Liquifying Faces and Other Adobe AI Fun

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Adobe Sensei never ceases to amaze me.  Over the past couple years, the Adobe backed AI research has had tremendous, practical implications on multiple creative applications.  For those unaware, the strides are truly tremendous, and at times a bit scary.  Take a look at the facial manipulation in Photoshop using the liquefy tool, or making things disappear with content aware filters in After Effects.  Some of these features have even trickled into tools like InDesign (for font selection) and our friend Adobe Express, to allow you to easily remove backgrounds and convert file types with relative ease.  

Face melting fun aside, the real power of Adobe’s advances I think comes in a much smaller bundle: Adobe Capture.  Capture continues to be a robust set of tools, almost exclusively underpinned by advances in the Sensei AI, that allow anyone with a free account to really advance their creative endeavors.  Capture’s breadth is a bit overwhelming at times, but there are a couple features that I find I use continuously, and might help you with your next project!


The Type section of capture allows you to capture a font in the wild and match it to same or similar fonts in the Adobe Fonts collection.  Snap a photo of a cool or interesting font, confirm and define the area of the photo that you want the system to focus on, and fonts that are visually similar are presented to you.  Like the font that you captured?  Save to a Creative Cloud Library for use in all your other CC applications.  


Use Audio to capture unique sounds.  This can be ambient noise, sound effects, or even speech.  Adobe transcribes speech that it hears.  You can save to a library in the Creative Cloud, and open to edit in programs like Audition or Premiere.


Colors allows you to take a photo or use existing images and make a color scheme.  There are a bunch of advanced settings here – but for basic use, snap a photo of a color you like and get the hexadecimal or RGB for use in another application.  I use this application for quickly mimicking color schemes from existing print materials!

There’s more

While these are the three tools that I find most handy, there are several others within the application.  What continues to baffle me is that the tools are not just robust, but the ease of use is vary high and the barrier to entry super low.  This is truly a tool for everyone, on mobile platforms that many folks have ready access to.  If you have a few minutes, download Adobe Capture for iOS or Android and give it a whirl.  I think that you’ll be surprised at just how useful this application is for any creative project.  

Andrew Smith