2024 Breakthrough: Adobe Photoshop’s New AI Image Tool!

2024 Breakthrough: Adobe Photoshop's New AI Image Tool!

Adobe announced Tuesday it plans to roll out a tool for full artificial intelligence image generation in its Photoshop software later this year — months after being panned for rendering historically inaccurate photos.

The company’s Firefly tool — akin to DALL-E and Stable Diffusion — will enable creative professionals to generate images from text, positioning Adobe to compete with Microsoft-backed OpenAI, Stability AI, and other burgeoning artificial intelligence startups, Adobe said.

During a conference in London on Tuesday, the company unveiled a beta version of full image generation, utilizing its new Firefly Image 3, which is set to be more advanced in quality and “attention to detail.” Adobe executives stated the software is not “meant for generating photorealistic depictions of real or historical events.”

Adobe’s commercial image-generating software is deliberately trained on data owned by Adobe to avoid copyright infringement claims faced by rival AI developers. The new release is meant to streamline the workflow of creative professionals using its software. Previously, Adobe expanded Photoshop’s capabilities to include filling in or extending parts of an existing image. The upcoming image-generation tool will enable users to utilize their uploaded images as references for generating new compositions.

For example, a designer could make a quick sketch of a scene on a napkin, snap a photo of that napkin with a smartphone and then ask Photoshop to generate fully featured images in a variety of styles, said Ely Greenfield, chief technology officer for digital media at Adobe. Greenfield expressed this feature as an amazingly powerful capability, allowing users a more intuitive and efficient way to create diverse imagery.

In a statement, Adobe announced that the latest release of Photoshop is now available through the desktop beta app. However, the company did not provide a specific date for the general release in 2024. Since its launch in March 2023, Firefly has generated over 7 billion images, contributing to a 30% year-over-year growth in users for the nearly 40-year-old image-editing software Photoshop.

This advancement marks a significant stride in the integration of AI technology within creative software, presenting new opportunities for artists and designers to explore imaginative horizons with greater ease and efficiency. Adobe’s commitment to innovation continues to shape the digital creative landscape, offering users enhanced tools to realize their artistic visions and adapt to evolving industry demands.

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