Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms make it easy to share videos on-the-fly, but sometimes, you record in the wrong format. Thankfully, there’s Auto Reframe, an Adobe Premiere Pro tool that automatically reframes content in different aspect ratios using artificial intelligence. Adobe’s Sensei machine-learning technology analyzes, crops and pans footage for different square, vertical and widescreen versions. Read more for a video and additional information.
If you’ve always wondered what it was like to edit images using the earliest versions of Adobe Photoshop, then wonder no more, as the “Computer Clan” shows us. They fired up Adobe Photoshop 0.63 Beta from 1988 on an old Macintosh powered by a 32MHz 68030 processor with 8MB of RAM. On a related note, did you know that Photoshop was developed in 1987 by two brothers Thomas and John Knoll? They later sold the distribution license to Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1988. Read more for the video and additional information.
Adobe Fresco is an upcoming addition to Creative Cloud Suite for the Apple iPad family, and it’s currently available for private beta testing, with a full launch planned for later this year. Designed for professional artists, this app grants them access to tools normally only found on the company’s desktop software. It combines raster, vector and dynamic brushes into a single app, while letting artists sync their brushes in Photoshop CC. Read more for a first look video and additional information.
It’s nearly impossible to detect a professionally altered image these days, but Adobe teamed up with UC Berkeley researchers to train an AI to detect facial manipulation in images edited with Photoshop. A convolutional neural network (CNN) was trained to spot changes in images made with Photoshop’s Face Away Liquify feature, or the function used to change people’s eyes, mouth and other facial features. The neural network was 99% accurate detecting altered images, and for comparison, real people who saw the same photos only spotted the differences 53% of the time. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Costică Acsinte via Peta Pixel
Photoshop enthusiast Shawn Pollock came across a damaged photo taken by 20th-century Romanian war photographer Costică Acsintehas and decided to sharpen his colorizing skills on it. Before computers, this was accomplished through the use of watercolors, oils, crayons or pastels, and other paints or dyes applied directly to the image surface using brushes, fingers, cotton swabs or airbrushes. Read more to see the before and after result.
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Dutch artist Ard Gelinck has an ongoing series titled “Then and Now” where he uses Photoshop to create portraits of celebrities posing with their younger selves. They include: Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Matt Leblanc, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and more. Now the perfect followup to this series would be to ask these celebrities one thing they would have told their younger self. Read more to see some of the most popular images.
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This isn’t the first time someone has digitally inserted themselves into celebrity photos, but “KirbyJenner” is the latest to do so, and is making waves by appearing in Kendall Jenner’s Instagram photos. “Kendall and I had to do science fair projects in 4th grade. Hers was called “How Flowers Bloom” and mine was called ‘Deadly Killer Bumblebees: When Will They Strike Next?” Kendall got an ‘A’ but I got a ‘D-’ because my data was pretty inconclusive and also made up. Anyways, that’s what this photo is supposed to symbolize. I think it’s art,” said Kirby about the photo above. Read more for some of his most popular images.
The Game Boy Camera (GBC) was first released on February 21, 1998 in Japan, and is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (including Super Game Boy, minus the Game Boy Micro). It has a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor, and can store 128×112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. When connected to the Game Boy Printer, you would be able to print out photos onto thermal paper. There was also a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time gold edition released, which contains different stamps from the standard versions and was available only in the US through a special mail order offer via Nintendo Power. Matt Gray recently decided to use red, green, and blue filters to attempt taking color photos with the camera. Read more for a video to see what happened next.
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Photoshop users probably already know that the Magic Wand tool is the easiest way to remove a background from a photo, provided that the image has clearly defined edges. It works optimally when there’s a fair amount of contrast between your background and foreground as well as when one of these elements is a solid flat color. For those looking for an even quicker and free alternative, there’s Remove.bg, a website that uses “sophisticated AI technology to detect foreground layers and separate them from the background.” Read more for additional examples and information.
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Photographer Ashley Evans started the “Babies with Teeth”, or infants with grown-up teeth ‘Photoshopped’ into their mouths, after playing around with an app called YouApp. Photoshop was required to edit some of the babies, while the rest were touched up directly in the app. “I had an app and wanted to see what my son looked like with teeth. It was hilarious so I did it to my daughter. I then posted in a Facebook group and it just blew up from there,” Evans told PetaPixel. Read more for some of the most popular images from the series.