Adobe’s ‘About Face’ can detect if an image has been Photoshopped

Adobe experiments on various features that are shown off at its annual Max conference every year. Known as ‘Sneaks’, these experimental features are considered worthy to be included in Abode producers down the line. One such particular ‘Sneaks’ this year has caught the attention. Dubbed as ‘About Face’, this feature is made to detect if an image has been photoshopped, or manipulated, in any way and by how much.

Adobe's 'About Face' can detect if an image has been Photoshopped

About Face examines the pixels of an image accompanied by a heat map of which ones have been edited. It then reveals a probability that the image may have been manipulated. The name is derived from its limitation to focus on the manipulation of faces. All you need to do is upload an image into the tool and let About Face do the rest.

In a few seconds from uploading an image, About Face will give you an estimate of the chances of possible manipulation in the image in percentage. Keep in mind that this tool does not assess the image as a whole. It studies individual pixels to tell you which parts of the image it thinks were manipulated, showing you a heatmap of the altered areas down the line. Moreover, the tool also tells you if the image was Photoshopped to stretch, squish or interpolate the picture in any way. About Face can even attempt to undo the changes, which was shown in Adobe’s onstage demo.

There is a notion that since Adobe’s features are so powerful, it is used for spreading misinformation and realizing its own responsibility, the Californian software maker is making up for it with the so-called ‘Sneaks.’ In addition, this will also become a commonplace feature as concerns over deepfakes and fake news won’t die anytime soon.


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