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5 unbelievable tech sneaks from Adobe Max 2021

Adobe Max 2021
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Every year at its MAX event, Adobe teases the future of Photoshop, Illustrator and more, revealing a series of innovations that may or may not become a reality. Always a highlight, MAX Sneaks is a must for fans of Adobe's Creative software, and 2021 was no different. 

And the word of the year is definitely 'AI'. Across the board, Adobe's technicians waxed lyrical about the company's Sensei engine, and there was scarcely a Sneak that didn't involve the tech this year. Here are 5 of our favourite reveals from the event – and if you're ready to start creating, check out the best Adobe deals below.

01. Project Morpheus 

Adobe Max Sneaks: Project Morpheus

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We were already blown away by Photoshop's neural filters last year, which can use the power of AI to change the direction a head is facing, add or remove smiles and (for better or worse) age or de-age the subject. And Project Morpheus takes things a step further by applying the tech to videos. Basically, Adobe has built its own deepfake engine. We have a feeling our best deepfakes list could be getting some new entries soon. 

02. Project In-Between

If you have two photos taken moments apart, Project In-Between can create a bridging animation between them. Yes, just like Apple's Live Photos feature – except, Adobe's Sensei engine is making the middle frames up. They don't exist - so the tech uses AI to animate between the two images, and the results are mind-bogglingly lifelike.  

03. Project Shadow-Drop

Project Shadow-Drop takes the humble drop shadow feature, and turns it up to 11. If you have a 2D image, the likelihood is you're not going to be able to create a realistic-looking 3D shadow – the whole thing is likely to look flat (like below).

Adobe Max Sneaks: Project Shadow-Drop

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But with Shadow-Drop (and, you guessed it, through the power of AI), you can create fully realistic shadows, as though the object is a 3D render. And it could save creatives a whole heap of time, removing the need to create brand new shadows from scratch.

Adone Max sneaks: Shadow-Drop

A more realistic shadow created with Shadow-Drop (Image credit: Adobe)

04. Project Sunshine

Adobe Max Sneaks: Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine automatically adds colour to vector files (Image credit: Adobe)

Project Sunshine takes vector graphics to the next level, providing automated suggestions for colouring and shading. It can guess an element of the image (e.g. "the hair should be black") and create fully coloured vectors, which the user can modify at will. Rather than having to colour each aspect of the image individually, Project Sunshine does the heavy lifting automatically and lets the artist take it from there.

05. Stylish Strokes

Fonts often leave much to be desired in terms of customisation. Fonts are typically stored as outlines, which means fills and stylisation options ignore specific strokes, so you end up with something utterly illegible. Stylish Strokes automatically recovers those strokes based on the geometry of the characters, enabling a wide variety of stylisation that even works on fonts with unusual character structures. And, most importantly, it's readable. 

If you haven't yet signed up, don't forget to register for Adobe MAX for free. And be sure to check out today's best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below. 

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Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an 'iSheep', but he's fine with this. It doesn't bother him at all. Why would it? They're just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.