Create Amazing Portraits with Jasper AI and Photoshop

Jasper AI, the artificial intelligence (AI) startup has made some amazing advancements in the world of art with its latest invention called Jasper Art. With this tool, you can create art by just giving Jasper a text prompt to work from. I decided to take these images into Photoshop and create some really good-looking portraits with the AI tools available in Photoshop too.

Jasper Art, which is part of their AI platform released in beta just recently and after a few days on the waiting list I got my access. I have been using Jasper (formerly known as Jarvis) for almost a year now, mainly to help me speed up parts of the content creation and also to work as a sidekick feeding me with some creative ideas. You can read my Jasper Art review here.

With my interest in photography, I couldn’t resist the urge to see if I could create some images from Jasper Art AI that looked a bit better than the default output. The eyes are usually pretty weird and there are some other facial features that usually could use some work.

Raw output from Jasper AI Art of a woman with curly blonde hair
RAW output from Jasper AI, scaled up in Photoshop.

Create the portrait in Jasper Art

In order to create the photo above, you have to feed Jasper with information about what you want it (him?) to create.

This is the prompt I gave to Jasper for the image:

young woman, happy, blond, vogue, wavy hair, highly detailed matching dark blue eyes, insane detail, depth of field, photo-realistic, bokeh

Every render will give you four different variations and you might have to go through a couple of sets until you find an image suitable to work with and that you also like. In the beta version of Jasper Art, you have unlimited tries and renders, so the only limitation is your imagination.

Make sure to select an image where the eyes aren’t too wonky. You’ll get some photos where the subject is cross-eyed and it takes a lot of time and effort to fix that in Photoshop in my opinion. I want to be able to produce these images quite fast and not get stuck on one for too long.

Open the image in Photoshop

We are going to use a new feature (at the time of this writing) available only in the beta version of Photoshop, so make sure to head over to the Creative Cloud Desktop application, where you manage all your programs from Adobe.

In the left menu, just click Beta apps, and then install Photoshop (Beta).

Make sure to open the downloaded image from Jasper in the beta version of Photoshop. You’ll notice quite quickly that the image is pretty small in resolution. Jasper only delivers images in the size of 512 x 512 pixels for starters (hopefully we’ll get the option to upscale these within Jasper in the future).

Original low-res image from Jasper AI opened in Photoshop Beta.

The first thing we want to do is to scale this image up a bit, and while there are many online tools that can do the same, I’m doing it right inside of Photoshop.

Go to Image -> Image Size… (Alt+Ctrl+I) and start by changing the unit to Pixels.

Then change the Resolution from 72 Pixels/Inch to 300 Pixels/Inch.

Make sure to change the Resample from Automatic to Preserve Details 2.0.

You’ll now have an image that went from 512×512 pixels to 2133×2133 pixels, giving you a bit more room to work with.

The facial features, and the eyes (yikes) are still something that need a bit of work, for sure.

Photo Restoration Neural Filter in Photoshop

We are going to use Neural Filter (AI) within Photoshop that’s currently only available in the Beta version (so make sure you installed that one).

You’ll find it under Filter -> Neural Filters…

You’ll find the Photo Restoration filter under the Beta section. First of all, you’ll have to download and install it, which is about 900 MB.

After it’s been installed, just flip the switch and activate it.

It’s almost magic!

I usually crank the Photo enhancement slider up to about 70-80 depending on the image and style I’m after.

Color correction and contrast

The image is pretty awesome as it is right now, but I usually put another extra minute of work on it, making some very basic work on the contrast and colors.

But first, the eyes. They are the most important thing in a portrait and I just want to give them a bit more highlight. For this, I’m using the Dodge tool in Photoshop, which makes areas lighter. Simple as painting over the eyes.

I tend to keep it set on Midtones and 50% (which is the default). Make sure the brush size is not too big and just paint the eyes with a stoke over each eye.

Brighten the eyes slightly with the dodge tool in Photoshop

Finally, some contrast and touch of color tints.

Make sure to have the layer selected and then create a new adjustment layer by click in the icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Bring the shadows down just a tiny bit and give a little increase in the brighter parts of the image. A very small class S-curve.

I then open the image in Camera Raw (Filter -> Camera Raw Filters…), just make sure to have the layer with the subject on selected, and not the layer mask with the added contrast.

Under Detail, increase Sharpening to 5.

You then go under Color Grading and give the Midtones an orange tint and the Shadows a more blueish tint.

Before and after

The before and after is pretty amazing, considering the original photo came from an AI. I will continue to play around with this going forward and are really looking forward to what we can do with this in the future.

If you want to see my entire process in more detail, where I in the end also add some texture back onto her skin, have a look at the video below.

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