The Living Force
I've started to use some AI tools for work to a) organise myself, remember stuff and b) edit writing
Is anyone making use of some of these new so-called AI tools regularly?
Adobe Photoshop beta (AI)
I have started to experiment a little bit with the new AI in Adobe Photoshop Beta... which is a highly mixed experience. First "Ah and Oh" - but then when you compare it with other tools - you realize how absolutely clumsy it is for creating new fantasy creatures.
When it comes to the creation of people, animals, and fantasy creatures, or let alone "planets" and "comets" - it is absolutely awful and most often pretty useless - especially compared with what @Elisasheva has shown off with Midjourney (the latter seem to give extremely fine detailed and well executed results for fantasy figures). Photoshop cannot touch this, not even to 1%.
What it can do
But there are situations, where Photoshop AI Beta works well, like with mice and rats, or changing hair in a portrait. Also, the way Photoshop beta AI, blends existing background with new elements in very realistic ways, such as light and shadows, are very well executed ! Also when eliminating certain areas in a background or photo works very well. (Which helps to correct things locally, for example when restoring old damaged photos) Even extending a photo beyond its borders, works interestingly well.
Mostly just for fun, such as comics
After a week, I manly use it for my "Helga comics" - which are like super silly, totally over the top hysterical and crude parodies, in which i change people's looks, sometimes into transmen/women-style caricatures. I've done this occasionally since the mid 90s, giving friends a good laugh. The new Photoshop AI beta, makes it a very effective tool in this regard.
At the same time - I noticed that i quickly get exhausted by the often far too clumsy AI results - and often wonder - what the F am i putting my energy into ? My primary usage seem to lean towards local corrections in images when needed. And for hysterical stupid cartoon creations. And that's about it.
Birthday Joke, 2023
"look who came over for a visit"
"I have a funny feeling about this..."
The Swedish 'Addition'
My husband was complaining about his new fat extension around his hips (I call it the "Swedish addition", because life here is less hectic compared to life in Sicily, - so he has gained weight [ooops, now i said it]. In order to joke about with an AI image, i added a Tiger in Photoshop AI beta...
However, the 'Tiger' - meh - clearly wasn't interested, and just went away
Hair & Animals
Claus goes "Catherine Deneuve" (2004)
Through time I've liked from time to time, to make really absurdly goofy images in front of the camera, also with good friends, like you can see here my best friend Claus. The goofier, more hysterical, the better (and often i add talk bubbles, too, with cheap stupid talk)
So, i took that image recently, and changed parts of it with Photoshop AI in order to see what comes out of it. Many times, it gives strange unreal suggestions. But for fun comics, this isn't really a problem. Notice that the AI is pretty good in creating natural shadows, and blending AI elements naturally with the existing background. So far - the Photoshop AI beta - is more like a locally adapting, correctional image tool, rather than to create creatures from scratch, which it is incredibly bad at. When for example writing "comet in the sky" - you get the most stupid, totally unrealistic results in images. It's overall a pretty stupid AI, if you ask me.
But very funny, when you wish to make comic changes.