Images of AI-generated humans aren’t exactly a new concept. But now, they’re available for licensing for the first time ever. VAIsual and PantherMedia have announced the availability to legally license 100% synthetically generated stock images.
Although some historians are not happy about upscaling and colorizing old footage, there are still many people, including me, who enjoy watching videos like that. NASS has recently published one from the 1930s, showing the vibrant streets of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Upscaled and colorized, it gives a new life to the footage and it’s a real treat for everyone who likes this kind of video work.
If I were to say ‘facial recognition software’ to you, you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking about social media companies, governments keeping tabs on their citizens, and general Big-Brother-esque scenarios. But this is a story of a slightly more unusual use of the AI: counting not sheep, but puffins.
NVIDIA has been doing a lot of cool stuff with AI. One of those things is GauGAN AI, something of a predecessor to NVIDIA’s Canvas application, which we checked out here when I tried to recreate some of my landscape photographs with it. Well, GauGAN2 is here now and it’s gotten smarter. Way smarter. You don’t just paint coloured pixels where you want things to be anymore. Oh no, now it actually understands what you say!
Photoshop has had some AI-powered filters for a while now. Adobe announced a couple of new ones recently, some incredibly useful and the others… well, maybe not so much. The latter include Landscape Mixer, a tool that lets you combine your landscape photo with another in a single click. Has Adobe gone too far with this? Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE demonstrates the tool in his latest video, so let’s see how it performs and is it any good at all.
Facebook has announced that it’s shutting down its facial recognition system. This means that more than one billion users who opted in won’t be automatically recognized across he platform anymore, and Facebook will delete their facial recognition data.
Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw have never really been all that good at masking. They’ve had some basic rudimentary masking features through the brush and gradient features, but not in the way that something like Adobe’s own Photoshop provides. Well, now, it looks like that’s about to change.
They’ve posted a sneak peek today of new masking features that will be coming soon to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw and they look pretty impressive. If you’re already doing basic selections in Lightroom or ACR, this’ll speed up your workflow massively. And for portrait and wedding shooters, you might not even have to go into Photoshop at all anymore.
The whole concept of AI has always been quite fascinating to me. Not so much the whole end of the world Terminator stuff, but how AI relates to imagery. That a computer can generate somewhat realistic-looking images with very little input from the user is just mind-boggling.
One of the companies at the forefront of AI imaging tech is NVIDIA. So, when NVIDIA reached out to me to ask if I’d like to test out the recently released NVIDIA Canvas and some of the AI-powered features in Photoshop and DaVinci Resolve on one of the also recently launched RTX Studio laptops, I jumped at the opportunity.
If you’ve ever helplessly looked at a pile of random Lego bricks and thought “what on Earth do I make from this,” your problem has been solved. Brickit has made a really cool AI-powered app that helps you make something out of that messy pile of Legos. All you need to do is point the camera at the bricks. The app will scan them and give you suggestions of what you can make.