An AI generated image, an unholy abomination, kangaroo merging with elephant creature.

What do you get if…

Nov 1, 2023 | AI Collaborations, Nightmares, Photoshop

…you cross a kangaroo and an elephant?

This year Photoshop had a big AI update, it’s called Firefly and it’s actually quite impressive, lots of people are super excited about how much time it’s going to save them. I am too. But, me being me, I’m most excited about how much utterly random crazy nonsense I can get out of it in like no time at all. 

So, after trying out a couple of relatively sensible generative fill merges, mixing a photo of grass into a photo of flowers for example, I started poking around to see what else I can get the AI to do. 

It can make images from prompts. So, you tell it where you want the new image, give a brief description of what you’re looking for, and boom, in a few seconds you’ve got three choices. If they don’t work for you, ask again and you get three more. Until, before you know it, you’ve got 60 and you have to either start again or delete the ones which aren’t so good. 

So that’s what this is. I asked for a picture of a kangaroo, and a picture of an elephant. So far so good, it did a great job there. Then I did a merge between the two. Of course, Firefly didn’t get the joke, so instead of giving me ‘giant holes all over Australia’, this is what it thinks you get if you cross a kangaroo and an elephant. Nightmare mutations. Weirdly gory puddles of vegetation and decay. I love it.

I’ve been playing with this in my spare time for a few weeks, and I keep doing it because I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard at anything on a screen in years. I’m going to post some of my experiments in the next few weeks, and no doubt I’ll keep adding to them for the foreseeable future. I hope it brings some horrifying joy.

Here’s a selection of some of my favourites from the series, the ones that most closely resemble some kind of creature.

And then just look at this triumphant little fella! Those tiny black teeth, massive odd shaped ears, crusty deformed nose… Utterly repulsive! He’s awesome.