Photoshop Allowing You to Turn Back Time with a Click of a Button… well more like the slide of a lever. At the annual MAX conference this year, Adobe released the newest set of updates that would be added to their creative cloud applications. This is all within their bigger plan to implement more AI capabilities.
With these new features, users can change the subject’ head direction, light direction, re-colorize black and white photos, and apply make-up to subjects. But the most interesting update comes with the ability to adjust the age and expression of the subject. through the use of respective levers.
Adobe is pairing up with generative adversarial networks or GAN in-order to bring users these advanced tools. By inputing mass amounts of before and after images into the network, Adobe is able to teach GAN how to differentiate and replicate the same edits a professional photo editor would complete.
For my group’s final project this semester, we are looking into wearable technology to help the blind. One of the many capabilities we want to incorporate is facial recognition. In the sense it could one, recognize familiar faces from an individual’s photo achieve and secondly, be able to read facial expressions to relay to the user if the subject in-front of them is angry, happy, sad, etc. Similarly how GAN is being taught how to differentiate facial differences through analyzing mass amounts of data, out system will need to do the same to be able to self conclude the contacts facial expression.
As a graphic designer, news like this are beyond exciting. From the beginning, Adobe has been able to position itself as not only the go-to tool for professional graphic designers and marketers but also as an accessible tool for beginners and hobbyist alike. With ever update come more convenient features that allow users with little background to create professional edits that used to take hours or days to complete- within seconds. Of course this comes a benefit to seasoned professionals’ time as well!
But like anything new and good, there comes a moment of “but”. With photo-editing becoming as easy as sliding a lever, the line between craft and play is becoming blurred. As mentioned before, photo-editing used by a skill that took years of training to master, a true respected professions. But with the ability for anyone to create nearly similar results with AI powered tools, are we diminishing the respect that went into the craft?
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Vincent, James. “Photoshop’s AI Neural Filters Can Tweak Age and Expression with a Few Clicks.” The Verge, The Verge, 20 Oct. 2020, www.theverge.com/2020/10/20/21517616/adobe-photoshop-ai-neural-filters-beta-launch-machine-learning.