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A scene missing sky might have taken hours to fix using Photoshop CS4.  (Source: Adobe via YouTube)

With the release of CS5 and content-aware fill that process will take only seconds. The fill generates remarkable images that look authentic.  (Source: Adobe via YouTube)
Feature to be perhaps the greatest crown jewel of Adobe's upcoming release

Adobe Creative Suite 5, the twelfth major release in the best-selling series of image editing software, will air April 12, 2010.  It's expected to bring a number of advanced technologies, like three dimensional brushes and warping tools.  It also is expected to bring more aggressive use of the GPU, including improved utilization of the CUDA GPU computing technology found on NVIDIA graphics cards (CS4 was the first Adobe Creative Suite to utilize CUDA).

As if that wasn't enough to tempt users to update, the company has aired a video previewing a new feature which it calls "Content-Aware Fill".  The feature allows the user to fill in a selection based on the surrounding regions.

Graphically, the results are stunning.  In one demo Bryan O’Neil-Hughes, a product manager on the Photoshop team, used the tool to first remove lens flare, turn rough litter-strewn grass into a perfectly manicured lawn, and even remove trees seen in the distance.

In the next demo he removes a dusty road from a desert scene.  The tool automatically fills the replacement area with appropriate ground and shrub cover.  Finally, he takes another desert scene -- a cloud sky with bits on the top and bottom missing.  The tool replaces these bits seamlessly.

At first glance the results are hard to distinguish from an unaltered photo.  That's exciting news for professional designers.  Its also exciting news for amateur photoshoppers, who enjoy an occasional session of "put one person's head on another person's body."

The feature looks like it will reduce what might have once been hours or days of work down to a few seconds of wait time.

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By xsilver on 3/24/2010 6:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Does ATI also have acceleration? Is there any benchmarks comparing the 2?

By nafhan on 3/24/2010 7:30:05 PM , Rating: 3
I would think they will have acceleration since they do in CS4.

That link was the second result from a Google search for "ATI Photoshop"...

By xsilver on 3/24/2010 8:47:57 PM , Rating: 1
Yes I found that there is ATI support but if acceleration is only a 10th of what nvidia offer then I would hardly call it acceleration.

On the ATI website it did say 3xxx/4xxx series have acceleration so it would also be news to the extent of that because a 4350 is hardly comparable to 4890.

By ajfink on 3/25/2010 7:08:39 AM , Rating: 3
I would think Adobe might eventually shift all of its GPU-compute functions to DX11-based standards or OpenCL. Eventually. Maybe. But, then, this is Adobe....

By gralex on 3/25/2010 7:23:44 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like Adobe is married to nVIDIA, sorry:

(That's page 8 of 9, and quite a good read)

By gralex on 3/25/2010 9:32:34 AM , Rating: 3
Photoshop has been a household name for years now, which may be why most GPU related Adobe news might be overlooking something far more important. The real GPU news here is what CUDA is doing for Adobe Premiere... 4K frames have notoriously long render times (especially if Pixar is the one making 'em; anything from 2-15 hours depending on the film and where you get your info) and remember film is 24fps. Hence the term "rendering farms". Premiere of-course has a next-to-nothing market share in the professional video editing world (AVID, Final Cut Pro) but try telling that to Adobe.

Bottom line? It looks like they are locked in with nVIDIA for now. To all tomorrow's CS5 users: say hello to Fermi (whether you like it or not). Which has got me wondering... Ya think Flash 10.1 will be optimized for CUDA cards?

Is this realy photography anymore?
By Maxfli81 on 3/25/2010 2:07:54 AM , Rating: 4
Is this really photography anymore? The altered images does not exist anywhere in reality. It's just computer graphics IMHO.

By Silver2k7 on 3/25/2010 9:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
perhaps you can call it art ;)

By Suntan on 3/25/2010 1:22:53 PM , Rating: 3
A cop taking pictures of a crime scene? Yes, they need to keep the images accurate.

A person trying to make a pretty image for people to appreciate? Not so much.

