Stable diffusion AI adds un-crop, a free out-painting tool

Jun 20, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Stable diffusion AI adds un-crop, a free out-painting tool

Jun 20, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Stable diffusion AI adds 'un-crop' out-painting tool

Clipdrop has just released a new tool called Uncrop in a bid to compete with Adobe’s generative fill. Uncrop is essentially the same as Dall-E’s Outpainting feature. With Uncrop, you can change the ratio of any picture by adding an expanded background that perfectly complements the existing image.

Uncrop is built on AI-powered Stable DiffusionXL from Stability AI. You can try it out for free on the Clipdrop web app, and there’s no need to log in. However, you do get a limited number of tries.

So, here’s how it works: you have a cropped or not-so-perfect image that you want to enhance. Just upload the image, and let Uncrop take over. It analyzes what’s in the picture and generates a representation of what the expanded background could have looked like.

Now, why would you need Uncrop? According to the website, it might be useful if you’ve taken a photo but you’re not entirely happy with the composition. Uncrop can help you adjust the framing and make it look more appealing, even after you’ve taken the shot.

Another scenario where the company says that Uncrop might come in handy is when you need to adapt an image’s ratio for displaying it on a banner or a large canvas. Instead of distorting or losing important details by simply stretching or losing pixels by cropping the image, Uncrop can take over. It resizes and adjusts the image to fit the desired dimensions.

Now there is a caveat (of course). “Extreme uncropping or images with extensive missing content may yield less accurate results,” says the website. They go on to say that it also depends on the complexity of the scene that you are trying to extend. That makes sense, although Dall-E’s and Generative Fill are both pretty good with detailed scenes.

I gave it a little go with a verticle landscape image that I wanted filled in to create a horizontal orientation. It should have been fairly simple (I thought). Well, you can see the results for yourself. It honestly hasn’t done a brilliant job, in my opinion, and there are some strange artefacts. The original is on the left.

If you’d like to try out Uncrop for yourself, there is a free version and an unlimited version for a subscription of $7 a month.

[Cover image: Uncrop example, Picture from Pexels by Valeriia Miller]

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Alex Baker

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