How to Expand or Extend An Image Using Photoshop AI – Generative Fill Tutorial

In the world of graphic design and image editing, Adobe Photoshop has always been at the forefront of innovation. With each new release, they bring exciting features that enhance the creative possibilities for designers and photographers. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Outcropping, a game-changing feature that will revolutionize the way you work with images in Photoshop.

Accessing the New Features

Before we delve into the details of Outcropping, it’s important to note that these new features are currently available in the public beta version of Photoshop. If you haven’t downloaded the public beta, follow these simple steps to access it:

1. Open your Creative Cloud app.
2. Navigate to the left-hand side and scroll down to find \”Beta apps.\”
3. Locate the public beta for Photoshop and either download it or update it. The version you need is 24.6.

Once you have the beta version installed, you’ll have access to all the exciting features we’re about to explore.

Introducing Outcropping: Enhancing Aspect Ratios with Ease

Let’s dive into the star of the show: Outcropping. This powerful feature allows you to effortlessly change the aspect ratio of an image while maintaining its visual integrity. Whether you want to make it more horizontal or experiment with other ratios, Outcropping has got you covered.

Step 1: Activating the Crop Tool

To begin, we’ll use the Crop Tool to adjust the image’s aspect ratio. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Select the Crop Tool from the toolbar.
2. Clear any existing settings to start fresh.
3. Click and drag outward on the sides of the image to extend the crop horizontally.
4. Accept the new crop by pressing the appropriate button.

Step 2: Utilizing Generative Fill

Now that we have our wider crop, it’s time to utilize the power of Generative Fill. This AI-driven feature analyzes the image’s content and generates realistic extensions seamlessly. Follow these steps to experience its magic:

1. Use the Marquee tool to make a rectangular selection on the side of the image that needs filling.
2. Access the contextual taskbar (also known as the menu bar) where the AI-generated tools reside.
3. Choose Generative Fill from the options.
4. Without providing any specific prompts, click the \”Generate\” button.

Exploring the Generative Fill Options

Once the image is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed by the AI, Photoshop presents you with three variations of the filled area. Take a moment to review the options and choose the one that best suits your vision. You can find the variations in the properties window or use the left and right arrow keys within the contextual taskbar to cycle through them.

Fine-Tuning the Aspect Ratio

If you’re satisfied with the filled area, you can move on to the other side of the image and repeat the same process to achieve a perfectly balanced composition. Experiment with different variations until you find the ideal outcome.

Additional Applications of Outcropping

Outcropping isn’t limited to adjusting aspect ratios alone. It offers a myriad of possibilities for various creative needs. Here’s an example of how it can simplify the creation of 9 by 16 vertical images for the front of an Instagram reel:

1. Use the Crop Tool to define the desired ratio.
2. Fine-tune the crop by adjusting the sides and accepting the changes.
3. Select the bottom area that requires filling using the Marquee tool.
4. Apply Generative Fill and generate the desired extension.

With just a few clicks, you can achieve a professional-looking 9 by 16 crop for your Instagram reel cover. The time and effort saved with this feature are truly remarkable.


Outcropping is a groundbreaking addition to Adobe Photoshop that empowers designers and photographers to explore new creative possibilities effortlessly. By enabling intuitive adjustments to aspect ratios and providing AI-generated fill options, this feature streamlines the editing process and saves valuable time.

We’re excited to see how this feature will inspire you to push the boundaries of your creativity. Share your thoughts and favorite use cases in the comments below. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest features, consider subscribing to our channel and sharing this video with your friends in the creative community.

Finally, for those seeking to enhance their Photoshop skills further, we invite you to check out our comprehensive ebook on the top 20 Photoshop retouching tips. The link can be found in the description below.

Happy exploring, happy creating! Let’s embrace the transformative power of Outcropping and witness the incredible images it will bring to life.

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