Adobe Photoshop’s New Neural Filter Makes Photo Restoration Easier

Adobe is adding a new Photo Restoration Neural Filter to Photoshop, designed to improve old photographs that have suffered degradation.

The neural filter, currently in beta, will automatically remove scratches, reduce noise and correct colors on old photographs that have fallen into disrepair.

Adobe today released a video of the Photo Restore tool in action, showing an old, crumpled photo restored to a respectable standard in seconds. The photograph, which featured a woman looking into the camera, also had a ripped off piece that Photoshop fixed using the content-aware tool.

The company then showed a second image of a young boy in military-style attire that was sepia-toned and appeared to have a lot of texture on the surface of the photograph. Once again, when the photo restoration neural filter was applied, it turned the file into a colorful and smoother image.

Photoshop adds a new neural filter to make copying photo restoration easier

Any photo editor who has painstakingly restored an old, damaged photo taken with an analog camera a long time ago will be amazed at Photoshop’s latest tool designed to save hours of time.

What are neural filters?

Neural Filters are Adobe’s AI-powered downloadable add-ons for Photoshop designed to automate comprehensive tasks. Tasks range from the incredibly simple, like converting a photo to black and white or smoothing out a subject’s skin.

However, the beta version has more complex neural filters that can do more radical and futuristic things like change facial expressions. It’s a remarkable glimpse into what the future of photo editing could look like.

In total, there are three categories of neural filters in photoshop. “Featured” are filters readily available from Adobe that have been cleared for use and have passed all checks.

Second, there are “beta” filters that are available for testing, but the learning models or workflows are still being improved. Nevertheless, editors can use these filters, but be aware that the output may not always be consistent.

Third, there’s the “waitlist”, which are filters that aren’t yet available but are still listed in Photoshop under the neural filters tab. Users can vote for their favorite filters that they like the sound of by tapping the “I’m interested” button.

Jack C. Nugent