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Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

If you watch the videos on Photoshop's new AI ability for Regenerative Fill and Expansion, it's pretty crazy what you can be doing right now. It's almost as monumental of a shift as the switch from analog to digital imagery. There is an issue, tho, and that is that it's not high-resolution.

In one of the images as my sample, I had to downsize the image to 2000 pixels on the long side, and then add in the AI-generated Expansion and the resolution was a fair match. At 2000 pixels wide, it's only roughly 7 inches at 300 dpi. I then used the Topaz Gigapixel to enlargen the image to 18x24 inches and printed it. The Expansion then matches the original resolution and with the aid of Gigapixel, it looks amazing at 18x24 despite increasing its size by more than 3x.

1. Final Image with AI expansion

2. Original Image

3. This is the original Expansion when I was adding it to the full resolution JPG. This is just a small cutout of the image where you can see the AI Expansion to the right, and the original image to the left. The red circles where the Expansion begins, and you can see how low the resolution goes. It's most noticeable on the texture of the fountain itself, but also noticeable with the spray of the water and water drops from the fountain.

Here's a second example. I took an image with some of the smoke on the tree to the right and added it to my main image. But the smoke on the left was also weak. Previously, I would have to clone the smoke in, but that's just using the smoke from another part of the image, basically duplicating it over and over again. At some point, it becomes pretty noticeable.

So when I add in the AI Regenerative, it fills the area with the smoke but it creates its own look. So it's not just a bunch of duplicating patterns.

1. Final Image with AI

2. Original Image

3. Image with Smoke around Tree

Sep 24, 2023 at 06:18 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

I have taken on the challenge of "AI" also. My very 1st try came out great but all downhill after that. I am spending much time on the Adobe AI posts on Generative Fill and other AI tools.
I think you did a wonderful job with 1&2 and this beautiful young woman.

Your creativity in the following images is super also!
Well done!
If you had not told me that the 1st was AI, I would not have known.
Great work Ron!

Sep 24, 2023 at 09:49 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

Thanks, Dan! I think what we know of AI right now is just the beginning of what it will do.

Sep 25, 2023 at 08:20 PM

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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

In your example of the poorly blended edges in the first image...you can usually avoid this by manually increasing the canvas size and then using the lasso select tool to make an irregular, even jagged selection around the subject. Invert the selection and click Generate.

Oct 07, 2023 at 03:10 PM
Bill Gass
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Using Photoshop AI to enhance Portraits

Crazy stuff, that's for sure...I think the first image turned out great.
Other than a couple blank spots to the right of her it looks amazing, printed out even better I bet.
Second image looks like a lot of fun, little to much smoke on the left maybe but very fun to play with I bet.
I bet she liked them as well.
I have created a folder with original and AI adjusted to show the difference to people and my guys at work, pretty amazing.

Oct 08, 2023 at 05:42 AM

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