All new features in Photoshop April 2024 Beta update explained step by step

Here are all the new features in Photoshop beta April 23 2024 update

Here is a summary of all the new features in Photoshop beta and Photoshop April 2024 release. There are a lot of new ai features in Photoshop beta, but also some conventional features. I will be making more in-depth tutorials on each of these features.

Adobe FireFly 3 built into Photoshop

Firefly Generate image from text is now built into Photoshop. It’s running on Firefly v3.

Create a new document or open document.

Choose Generate Image from task bar, or from bottom of the toolbar. If you don’t see these tools, look at my 1 minute Photoshop fix here



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You will se a box open that contains most (not all) of the features from the online Firefly

Enter a text prompt and choose your options

Click Generate

As you can seem the quality in Firefly 3 is improved over v1 in previous Photoshop.

Click on the options on the task bar

Now you have the ability to modify the prompt and options


Here is more of a vintage aircraft in a concept art style.  No, it’s not perfect yet, but getting better.

Unlike Gen fill at 1024 x 1024, Generate Image creates up to 2048px x 2048px

Firefly 3 in Generative Fill

Make a selection in an image and type in a text prompt. Here I just did elephant.

Here we have an elephant. No, I don’t usually need to generate elephants, but we are in a lab environment for this tutorial and this shows how much better Generative fill is at creating animals than it was.

At this time, Gen fill still is limited to 1024 x 1024 blocks. But there is a new feature to help.

If you look at this elephant, perhaps you can see the pixelization on the Thin lines, or overall softness.

If you click on the Variations you will see an enhance button, if the image is over 1024 x 1024. (1024px or less is already full resolution).

Click the button to uprez

It doesn’t generate a higher resolution image like Midjourney. Photoshop is using the Super resolution algorithm to upscale the image digitally to 4x. See super resolution here

Just so you can see, I generated a person here and you can see the man looks more realistic than before.

Reference Image with Generative Fill

One of the biggest drawbacks of Generative Fill is the gap between what you want and what ai thinks you want.

We can now use a reference image to help guide Gen fill.

Let’s add some pancakes. Make a selection where you want the pancakes to appear.

Enter pancakes into the prompt and click the image button

Here is a photo of the style of pancakes I want generated. I filled the bg with white to avoid confusion.

See the blue badge  shows we are using a reference image.

All three variations look close to the reference image. To me, this is a HUGE feature.

Generate BackGround

Lets remove the background in a single click using Remove Background. I don’t really care about the quality of the edges for this demonstration.

Here we have the extracted image. Use whatever method you like to remove the background in your production work, I have made sooo many tuts on that already.

Click on Generate Background (or Import Background if you want to use your own photo).

Enter Mountain top as the text prompt

Here we get a matching background. Your imagination is your limit,


Adjustment Brush Update

I recently made a tutorial on the Adjustment brush. See how to use Adjustment Brush here

Choose the Adjustment brush for the toolbar. Don’t see it? See this tutorial 

You will notice more options now, such as Levels, Curves, Color lookup etc (People who previously asked why it was in beta, here is your answer, they are still developing the feature).

You will see more brush options too, this is covered in the video at the top. You paint on your image and apply the adjustments while you paint. It’s identical to using an adjustment layer with a mask.
Your comments on this feature range from “totally useless, to best feature ever.” Can’t please everyone all the time.

All Adobe Font available within Photoshop

This feature is in the shipping version go Photoshop, not just the beta. It got very high marks from you all in our YouTube and social media comments.

Here we have some text, but want to choose different fonts.

Open the font menu by clicking on the font name

You will see an option, More fonts

Now, you can see all the thousands of fonts from Adobe fonts including previews to the side AND on your text as you roll over the different fonts.

Choose the fonts you want and they seamlessly, automatically download. The downloaded fonts will be available in all your Adobe Creative loud apps.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the new features in Photoshop. Drop a comment and let me know your favorite feature.

Keep an eye out for more in-depth tutorials at each of these features coming soon.


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