Photogrammetry (building 3D from 2D inputs—in this case several source images) is what my friend learned in the Navy to refer to as “FM technology”: “F’ing Magic.”
Side note: I know that saying “Time is a flat circle” is totally worn out… but, like, time is a flat circle, and what’s up with Adobe style-transfer demos showing the same (?) fishing village year after year? Seriously, compare 2013 to 2019. And what a super useless superpower I have in remembering such things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Back in 2011, my longtime Photoshop boss Kevin Connor left Adobe & launched a startup (see NYT article) with Prof. Hany Farid to help news organizations, law enforcement, and others detect image manipulation. They were ahead of their time, and since then the problem of “fake news” has only gotten worse.
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.
Placing this ML-driven tech atop the set of now-vintage (!) Quick Selection & Magic Wand tools should help get it discovered, and the ability to smartly add & subtract chunks of an image looks really promising. I can’t wait to put it to the test.
How would one go about popping the iconic ol’ gal off her background to display her in 3D? That’s just one of the numerous challenges faced by the artists who enabled seeing new & up-close angles on the piece. Check out the quick tour:
Mark Coleran is a mograph O.G., about whose “Fantasy User Interface” (“FUI”) work for movies I used to write about a lot back at Adobe. It was fun listening to him & other designers share a peek into this unique genre of visual storytelling via Adobe’s great Wireframe podcast. I think you’ll enjoy it: