Today we’re going to show you how to use the brand new generative AI expand image in Photoshop to make your images any dimension you want. Let’s talk about how to use the new generative AI expand image within the Crop Tool Photoshop.
- Crop & AI Expand Image in Photoshop
- AI Expand Image: Limitless Possibilities
- Single Asset, Multiple Banner Ads in Photoshop
- Photoshop’s Versatile AI-Powered Crop Tool
- AI Expand Image Update in Photoshop
This is the new AI feature brought into Photoshop. Now we’re going to show you how to expand your images to any crop you’d like, adding more information and giving you the opportunity to completely recrop your images after they’re made. This is a great guide for you, so let’s jump into this.
Crop & AI Expand Image in Photoshop
We will guide you with our practicals. So here we are with your first image. Now, you can see you’ve got your subject. The background looks pretty good. It’s just a little bit of a tight crop and honestly, it’s a portrait style, and there’s just a lot of information there on the top. Let’s just blank sky, and it’s not that interesting. If you want it to be a landscape-style image, here’s what we’re going to do.
We’re going to grab our Crop Tool Photoshop (you can hit “C” for the Crop Tool Photoshop). Now, when you hit your Crop Tool Photoshop, you have the option for Generative Expand or AI Expand Image. You can click there or right there at the top where it says “Fill.” By default, it’s going to say “Transparent.” You’re going to want to make sure it says “Generative Expand.”
Alright, so you can click either or you can just click on “Generative Expand”. Now, you first click and drag the canvas to expand. So basically, Just click and drag out in the direction and out in the direction. Because all this space on the top I didn’t really need in this practical guide.
Enhancement with Generative AI Expand Image
Now with this Generative AI Expand Image, it’s going to ask you what would you like to generate. It’s totally optional. Most of the time you just want to click on the “Generate” button, and it’s just going to add whatever it thinks should be there. So, let’s go ahead and hit “Generate” and see how this looks.
Then it’s just going to add buildings and detail for your image. It’s not going to know the exact buildings that were back there, but it’s going to add what it thinks maybe should be back there.
Now with all these new changes, With all these new tools, you’re going to have different variations, so just be sure you go to your Properties window. If you don’t see it. Go to Window and then Properties. Make sure that’s checked and make sure you go ahead and scroll down because you’re going to have a few different variations of your crop.
Now just go to your layers, and turn these off, you can see there’s like an out-of-focus like some flowers or something in the foreground. Now it added more out-of-focus elements and then areas in focus behind that. How incredible is that.
Now you can just continue to do this. So let’s go ahead and click to do. Then we’re just going to go as long as this is set right up there to “Fill: Generative AI Expand Image,” you can continue to expand it out. Now you have a banner-style image.
AI Expand Image: Limitless Possibilities
So I’m sure you can imagine the possibilities are completely endless with this AI Expand Image tool. Completely doing a recrop, of course, like if you needed to be like actually true to the details. Like if you needed the building in the background to actually be the real building that’s there.
This is not going to work so well because it’s literally just generating content out of it. But if all you need to do is make your crop a little bit wider, this is incredibly powerful.
So I’ve got one more example here; this is like one thing that I think actually is a pretty common use case. So I’ve got like a person and a mountainscape. Let’s go to our layers. I’ve got like a Mountain Adventure logo.
So let’s take our Move Tool. I’m going to click and drag from one image to another. Let’s hit “F” for full screen.
Quick AI Expand Image: Easy Banner Creation
Now let’s say you’re working with a client and they want to put this as their logo or whatever they want to put a couple of different images on the web, maybe for a sale etc. A lot of times you’ll have like a wide banner image and then you also have like a tall banner image. For so much time in Photoshop.
You know, you don’t have much more information. You want to make the image wide but there’s literally no more information to add.
Just going to make the logo invisible real quick. Hit “C” for the Crop Tool Photoshop. Go ahead and bring some information from the top down. You don’t need all the information. Let’s go ahead and create like a banner ad. Now just going to stretch this. after that let’s make it even a little bit shorter.
You’ve had to do this so many times for so many different projects, but you can take the little bit of information that you actually have there, crop it out, and again, as long as Fill up there is set to “Generative AI Expand Image,” you can just set your crop and then it’s going to literally generate all of the information.
Alright, so with all the information now, it’s going to take just a little bit. This is all happening on the cloud. You do have to be connected to the internet. Now you’ve generated all the information there, and that’s beautiful. Hope it Looks at that, absolutely incredible.
Logo Placement and Gradient Tool Photoshop
Let’s go back to your layers, and just going to turn the logo on. Bring it to the very top. We’ll go ahead and bring that down and put it out. So now you’ve got something that works really well for a banner, something on the web. Of course, underneath it. You can grab, let’s just grab the brand new Gradient Tool Photoshop. Let’s hit “G” for the Gradient Tool Photoshop.
On the top, just make sure it says “Gradient.” You’re going to choose your foreground, we’re going to choose our linear gradient, and then go to “Foreground to Transparent.”
So you just going to click and drag out. You can double-click on it to choose my color, and maybe you’ll just choose a color from the actual background of our image. Maybe you’ll get a little bit brighter.
Converting Horizontal Banner to Vertical in Photoshop
So now you’ve basically created a banner ad that’s really beautiful, and high resolution using the assets that you have and of course the logo of the company. Now they might come back and say, like, “Okay, that’s cool, but we also need the same thing in a vertical.”
So here’s what we’re going to do. Just going to hold control, Click on your layers. So we’re going to click on the logo, Click on the Gradient Tool Photoshop, and go on the background. Go and right-click and we’re going to say “Duplicate Layers.” Okay, let’s just choose “New” in the document. We’re going to choose a new document. Now go and hit “C” for the Crop Tool Photoshop.
Let’s just make these invisible. Hit “C” for the Crop Tool Photoshop, and we’re just going to go the other way around, okay? Go to create a tall banner ad. Hope they look something like that’s going to look really good. Okay, hit enter.
Single Asset, Multiple Banner Ads in Photoshop
Now it’s going to generate all of this information again for you using your exact same asset. Traditionally in Photoshop, this would be a lot of work, you’d have to do some high-end compositing, get match color and light. But now, We can go ahead and start to bring in your logo again.
Let’s hit control or command T. Let’s just bring that up to the very top, “Mountain Adventures,” and then you’ll bring your gradient tool Photoshop, your gradient as well. Let’s just bring that from the top down also. Just using literally the exact same gradient that we had before as well. After that, let’s just put it in this sky, and now you have a banner ad from the top down, really, really quick and easy to do that.
There’s a plethora of uses, let’s just go ahead and tell you the two asset sets in Photoshop that you were able to generate from the same photo. Now you have a very wide banner ad and a tall banner ad. Of course, you can add text logos, and things on it.
Photoshop’s Versatile AI-Powered Crop Tool
But then we also have an example where we started off with a portrait and then cropped it. And then, as you noticed, You can change your crop. We’ll just go in, maybe we want it a square crop, just crop it again, literally see for the Crop Tool Photoshop. Use the Crop Tool Photoshop as it’s always been used, as long as on the top it says “AI Expand Image,” it’s just going to fill in all the information. We have something that’s ready to go for Instagram or other social media platforms.
AI Expand Image Update in Photoshop
So where we started with, you know, basically just as our first image. We added and added and added, and now you have all the information. This is available in the full build of Photoshop AI Tools, Generative AI, AI Expand Image, and Generative Fill and it’s available right now. Just make sure you update Photoshop to the brand new version using Adobe Creative Cloud.
This is one of the biggest updates to come to Photoshop in a long, long time. What are some use cases that you think you might actually use this for? I’m thinking of older photos or like, you know, photos a lot of the time like the composition’s not great where maybe the subject is too close to one edge or the other, and you just need to add a little bit more space. This is the perfect tool to do it.
FAQs about using Generative AI Expand Image in Photoshop:
It’s a tool within the Crop Tool that adds content to expand image dimensions.
Select the Crop Tool (“C”) and choose “Generative Expand” in the toolbar.
It generates content based on what it thinks should be there, like buildings or details.
Yes, by adjusting the crop and using “Generative AI Expand Image.”
It’s powerful for expanding images but may not replicate precise details.