Adobe intros AI framework Sensei, teases Project Felix for Creative Cloud

The company announced new platforms that bring machine learning, artificial intelligence and 3D image design to its cloud portfolio.

Adobe on Wednesday introduced two new platforms that bring machine learning, artificial intelligence and 3D image design to its cloud portfolio.

First up, the creative software giant rolled out Sensei, which it describes as "a framework and set of intelligent services built into the Adobe Cloud Platform." Adobe says it's been using machine learning and AI in its creative applications for years, with tools such as Facial Recognition, and the Content-Aware fill in Photoshop.

Sensei extends across the technology across all of Adobe's cloud properties, including Creative Cloud, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud. Adobe is also committing to "significantly increase" its investment in the development of new services within Sensei that will span the Adobe Cloud Platform.

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For design professionals specifically, Sensei brings another layer of intelligence-based tools, such visual search in the Adobe Stock image library, and the "Face Aware Liquify" feature in Photoshop 6.

Sensei runs on Microsoft Azure, which ties into the announcement Adobe made in September at Microsoft's Ignite event that Azure would be its preferred cloud going forward.

Next is Project Felix, a tool that lets designers place 3D objects into any background image. The project, which is launching in beta later this year, is Adobe's answer to the challenges and complexities that come with working in 3D image design. From Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis' blog post on Felix:

We live in a 3D world and as designers, you naturally understand how lighting, perspective and depth looks. You know what looks good and what looks slightly off. And, sometimes it's not possible to achieve reality when compositing only in 2D.

One way to overcome this is to use 3D elements as part of your composition. But let's face it, working with 3D tools can be intimidating and take years to master. That's why we are introducing Project Felix - a powerful tool created for designers that enables you to combine your existing skills and familiarity with Adobe tools with the benefits of working in 3D.

In addition to Sensei and Felix, Adobe also announced today that it's adding analytics tools from its Marketing Cloud to its Premiere Pro in Creative Cloud. Adobe's Social Publishing Panel, a marketing tool that offers analytics, is also getting added to Premiere Pro in what's seen as effort by Adobe to cross-sell its services.

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