The AI race is getting more heated, and more participants are joining in. But some seem to be joining forces, too, trying to rule the text-to-image kingdom.
During the 2023 I/O event, Google and Adobe announced a collaboration in this field. From now on, Google’s chatbot Bard will integrate the text-to-image generator Adobe Firefly. This way, users will be allowed to generate, edit and share images straight from Bard’s command line instead of using two tools separately.
In a statement, Adobe explains that this joint effort will allow users of all skill levels to “describe their vision to Bard in their own words,” after which they’ll get their images straight in Bard. From there on, they will be able to modify them further using Adobe Express. That’s another Adobe tool made for a wider audience, so to speak. It looks a lot like Canva, but it’s great for those who haven’t figured out Photoshop or Illustrator (yet). Or for those who just want to quickly make a meme on their phone. But I digress.
Adobe claims that Firefly is different from other generative AI tools available today. “Firefly is the most differentiated generative AI service, “the company writes, “designed to generate images that are safe to use in commercial settings once the model is out of public beta.”
“Firefly is trained on hundreds of millions of professional-grade, licensed images in Adobe Stock — among the highest quality licensed images in the market — along with openly licensed content and public domain content where the copyright has expired.”
Just like creating with Firefly, when you create something through Bard, your pictures will have CAI-powered Content Credentials attached. “Content Credentials are like digital ‘nutrition labels’ that are automatically attached to a piece of content and contain information like what model was used to generate it,” Adobe writes. “This will tell you if an image was created by a human or generated with AI.”
There is no word on the exact date of Adobe Firefly’s capabilities coming to Bard, but you can expect the change “in the coming weeks.”
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