Published on July 27, 2023

Stretch or extend background

In this blog I will show you a super fast and simple method to extend a background with Generative Fill in Adobe Photoshop (Beta).

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here to open the video or scroll down to the end of this page.

You can download the photo I used here.

Step 1: Change ratio

Select the crop tool and pick a new ratio. I use the square 1:1 ratio.

Deselect ‘Delete cropped pixels‘ and select ‘Fill: Default‘. Then click on the ✓ icon.


Step 2: Extend background

Now select the rectangular marquee tool and select ‘add to selection‘.

Select both the transparent areas. Then click on ‘generative fill‘.

Select transparent areas

Then select ‘generate‘. You can leave the ‘what would you like to generate?’ field empty.


Photoshop will now fill the selected transparent areas. You get several variations to choose from, select the one that looks best.

And that’s how you expand a photo in Adobe Photoshop (Beta) using Generative Fill.

Extend background

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