Shopify continues to expand its suite of AI-powered tools (Shopify Magic) that are designed to help merchants on its platform boost sales and streamline operations. Announced as a part of its Shopify Editions Winter '24 Updates, the new standout AI feature is the Media Editor for DIY product photography.
The new Media Editor lets merchants instantly edit product photos without any graphic design skills. Sellers can remove backgrounds, improve image resolution, modify lighting, and make other professional-grade tweaks with simple text prompts. It is particularly beneficial for smaller independent sellers and direct-to-customer businesses that constitute a significant portion of Shopify's clientele.
Merchants will also be able to describe edits in everyday language for the AI to automatically generate. For example, “remove logo from shirt” or “make darker lighting.” This saves tons of time and money otherwise spent hiring designers or buying stock photography.
Having these capabilities directly within Shopify Admin without the need for additional software or specialized design skills could make this a popular feature. With a few clicks or keywords, users can create original images and make professional-level edits instantly and for free. This accessibility ensures that all merchants, regardless of technical proficiency, can enhance their product visuals and, by extension, their online store’s appeal.
Glen Coates, Shopify’s Vice President of Product, highlights the inclusivity and accessibility ethos behind the Magic Editor, stating, “We know not everyone has access to studios or mannequins, so we want to lower the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs to present their products in the best light.”
Shopify's introduction of the Magic Editor responds to a clear need among its users for more accessible and efficient tools to create high-quality product images. By eliminating the costs and complexities traditionally associated with producing professional product photos, Shopify not only supports its merchants' success but also enriches the online shopping experience for consumers. Now, more sellers can focus efforts on crafting great products and customer experiences.