Buried inside of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 7.1 update, which was released in December of 2017, is a fascinating little change. In the Lightroom 7.1 update, the old feeble Auto-Tone button has been replaced with a new Auto option. This new Auto exposure and saturation adjustment feature, which uses Artificial Intelligence, works so much better than its predecessor!
What has Adobe done to make this new Auto feature so much better than the old Auto-Tone option? Well, behind the scenes Adobe Inc. is pouring a lot of energy into a machine learning technology that they call Adobe Sensei.
Adobe has built an advanced neural network machine that is capable of learning from gigantic data sets. When this artificial intelligence program is given enough information to sort through it can recognize patterns and then it can teach itself to automate certain tasks.
In our case, Adobe Sensei watched how a group of professional photographers tuned up thousands of images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and then it began to draw its own conclusions. When we press the new Auto button now, I believe that Adobe’s algorithm says to itself that “this image matches the style of thousands of other images that I have studied.” Next, the algorithm says something like “I need to move the sliders in Lightroom’s Basic Panel this way” to make this image look more like those for you and that is how we are getting this vastly improved results.
To go a little further, the new Auto Tool also responds to other “signals” that you can give it. If you change the Crop, the White Balance, and the Camera Raw Profile while working on your image while you are working on your images then the new Auto feature can recalculate its suggested settings for you.
This is not the only place where we are starting to see artificial intelligence dipping its fingers into the larger Lightroom / photography environment. I will show where we can see something like the Adobe Sensei at work when submitting images to the Adobe Stock licensing Web site in part two of this tutorial.
Finally, I demonstrate an interesting new Technology Preview at lightroom.adobe.com in the last part of this video. Using this experimental feature, the Adobe Sensei and I will sort through fifty of my landscape images to build a shareable Best Landscape Photos Gallery in no time. While I have my doubts about any computer’s ability to evaluate artistic quality, the results which you can see by clicking the link above are pretty impressive and perhaps a sign of things to come.