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!
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.
Artificial intelligence keeps getting better. A group of scientists from China has developed an algorithm that can turn sketches into realistic portraits. It even works with pretty rough sketches, and the end results look very close to real photos of people.
We’ve seen our fair share of unique DIY cameras powered by Raspberry Pi, with the latest one coming from a self-taught programmer Martin Fitzpatrick. He has created a camera that’s basically a hacked Etch A Sketch. He named it Etch-a-Snap, and it will turn your photos into quite precise Etch A Sketch drawings.
Search capabilities have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. As processing power increases, so does the speed at which software can run. This means more complex calculations can be performed in a much shorter amount of time. Which brings us to this. 500px’s new search feature which lets you search simply by scribbling down a quick sketch.
While it doesn’t quite offer the artistic freedom of Photoshop, it actually seems to work really well. If you hadn’t noticed by the image above, I have virtually zero drawing skill. This is why I use a camera. But, it was smart enough to figure out what I was trying to draw. It presented me with a bunch of results that weren’t too far off what I wanted.
If you think Adobe, you think software. With the release of new iOS applications for iPad, Adobe today also announces new hardware to break into the market previously dominated by Wacom. With the release of a new stylus and digital ruler, Adobe has come out swinging by turning the iPad into a high definition graphics tablet.
Previously, Adobe have excelled in producing software and dominated within the photographic and design industries. Now, with new hardware, they are further cementing themselves as the leader of innovation. If you own an iPad already, no longer will you have to buy a graphics tablet in addition, which you likely use with Photoshop anyway. Instead, by using the free iOS apps, particularly Adobe Photoshop Mix, these two pieces of hardware allow you to expand your work into areas you may not have previously ventured with fine control in editing and design work around your photographs.
I find this bold step fascinating. Adobe has long had a firm foothold in the industry as a software giant, but now it is taking that extra step to go further. The hardware items are listed below: