Masking a human or another subject out of a scene could be a pretty common trick these days, but it’s is still arguably one of the toughest and lowest-tech parts of Photoshop. Adobe’s about to create that lots easier, due to an upcoming AI-powered feature called select Subject. using it’s pretty much idiot-proof: From the main or “Select and Mask” workspaces, you simply got to click anyplace on the image, and it will automatically select the subject or subjects in the image. From there, you are free to modify the background or tweak the subject separately.
The tech is powered by Adobe’s AI platform, Sensei. “Complicated details around the subject are not a problem because this feature is using machine learning to recognize the objects,” Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Meredith Payne Stotzner says in the YouTube video. during the demo, she uses it select one person on the street, a group of volleyball players, a couple on the beach and a red panda.
In some cases, details like hair and fur are not properly selected, but using the tool would definitely offer you a big advantage. this eliminates the most difficult hand-drawn or tweaked masking method, letting you focus on the fine details. Since it uses machine learning tech, it should also get better over time.
There are already plenty of Photoshop plugins like Akvis SmartMask and Fluid Mask which will do something just like select Subject. However, it will be nice to have such a feature as a part of Photoshop, rather than paying extra for a plugin. And the latest feature is more than simply a technology “sneak” — it’s a real feature to build a future Photoshop. Adobe has yet to say exactly when it will arrive, however.