Real-life cut and paste tool will blow your mind

Ah, good old cut and paste. A feature seemingly as old as time itself. It's hardly the most exciting of technological processes – or so we thought, until we saw this mind-blowing demonstration of how the feature could look in reality (augmented reality, that is). 

Over the past few months, programmer Cyril Diagne has been sharing his progress on a remarkable tool which, with the help of AR, can allow users to quickly grab a real-world visual with their phone and dump it straight into Photoshop on desktop. And now, ClipDrop is finally available to download on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows. It could be heading straight for our list of the best apps for graphic designers.

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As Diagne explains in previous tweets, there's a lot of technical wizardry (as opposed to just straight-up wizardry) involved in the process. The software uses complex machine learning to separate the object in the foreground from the background, while a separate process is able to detect where the phone is pointing at the laptop (for the paste element).

"You can extract anything: objects, people, drawings, and text," says Diagne.  The quality of the salient object detection, background removal, and text detection is now quite incredible." A single subscription, which gives access to unlimited clips and all features on all platforms, costs $39.99 for a year, rising to $79.99 on 20 November. 

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It seems we're not the only ones impressed with Diagne's sorcery (sorry, software). Back in May, The team behind Photoshop itself even replied to his tweets about to prototype tool. Perhaps that's what inspired Adobe to introduce its own mind-bending new Photoshop AR tools at Adobe MAX this year. 

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Daniel John
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Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.