How to extend a background with Photoshop's new Generative AI tool

GIF of Adobe Photoshops generative AI in action
(Image credit: Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

The AI revolution is upon on, and as photographers, we are perhaps one of the most vulnerable groups to AI as it  could render the camera obsolete. But rather than get all doom and gloom about where our AI future is headed, we can instead embrace the change and work out how it can work for us and not against us. 

Adobe has been adding AI-powered tools to its suite of editing apps for several years now, but none have been nearly as powerful as the generative AI Adobe added to Photoshop (Beta) powered by Adobe's proprietary AI engine Adobe Firefly. There are many many ways to use Photoshop's new AI, but the simplest, and most immediately effective is the ability to expand a background on an image. Perfect for when you couldn't quite squeeze out the perspective that you wanted, or if your image doesn't quite fit the ratio for a particular use. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.