Category Archives: Mobile

Select Subject comes to Photoshop for iPad

Boy, what I wouldn’t have given to have had this tech in Photoshop Touch, where Scribble Selection was the hotness du jour. Pam Clark writes,

This feature on the iPad works exactly the same as on Photoshop on the desktop and produces the same results, vastly enhancing selection capabilities and speed available on the iPad. With cloud documents, you can make a selection on the desktop or the iPad and continue your work seamlessly using Photoshop on another device with no loss of fidelity; no imports or exports required.

We originally released Select Subject in Photoshop on the desktop in 2018. The 2019 version now runs on both the desktop and the iPad and produces cleaner selection edges on the mask and delivers massively faster performance (almost instantaneous), even on the iPad.

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Google Pixel introduces post-capture Portrait blur

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Now, you can turn a photo into a portrait on Pixel by blurring the background post-snap. So whether you took the photo years ago, or you forgot to turn on portrait mode, you can easily give each picture an artistic look with Portrait Blur in Google Photos.

I’m also pleased to see that the realtime portrait-blurring tech my team built has now come to Google Duo for use during video calls:

Bittersweet Symphony: Lightroom improves iPad import

“Hey, y’all got a water desalination plant, ‘cause I’m salty as hell.🙃

First, some good news: Lightroom is planning to improve the workflow of importing images from an SD card:

I know that this is something that photographers deeply wanted, starting in 2010. I just wonder whether—nearly 10 years since the launch of iPad—it matters anymore.

My failure, year in & year out, to solve the problem at Adobe is part of what drove me to join Google in 2014. But even back then I wrote,

I remain in sad amazement that 4.5 years after the iPad made tablets mainstream, no one—not Apple, not Adobe, not Google—has, to the best of my knowledge, implemented a way to let photographers to do what they beat me over the head for years requesting:

  • Let me leave my computer at home & carry just my tablet** & camera
  • Let me import my raw files (ideally converted to vastly smaller DNGs), swipe through them to mark good/bad/meh, and non-destructively edit them, singly or in batches, with full raw quality.
  • When I get home, automatically sync all images + edits to/via the cloud and let me keep editing there or on my Mac/PC.

This remains a bizarre failure of our industry.

Of course this wasn’t lost on the Lightroom team, but for a whole bunch of reasons, it’s taken this long to smooth out the flow, and during that time capture & editing have moved heavily to phones. Tablets represent a single-digit percentage of Snapseed session time, and I’ve heard the same from the makers of other popular editing apps. As phones improve & dedicated-cam sales keep dropping, I wonder how many people will now care.

On we go.

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Adobe announces Photoshop Camera

This new iOS & Android app (not yet available, though you can sign up for prerelease access) promises to analyze images, suggest effects, and keep the edits adjustable (though it’s not yet clear whether they’ll be editable as layers in “big” Photoshop).

I’m reminded of really promising Photoshop Elements mobile concepts from 2011 that went nowhere; of the Fabby app some of my teammates created before being acquired by Google; and of all I failed to enable in Google Photos. “Poo-tee-weet?” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway, I’m eager to take it for a spin.

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Check out Google’s new AI-powered on-device transcription

This looks so rad. Back in the day, I really wanted a solution that would record the “bizarre, freewheeling bedtime stories” my sons & I made up every night, then let us put them into an illustrated journal. The new Recorder app solves the most critical piece of that puzzle.

The new Recorder app on Pixel 4 brings the power of search and AI to audio recording. You can record meetings, lectures, jam sessions — anything you want to save and listen to later. Recorder automatically transcribes speech and tags sounds like music, applause, and more, so you can search your recordings to quickly find the part you’re looking for. All Recorder functionality happens on-device, so your audio never leaves your phone. We’re starting with English for transcription and search, with more languages coming soon.

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