The Adobe Max in-house exhibition will take place virtually this year from October 20th to 22nd – and free of charge. If you are interested, you can register with Adobe. Among other things, Adobe will be presenting updates for its professional products.
The autumn update 2020 of the Creative Cloud focuses on functions with artificial intelligence, which should relieve professional users of routine tasks. All tools that are based on machine learning are summarized by Adobe under the name Adobe Sensei. The AI usually runs on a server. The Creative Cloud or mobile app in question sends data there for analysis.
Sensei already uses Photoshop to crop objects with one click as well as for content-sensitive filling of image areas with texture from the environment and for face recognition in the portrait work area. Adobe has significantly expanded these work areas. Artificial intelligence is also finding its way into Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC receive a color grading palette that replaces the Split Toning tool. Lightroom CC uses Sensei to automatically assign keywords to photos.
A new dialog called “Neural Filter” brings together tools in Photoshop CC that Adobe Sensei use to process images. For example, they make people age in portrait photos. With sliders you can adjust the head of hair from full to completely bald and the direction of the hair. Further controls change the expression, for example to surprise, anger or joy. The orientation of the face can also be chosen to a certain extent. Adobe creates a pseudo-3D object of the head that can change direction to optimize the position of portraits.
A new dialog swaps the sky in pictures and adjusts the color mood and lighting conditions. The “Sky Replacement” filter provides various backgrounds. Photoshop CC automatically separates the subject from the background when the tool is called and creates a preview in the main window of the application after clicking on one of the given background photos. The color temperature controller changes the mood of the background image if required. Even independently of this tool, the Neural Filters can transfer color moods and image styles from other photos to an image.
Further filters are in the works, which so far only have beta status. This includes functions for scaling, for reducing image noise, for reducing compression artifacts, for retouching dust and scratches and for artistic implementation in drawings or caricatures, for example. An experimental filter colors black and white photos.
In the future, documents stored in the cloud will be versioned so that you can return to earlier processing statuses. Photoshop’s version history will show the date and time of each saved version in the future.
Premiere Pro CC
In the future, the video editing program Premiere Pro will have a text palette that the program will use to generate automatic transcriptions based on the audio track of a video, which can be used as subtitles. This function is currently still in beta. A dialogue asks the number of speakers and the spoken language. In addition to English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin and up to four speakers are available.
Premiere Pro sends the audio track to an Adobe server for analysis. After transcription, the program creates a caption track that can be edited with the Premiere Pro text tools. This includes options for choosing Adobe fonts, size, position, alignment and zone positioning, for example in the upper left third or center right. In the caption palette, the program shows a transcript with timecodes of the generated subtitles.
After Effects CC
One of After Effects’ core tasks is tracking marked objects, for example to make people’s faces unrecognizable in the video. The new tool “Rotobrush 2” uses artificial intelligence to improve object tracking. Obviously, Adobe uses filters here that are also used for the automatic clipping of hair and similar details. You can use the Roto Brush to refine the edge of a mask in the still image, which After Effects then uses to track the entire video. So far, Rotobrush 2 is in beta. You can choose between version 1 and 2 via a drop-down menu.
Extended 3D functions have already been presented: In the future, motion designers will be able to use After Effects to edit 3D illustrations. A 3D gizmo for camera navigation facilitates their positioning. You can also use it to scale, rotate and position objects.
Character Animator, Illustrator and XD
The Illustrator drawing program can now use artificial intelligence to color illustrations. Adobe XD, a program for the design of graphical user interfaces, transforms two-dimensional graphics into a kind of perspective-tilted 3D postcards. According to Adobe, this function also uses the Sensei framework. Adobe Character Animator breathes life into graphic characters with live motion capture from a webcam. The “Speech-aware animation” option generates mouth, head and body animation automatically based on an audio file.
Prices and availability
The programs mentioned are available for Windows and macOS. A subscription to the Creative Cloud with the creative software for professionals from Adobe costs 57.99 euros per month. 100 GB of cloud storage for exchange, for example via the Creative Cloud libraries, are included.