Photoshop’s new feature uses AI to instantly hide all objects
Many moons ago, photo editing was done with razor blades and firm hands. In a Adobe Photoshop major update today, cutting a photo will soon be so easy like browsing the web, because like hyperlinks, the object you want to select is almost instantly highlighted the moment your cursor hovers over it.
Over the past few years, many of the flashiest updates Adobe has made to Photoshop have focused on masking, and for good reason – IThis is one of the most time consuming but critical tasks when it comes to retouching photos. And it’s not just about removing an unwanted object in the background of a shot, or performing a background replacement with a more aesthetic landscape. Even color corrections or sharpening actions are often limited to specific regions of a photo, requiring masks to limit their effects on the image.
At one time, masking was a laborious process that involved manually tracing around an object, but then it became easier with tools that could automatically detect the edge of an object, so tracing didn’t have to. you don’t have to be that specific. Corn advances in artificial intelligence have demonstrated how useful this technology is for automating photo retouching. TToday, the AI-powered Adobe Sensei engine has made complex masking incredibly easy, to the point where the new version of Photoshop allows users to simply hover their mouse cursor over the object of a shot, and it will almost instantly be highlighted and ready to be hidden.
But like a kid in a candy store, what if you just couldn’t choose which object to hide? Photoshop version 23 will also now include a “Hide All Objects” feature where Adobe Sensei will analyze an image and automatically generate separate masks for each detected object.
Among the many other announcements Adobe made today at Adobe Max 2021 was the startling revelation that Adobe Photoshop (along with Adobe Illustrator, the company’s vector design tool) would be coming to the web for users of Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Edge browsers. Similar to Photoshop’s debut on iPadOS a few years ago, the web version of the photo editing app, which is available in beta at this point, will have limited functionality at launch.
Multiple online collaborators will be able to view, add comments, annotations and notes to PSD files stored in the cloud, as well as make very basic edits: simple selections, masking, limited layer support, rudimentary image adjustments and retouching. The idea, at least in the initial phase, is not to completely replace the desktop version of Photoshop, but to provide a quick and easy way to access Photoshop project files without having to launch the full application, or even to be on a computer powerful enough to handle the more advanced features of Photoshop. It’s designed to simplify collaboration between artists and publishers around the world, but with more and more of the application’s processing capabilities moved to the cloud, who knows what Photoshop will look like a decade from now? IIt could very well be one of the many tabs that you have open in your browser.