After 99U Creative Conference, Adobe has announced that its annual Adobe MAX conference will also become a free, online-only event. The reason is the same as it was for all previous changes and cancellations: the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Object recognition and AI has come such a long way in such a short amount of time that effects that used to take hours can now be automated in just a few seconds. Adobe MAX 2018 is going on right now and they’re showing off one example of this in their Sneak Peeks. It’s called Moving Stills, and it’s insane how well it works for a concept demo.
Basically, you feed in a still photograph, click a button and it will automatically figure out the depth of objects in the scene. Then it will animate a virtual camera through the scene to simulate a real camera movement. And it can do it with no intervention. But you can also override things if you wish.
This is one of those features that many of us wish was added years ago. It’s common for photographers to fill in holes from one photograph, of things they want to remove, from sections of another. I’ve done it many times myself to fill in undergrowth in forests or even rebuild entire moss-covered walls behind my subject on location. But it’s a pain, and takes forever to do well.
Shown off at Adobe MAX, Adobe’s new Scene Stitch technology aims to solve this. Essentially, it works like Content Aware Fill. You select an area you wish to replace, and Photoshop figures out what to put in its place. Instead of looking only at the loaded image, though, it will look at a huge database of images. Then presents several possible options to fill the space.
The Adobe MAX conference just ended today, and its closing brought about some very cool sneak peeks of Adobe tech. One such piece of new technology is what Adobe call “Cloak”. It allows you to remove unwanted things from videos. Essentially, it’s like Content Aware Fill for video. And it’s pretty amazing.
Adobe do warn, though this is an early look at the technology. It may or may not be features that they integrate into products down the road. But I can’t imagine that this won’t be added into After Effects (in which the tech was demonstrated) or Premiere somewhere down the line.
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