AI is here to make our lives easier while getting stronger editing. And it’s improving on a day-to-day basis. So far, we’ve compared AI Upscaling, AI Sharpening, and AI Noise Removal. The results have been quite interesting. AI is driven by Machine Learning (ML), which is in a constant state of flux. The algorithm is constantly evolving as more training data flows in. Usually, it changes for the better, but as with any development, they sometimes just break and have to start all over again. This means that our results vary across tests and types of “retouching”. And today is no different.
New Photoshop update will restore an old photo in a single click
The latest update of Adobe Photoshop includes the ability to restore an old photo in just one click, thanks to the software’s groundbreaking addition to their Neural Filters. Called ‘Photo Restoration’, the new filter uses AI to assess what needs to be fixed and uses tools such as content-aware fill to automatically ‘heal’ the image.
The Neural Filters have been around since 2020, and include things like generating a shallow depth of field effect in portrait images, making a landscape image look as though it was shot in winter, and colourising black and white photographs. So not only can you now restore an old photo but you could also colourise it too.
Has Photoshop gone too far with the one-click season change?
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.
NVIDIA’s latest RTX Studio drivers boost new AI features from Adobe and Blackmagic
A couple of years ago, graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA decided that it was time to stop focusing just on gamers and launched their “Creator Ready” drivers. Those have since evolved into what is now called their “Studio” drivers, but they’re essentially the same thing; versions of their drivers that are geared more towards content creation rather than gaming.
They’ve seen a lot of changes over the last couple of years, especially since the launch of their first series RTX cards, and now their new March 2021 version of the Studio drivers focus heavily on the latest AI-powered tools from Adobe, including the new Super Resolution feature, as well as the newest neural engine in Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 17.
Photoshop has a new AI “colorize” filter but is it really any good?
One thing that seems to have become quite popular over the last year or two is colourising black and white photos. We’ve seen lots of people manually colouring old black and whites to help provide more context and tangibility to historical images and we’ve also seen AI neural engines that claim to do it automatically to produce realistic results.
But it wasn’t until Photoshop released a beta of their AI-powered Colorize Neural Filter that many started to take the idea of automated colourising of black & white photos seriously. How good is it, though? Aaron Nace at Phlearn took it for a spin to see how it’s development is coming along and whether it really stands up to the task.
Photoshop’s AI neural filters can tweak age and expression with a few clicks
Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming an integral part of photo editing software, and Adobe seems to be following the trends. The latest version of Photoshop has been released for desktop and iPad, and it contains an AI-powered feature that lets you tweak your subject’s age, gaze, and facial expression in just a few clicks. But there are a few more new AI-based improvements, so let’s jump in and see what’s new in Photoshop.
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