Adobe just announced a bunch of new features across its entire Creative Cloud Suite, from the release of Illustrator for iPad to new collaborative tools including in-app live-streaming. But it's the latest updates to Photoshop that are truly turning heads – both figuratively and literally.
A series of AI-powered tweaks called Neural Filters were just revealed during Adobe MAX 2020. These include a number of colour-based overlays and effects (including the ability to colourise black-and-white- photos), but the most striking—and in some cases terrifying—Neural Filters apply to portraits. The new features are available today, so there's no better time to download Photoshop or check out the best Creative Cloud (opens in new tab) deals available.
With a single click, users can make several facial alterations to a portrait. In what seems like a response to recent popular apps like FaceApp, expressions such as 'joy', 'surprise' and 'anger' can be increased or reduced with simple sliders. Meanwhile, (for better or worse) the person's apparent age can be adjusted. It's almost terrifying both how easily and realistically a person's appearance can be changed using the new tools.
But the Adobe Sensei-powered filters go even further than other face-altering apps we've seen. One of the more remarkable filters allows the user to change which way the subject's head is facing. And there are some rather random filters, such as the ability to transfer facial makeup from a reference image to your subject, as demonstrated by Adobe's principal worldwide design & photography evangelist Terry White (below).
As well as Neural Filters, Adobe also lifted the lid on Photoshop's new Sky Replacement feature (below), which can, well, replace the sky. If you're unhappy with the clouds in your photo, you can swap them out either with a sky from Photoshop's in-built library, or from another photo of your own. Not only can the feature replace the sky, but it will also adjust the tone of the foreground to match.
It seems ironic that Adobe has implemented these almost disturbingly realistic AI features at the same time as unveiling a content attribution tool within Photoshop (opens in new tab) to combat false or misleading imagery. But there's no doubting that the new filters are seriously impressive, and users have taken to Twitter (below) to share their amazement.
New photoshop neural filters are blowing my mind. Some of this stuff would take hours, if you could make it look decent at all. Just clicking random buttons here pic.twitter.com/8dzABYskqROctober 20, 2020
Whoa. #NeuralFilters just blew my mind. Did they just age a guy’s photo AND tilt his head to go back and forth?? What?! #Photoshop #AdobeMAXOctober 20, 2020
@adobemax I think I just peed a little watching the Sky Replace tool in Photoshop. Wow wow wow. Cannot WAIT to use this. #AdobeMAX #VERBtotheMAX @VERBInteractiveOctober 20, 2020
Photoshop is losing it's damn mind. Don't like the sky? Put a new one in and relight the whole season with like three clicks! #AdobeMAX #adobepartner pic.twitter.com/SwfN0CTc1EOctober 20, 2020
Me: At the end of the #AdobeMax Neural Filters presentation.... pic.twitter.com/dxcrnaG963October 20, 2020
Along with the updates to Photoshop and much more, Adobe revealed that both Illustrator for iPad and Fresco for iPhone are available to download today. Visit our Adobe MAX 2020 (opens in new tab) page for an overview of everything Adobe has announced so far, and if you're ready to start your creative journey, check out today's best Creative Cloud plans below.
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