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  • Mariane Bunn

Adobe launches AI Photoshop tools amid mixed reactions


There is a screen with an image editing platform open. The image been edited is a human head, reminding a lamp, with colorful elements inside.

Adobe recently introduced a beta version of Photoshop featuring new generative AI capabilities, aimed at simplifying image creation for both beginners and professionals. The update includes a Generate Image tool that crafts images based on text prompts and a Generative Fill tool enhanced with a Reference Image feature, allowing users to guide the AI's creativity using an uploaded image for inspiration. These tools, powered by Adobe's Firefly Image 3 model, promise to ease the process of bringing ideas to life with photorealistic detail and nuanced prompt interpretation.


However, Adobe's advancement in generative AI has sparked controversy among creative professionals. Concerns have been raised about the ethical implications of AI training data, a contentious issue across the tech industry. Critics argue that generative AI models, including Adobe's Firefly, may be trained on copyrighted materials without proper authorization, posing legal and ethical dilemmas. Despite Adobe's assurance that Firefly is built on licensed and public domain content, allegations have surfaced that its training data includes AI-generated images from competitors, potentially infringing on copyright laws.


The debate extends to the Reference Image tool, with some accusing Adobe of enabling users to replicate the work of artists and photographers without proper acknowledgment or compensation. Adobe maintains that it adheres to intellectual property guidelines and compensates contributors through stock royalties and a bonus program. Nonetheless, the conversation around AI's impact on creative industries and copyright integrity continues, highlighting the tension between technological innovation and the protection of creators' rights.


Source: Mashable

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