I owe a lot of my career to Adobe’s O.G. creative director—one of the four names on the Photoshop 1.0 splash screen—and seeing his starry-eyed exuberance around generative imaging has been one of my absolute favorite things over the past year. Now that Generative Fill has landed in Photoshop, Russell’s doing Russell things, sharing a bunch of great new tutorials. I’ll start by sharing two:
Check out his foundational Introduction to Generative Fill:
And then peep some tips specifically on getting desired shapes using selections:
Adobe Firefly is an exciting new generative AI imaging tool from Adobe. With Firefly, you can create unique images and text effects by typing text prompts and choosing from a variety of style inputs. In this course, imaging instructor and Adobe trainer Jan Kabili introduces Firefly. She explains what Firefly can offer to your creative workflow, and what makes it unique in the generative AI field. She demonstrates how to generate images from prompts, built-in styles, and reference images, and shares tips for generating one of a kind text effects. Finally, Jan shows you how to use images generated by Firefly to create a unique composite in Photoshop.
Here’s me, talking fast about anything & everything related to Firefly and possibilities around creative tools. Give ‘er a listen if you’re interested (or, perhaps, are just suffering from insomnia 😌):
There’s a roughly zero percent chance that you both 1) still find this blog & 2) haven’t already seen all the Generative Fill coverage from our launch yesterday 🎉. I’ll have a lot more to say about that in the future, but for now, you can check out the module right now and get a quick tour here:
And here’s a rad little workflow optimization I’m proud we were able to sneak in:
I had a ball catching up with my TikTok-rockin’ Google 3D veteran friend Bilawal Sidhu on Twitter yesterday. We (okay, mostly I) talked for the better part of 2.5 hours (!), which you can check out here if you’d like. I’ll investigate whether there’s a way to download, transcribe, and summarize our chat. 🤖 In the meantime, I’d love to hear any comments it brings to mind.
Note that this is just a first step: favorites are stored locally in your browser, not (yet) synced with the cloud. We want to build from here to enable really easy sharing & discovery of great presets. Stay tuned, and please let us know what you think!
And for a deeper dive, check out his 20-minute version:
Meanwhile my color-loving colleague Hep (who also manages the venerable color.adobe.com) joined me for a live stream on Discord last Friday. It’s fun to see her spin on how best to apply various color harmonies and other techniques, including to her own beautiful illustrations:
I had a ball presenting Firefly during this past week’s Adobe Live session. I showed off the new Recolor Vectors feature, and my teammate Samantha showed how to put it to practical use (along with image generation) as part of a moodboarding exercise. I think you’d dig the whole session, if you’ve got time.
The highlight for me was the chance to give an early preview of the 3D-to-image creation module we have in development:
To start, we’re exploring a range of concepts, including:
Text to color enhancements: Change color schemes, time of day, or even the seasons in already-recorded videos, instantly altering the mood and setting to evoke a specific tone and feel. With a simple prompt like “Make this scene feel warm and inviting,” the time between imagination and final product can all but disappear.
Advanced music and sound eﬀects: Creators can easily generate royalty-free custom sounds and music to reflect a certain feeling or scene for both temporary and final tracks.
Stunning fonts, text effects, graphics, and logos: With a few simple words and in a matter of minutes, creators can generate subtitles, logos and title cards and custom contextual animations.
Powerful script and B-roll capabilities: Creators can dramatically accelerate pre-production, production and post-production workflows using AI analysis of script to text to automatically create storyboards and previsualizations, as well as recommending b-roll clips for rough or final cuts.
Creative assistants and co-pilots: With personalized generative AI-powered “how-tos,” users can master new skills and accelerate processes from initial vision to creation and editing.
Adobe prototyper Lee Brimelow has been happily distracting himself by creating delightful little creatures using Firefly, like this:
Today he joined us for a live stream on Discord (below), sharing details about his explorations so far. He also shared a Google Doc that contains details, including a number of links you can click in order to kick off the creation process. Enjoy, and please let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see us cover in future sessions.
Terry White vanquished a chronic photographic bummer—the blank or boring sky—by asking Firefly to generate a very specific asset (namely, an evening sky at the exact site of the shoot), then using Photoshop’s sky replacement feature to enhance the original. Check it out:
On Thursday I had the chance to talk with folks via a Discord livestream, demoing vector recoloring enhancements (not yet shipping, but getting close), talking about how we evaluate feature requests, showing some early thinking about saving presets, talking about “FM technology” (F’ing Magic), and more. Check it out if you’re interested:
I promise I don’t have this stupid look on my face all the time. 😅
Wouldn’t it be amazing to make and composite things like this right in Photoshop? I can’t speak for that team, of course, but it’s easy to imagine ways that one might put the proverbial chocolate into the peanut butter.
NYC (4/20) (Terry White + Brooke Hopper presenting)
SF (4/26) (Paul Trani + Brooke Hopper presenting)
Here’s info for the London event:
We are finally back in London! Join us for a VERY special creative community night.
Get to know the latest from Adobe creative tools, Adobe Express and Adobe Firefly. Learn why you should have Adobe Express on your list of tools to quickly create standout content for social media and beyond using beautiful templates from Adobe. We’ll show you how to leverage your designed assets from Photoshop in to your workflow.
We’re also presenting Adobe Firefly, a generative AI made for creators. With the beta version of the first Firefly model, you can use everyday language to generate extraordinary new content. Get ready to create unique posters, banners, social posts, and more with a simple text prompt. With Firefly, the plan is to do this and more — like uploading a mood board to generate totally original, customizable content.
Meet creators, artists, writers, and designers. Plus hang out with Chris Do and The Futur team! With sips, snacks, and a spotlight on inspiring projects — you won’t want to miss this.
I enjoyed hearing my colleagues & outside folks discussing the origin, vision, and road ahead for Adobe Firefly in this livestream…
Eric Snowden is the VP of Design at Adobe and is responsible for the product design teams for the Digital Media business, which include Creative Cloud…. Nishat Akhtar is a designer and creative leader with 15+ years of experience in designing and leading initiatives for global brands… Danielle Morimoto is a Design Manager for Adobe Express, based in San Francisco.
…and this Twitter space, featuring our group’s CTO Ely Greenfield, along with creator Karen X. Cheng (whose work I’ve featured here countless times), illustrator & brush creator Kyle T. Webster, and director of design Samantha Warren. Scrub ahead to about 2:45 to get to the conversation.
Hey, remember when we launched Adobe Firefly what feels like 63 years ago? 😅 OMG, what a week. I am so tired & busy trying to get folks access (thanks for your patience!), answer questions, and more that I’ve barely had time to catch up on all the great content folks are making. I’ll work on that soon, and in the meantime, here are three quick clips that caught my eye.
First, OG author Deke McClelland shows off type effects:
I really appreciate hearing Karen X. Cheng’s thoughts on the essential topics of consent, compensation, and more. We’ve been engaging in lots of very helpful conversations with creators, and there’s of course much more to sort through. As always, your perspective here is most welcome.
I’m so pleased—and so tired! 😅—to be introducing Adobe Firefly, the new generative imaging foundation that a passionate band of us have been working to bring to the world. Check out the high-level vision…
…as well as the part more directly in my wheelhouse: the interactive preview site & this overview of great stuff that’s waiting in the wings:
I’ll have a lot more to share soon. In the meantime, we’d love to hear what you think of what you see so far!