Photoshop: Now the world’s most advanced AI application for creatives
by Adan Mahmood
Today we release a new version of Photoshop on the desktop and iPad. With it we introduce five major new artificial intelligence features. These new features, added to the already robust Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning features you rely on every day, make Photoshop the world’s most advanced AI application for creatives. This smart use of technology enables you to work faster than ever before so you have way more time to be creative.
Today we ship Neural Filters, Sky Replacement, the new Discover panel, and two new Refine Edge Selections improvements all built on artificial intelligence, in addition to many other great new features you will use every day.
Neural Filters is a major breakthrough in AI-powered creativity and the beginning of a complete reimagination of filters and image manipulation inside Photoshop. This first version ships with a large set of new filters. Many of these filters are still in the beta quality state. We’ve decided to ship them to you now so you can try them out and give feedback and help shape the future of AI in Photoshop. Neural Filters is part of a new machine learning platform, which will evolve and get better over time – expanding on what’s possible exponentially.
The new Sky Replacement feature intelligently separates the sky from the foreground and allows you to create the ultimate images with beautiful, dynamic skies in just a few clicks.
The Discover panel is loaded with tools and tips to help you work faster. It uses AI to deliver recommendations based on you and your work and includes one-click actions to speed you to results. This is a great new tool inside Photoshop where we will continue to add AI capabilities that enhance your experience with the product.
Object Aware Refine Edge and Refine Hair both use AI to further improve selections that include tricky subjects like hair or complex backgrounds.
You already rely on artificial intelligence features in Photoshop to speed your work every day like Select Subject, Object Selection Tool, Content-Aware Fill, Curvature Pen Tool, many of the font features, and more. Our goal is to systematically replace time-intensive steps with smart, automated technology wherever possible. With the addition of these five major new breakthroughs, you can free yourself from the mundane, non-creative tasks and focus on what matters most – your creativity.
Here’s everything we released in Photoshop today:
Photoshop on Desktop
Neural Filters is a new workspace inside Photoshop that introduces new non-destructive filters to help you explore creative ideas in seconds. In it we have taken many things Photoshop does well and improved them by reducing complex workflows to one click or a couple of sliders using machine learning. You can discover a rapidly growing and improving library of artistic and restorative filters, find a “best” idea for inspiration, and refine your image with the familiar tools you know in Photoshop. The filters in this workspace will speed parts of your workflow, but they might not produce the result you need every time. You can try more creative (and labor-intensive) ideas than ever in the time you booked for your project, and you have all the power of Photoshop when you take your Neural Filters result back to the canvas for final touches.
Change the depth and warmth of just your background with two sliders
We are introducing the first Neural Filters to demonstrate the power of the technology at work in popular uses of Photoshop. Skin Smoothing and Style Transfer, our first ‘featured’ filters, can help photo retouchers and inspire artists and produce some of the most consistent results at this point in development. We have also released 6 ‘beta’ filters, along with new feedback tools for customers to tell us how the results satisfied their creative intent. We want you to try out these featured and beta filters on your images and give feedback to improve Photoshop. Beta filters might work really well on certain types of images, but not as well on others yet. This is only the beginning and these filters will improve with input.
Smart Portrait is one of these first beta filters and helps you transform age, expression, pose, colors, and more. Artificial intelligence analyzes the content of your portrait and gives you the ability to change aspects like the facial features in your image. You can use the gaze and head sliders to change the direction of the eyes or head, or light direction to change the angle of the light source. Change hair thickness, the intensity of a smile, or add surprise, anger, or make someone older or younger. The current filter works best on subtle changes, but you can crank it up to let your imagination run wild.
On this image above, I turned the pirate’s head and eyes to the right with the head and gaze sliders and pumped up the anger slider a bit, which produced a subtle snarl.
The images above show the light direction slider. Look at her cheek, forehead and chin. In the middle image I moved the light source to the left. In the far right image I moved the light direction slider to the right. I might want to reduce the yellow cast on her left cheek and a few other artifacts by brushing on the non-destructive mask that is produced in Photoshop when you use Neural Filters. Meredith shows how simple it is in her sneak video at the top of this section. The key here is that I tried out two creative ideas with one slider in seconds, which leapt me ahead in my workflow. This saves me time to get to the end result I need for my project, while allowing me to retain complete creative control.
