Firefly and Photoshop: Powerful tools for the new era of creativity.

Since Photoshop 1.0 debuted in 1990, foundational features like masking and layers have become essential editing tools. Later, intelligent features like Remove Background, Select Subject, and Content Aware Fill made multi-step editing tasks nearly instant. And today you can use features powered by Firefly generative AI in Photoshop and the Firefly web app to rapidly and dramatically change your images, and even create entirely new ones.

Two products, infinite paths to creativity.

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Firefly: Generative AI for creators.


Photoshop: Precision image editing.

Comparing Firefly and Photoshop.

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Tools and capabilities

  • Photoshop includes a full suite of precise editing tools for maximum control, including tools for adjusting image appearance, adding text to images, combining images, and more. You can also add, extend and remove content from images using Generative Fill and Generative Expand, powered by Firefly.
  • The Firefly web app includes modules for generating new images, creating text effects, recoloring artwork, and adding and removing content from images — all with a simple text prompt.



  • Photoshop has a customizable user interface that includes toolbars and panels that you can adjust to suit your specific needs, such as always surfacing tools you use regularly in your workflow.
  • The Firefly web app has a streamlined, easy-to-use interface that includes a prompt bar and a settings panel where you can adjust things like style, aspect ratio, and color and tone.

Skill level

  • Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can get started with Photoshop. Make quick turn changes like removing a background, or perform complex edits. You can choose from lots of tutorials for all skill levels. You can also try a streamlined image editing experience online with Photoshop on the web.
  • It’s easy to get started with Firefly. Just type in a text prompt and play with the settings. Learn how to fine-tune your text prompts to continually improve your results.

Best for

  • Photoshop is best for major image transformations, and for editing with precise control.
  • Firefly is best for quickly generating all new-content, like images or embellished text, and for making dramatic changes at speed.

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Devices and integrations

  • Photoshop is an app that you can use on desktop, tablet, and on the web. It includes features powered by Firefly like Generative Fill and Generative Expand that you can use to add, extend, and remove content from images. You can save your projects to Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop so that they can be easily opened and edited in other Adobe apps.
  • Firefly is a web app that you can use on desktop, tablet, and mobile. Firefly-powered features can be found in many Adobe apps, and Firefly generated images can be easily edited with those same products. You can also save work to your libraries from the web app and then open it directly in Photoshop.


  • Photoshop starts at a PRICE - ABM - Photoshop month for an individual plan, with 500 generative credits per month included.
  • Firefly is free with 25 generative credits per month, or you can get a PRICE - M2M - Adobe Firefly per month premium plan that includes 100 monthly generative credits, Adobe Fonts, and no watermarks on images generated by Firefly.

Responsible generative AI

  • Firefly generative AI is designed to be safe for commercial use, so you can use generated designs in your work with confidence. Also, when you download or export Firefly-generated work from the web app or Photoshop, a content credential will be attached automatically, explaining that the artwork was made with the assistance of AI. This is to promote transparency and increase trust and confidence in such work.

Using Photoshop and Firefly together.

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Lightning-fast image generation meets precision editing.


When to use Firefly vs. Photoshop.


Creating an integrated workflow with Firefly and Photoshop.

Adding content to images:

Use the Firefly web app or features powered by Firefly in Photoshop to swap out a sky or item of clothing, add food to an empty plate, or stage furniture in an empty room. Firefly is ideal for quickly adjusting assets like real estate, fashion, and wedding photography before fine-tuning the results in Photoshop.

Story and moodboards:

Use Firefly to create original assets for video storyboards or to create a mood and style proposal for a client that you can then assemble into a presentation in Photoshop.

Resizing imagery:

Use Generative Expand in Photoshop to quickly resize images for website banners, ads, and more — just click and drag to instantly expand backgrounds and fill them with content that matches the original image. You can also straighten images and then easily fill the blank canvas space with newly generated content. Or use the prompt field to fill an expanded canvas with something entirely different to act as a frame for the image.

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Keep playing, experimenting, and creating with Firefly and Photoshop.


Is Firefly part of Adobe Creative Cloud?
The Firefly web app is available by itself or as part of your Creative Cloud All Apps subscription. You can use the Firefly web app to generate images, text effects, and other creative content with simple text prompts and generative AI. Features powered by Firefly are a part of select Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
Can Firefly and Photoshop be used together?
Yes. You can create assets with the Firefly web app, export them as JPG files, and open them inside Photoshop. Features powered by Firefly such as Generative Fill and Generative Expand are natively integrated within Photoshop and can be used to add, extend, and remove content from images right inside the app.

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