Adobe introduces AI-powered Object Selection Tool that makes complex selections in a heartbeat

Oct 29, 2019

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Adobe introduces AI-powered Object Selection Tool that makes complex selections in a heartbeat

Oct 29, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In some situations, Photoshop’s Magic Wand tool can save you a whole lot of time when making selections.  This group of tools is getting an upgrade, and a very powerful one: meet Object Selection tool. It’s a powerful AI-powered solution that helps you make even complicated selections by a simple click-and-drag. In the video below, Meredith Payne Stotzner of Adobe will show you how it works, and I must say it looks pretty impressive.

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Back in 2017, Adobe introduced the Select Subject command. It surely speeds up the editing workflow, but it only lets you select the most prominent subject in an image. And what about the cases when you have multiple subjects? And what if you want to select only some parts of the subject? Enter Object Selection tool.

The Object Selection is a new tool housed at the top of the Magic Wand tool group. Just like a few previous novelties, it’s powered by Adobe Sensei technology.  So what’s so special about it? Well, it will allow you to select individual objects in your photos. You can combine and deselect the elements as you please, and all is done via click-and-drag Marquee or Lasso selections.

Meredith Payne Stotzner notes that this tool gave such great results, that Adobe decided to place it at the top of the Magic Wand and Quick Selection tool group. Judging from the demo above, it really does perform remarkably well.

So, when will the new Object Selection tool be available? Well, we don’t know exactly. All Adobe tells us is that it’s “coming soon,” so it’s possible that you’ll see it in the next update. But I guess we should wait and see.

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5 responses to “Adobe introduces AI-powered Object Selection Tool that makes complex selections in a heartbeat”

  1. Grant Nelson Avatar
    Grant Nelson

    Yes please.

  2. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    These are the kinds of updates I want.

  3. Markó Richárd Avatar
    Markó Richárd

    I’ll believe it when I see it

    1. Alain Gaudreau Avatar
      Alain Gaudreau

      Have a look where they select only one of the two black labs, it cuts off part of the selected dog near it’s tail… Works fine on objects with clear demarcations/contrasts but seems to do an equal job to the current tools, perhaps a few percent high precision. nothing to write home about.

  4. Piotr Avatar
    Piotr

    Definitely one of the more useful applications of neural networks I have to say. But why on earth is the toggle between Marquee and Lasso a dropdown that requires a completely unnecessary additional click every single time you want to switch between the two? As opposed to just simple buttons next to each other? The channel selection in Curves and a bunch of other dialog boxes have the same madness. This sort of thing really adds up if you have to work in a program all day and would be incredibly easy to fix.

    The funny thing is, Affinity Photo copied this UI design atrocity.