The Adobe Research team is exploring what Photoshop would be like with a 3D canvas instead of 2D… With the Interactive Sculpting project shown the video above, instead of drawing and manipulating pixels, the tool operates on three-dimensional voxels. An artist uses all the familiar tools from Photoshop like brushes, layers, and filters to sculpt 3D objects. It also showcases some innovative tablet interaction model that uses simultaneous touch and pen input: the user rotates objects with one hand while sculpting with a pen at the same time.
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Immersive VR Painting with Endless Creative Canvas
Adobe researchers are also thinking about what an “endless creative canvas” in Virtual Reality (VR) might look like. Project Dali is an immersive drawing experience for the virtual environment. Within this application, artists can import their own unique brushes to create in a three-dimensional (3D), gestural, and intuitive way, as demonstrated in the video above. Project Dali is in the early preview stage, and the vision is to connect to current Adobe technologies in the Creative Cloud and mobile apps families.
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Bonus: An Intelligent Digital Assistant for Photo Editing
Lastly, Adobe Research is prototyping how an intelligent digital assistant for photo editing could work. To envision this, they’ve combined the emerging science of voice interaction with a deep understanding of both creative workflows and the creative aspirations of their customers. Their speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service. This is a first step towards a robust multimodal voice-based interface which allows Creative Cloud customers to search and edit images in an easy and engaging way using Adobe mobile applications.
And: Are You Metaverse-Ready?
As is evident from the demos above, Adobe is moving into the metaverse and breaking boundaries with immersive experiences. Here’s a quick overview of the things you can (mostly) already do with their tools today:
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