Imagine being able to take a picture of something with your mobile phone, and then through Adobe Creative Sync, send that image to Photoshop, convert it to a 3D model and then print it on a 3D printer. Wouldn’t that be incredible? And speaking of that, Adobe is also promising that in the future, you’ll be able to get rid of those pesky photobombs. That’s just a few of the bleeding edge features that Adobe has given us a peak of this week at Adobe MAX.
Adobe Sneak Peaks is all about the bleeding edge. It’s looking years over the horizon and seeing features that are being developed for future versions of Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects, that will sooner or later be seeded into Creative Cloud. Back in 2011, it was a cool feature where users would be able to take a blurry image and make it sharp, now you can do it in Elements 14. Then came the ability to make unwanted people from your favorite images as if they weren’t even there. This year … they’re turning those features up to eleven.
The first feature that AdobeMAX attendees got a sneak peak of was Monument Mode. In this mode, shooters can take a picture of any landscape, and Adobe’s new algorithms will look for movement within the scene. Anything that’s moving will be identified and removed, leaving just the pure image that you were hoping for.
I’m stoked about this feature, because when I have the inspiration to take a picture of a landscape, there’s nothing more annoying or trying to my patience than to wait … and wait … and wait … for someone to get out of the way. Sure, I can ask them to move, but all too often you get that snarky look and it’s just awkward. With Monument Mode, I can just take the picture and do what I’m used to anyway … fix it in post, and do it automatically!
Next is Photobomb mode. This is feature will also help getting rid of those annoying photobombers who dive into shot while you’re shooting a picture unaware, and you don’t see them until you look at the image and then you’ve either missed that kodak moment, or you have to try and corral everyone together to shoot it again. So this is a very exciting feature. Sure, Adobe lets you do it manually, but their new algorithm allows you to click on an area and whoosh … it’s gone, without affecting the image you want.
Extract Shading. With this feature, users can take part of an image and copy it, and filter out the shading. So if you like something that’s printed on a t-shirt, for instance, you can then copy it, extract the depth and shading, and then alter it to your hearts content, and then put that alteration back on the image and it looks like it was always like that. Pretty slick. Or maybe you want to see how your room would look with wall paper, or a different paint scheme, extract shading will enable you to past in a change underneath the shading so it looks more natural.
3D Portraits. Currently, users can upload a 3D model and have it printed at your local office supply store or library. But with 3D Printers dropping in price, it won’t be long because everyone will have a 3D printer at home. Adobe is anticipating this with 3D Portraits. This is where Photoshop will be able to take a series of photographs and convert them automatically into a 3D model to print.
The current version of 3D Portraits that Adobe showed off in Sneak Peaks requires several manual steps to piece together the image to model, but Adobe is already working on an algorithm (it’s always the algorithm) that will search for facial elements, eyes, mouth, ears, and then stitch together all the 3D splines and nodes to create that 3D image model, and then users will be able to print it. I’m sure that initially, Adobe will only use this for portraits, but you can bet it won’t be long before other applications will be able to take advantage of this feature.
Project Dollhouse. Dollhouse allows users to take a picture and convert it into an image with perspective lines and vanishing points. Then, in Illustrator, users can use those lines to draw the actual image into a sketch. Shapes will also snap into perspective, so users don’t have to literally draw on every detail. And you will be able to do it all with your iPad. Very cool.
Project Faces. It’s not what you’re thinking. It’s essentially the ability to completely customize your own font without having to tediously create your font or an existing font. Faces works with the skeleton of the font, and not that which goes around it. Users can manipulate the skeleton points without affecting the curves or additional effects. It’ll then apply those changes to every letter in the font.
Project Boxcar. This video feature will allow users to adjust the tempo and tembre of background music depending on what’s going on in the image, and still make it sound natural and seamless. It’s very similar to Audition Remix, but that feature just focuses on time, whereas Boxcar takes it to the next level by looking at edit points or changes in the action.
Project Maestro. Adobe is also working on yet another algorithm that will allow users to animate graphics using the touch capabilities of your tablet. So you’ll be able to open After Effects in your iPad Pro, and manipulate your CGI model with the touch of your finger, and create a smooth, professional animation.
Through AdobeMAX Sneaks, every year we get a glimpse of what’s coming to Creative Cloud, and frankly, it’s the best part of MAX. It makes me excited like a kid on Christmas Eve. Bring on MAX 2016!