Adobe Research on the Potential Future of Selfie Photography

The Adobe Research team has been exploring what the future may hold for selfie photography powered by Adobe Sensei. Great portrait photography requires the right perspective, equipment, and editing expertise. But what happens when we tap into the power of artificial intelligence and deep learning to transform bad portrait shots into good ones – all on a smartphone? By combining perspective effect editing, automatic, software-only photo masking, and photo style transfer technology, we’re able to transform a typical selfie into a flattering portrait with a pleasing depth-of-field effect that can also replicate the style of another portrait photo.

Adobe describes its new technology as ‘the potential future of selfie photography,’ demonstrating how it can be used to replicate a more flattering focal distance, adjust the position of the subject’s head within the image, adjust the depth of field using automatic portrait masking and apply styles found in other portraits, such as images found in a Google Image search.

This technology is powered by Adobe Sensei, an artificial intelligence and deep-learning framework the company introduced at Adobe MAX 2016 last November. The selfie technology isn’t available to consumers at this time, but instead serves to highlight Adobe’s latest developments and to introduce photographers to the kind of tools they may have access to in the future.

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