The state of reality

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always with a little something from the world of photography. This week I’d like to share some little bits and pieces about Adobe Photoshop’s new Generative Fill.

If you have no clue what I’m taking about already, I can only imagine you’ve been living under a rock. Check out this video to get fully up to speed with what 2023 is giving us right now.

OK, here are some of the top tips on Generative Fill that are rolling around the internet now we’ve all had a chance to play around it all the buttons and try our hardest to break it.

Top of the list is fingers and thumbs. Just like earlier iterations of other AI models and platforms, hands are a problem. Have you ever tried to google, “AI handshake”? If not, do it right now. Hands are complicated and whilst the Firefly model is training, it’s not giving us great hands. The same also goes for eyes, faces, words, even things like airplanes. When you type in your command, be aware that the AI is building your image by sticking pixels together in an abstract way, refining the overall look of the object until it meets with what you typed. That doesn’t help when you don’t get the result you want, but it goes a long way to explaining why you see an abstract mess now and then. In short, avoid hands!

Next up – nouns and adjectives. Try not to be too smart with the command text box. Keep it simple and use nouns. For example, don’t say ‘make it bigger.’ Instead, use a noun. Use an adjective. For example, “red car.” Perfect. Firefly will give you various versions of a red car. Keep it simple.

Selections are up next. If you get a poor result, maybe you made a poor selection. Your AI component will not go outside of your selected area, and every single pixel inside your selected area is in play to be transformed into something else. Remember this and be careful when you make a selection to ensure you have selected wisely. Your selection will define the object or edit, and hint at the size and shape.

Finally, typing nothing is often the best idea. When it comes to expanding images in particular, leaving the box blank and allowing Firefly to work things out by itself can give us great results.

This was originally a landscape orientation photo. The top and bottom have been filled in with Generative AI, leaving the text box blank to allow Firefly to figure things out for itself.

I hope you’re having a great time with Generative Fill in Adobe Photoshop! Times are changing and the future is approaching fast!

Much love

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