Skylum has just released a new tool called GenErase, and they’ve also got GenSwap which is pretty dope. Now, the most recent addition to this dope lineup is GenExpand. This new tool allows you to change up your photos by adding more space to them, allowing you to create some awesome panoramic shots of mountains, lakes and whatever other beautiful landscapes you can think of.
Now, Adobe also has something similar with Photoshop, and they’ve been killing it for years with their Content Aware technology. But here’s the thing, without advanced AI, the photo can end up looking a little bit janky because it just repeats parts of the image to fill in the gaps. Not the most impressive thing.
But with GenExpand, it looks like they’re really stepping it up a notch. I mean, the before and after examples they’re showing are actually pretty remarkable. The AI expands the photo and creates a believable expansion of the imagery. And they’re also showcasing a fill feature with rocks, and the results look incredibly realistic.
Now, being the curious guy that I am, I had to try it out for myself. I tested it using my own images from a recent hike, and I used a beta version provided by Skylum. It’s super easy to use, you just drag and drop your photo into the window, and then you expand the frame to match your new aspect ratio. After clicking the Expand button, it generates the image in about 45 seconds. Keep in mind, you’ve got to be connected to the internet for this to work, because it’s doing some server-side magic.
I’ve got to say, the results were pretty good, but I did notice some imperfections and loss of resolution in certain areas of the image. It wasn’t perfect. And when I tried expanding the image borders on both sides simultaneously, I noticed some improvements, but there were still some resolution and artifact issues. And that’s not something a pro photographer wants to deal with.
I mean, in theory, this tech is promising, but it’s just not delivering those high-quality results we’re all looking for. My experiments were using high-res images, and the effects were definitely noticeable. But hey, it’s still a beta, so I’m hoping the release version will be better.
All in all, I don’t think this is a complete game-changer yet, but it does have potential for some uses. I mean, the images look pretty good at first glance, but once you start nitpicking, the problems become noticeable. I think it’s worth keeping an eye on, and I’m sure the technology will improve over time.
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