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2021 has been a year of AI and with photoshop 2022, adobe has released many features that use machine learning-powered by Adobe Sensei, and claim to make most things automatic. in this article, we will explore these new features.
Here we will take an in-depth look at what photoshop version 23.0.0 has to offer and go through almost all new features and updates.
Every year, at the start of Adobe MAX, Adobe releases the most significant update to the majority of its CC products. Photoshop, Camera RAW, and Lightroom are unquestionably important.
Check out my other post on Lightroom’s new features (Masking Panel, it’s HUGE!)
The most important features in Photoshop, in my opinion, are improved object selection and some powerful Neural Filters.
Object Selection has been significantly improved. It’s like science fiction, or maybe it’s just how friends and clients assumed Photoshop worked from watching TV shows where they yell “enhance” or click something and it suddenly disappears from the background.
This is exactly what occurs.
When you use the Object Selection tool, Photoshop uses artificial intelligence to analyse the image and determine which objects can be extracted. A blue silhouette will appear over different people or objects as you roll over them. Simply click on the object to create a selection around it. This method differs from the select subject button in that it can identify and isolate a large number of different objects in an image.
Click the options button to enable a variety of options, including the color and opacity of the overlay, as well as the option to add an outline to it.
You can also set the overlay to always be on, always be off, or always be auto (rollover the default). It’s worth noting that even when always off, you can still click an object to select it.
Under Object Finder modes, you will see an additional option for auto and manual refresh. The manual would be useful for times when you’re cloning or otherwise don’t want the overlays to be constantly updated.
Aside from cutting out and masking individual objects, these quick selections can be useful for retouching, dodging and burning, and other enhancement tasks with adjustment layers, or working on a single layer.
There’s also the option to turn each detected object into a separate layer mask. Layer>Mask all Object is an option. This creates an empty layer group for each object, along with a mask. This has a wide range of applications.
AI POWERED SELECTIONS AND MASKS IN CAMERA RAW
This is a significant, if not the most significant, improvement to Camera Raw and Lightroom in many, many years. In-Camera RAW, we can choose between selecting the sky and selecting an object. Because this works exactly like Lightroom, I won’t go into detail here; instead, see my Lightroom New Features article for a more in-depth look at this feature.
This also includes a masking panel, which allows you to select different masks and combine, extract, or intersect them with each other or other local tools such as a gradient, radial, or adjustment brush. All of these tools, as well as the three range masking tools, are located in the same location and can be accessed by clicking the mask button.
NEW NEURAL FILTERS
This Photoshop update includes three new AI-powered Neural filters.
Harmonizer, Color Transfer, and Landscape Mixer are all included.
A welcome improvement to Match Color. When combining images (compositing and collaging), the color and tones of the different photographs frequently (usually) do not match. It takes a lot of effort to match the images so that they appear to belong together.
Now you can choose the layer you want to adjust, choose Filters>Neural Filters>Harmonize.
Choose the layer you want to match under the Reference Image.
AI goes to work and adjusts the tone and color of your layer
You have the option of changing any of the color values (all 6 primaries are there).
The Saturation and Brightness sliders are the most commonly used.
You have the option to output to the same Layer, a new Layer, or a Smart Object.
I can see this becoming a popular tool among compositors.
Color Transfer is another AI-powered tool that I believe people will enjoy. I’m sure you’ve used color or gradient overlays, and maybe even gradient Maps. These are excellent tools for image color grading.
Color transfer elevates this to a new level.
I’m going to start with a creative application of this, and then we’ll go over the basic options (kinda reverse of what people normally do).
Let’s take this photo to a new level.
Choose Filter>Neural Filters> Color Transfer.
Choose custom and select the screen capture from the File Browser.
Notice how it applies the color effect in a really good way.
You can change the settings to customize the result.
There are masking tools on the left so you can remove the color effect selectively
The other option is to drag a box in the reference image window. This box enables us to isolate a part of the image to be used for the transfer, rather than the entire image.
The landscape mixer is perhaps not as useful as the other two filters I just showed you. This is a very strong and unusual spell. I believe concept artists will enjoy it. This is how properties are copied from one environment to another. Take, for example, a nature scene and add an oasis to it.
Look at our nature scene. You can make it grassy or snowy.
You may have noticed the DESERT also changes.
Fortunately, Masking is available, including select subjects from the top
You can also mask manually using the brushes on the left. Or just output to a new layer and mask in photoshop using the object selection tools.
Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.
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