Adobe unveils new Firefly AI tool to help illustrators color their art
Adobe on Thursday unveiled a third member of its Firefly family of generative AI technologies, a tool for quickly trying out different color schemes for artwork.
With the “recolor vectors” tool, you upload a vector graphics file like a logo, illustration, or, in the Adobe example shown in a Firefly live encounter, a mandala. Firefly then generates a quartet of illustrations, each with a new and, ideally, pleasing color combination.
“Firefly takes me into the realm of colors that I love…then I can tweak it from there,” Adobe product evangelist Paul Trani said in the demo. “It’s so painful in Illustrator trying to recolor all of this.”
Adobe is not the first to provide generative tools, a new creative aspect of artificial intelligence technology. But its moves matter because Adobe is the premier provider of software to help creative professionals and hobbyists alike.
The company launched its Firefly project earlier in March and has gradually extended access to beta products to those who sign up on a waiting list. The first two tools allow you to turn a text prompt into an image and style the text in rich new ways.
Adobe plans to make the vector recolor tool available “within the next two weeks,” spokesperson Taylor Skelton said Thursday.
You can guide the vector recolor tool with sample images like taxis, galaxies, butterflies, and neon lights that already have colors you like. It works in conjunction with Adobe Illustrator software and its included artwork recolor tool.
One of Firefly’s biggest selling points: the AI technology was trained on Adobe’s own library of images and other licensed or public domain materials so companies don’t have to worry about copyright or trademark issues. Adobe also worked to counteract bias in the training data and eliminate potentially embarrassing topics like sex and violence.
Adobe added tens of thousands of Firefly beta testers every day, the company said. “Soon all #adobefirefly beta participants will be accepted”, Firefly chief Alexandru Costin tweeted Wednesday.
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