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NVIDIA Showcasing AI To Rival Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill Tool

Watch out Adobe, AI created by NVIDIA can edit images and reconstruct photos.

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Researchers from NVIDIA, led by Guilin Liu, have created AI that can edit images or reconstruct a corrupted photo (one that has holes or missing pixels).

The method, which performs a process called 'image inpainting', could be implemented in photo editing software to remove unwanted content, while filling it with a realistic computer-generated alternative.

It sounds very similar to the Content-Aware fill tool available in Photoshop, which Adobe first introduced in CS5, which analyses the content of an image to figure out what the photo should look like with the unwanted objects removed from it. But, as well as looking at the pixels within the image, the 'state-of-the-art deep learning method' also analyses the scene to work out what it should look like. 

NVIDIA Showcasing AI To Rival Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill Tool: Image Inpainting

Left to Right: corrupted image, results using Adobe Content-Aware tool, results using NVIDIA's tool and the 'real' image.


"Our model can robustly handle holes of any shape, size location, or distance from the image borders. Previous deep learning approaches have focused on rectangular regions located around the centre of the image, and often rely on expensive post-processing," the NVIDIA researchers stated in their research paper.

The researchers say that their AI outperforms previous content-aware tools as (here comes the wordy, technical bit) 'the NVIDIA team developed a method that guarantees the output for missing pixels does not depend on the input value supplied for those pixels.'

Complicated sentences aside, the tool looks pretty cool but as of yet, there's no mention of if/when the tool might be available in software consumers can buy. Plus, it does occasionally still produce questionable results that the NVIDIA research team still need to work on.  

Watch the video above for more information on the new technology. 


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JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2018 11:53AM
Does it work with lamposts growing out of people heads, i.e can we scrub out even out of focus distractions and let the software build us a new, more pleasing alternative?
daibev Avatar
daibev 19 350 Wales
24 Apr 2018 8:47PM
“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.”

― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

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