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March 21, 2023
Adobe’s next downloadable Neural Filter for Photoshop, which is called ‘Photo Restoration’ is about to be announced, and we’ve been given an exclusive first look.
We attended last night’s launch party and got a closer look at the Photo Restoration Neural Filter in action – it’s designed for processing old photos, and essentially is a fast, AI-powered way to make them look brand new by removing imperfections and grain.
And we do mean fast – the Photo Restoration Neural Filter doesn’t really do anything that Photoshop couldn’t already do, but the difference is simply that it does it in seconds, with just a single click. Taking the grunt work out of image editing, Photo Restorations will turn removing scratches, noise and other imperfections from old photos – a task that could easily take hours – into the work of a moment. This kind of wizardry is par for the course with Neural Filters, and why Photoshop CC ranks so highly in our guide to the best AI photo editing software.
You can see a video of the Photo Restoration Neural Filter in action below to get an idea of how it works:
Neural Filters, if you’ve not used them, are Adobe’s downloadable AI-powered add-ons for Photoshop, designed to automate complex tasks. The simpler ones do straightforward things like convert a photo to or from B&W, smooth out skin, or transfer a style from one photo to another.
However, there are also more complex Neutral Filters in Beta that can do more radical, futuristic things like alter facial expressions. It’s an incredible glimpse into what the future of photo editing is going to look like, and if you want to experience it for yourself, you can easily download Photoshop right away.
In the video above, you can see Photo Restoration synergising with other Neural Filters – further cleaning up a photo with Content Aware Fill, and adding some colour with Colorize Action. The end results are pretty impressive – it’s obvious even at a glance how well the imperfections in the photos have been removed and smoothed over, especially when you consider that the whole process only took a few seconds!
This definitely looks like it could be a real timesaver for working through scans of old photo albums or other archive-based projects. As you can see in the video if you pause and look in closer, there are sliders for modulating the intensity of the scratch reduction and photo enhancement effects, so depending on the quality of you’re original image, you can instruct the filter to go in with a light touch, or go at an image a bit harder if it’s really degraded.
Adobe is currently releasing multiple updates for its Creative Cloud services, including some fun stuff like this David Bowie collaboration, so we’ll be reporting on these as they come in. If you want to try out the Photo Restoration Neural Filter for yourself, watch this space for confirmation of when it’s going to be available to download.
I’m already thinking this could be the excuse I need to finally get around to digitising my old photos. In the meantime, for more timesavers, you can also check out our list of 55 free Photoshop actions.