The New Photoshop Update Brings Some Dramatic New Features

Adobe has just announced the roll-out of version 22.0 of Photoshop, an update that brings a range of new features, including neural filters which can manufacture someone’s smile and change a person’s age, all with a handful of sliders.

Described as a “new workspace in Photoshop,” neural filters is, among other things, able to dramatically reduce the workflow involved in changing a person’s appearance. This tool is non-destructive and instantaneous and generates “new contextual pixels that are not actually present in your original image.”

This goes seems to go beyond the Face-Aware Liquify tool that allows you to tweak the size and angle of a model’s nose, lips, and eyes. The “Smart Portrait” panel has sliders labeled “Happiness,” “Surprise,” “Anger,” and “Facial age.” As the video above shows, the AI can even make an educated guess as to what a model’s teeth might look like.

The machine learning behind neural filters is powered by Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence, which integrates with the Adobe Experience Cloud.

A number of filters will be included within the update to Photoshop, with some subject to further testing and others due in future releases. Skin smoothing is complete, while Smart Portrait, while available, is undergoing further development. As the video shows, their uses appear to be wide-ranging.

Sky Replacement

With Luminar pushing their sky replacement capabilities hard in recent months, those who need to swap out weather conditions will be delighted to see that Photoshop has not fallen behind. Adobe offered a sneak peek a month ago, and you can now see more details of how this tool functions by clicking here.

Other Additions

A number of other tweaks have been made, including improvements to subject selection, particularly when it comes to refining hair. You can find a more detailed list here.

Are you excited to see the changes being introduced by Adobe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.

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It's getting to the point that we need to start downgrading our software just to keep our simple, effective tools and let the TRUE creativity come from the user rather than AI features from software.

The only thing AI and automation is doing is replacing professionals in production environments with non professional button pushers, with one pro overseeing production. I was working in a studio where all freelance photographers and retouchers were replaced by in-house non-pro staff being guided along by one supervisor who guides them through shooting product and applying "AI" filters and actions, to silo and rough CC the product. If any real any heavy-duty retouching is needed, it's handled by production houses in India.

This is where Adobe is taking you.

This isn't just Adobe, it's pretty much every industry. A quick an easy example is when they started introducing self checkout machines in grocery stores. People complained it was absurd that we were replacing people with these machines, and yet these are everywhere now.

Same with VFX/CGI, a lot of the work usually done in the main VFX houses in London, Vancouver, LA, etc, is being sent off to Asia because of cheaper labour and automation of tools.

This isn't even a new thing. This goes way back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. Automation replaced skilled labour.

It's just how where things are going, and there's going to be more and more of it. It makes sense from a business perspective when you're trying to maximize profits. Why pay for a team of expensive artists when automation can do it?

It sucks, but that's what happens with the advancement of technology.

Yes, all true, but how will you feel about it when they replace you with an intern?

As I said, it would suck. But at this point there's not much either of us can do about technology being developed.

After tomorrow, expectt a whole bunch of new retouchers on Fiverr at bargain prices.

I'm going to make an image of my hard drive before upgrading to this. I have all of my own custom actions in 2020 (and prior versions) Even though you can keep both versions, sometimes Capture One doesn't like to play well with multiple versions of Edit With -> Photoshop. I want to be able to hit the panic button and make sure if I have to uninstall 2021, I'm back right before I made the decision to upgrade.

As usual, more bloatware. Shouldn't stuff like this be in Photoshop elements or maybe have a new version Photoshop for Instagram. So you give out tools to fake the face and then promote a new tool coming to detect faked pics. Who's side are you on?

Photoshop had been outdated since 2002. I haven't bought an upgrade since then. Now, I have faster and more creative options and filters on my cellphone and other pc software that has higher quality filters.
Not sure why they charge an arm and a leg for solar edges and bad quality "art gallery" filters.

Would you mind sharing some of these faster and more creative options on smartphone that outgun PS? Genuinely curious to find out.

Well, download apps and find out. Not sure why you need adults to hold your hand to explore options in life. Different apps for different effects, depends on your cell.

Some are amazing pattern makers. Some are great at resizing or mass bundle renaming without having to record actions.

You have to takes your time and explore, or not. I don't care. Knowledge is power.

An arm and a leg? Photoshop is like 10$ a month. I pay more for Netflix.

I won't pay money for software that still has the tacky 90s Craquelure or mosaic and other horrible quality effects. It's like Adobe never bothered to upgrade options for us who need to work with texture better. Phone apps have better options. It's free.

These AI features featured in Photoshop and Luminar will ruin photography as we know it. I don't want to see fake light, moons, skies or suns that were never there and that somebody else has potentially used in their photo. Where is the integrity in that? There isn't any. It's digital art masquerading as photography.

Instead of these features, AI in these programmes should be used to automate tasks and speed up editing, perhaps by speech. For instance, telling Photoshop to remove dirt from a photo, and AI does that. Asking Photoshop to mask a model's hair or face, rather than doing it, laboriously, with a mouse or pen.