Adobe might turn selfies into decent portraits using AI

Apr 6, 2017

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Adobe might turn selfies into decent portraits using AI

Apr 6, 2017

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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Adobe has been experimenting with new features and algorithms lately. They have recently tested a solution that applies the style of one photo to the other. But this new feature could be groundbreaking for all the selfie lovers out there.

In their latest video, they offered a preview of the future of selfie photography using artificial intelligence and deep learning. It suggests that in future we may be able to create pretty decent portraits from not-so-good selfie snapshots.

YouTube video

Their selfie app of the future (I don’t know what else to call it) may allow you to turn a typical selfie into a flattering portrait. And we all know it’s not easy to do when you take a selfie up close with a phone camera. The app changes the image so it looks like it was taken from a larger distance and with a longer lens. Something like this app we mentioned a while ago. It was also partially done by Adobe Research team, so I’m guessing they might apply it sometime in the future to the mobile app.

With this app of the future, you can also change perspective. Then, it allows you to add depth of field to the selfie, so it looks more like a portrait that was taken with a long lens or larger aperture. Something similar to the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode, I guess.

When you adjust the perspective and DoF, you can also apply the style of another photo. You should just choose the photo you like, click on it, and its style will be applied to your selfie. This is probably where Adobe might use the algorithm I mentioned above.

Although this algorithm is just a concept, possible to be developed in the future, it has already raised many issues and comments. First, will it make crappy photographers become (or at least think of themselves to be) good photographers? Then, there’s the copyright issue – is transferring someone else’s complete editing style considered copying?

Frankly, I don’t see any of this as a serious problem. I believe it doesn’t take an app to turn a crappy photographer into a good one. It takes lots of practice, patience and education. And as for copying the style, we could discuss the presets here – if we all use the same preset, does this mean we copy each other? I see all this as fun, and as a way for selfie lovers to finally look good in selfies without taking 1456 shots before they nail it.

[Adobe Research on the Potential Future of Selfie Photography | Adobe Creative Cloud]

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2 responses to “Adobe might turn selfies into decent portraits using AI”

  1. Cherman Aquino Avatar
    Cherman Aquino

    I can’t wait to see those perfect faces with distorted backgrounds… That shallow depth of field with blurred silhouettes… Those styles applied in pictures where lighting doesn’t match with the other…

  2. Del Robertson Somerville Avatar
    Del Robertson Somerville

    I’m sold! I’ve just chucked my cameras and years of collective knowledge in the bin. #gomobile