I shifted the light direction slider to the right. Finishing touches are easily completed in Photoshop.
There are multiple beta filters to help you do very practical things in your photo adjustment and retouching workflows. Boost the resolution of smaller selections within portraits with Super Zoom or remove JPEG artifacts that result from JPEG compression. Depth-Aware haze simulates volumetric haze in your background to better highlight your subject.
Here is a before (left) / after (right) Style Transfer example:
Below is a before and after of Colorize where the artist started with a black and white image and the smart technology added content-aware color in one click.
Colorized a black and white image with content-aware AI technology
Below is a before and after of JPEG Artifacts Removal (note the artifacts in the clouds):
Filters can be applied non-destructively using the smart filter feature, or applied directly to a layer, or generated as a new layer with the changed pixels. Not every filter will produce the perfect results on every image, so you can use all the tools of Photoshop to get the exact look you want by masking out various machine learning imperfections.
I hope you enjoy exploring all the new capabilities. We want to help you bring your vision to life and stand out as a creator, and we know the labor and time pressure of trying to identify that ‘best’ idea in ideation within the time afforded for your project. We built Neural Filters to help you get closer to your final results faster and try out as many ideas as you can before you take the result back to the canvas for final refinements.
Many thanks to the Adobe Research team and NVIDIA for their collaboration and partnership on Neural Filters. We released this new feature to all Photoshop 22.0 customers on all devices, but the performance is particularly fast on desktops and notebooks with graphics acceleration.
I look forward to hearing what you think. Share your work on social using the #neuralfilters tag to help us see your results and give back the likes.
For more information about Neural Filters go here.
Starting today, it is faster and easier than ever before to create more dynamic images by swapping in a new sky. Photoshop now knows what’s foreground and sky. You can either select the sky yourself with Select > Sky and edit it to your heart’s content. Or use Edit > Sky Replacement, choose a new sky from our database or add your own, and let the new Sensei-powered, machine-learning models do the masking and blending. We use cutting-edge algorithms to harmonize the foreground of your image with the sky so if you change a bright afternoon sky to sunset, the entire image takes on the warmth of the golden hour.
You can zoom in and select just a section of sky, or move the sky around to find the right configuration of clouds or color (or planets) you want.
We’re shipping with about 25 sky presets — provided by our imaging experts, including Russell Brown and Julieanne Kost. Or you can use your own skies to gently enhance what should have been, or radically change it to the fantastical, with tons of precision and control in just a few clicks.
Sky Replacement is a huge time saver for our customers; especially those retouching landscape, real estate, wedding and portrait photography. The sky’s the limit!
Intelligent Refine Edge
Photoshop has imaging scientists who have invested whole careers to make selections incredible and virtually one-click easy for you. They have leapt ahead over the past few releases with Sensei artificial intelligence powering features like Select Subject and Object Selection, adding multiple algorithms that smartly deal with tricky hair and complex backgrounds, so you don’t have to.
Today there are two new Sensei features in the Select and Mask workspace, Refine Hair and Object Aware Refine Mode.
Refine Hair: This convenient little button packs a Sensei punch! It’s located in the Options bar across the top of the Select and Mask workspace. It seeks out the people in your selection and automagically refines the selection of their hair. It’s as if you had grabbed the Refine Edge brush and done the strokes yourself. This is especially useful if you have used the Object Selection Tool or Quick Select Tool to select a particular person, and want to refine the hair in a single click.
Object Aware Refine Mode: It’s always been difficult to precisely select hair and other fine elements of an image, particularly when the foreground and background are similar in color or hard to differentiate like the image above. Now you can click on the Object Aware button to set the Refine Edge mode to make those selections even better, even faster. To demonstrate, I chose a lion with a mane that blends into the background savanna and sky. Using Select Subject and just a few strokes of the Object-Aware Refine Edge brush, you can see the precision I was able to achieve, which took me just a few seconds. The Object Aware algorithm has been trained to understand objects in the scene and thus work better with similarly-colored or similarly-textured backgrounds.
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18 Nov 2020 - Designing & Developments