How to get rid of that pesky Generative Fill warning

Jul 24, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to get rid of that pesky Generative Fill warning

Jul 24, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I don’t know if Adobe technically classes it as a bug, but there’s a bit of an annoyance with Photoshop’s AI-powered Generative Fill. Occasionally, It will pop up with a message telling you something has violated user guidelines.

You’ve no idea what it is or how they’ve violated them. You’re just told that it’s happened. Well, Unmesh at PiXimperfect has a solution for you to get around it.

What’s the problem?

There isn’t really much to this one. It’s an error I’ve had pop up a couple of times now and hadn’t really thought much about. I did end up putting in actual prompts, but I didn’t realise there was another way.

It seems that the AI still gets confused about some subjects, and it’s throwing out warnings to play things safe when it probably doesn’t need to. It can get quite annoying if you use generative fill often.

There does seem to be a workaround, though, that doesn’t require you to enter a prompt. Well, sort of, but not really.

What’s the solution?

According to Unmesh, all you need to do to get rid of the warning and have Photoshop generate the scene is to stick a dot in the box where you enter your description. Yup, that’s it, just a dot. Nothing more. I suppose you could still enter descriptions but the point is that you shouldn’t leave it empty. Just enter the dot.

After this, the warning goes away, and it carries on generating its fill as it otherwise would.

I’m sure this won’t get around all legitimate issuances of the warning. Some things just flat-out break the rules. But for those getting this warning in apparent error, this looks like a good quick fix until Adobe’s AI improves.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “How to get rid of that pesky Generative Fill warning”

  1. Krzysztof Szyper Avatar
    Krzysztof Szyper

    Sometimes it shows if you put a normal description.

    1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
      Libby Sutherland

      Krzysztof Szyper yes you are correct. I was working on an urban scene and wanted to fill in some foreground with gravel and weeds, like for a vacant lot. It kept bouncing back every time I used the term Weed or Weeds. Probably because if the drug reference. Highly annoying. All I really wanted was crabgrass & stuff.

    2. Krzysztof Szyper Avatar
      Krzysztof Szyper

      Libby Sutherland I wanted to replace creased fabric on clothes and it wasn’t possible. Somebody made Firefly very pervert…

    3. Krzysztof Szyper Avatar
      Krzysztof Szyper

      Libby Sutherland I just tested the dot method and it really works 🙂 Firefly decided that some branches on a tree are too hot to handle, but with a dot it’s now safe 😃

  2. Richard Lurie Avatar
    Richard Lurie

    maybe stop using shitty AI