Photo editing changed forever in 2023, and forever more I rely on AI to make my life easier

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

The way we edit photos changed forever in 2023. With the launch of Adobe Firefly and the integration of Generative Fill with Photoshop, it’s never been easier to retouch, refine and remove objects from images. I’m still not 100% sure where I stand on AI imagery, but I am in full support of using AI to make my editing workflow faster and more efficient. 

When it comes to editing photos there are elements of it I love and elements I find incredibly laborious. The creative side of things, such as color grading and image manipulation, come very easily to me, but I find skin retouching, object removal and background smoothing time-consuming. Earlier this year when Adobe launched a whole new set of AI tools including Skin Refine, Background Expand and Generative Fill, I was intrigued to find out how well they worked and if they could replace the more laborious processes. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.