Adobe’s new AI feature can detect image manipulations and undo them

Nov 7, 2019

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Adobe’s new AI feature can detect image manipulations and undo them

Nov 7, 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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This year’s Adobe MAX brought some interesting announcements and new apps. One of the new features introduced at the Sneaks event really caught our eye. It’s called Project About Face, an AI-powered tool that can detect if the image has been manipulated, It also shows where the manipulation has been applied and even helps you to revert back to the original, unaltered photo.

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Project About Face was demonstrated at Adobe MAX’s Sneaks event by Richard Zhang. Like all Adobe’s AI-based features, this one was also powered by Adobe Sensei. When you upload a photo and apply the tool, it tells how high is the probability that the photo was manipulated.

If the tool suspects that the photo has been modified, you can click on “Heatmap,” which shows the areas that have been affected the most.

Finally, there’s the “Undo” feature. It uses artificial intelligence to revert the altered pixels back to the original. Richard Zhang tested it live. I must notice that it didn’t do the best job on the ears, but it nailed it with undoing the editing job of the face.

In the world of fake news and doctored images, it’s essential to have tools to fight against them. If the Project About Face comes to life, it could become an important part of detecting fake news. It could also be used to detect whether the photos of Instagram stars have been altered and to which extent. This could debunk the myth of those “perfect” bodies and faces that affect the self-confidence of teenagers all over the world. But these are just some ideas that crossed my mind. Either way, I have my hopes up that this project will come to fruition and that it will be developed further.

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14 responses to “Adobe’s new AI feature can detect image manipulations and undo them”

  1. Lorenzo Morgoni Avatar
    Lorenzo Morgoni

    Photo anti-doping :O Very interesting technology, I agree.

  2. Sandy Carre Avatar
    Sandy Carre

    It might deter theft

    1. Kryn Sporry Avatar
      Kryn Sporry

      Sandy Carre or stimulate it. It can also be used to remove watermarks

    2. Sandy Carre Avatar
      Sandy Carre

      Hmmm I hadn’t thought of that

  3. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    In the end it says “good retouching” or “bad retouching”.
    I like that.

  4. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    This is somehow gonna be offensive

  5. Benjamin Stolle Avatar
    Benjamin Stolle

    Chris Go René Schumann :-O

  6. Scott Stevenson Avatar
    Scott Stevenson

    Not gonna do what some think it would… Add a giant red dot over the face in another app, then import it, it’s not going to rediscover the face.

    1. John Shark Avatar
      John Shark

      …not yet… ;)

  7. Roxer Roxercita Avatar
    Roxer Roxercita

    poor kardashians..

  8. Daniel Strickland Avatar
    Daniel Strickland

    A way to combat DeepFakes it sounds like.

  9. Michael Madsen Avatar
    Michael Madsen

    Hold my beer…

  10. Allen Pierson Avatar
    Allen Pierson

    It goes against copyright or at least intellectual properties.

  11. Vilmis Vilmukas Avatar
    Vilmis Vilmukas

    Adebe will collect data from our pc’s?