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Reiterating the Need for Artist Autonomy in Photoshop's Generative Fill

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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Hello again, Adobe Team and Creative Community,

I wanted to revisit a topic that I feel is critical to our work and rights as creators using Adobe Photoshop—specifically, the issue of censorship within the generative fill feature. My previous post aimed to ignite a conversation around this, and today, I'm here to emphasize a crucial point: the responsibility and liability of content creation rest entirely with the artist, not with the tools they use.

Historically, the tools provided by Adobe have been just that—tools. These are means by which we bring our creative visions to life, whether they're simple sketches or complex digital artworks. The principle has always been clear: what we create and how we use these tools are our responsibility. This is no different with the advent of generative AI technologies. If a creation is deemed inappropriate, the onus is on the creator, not the tool used to make it.

By restricting the capabilities of generative fill, Adobe shifts from being a provider of tools to an overseer of content, an unnecessary and unwanted expansion of role. This not only stifles creativity but also sets a concerning precedent where the toolmaker becomes accountable for the user's artistic expression. This is neither practical nor sustainable, especially in a world where artistic mediums and tools are ever-evolving.

It’s important to recognize that bad actors will misuse tools regardless of the safeguards in place, and penalizing the entire artistic community for potential misuses is neither fair nor effective. Instead, empowering artists to use tools responsibly, providing education and promoting ethical use, is a more constructive approach.

Adobe has the opportunity to lead by example, demonstrating trust in the creative community by rolling back unnecessary censorships. Let's ensure that Photoshop remains a tool that offers limitless possibilities, not limited permissions.

Thank you for considering this perspective. I hope we can move towards a solution that upholds the true spirit of creativity and freedom.

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'By restricting the capabilities of generative fill, Adobe shifts from being a provider of tools to an overseer of content...'

 

But with generative fill, Adobe is providing content not just the tool. So it would seem appropriate that it sets the rules on what content it is prepared to provide.

 

Dave

 

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