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Adobe Creative Cloud: 2 years later, I begrudgingly submit

Adobe Creative Cloud: 2 years later, I begrudgingly submit

I use Photoshop almost every day of my life, and for the past two years, I've used Adobe Creative Cloud. When the cloud services for the whole Adobe app suite were first announced, I had reservations. Partially because I'd been using my very very old copy of Photoshop from a half-decade ago and it hadn't caused me any major trouble until then. Partially because I didn't realize how much I'd use Adobe apps if they were available in the way the company made them available with Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Photoshop AI feature automates image subject selection

Photoshop AI feature automates image subject selection

The AI-based selection feature Adobe introduced back in November is now available to users. The feature arrived in Photoshop version 19.1 and it is called "Select Subject." With this -- and thanks to Adobe Sensei -- Photoshop is now capable of isolating the main subject in an image from its background automatically, saving users time. Select Subject is joined by several other features.

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Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Bokeh effect, a.k.a. portrait mode, is one of the quickly rising fads in smartphone photography. Making a subject pop might be easier with dual cameras or some Google algorithm magic in the case of the Pixel 2 phones. but selecting that subject manually in an image is actually a chore. Even Photoshop’s automatic smart selection tool is no match for complicated scenes. So what could Adobe do to make life easier for its users? Why, use machine learning and artificial intelligence, of course!

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Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe has bestowed new features onto its Scan app, using machine learning to find documents that exist in photos on the user's phone. These documents could be pics of business cards and receipts, for example, taking the work out of manually choosing those images and scanning them into proper documents. The app can then transform the content in the photos into PDF files.

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Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe has detailed a research project in which it has developed an artificial intelligence capable of generating realistic colored images from a sketch. This isn't the first time we've seen an AI able to generate realistic images, but they generally lack an element of control that lets the user dictate the final results. Adobe's Scribbler is different.

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Photoshop finally gets support for Microsoft’s Surface Dial

Photoshop finally gets support for Microsoft’s Surface Dial

Adobe's venerable photo-editing application, Photoshop, now supports Microsoft's Surface Dial, a literal, physical dial designed for artists. The support has arrived as part of Adobe's major Creative Cloud 2018 overhaul, though users should expect to encounter some bugs here and there as the feature isn't yet production ready.

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Lightroom CC leads huge Adobe updates ahead of MAX 2017

Lightroom CC leads huge Adobe updates ahead of MAX 2017

Adobe is getting ready to kick off its MAX conference for 2017, and in the lead up to the event, it's announced a slew of new apps and updates for existing ones. Though we're seeing a large portion of the Adobe library being updated in one form or another, they all have one thing in common: Creative Cloud. Chief among these updates is like Adobe's plan from Lightroom.

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Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved - and in many cases, like that of Apple's Steve Jobs, actively loathed - plugin is on its last legs. Flash will officially be put out of its misery in 2020, Adobe confirmed today, having already been forced out of contention from mobile. However, the company is also calling on support from some of the big names in internet browsing and technology to see Flash out smoothly.

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Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photo manipulation tricks human eyes very easily according to a new report. Three researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick have done a number of tests to conclude that "people have poor ability to identify whether a real-world image is original or has been manipulated." In other words - humans do not have any sort of innate sense for discerning reality from computer-edited photography, AKA Photoshopping.

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Adobe’s new app really wants to kill your scanner

Adobe’s new app really wants to kill your scanner

Of all the computer peripherals that most of us would like to die a painful death whenever we have to use them, the scanner probably sits neat the top of the list. Now, Adobe wants you to junk it completely, with its new Adobe Scan app for iOS and Android. Built on the idea that people are already using their phone cameras as makeshift scanner replacements, Adobe Scan promises to give the whole process a little more polish.

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Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Proper portrait photography takes skill: you have to know how to frame the subject, the proper lens to use, how to set up the lighting, and more. Taking a selfie, by contrast, doesn't require much skill at all, and that is generally reflected in the average selfie's quality. Compounding issues with taking good-looking selfies is the lens limitation, one of multiple things Adobe Research addresses with its latest mobile photography technology.

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Adobe, Cornell AI transfers one photo’s style to another

Adobe, Cornell AI transfers one photo’s style to another

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks have experienced huge strides in progress, but of their applications have been on things with "hard edges". Those include search results, translation, board games, etc. Recently, however, progress is also being made in areas of computer vision, imaging, and graphics, for applications that are usually considered more "subjective". Like transferring one photo's style unto another photo. Researchers from Adobe and Cornell University have developed a deep-learning neural network that does exactly that, and the results are very convincing indeed.

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