Adobe Sneak Peeks Offer Glimpse at Upcoming Technology

At its MAX conference, Adobe showed off Sneak Peeks at hot, new technology coming out of its labs.

Adobe gave folks a look at some early, in-the-works technology, including "Perspective Warp" in Photoshop and "Video Color Grading" in After Effects, at this week's Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles.

The digital media and marketing software company presented a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge design and interactive technologies at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference. Focused on creativity and expressiveness, MAX brings together more than 5,000 creative industry professionals.

Known as MAX Sneak Peeks, these glimpses offer an opportunity to see inside Adobe's engineering labs and to preview breakthrough applications and features during their early stages of development. For example, the new Camera Shake Reduction tool that analyzes and corrects blur from camera movement, which was just unveiled as part of the newly announced Adobe Photoshop CC, was first shown publicly at MAX Sneak Peeks in October 2011.

"The Sneaks embody the spirit and passion for technology innovation that thrives at Adobe," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Media Business at Adobe, in a statement. "The presentations are always a sensation at Adobe MAX; the energy and enthusiasm from the audience is electric and demonstrate that our creative customers are always ready to embrace the new."

The Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop enables users to adjust the perspective for parts of a photo while keeping the rest of the image intact. Liquid Search enables users to search without words to describe what they are looking for. Instead they can use a silhouette, then draw it, resize it, drag it and reshape it, and Liquid Search will do the rest.

And then there's "Painting with Bob," which enables users to create a masterpiece painting without painting. Special brushes allow users to "paint" by copying a picture using a variety of special strokes and textures. In addition, Adobe Muse is gaining code-free Website special effects. Muse is a platform for building Websites without having to write any code. Adobe said next up for Muse will be code-free color transformations, 3D motion and more.

Adobe also discussed a Sneak Peek of its Creative Cloud as a Service for Photoshop. In the opening keynote at the event, the company talked about how Creative Cloud makes it possible to host that "Adobe magic" as a service to power all sorts of apps and more. This sneak is an example of that, a Photoshop feature running in the crowd and made better over time thanks to crowdsourcing.

In another sneak, Adobe introduced Audio Layers, which enables users to easily separate desired audio from background noise. Users simply use a visual editor to paint the sounds they want while identifying those sounds they don't want, and the tool will do the rest.