Generative Workflow


Today’s Question: Now that Lightroom Classic has this new AI Generative Remove feature, should I be using that instead of Generative Fill in Photoshop?

Tim’s Quick Answer: While you can certainly use either Generative Remove in Lightroom Classic or Generative Fill in Photoshop, I prefer to use Generative Remove in order to streamline my workflow, only sending images to Photoshop when I can’t achieve my goals for an image in Lightroom Classic.

More Detail: Over time, new features have been added to Lightroom Classic to the point that there are fewer reasons to send an image to Photoshop. There are certainly still reasons you may want to leverage Photoshop in a workflow that revolves around Lightroom Classic, but I would say that AI-based cleanup no longer needs to be on that list.

The addition of the Generative Remove feature in Lightroom Classic means you can perform advanced image cleanup work based on artificial intelligence (AI) technology right from within Lightroom Classic. This feature is very similar to the Generative Fill command in Photoshop, with the key difference being that in Lightroom Classic you paint over the area you want to work on while in Photoshop you use a selection for this purpose.

There’s no need to favor one of these options over the other in terms of the quality of the results. Therefore, I recommend making the decision based on preference and workflow. If you don’t have any other reason to send the image to Photoshop, I would perform all the work in Lightroom Classic. If you have a reason you want to send the image to Photoshop, you can choose whether you want to use Photoshop or Lightroom Classic for the AI-based cleanup depending on which tool you find you are more comfortable using.