Besides, when you go into the bathroom with that Maxum magazine of yours, be thankful for Photoshop…


By EricMartello on 3/25/2010 7:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
Everything described in the article and what you saw done in the video (if you watched it) is already possible to do with Photoshop. In fact, the tools to do that have been around even before Photoshop was called just too a long ass time for certain edits to happen. This new filter simply makes it a lot quicker to do something that would normally take hours or even days worth of manual editing.

It's definitly a good step
By mianmian on 3/24/2010 7:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
We want software to be smarter. It is an interesting step forward.

RE: It's definitly a good step
By deeznuts on 3/26/2010 3:25:05 AM , Rating: 2
One day, Photoshop will become aware.

RE: It's definitly a good step
By Chocobollz on 3/26/2010 9:23:45 AM , Rating: 2
And that will be the judgement day.

RE: It's definitly a good step
By Hieyeck on 3/30/2010 8:56:43 AM , Rating: 3
No it won't. All evidence of a nuclear holocaust will get photoshopped with green fields, tulips, and puppies. And maybe one fluffy kitten.

Adobe support
By deanx0r on 3/24/2010 7:32:05 PM , Rating: 5
My main grip with Adobe is that they just plainly stop supporting their old products with each new iteration of their programs. Now that CS5 is about to be released, don't expect any bug fix, or raw support for new cameras in CS4 from now on. And it's not like Photoshop upgrades are dirt cheap. In contrast, Microsoft has been supporting Windows XP for over 10 years, now that's what I call commitment.

RE: Adobe support
By Samus on 3/24/2010 8:07:42 PM , Rating: 3
Adding to Adobe's fruitless efforts toward supporting previous releases, the upgrade prices to the new releases are usually quite ridiculous as well. In most cases you're better off selling your previous version on eBay and buying the new one flat-out, as pre-gen software is still in demand around the time of the new release.

Since Adobe is missing out on that sale, it's pretty clear their marketing department's model is quite broken. Then again, we're talking about a company that wouldn't even be able to turn a profit if it weren't for one grossly outdated product: flash.

RE: Adobe support
By Shining Arcanine on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Adobe support
By Suntan on 3/25/2010 1:16:37 PM , Rating: 1
Adobe does offer a free DNG converter that is updated to accomodate newer cams. As such, you can still use the older releases of Pshop to open the raw files of newer cameras.

That said, yes it is obvious that support for new cams is only provided to the current revision, and that this is solely a sales tactic. For right or wrong, that is their MO. Pshop is pretty much the standard though and the installed user base has to put up with these kinds of tactics in situations like this.


64-bit only?
By Oregonian2 on 3/25/2010 12:04:30 AM , Rating: 2
Haven't seen official reports about it, but it had been rumored that starting with CS5 Adobe products would be 64-bit ONLY.

Any details to verify this?

RE: 64-bit only?
By piroroadkill on 3/25/2010 6:52:07 AM , Rating: 3
Seems like a good idea to be honest

RE: 64-bit only?
By Suntan on 3/25/2010 1:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
There are still a lot of thrid party plug-ins and actions that are only 32bit capable.

Photographers in general are a lot that are resistant to change, I think there would be a bit of an uproar if they cut off 32bit support completely with the next rev.


RE: 64-bit only?
By Oregonian2 on 3/25/2010 3:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
True, but that could be solved by still selling CS4 until its sales dropped off.

Can I haz one...
By alanore on 3/24/2010 9:07:47 PM , Rating: 5
Can I haz one to rub out ladiez clothez? Plz?

By zinfamous on 3/24/2010 10:27:09 PM , Rating: 5
Just think, now Jane Fonda will be appearing in photos standing next to presidential candidates for centuries to come, seamlessly, and with such little effort!

This is great and all...
By TMV192 on 3/25/2010 12:49:52 PM , Rating: 3
except that GIMP is free and can already do that;

nice try Adobe

RE: This is great and all...
By vanka on 3/25/2010 5:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah ... except that in the link you provided, the images used to illustrate what the Resynthesizer plug-in for GIMP can do are actually the sample images from Adobe.

