Adobe introduces new collaboration with AI in Photoshop

The new innovative features allow for advanced image editing using artificial intelligence.
Brittney Grimes
Photo Restoration Neural Filter uses AI to update old photographs.
Photo Restoration Neural Filter uses AI to update old photographs.  

Adobe announced new advancements in its Photoshop at its annual Adobe Max conference for technology. These new innovations make the image editing application even smarter in its abilities, and more collaborative. Along with these announcements came a whole new wave of AI advancements and capabilities incorporated into the software.

The flagship desktop app powered by Adobe Sensei AI features numerous improvements, including the one click Delete option and the Fill tool to remove and replace objects with a single click. Along with the AI feature, these improvements were made in time to be introduced at the fall conference. It allows users to remove unwanted elements in their pictures quickly with a shortcut, using Shift + Delete. Another updated feature is the photo restoration neural filter that uses machine learning to detect and get rid of scratches and other small flaws on old photographs.

The company knows how effective AI image-editing and creating, can be and wants to improve on the capabilities. Adobe’s Lightroom, an AI image-editing tool that allows users to organize photos and now revise them with Adobe Sensei AI, were used over 1.3 billion times in the past year alone. People can now alter content using artificial intelligence that has been added to Adobe.

The software company also provided Guides enhancements that allows for streamlining work in day-to-day tasks in Photoshop. People can customize, edit and delete guides with the menu feature, giving them the options to learn and create how they’d like to.

There have also been new highlights added to Photoshop on the iPad as well, allowing for efficiency and accuracy. One technological advancement is the One-tap remove background feature that saves users time, also allowing for an easy replacement background to be added.

Ever since the launch of Photoshop on the iPad, the company has been releasing different features that were once only accessible on the desktop version. Many of these advancements were made with AI technology incorporated into them. “With the March 2022 release of Photoshop on the iPad, we have enhanced the Select subject action with improved AI technology that will help you get precise selections when working with portrait images on your iPad.”

An exciting feature that was added and can be used on the iPad is the one-tap Content-Aware Fill. With this feature, unwanted objects in the background can be removed or blended smoothly. The company stated that united bystanders can be removed, along with items or dust that’s not wanted in the image. Adobe said it uses its AI technology to allow users to fill any portion of the image with content based on the surrounding area.

An additional feature that leverages the AI technology from Adobe is the Select Subject element, which the company says can be used for portraits. The Select Subject tool can now identify images of specific people, objects, animals and additional items. It emphasizes the simplicity of the feature, with the ability to quickly enhance an image with one tap, as with the other new technological features.

Adobe users can access new additions to the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plugin that allows for easy removal of unwanted elements and applying preset AI masks within the ACR. Layer masks are ways to hide parts of an image without deleting the image completely. It’s a way to modify images with various colors or cutting out objects in a specific area rather than altering the entire image.

The company also announced that it would incorporate Generative AI into its software but wants to remain transparent about the standards for how artists’ control their style and work. This is to ensure artists get credit for their work. The initiative by Adobe is called the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and looks further into making sure the creators get credit for their work.

"We are committed to helping lead this transition by implementing Generative AI in our tools in a way that empowers artists and opens creativity to new people, but never seeks to replace human imagination and judgment," said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president at Adobe Creative Cloud. “We are working with the creative and technological communities to ensure that Generative AI is developed with transparency.”

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