Adobe has released a new Generative Expand tool, adding to the Firefly-powered features in Photoshop (beta) and enabling users to expand images using simple text prompts.

The new Generative Expand tool in Photoshop can be used to create content when you want to change the aspect ratio of an image or fill in an area that waqs accidentally cropped.

The new Generative Expand function can be used to seamlessly expand and resize any image by clicking and dragging the Crop tool, enlarging the canvas. After clicking ‘Generate’ the new white space is filled with AI-generated content that naturally blends with the existing image. As with the original Generative Fill function, users can choose from three options offered by the software in the form of layers. Once chosen, the option can be integrated into the original image by merging down or flattening the image. The new function can be used for creating fill-in content when an original photo is cut-off or not in the desired aspect ratio. Generated content can also be added with or without a text prompt.

Having reviewed the original Generative Fill tool, we were keen to try out the new function. Another example is reproduced below, along with the options the software provided.

An image accidentally recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio reproduced at 3:2 with the aid of Generative Expand. The three options offered by the software are shown below the screen grab.

Generative Fill and the new Generative Expand function are available as a free update to Photoshop CC subscribers. A free trial download of the software is available here.