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How Photoshop’s new Neural Filters harness AI to generate new pixels

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Adobe today launched a new AI-powered workspace for Photoshop that can apply a range of different effects and filters to photos within seconds.

The first of these so-called Neural Filters are Skin Smoothing, which automatically removes blemishes, skin spots, and acne with one click, and Style Transfer, which applies a range of artistic styles to images.

The Neural Filters use machine learning powered by Adobe Sensei.

Adobe’s also released six beta filters that the company aims to improve through feedback from users. A particularly striking beta filter is Smart Portrait, which uses a neural network to transform features including a subject’s age, expression, pose, and lighting.

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Head and gaze sliders turned the pirate’s head and eyes to the right, while an increase on the anger slider added a snarl.

Adobe is far from the only company using filters in photo-editing. But the new features harness a novel combination of face segmentation algorithms and generative adversarial networks (GANs) to accelerate the workflow.

“With GANs, what we’re introducing for the first time, is the capability to generate new pixels,” Alexandru Costin, VP of Engineering for Abobe Creative Cloud, told TNW.

[Read: All the new AI-powered features Adobe announced for its creative suite]

Skin smoothing, for example, was previously done in Photoshop by copying and pasting pixels, a time-consuming process that didn’t always produce realistic-looking results. The new filter is instead trained on tens of thousands of before and after images that enable it to produce new pixels for different situations.

The Neural Filters can also add new features that didn’t exist in the original images, such as teeth that are generated from a GAN to give the subject a smile.

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Previous methods of adding a smile used pixels from the original image.

Adobe collaborated with Nvidia to develop the Neural Filters, and then reduced the model’s biases, such as ethnicity and age, by adding another 130,000 stock images to the training dataset. Users who spot any remaining biases can provide feedback and an anonymized image to Adobe that can be added to the training dataset.

After retraining the model, Adobe incorporated high-resolution techniques from Photoshop to improve the quality of the output.

The end result is a platform that should make a lot of image edits a whole lot easier. Photoshop 22.0 customers can try it out by opening the app and clicking Filters > Neural Filters.

Published October 20, 2020 — 17:42 UTC

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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