You will, by now, have seen some of the amazing transformative effects of AI (Artificial Intelligence) art apps as they hit social media. There are dozens of software applications and many of the images dazzle the eye. Sadly, their human input is minimal and they don’t seem to do anything to help you create your own art, or improve your own photos, so can we use AI for anything helpful?
It is early days but I have discovered a small corner of AI that can be a genuine help in enhancing a smartphone photograph that you think is almost good enough. You will find it in Photoshop Camera, my favourite free smartphone app.
The photo discovery happened because I moved my office to the front of the house.
There is a lot of building work out the rear of our property and this is becoming extremely stressful. The only way to avoid it is to move my whole office space including computers, hard drives and stationery to the front of our house further away from the noise.
The upside is that the move meets with kitty approval as you can see from Thomas’s pose in front of my iMac. I grabbed my smartphone and snapped this quick cat photo. It’s fun but, as you can see, the computer screen is bright so Thomas look dark and his fur lacks definition.
It’s time for me to try the AI tool in Photoshop Camera.
Let me emphasize that this is not a magical cure-all tool that will make a terrible photo into a good one but it is a useful tool if you have a photo you like that needs a bit of help before you share it online.
The AI Tool
When you open the Photoshop Camera app you will see a screen layout like this. There will be a plain background with the photograph you have chosen in the middle. If you don’t have a photograph open, look bottom right on your screen and you will see a tiny square to tap which opens your Camera Roll.
How to Activate the AI Tool
Tap the magic wand icon at the top of the screen (see arrow). This activates the AI function and you can decide if you like the results by tapping to switch between AI and the original.
I was pleased with the adjustments made by the AI that you can see in Thomas’s photograph. His face is lighter, which is what I had really hoped for, and the background is lighter. It is now a happy memory of a tuxedo inspecting the iMac’s connection to the network.
Did The AI Work for My Photo?
For this image the tool was a success and I am happy with the results, but as I say at the start of this post, this demo is a small and useful corner of the massive (unregulated) world of Artificial Intelligence.
The results can be satisfying, helpful and the perfect fit for what you want, but I have also found that the AI can add too much light, colour or sharpening for your needs and it is up to you, as the human behind the photo, to make the call.
The suggestions might not be the improvement you are looking for and you can try other photo editing tricks. You are the one in charge.