From Resynthesizer's website:
Resynthesizer is a Gimp plug-in for texture synthesis. Given a sample of a texture, it can create more of that texture. This has a surprising number of uses:
* Creating more of a texture (including creation of tileable textures)
* Removing objects from images (great for touching up photos)
* Creating themed images (such as the Resynthesizer logo above)

Only the second one appears to offer anything close to what Adobe's new tool does; and it doesn't seem to be as robust as Adobe's.

Then there's the issue with support, the Resynthesizer's website seems to state that it will no longer be supported:
8/10/2009: I haven't really been keeping up with API changes in the GIMP, or with emails people send me. If you emailed me and I haven't replied, I'm sorry. If you want to take over as maintainer of this project, email me. Other emails will probably continue to sit unread in my inbox.

Re: Seamless
By dSine Lab on 3/24/2010 8:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
This is just one of the value-added features for Photoshop. How many tools in Photoshop are seamless anyway? I never use auto-tools anyway. Just Liquify, Clone, Mask, and bam you're good.

By GTaudiophile on 3/24/2010 9:59:36 PM , Rating: 2
And I just bought the entire CS4 Design Premium suite like 2 months ago. (Was an upgrade from CS2.)

I think I'll wait for CS8...

"Air date"
By Oregonian2 on 3/25/2010 12:12:54 AM , Rating: 2
With a little google'ing.... April 12 is when they're going to announce PS CS5, could be another year before it's available. Articles now are announcement announcements.

Good for lieing
By stilltrying on 3/25/2010 12:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
This software will work great for propaganda, oops I mean filling in the puzzle or hiding what they dont want you to see. Fake pictures for fake news, what a great thing technology is.

Make Sure You Remember...
By mmatis on 3/25/2010 10:07:10 AM , Rating: 2
this if you're ever called to jury duty and someone tries to introduce digital photos as evidence. Not sure how far away we are from this being easily done in videos as well...

By EricMartello on 3/25/2010 7:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Having done some of these edits depicted in the video manually I can say that this tool, if it works as well as it did in the video, would be a major time saver...but at the same time it is dumbing things down even more, and whenever the bar is lowered you get an even greater influx of unqualified noobs who believe themselves to be "graphics professionals". In any case it is a compelling reason to upgrade to CS5 even if it does further the dilution of the talent pool. :)

By EldoRob on 3/26/2010 12:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hi all, I'm looking to get Photoshop in the near future. I'm trying to find the best deals online, however, some of the deals I'm finding are to good to be true. Photoshop CS4 for less than $100!? This is a full version too. I was under the impression that CS4 goes for about $700. Can anyone recommend a legit site to purchase PS for less than this if possible. What is the absolute lowest price I can expect to find?

Thanks for any help


By wopkins on 3/26/2010 3:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Some even better examples of this awesome content-aware feature:

So amazing!

By ClownPuncher on 3/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: Seamless?
By Marlonsm on 3/24/2010 7:48:04 PM , Rating: 4
We can always fix those flaws the old way, and let PS do the hard work for the rest.

RE: Seamless?
By MrDiSante on 3/24/2010 8:09:58 PM , Rating: 5
No, what you can see is the selection marker.

RE: Seamless?
By petesonic on 3/24/2010 8:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but I am sure you too have spent many many hours with the clone and stamp tools trying to fill in dead space like that. Then after filling it in you have to blend it all making sure all the pixels are matching up. But now we only have to do the latter. I think this will be a valuable tool to everyone.

RE: Seamless?
By omnicronx on 3/24/2010 8:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Did you watch the linked youtube video? While you may be able to see the imperfections in the linked picture, the first few demonstrations in the video are pretty cool. He covers up imperfections in the grass(i could not even tell the difference in the 480p video, although I'm sure at higher res its somewhat visible), he also filled in a road in the desert and it looked pretty convincing too..

RE: Seamless?
By someguy123 on 3/24/2010 8:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure how you can find true garish flaws when the images are about the size of an ipod.

The technology in the youtube video looks pretty promising, as it would allow you to clean up images without having to go through the trial and error of stamp matching. Can't really say how well it works vs manual until it's released.

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