Adobe teases AI-based tools to make stunning portraits from lousy photos

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Smartphones are by far the most popular cameras in the world, but they’re certainly not the best. Portrait photos, for example, often look awkward because of the wide-angle lens, flat because the depth of field is limited, and boring because the photographer usually does not have special skills or does not have any special skills. no access to advanced post-processing tools. . Smartphone vendors, including Google with the Pixel Camera and Apple with the iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera, are starting to provide the hardware and some software needed to address these issues, but Adobe plans to push the boundaries a bit further.

But will that make you a better photographer?

In a new video that teases the future of Adobe’s ‘AI’ Sensei technology and its integration into smartphones, Adobe shows how computer imaging can be used to create a more pleasing perspective and add a depth of field effect or even a different background. Although the video is just an artificial video, it seems that watching it these features would require a combination of multiple imagers on the phone or capturing several different versions of the portrait from slightly different perspectives – but, surprisingly, Adobe says anything shown can be done with any portrait image in your camera roll.

Adobe takes this video a step further and shows easy “one-click” access to engaging photographic styles. This is similar to the style transfer capability that Adobe Research unveiled earlier this week, but simplified and reduced to a smartphone platform. With current phones, advanced features like style transformation may require cloud access, which will not allow the real-time preview shown in the video. Longer term, however, with continued advancements in mobile GPU power and smartphone storage capacity, they will eventually be able to run entirely on your mobile device.

Adobe Sensei isn't just about editing tools - it includes object and face recognition tools among many others.

Adobe Sensei helps shape the future of imaging tools

Adobe uses Sensei as a marketing term for the combination of its massive content databases (all available on Adobe Stock, for starters) and machine learning technology. Some of them, like deep neural networks used for style transfer research and image recognition capability, fit fairly well with the current definition of AI. Other elements, such as audience data analysis, include more traditional machine learning technologies. The total sum however, is a future with increasingly powerful tools for our photography. It’s also a future with more and more investment in computer imaging on mobile devices, which does not bode well for the traditional stand-alone camera market.

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