRA Teacher

Reach 300k total creations made by your published LoRA

250

LoRA Lord

Reach 500k total creations made by your published LoRA

1,000

LoRA Acolyte

Reach 1m total creations made by your published LoRA

5,000

Okay LoRA

Reach 5 total likes on your published LoRA

1

Nice LoRA

Reach 10 total likes on your published LoRA

2

Good LoRA

Reach 25 total likes on your published LoRA

3

Great LoRA

Reach 50 total likes on your published LoRA

5

Pivotal LoRA

Reach 100 total likes on your published LoRA

10

Leading LoRA

Reach 500 total likes on your published LoRA

20

Strong LoRA

Reach 1,000 total likes on your published LoRA

40

Inspiring LoRA

Reach 5,000 total likes on your published LoRA

80

Influential LoRA

Reach 10k total likes on your published LoRA

100

My First LoRA

Publish your first LoRA

5

LoRA Creator

Publish 5 LoRAs

20

LoRA Maker

Publish 10 LoRAs

40

LoRA Grower

Publish 25 LoRAs

80

LoRA Smith

Publish 50 LoRAs

100

LoRA Producer

Publish 100 LoRA

250

* A player is someone who both enters and votes/ranks entries.


Buying Credits

Whew, that was alot of badges – thanks for sticking with me!


In addition to the free credits, you have the option to buy one-time credit packs or a monthly subscription. 


Subscriptions may be paid for monthly or quarterly with quarterly saving you 20% over monthly. Subscription credits roll over and you get perks such as advanced public searches, a PRO badge on your profile pic, the ability to tip other creators, and access to the Creative Upscaler, PRO-only models, and community fine-tuned models 


Additionally, they have a limited time offer right now that nets you 50% more credits for your first month.


Conclusion

To tell you the truth, I'm a sucker for a gamification and I love how this platform uses it to encourage interaction -- something I have found lacking on most other AI art platforms.


I will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" X Space with @NightCafeStudio and running a community challenge on NightCafe, so look out for those announcements in the future. And of course, stay tuned for Part II of this article!

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