You’ve been using AI in photo editing for years, so why are you mad about it now?

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(Image credit: Adobe)

Back in the 1990’s a wise old book cover editor said to me - “No one cares how an image is created, they just respond to the image itself.”  I was trying to impress him with my 3D modeling skills but he didn’t care that my work was ‘computer-generated’. 

Looking at my Twitter feed today it’s clear that many photographers do care how an image is produced, viewing AI-generated imagery as a threat to their creativity and profession. And I can understand why photographers are grabbing their pitchforks en masse - the idea that apps such as Adobe Firefly can generate images without the use of a camera is astonishing and scary.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.