Taking It to the MAX: Adobe Photoshop Gets New NVIDIA AI-Powered Neural Filters

NVIDIA Studio session to help attendees discover new ways to tap into the power of AI, including next-level Adobe Photoshop Smart Portrait neural filter.
by Stanley Tack

3D artists and video editors have long used real-time AI features to improve their work and speed up how they turn inspiration into finished art. Now, those benefits are extending to Adobe Photoshop users with the introduction of GPU-accelerated neural filters.

These AI-powered tools, leveraging NVIDIA RTX GPUs with the Adobe creative applications, are being showcased at Adobe MAX, which is bringing together creators from around the world virtually through Oct. 22.

Neural filters are a new feature set for artists to try AI-powered tools that enable them to explore creative ideas and make amazing, complex adjustments to images in just seconds. Done manually, these adjustments would take artists hours of tedious work. AI allows artists to make these changes almost instantaneously.

NVIDIA GPUs accelerate nearly all these new filters. We’ll explain how to get the most out of them at a session at Adobe MAX.

Adobe and NVIDIA are closely collaborating on AI technology to improve creative tools in Creative Cloud and Photoshop. This collaboration includes the new Smart Portrait Filter, which is powered by NVIDIA StyleGAN2 technology and runs best on NVIDIA RTX GPUs.

With Smart Portrait in Photoshop, artists can easily experiment, making edits to facial characteristics, such as gaze direction and lighting angles, simply by dragging a slider. These types of complex corrections and adjustments would typically entail multiple manual steps. But Smart Portrait uses AI — based on a deep neural network developed by NVIDIA Research and trained on numerous portrait images — to achieve breathtaking results in seconds.

This gives artists greater flexibility with their images long after the photo shoot has ended. And they retain full control over their work with a non-destructive workflow, while the effects blend naturally into the original image.

Video editors in Adobe Premiere Pro also benefit from NVIDIA RTX GPUs with virtually all GPU-accelerated decoding offloaded to dedicated VRAM, resulting in smoother video playback and sharper responsiveness when scrubbing through footage, especially with ultra-high resolution and multistream footage. Advanced, AI-powered features such as Scene Edit Detection and Auto Reframe automate manual tasks, speeding up final exports and saving editors valuable time.

For the first time, Adobe Premiere Elements adds GPU acceleration to enable instant playback of popular video effects such as adding a lens flare or an animated overlay, cropping of videos, and overall playback in real-time, all without prerendering, rapidly speeding up the editing process.

AI and GPU-accelerated workflows are the result of the ongoing collaboration between teams at NVIDIA and Adobe. Over the years, we’ve developed tools and helped accelerate workflows in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Dimension, Substance Alchemist, Substance Painter and Substance Designer. As Adobe continues to build amazing software experiences, NVIDIA will be there to power and accelerate them, giving creators more time for creativity.

Working Smarter: Tapping into AI to Boost Creativity

Adobe is hosting more than 350 sessions across 10 tracks at this year’s MAX conference. Creators looking for new ways to improve their work while cutting down on the tasks that take away precious time can learn how to get the most out of new AI tools across Adobe creative apps.

NVIDIA is hosting an Adobe MAX session where attendees will discover new ways to tap into the power of AI. Whether a graphic artist, video editor, motion graphics professional, Photoshop professional, concept artist or other creator who needs computing speed, you’ll leave with valuable, time-saving tips.

Session attendees will discover:

  • How to improve creations with more precision, clarity and quality
  • How to let AI do the work under the hood, giving you more time to create
  • The NVIDIA Studio ecosystem of tools and products designed to supercharge creativity

Visit the session catalog to learn more and tune in on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11-11:30 a.m. Pacific time.

October Studio Driver Ready For Download

Alongside these updates to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements, there are new releases of Adobe After Effects, Adobe Substance Alchemist, Notch and Daz 3D — all supported in the new October NVIDIA Studio Driver. Studio Drivers are built specifically for creators and tested extensively against top creative apps and workflows.

Download the new Studio Driver (release 456.71) today through GeForce Experience or from the driver download page.

Learn more about NVIDIA Studio hardware and software for creators on the NVIDIA Studio website.

You can also stay up to date on the latest apps through NVIDIA’s Studio YouTube channel, featuring tutorials, tips and tricks by industry-leading artists.