Adobe’s AI image generator tool “Firefly” threatens DALL-E, Midjourney

Adobe Firefly Beta Launched
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Generative AI tools are all the rage these days. From AI chatbots to image generators, these tools have dramatically changed the way we work. And now, Adobe has thrown its hat in the ring with its own image synthesizer called “Firefly”. As of 2023, it has released the second version of its Image Model, as well as integrated new Vector and Design models.

Adobe Firefly Overview:

Firefly is the first generative AI product from Adobe, and it’s currently in the beta stage. In case you didn’t know, generative AI refers to a type of artificial intelligence (AI) tool that is capable of translating ordinary words (or other forms of inputs) into images, text, video, documents, art, and more.

Adobe Firefly Beta Illustrations
AI illustrations from Firefly

Contrary to other AI image generators like DALL-E and Midjourney, Firefly is a bit more versatile in what it’s capable of. It can generate still images, edit video effects, and even work with 3D compositions. Firefly also has “creative building blocks” like brushes, vectors, textures, and more to help with your creative workflow. Other than this, it lets you create stylized texts too; like Microsoft’s WordArt on steroids.

An interesting take on training the AI model

More importantly, the company says Firefly has been trained on models using data from Adobe Stock Library, those that are licensed content for training, or out-of-copyright materials. Alexandru Costin, VP of generative AI and Sensei at Adobe said, “We can generate high quality content and not random brands’ and others’ IP because our model has never seen that brand content or trademark.”

Hence, the company is confident that Firefly’s results will not infringe any copyrights or steal human artists’ work. Adobe is also planning to pay artists who are willing to contribute to training the AI.

On top of that, Adobe is also working on a way for artists to choose the “Do Not Train” option to prevent their content from being used for the training model. The company is also working to enable users to integrate Firefly’s API into various platforms to enable custom workflows and automation.

Adobe Firefly Availability

As aforementioned, Firefly is still in the beta stage right now. You can request access to the platform from here—even if you don’t have a Creative Cloud subscription. Adobe Firefly will first be available on apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, Express, and Experience Manager.