many new features for Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe held its annual conference yesterday with the opening of its Adobe Max event. The company announced the arrival of the latest innovations for its flagship software such as Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

For two hours yesterday, Adobe held its keynote at its annual Adobe Max event. The opportunity for the software giant to highlight the advances made specifically in Lightroom and Photoshop, which will use artificial intelligence and the cloud more than ever before.

Lightroom is more accessible

The photo development software Lightroom (cloud) and its Classic version, benefited from an important highlight yesterday during the conference. If interesting new features, particularly based on artificial intelligence, were implemented last year, the company is strengthening them at the end of 2022. The 6.0 update of Lightroom and 12.0 of Lightroom Classic bring a little and the automatic subject detection tool launched in 2021. The tool can therefore detect a person or a group of people in a photo, select them and create a mask that facilitates targeted fine adjustments.

The tool even works at a more detailed level as it will be possible to identify only hair, teeth or eyes. But, more than faces, Lightroom can also select objects or even an entire background. A significant time saving as it will no longer be mandatory to trace the outlines of your mask by hand. This update is coming to Lightroom Classic and the desktop version of Lightroom (cloud).

Adobe Lightroom can now automatically detect an element of an image and select it. ©Adobe

Adobe also delivers small novelty and optimization tools. We see multiple parent folder displays when importing images for Classic 12.0; memory usage optimization for Lightroom PC; the possibility of changing a photo in the comparison view to have a model directly under the eyes or even new presets in Lightroom 8.0 mobile and video editing in Lightroom web.

In Photoshop, AI runs at full speed

Like Lightroom, Adobe is improving features introduced last year in Photoshop. Since last fall, the tool can automatically detect an element in an image such as clouds, trees or a table in the background. Now, by pressing a key combination, users can automatically select and replace these elements with suitable background pieces (content-aware fill). Again a huge time saver, if the tool works properly. It is also possible, with the 24.0 update of Photoshop on computers and iPads, to separate all the elements of an image into a collection of masks with one click.

Photoshop brings back old photos
Thanks to machine learning, Photoshop has in its beta version a tool capable of restoring, at least partially, old scanned images. ©Adobe

The image editing tool, which has also been made more stable in Windows versions or in recent or pre-2016 Nvidia graphics cards, mainly covers the cloud. More collaborative features are coming soon. For example, users can share the file with as many people as they want, but the change obviously remains independent. We will also note the arrival in beta of a tool for restoring old photos based on machine learning, which was already announced in June. By using the tool on an old scanned image, it can automatically correct small defects (folds, dust, etc.).

The additions are many and this is just a brief preview of what it is possible to find in the next versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. Finally, as usual, Adobe has added a selection of cameras and lenses that are compatible with its software. We find for example for the end of the year the lenses of the iPhone 14, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 or the Fujifilm X-H2 camera.

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