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Posted on 03/11/23 09:32:51 AM
Steve Caplin
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Using Generative Expand when cropping
Here's my latest article for CreativePro, about using Generative Expand not for imaginative tricks, but as a thoroughly useful rebuilding tool.

Check it out here.



Posted on 03/11/23 9:58:20 PM
Frank
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I agree Steve, from my research and viewing many discussions on the subject it appears more and more people are now accepting it as a useful tool.

Posted on 06/11/23 10:03:01 PM
GKB
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Re: Using Generative Expand when cropping
Some very impressive images there, Steve. I’m not sure that I would be able to find it use for this; but then again 30 years ago I couldn’t imagine me having any serious use for a programme called ‘Photoshop’ 😳

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Posted on 07/11/23 6:38:33 PM
vibeke
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I love it, I'm in the process of editing old photos, and many of them need straightening, or have bits cropped off. This is such a great help.

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Posted on 25/11/23 1:55:41 PM
DavidMac
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I suppose it will get better but it's incredibly hit and miss. When I first wrote about it when it first appeared I described it as an infant idiot savant. It hasn't grown up much since. Sometimes results are remarkable and sometimes so idiotic they defy belief.

I'm tending to avoid it at the moment ......... it can be so often uselessly useful.

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Posted on 27/11/23 10:53:17 AM
DavidMac
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Been thinking about this a bit more. It's here to stay. It will creep into more and more tools and become more and more an integral part of Photoshop. Like it or not, we are going to have to learn to live with it.

What I don't like is it being 'creative' on my behalf. I won't use it for major fills or expansions but I've been trying it out more recently for small, relatively obvious, tasks. It can be really useful (and occasionally astonishing) and, despite multiple attempts and different prompts, can also be a complete waste of time. The problem is, no matter how intelligently you try to use it, you have no way of predicting whether it will be useful or stupid.

I think the best way I can express it is when you ask someone intelligent, expert and well informed, a question about something and they reply "I am not absolutely sure about the answer to that. I may be quite wrong ........ but, on the basis of past experience, let me guess ..... !".

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