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  • How you can use generative AI images — legally


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    Suddenly, image-creation programs based on generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) have exploded into one of the most exciting tech breakthroughs we’ve seen in years.

    A big problem is that the developers of these capabilities — and perhaps you, if you use them — are being sued big-time. The charges are copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property from the artists whose works were “scraped” off the Internet to train the systems.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.08.0, 2023-02-20).

  • Photoshop Elements: Fun with pictures


    By Lincoln Spector

    Special effects aren’t limited to Hollywood movies anymore — or professional photographers.

    Today, with some help from image-editing apps, even a snapshooter can perform photographic tricks — place yourself somewhere you’ve never actually visited, turn black-and-white into color (and vice versa). With the right tools, almost anyone can cleanly remove people from a photo — without cropping! (Are you paying attention, Match subscribers?)

    There are dozens of photo editors to choose from, but I’ve been using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements for longer than I can remember. It’s the cheaper and somewhat less powerful version of the classic Photoshop. It’s rare that Elements lacks a tool I need … but then I’m not a professional graphic artist.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.16.0 (2020-04-27).