Adobe Max 2022 live: All the latest updates for Photoshop, Lightroom, and more


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Adobe Product Manager, Scott Belsky (Opens in a new tab)Get involved in a little bit of Adobe Max livestream setup behind the scenes. Confirmed: squirrels will appear, as well as “a glimpse into the future.”

There have been some pretty big moments in Adobe Max in the past few years — the arrival of Photoshop on the iPad, the arrival of web-based versions of Illustrator and Photoshop — are we going to get anything of this magnitude in Adobe Max 2022? We’ll find out very soon.

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So, how exactly can you set Adobe Max 2022 later? Like last year, there’s a free YouTube live for everyone to tune in – it’s above and the keynote starts at 9AM PDT / 5PM BST (or 2AM EDT on Wednesday 19th for those in half southern ball).

The keynote is scheduled to last two hours, so expect a barrage of information about Adobe. But if Adobe Max 2022 is anything like previous years, we’re expecting some news to come out long before the keyword begins.

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Photoshop Camera is an easy way to achieve effects like these, but it looks like a next-gen version is on the way. (Image credit: Future)

another thing…
There’s one more thing I’d like to see in Adobe Max 2022 (other than the Creative Cloud Opera-style giveaway for anyone watching live). For a while, Adobe has been promising us a universal camera app It may be the next generation version of photoshop camera.

cnet recently spoken (Opens in a new tab) To Marc Levoy (formerly Google, now a vice president of Adobe), who said the new Adobe app would be “for photographers who want to think a little more intently about the image they’re taking and who want to interact a little more with the camera as it’s being taken.”

Specific details are poor on the ground, but Levoy said Adobe is working on a “feature to remove distracting reflections from images captured through windows,” among other tricks. It looks like the app will be here in the “next year or two”, so can we get a preview at Adobe Max 2022? I hope so, because it looks different from any photo editing or camera apps out there today.

Screenshot showing Photoshop in a web browser

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Prediction 5: “Photoshop on the web” is now free for everyone?
This time last year, I was recovering from falling off my seat at the news that Adobe had finally created a web version of Photoshop. The awkwardly named “Photoshop on the web” turns out to be less of a killer Photopea, and more of a way for existing Creative Cloud subscribers to collaborate on Photoshop files.

But earlier this year the edge (Opens in a new tab) We found out that Adobe was testing a free-to-use version in Canada, and since then we’ve seen the service expand into more of a standalone version of the photo editor.

Can Adobe just get over the whole thing and announce that “Photoshop on the web” is completely free for everyone? It would definitely be a very bold and welcome statement.

Photo of a child being edited in Adobe Lightroom

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Prediction #4: More AI for Lightroom and Photoshop
I have been greatly influenced by the development of Adobe cloaking tools in the past few years. If there’s anything the past two Adobe Max conferences have to go through, we should see them go up a bit in Lightroom and Photoshop today.

I really rely heavily on Lightroom’s ability to automatically identify the subject of a photo or the sky, and then let me refine that selection with a gradient filter. But there’s room for Adobe to get more precise here, perhaps automatically picking out certain parts of someone’s face to edit.

Or maybe Adobe Sensei will learn to fetch me a beer while I spend more time fiddling with the color wheel.

Video of a group of people being edited in Premiere Pro with Frame.io

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Prediction #3: Expand Frame.io
A little over a year ago, Adobe invested $1.3 billion in a video software service called Frame.io, which allows creative teams to upload, review, and certify video footage remotely in the cloud.

The service has since been neatly plugged into Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, with Creative Cloud subscribers getting 100GB of free storage. But where will you go next?

Adobe is definitely looking to expand its powers, since it doesn’t do much more than the original plugin. We hope to see it properly realize its potential as a super-streamlined video editing platform in Adobe Max 2022.

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(Image credit: Dall-E)

Prediction #2: Adobe’s response to Dall-E 2
I’m excited and a little intimidated by the emergence of text-to-image creators like Dall-E 2 and Midjourney. AI-powered image generators seem to be getting better on a daily basis and it seems that Adobe needs to respond. After all, if the average person can just type some text and instantly receive world-class illustrations or photos, why bother with Adobe apps like Photoshop and Illustrator?

Of course, the likes of Dall-E are new tools, not replacements for human creativity. But professionals already use Dall-E and Midjourney in their workflow, so it’s a space that Adobe can’t ignore. But what is in their sleeves generated by artificial intelligence? We hope to get a sneak peek later.

A virtual gamepad in Adobe 3D modeling software

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Prediction #1: Virtual Mud on Meta Quest Pro
This is something that went a bit under the radar during last week’s Meta Connect event. Skip to 42:30 Mark in the Meta keyword (Opens in a new tab) And you’ll see Mark Zuckerberg announcing that Adobe is making creative apps for the new MetaQuest Pro Mixed reality headset.

Referring to Adobe, Zuckerberg said, “Next year, they will begin releasing a suite of apps for professional 3D creators, designers, and artists — from collaborative design reviews to Substance 3D Modeler using Quest Pro controls.”

The latter is something I think we’ll hear a lot about in Adobe Max. The sculpting software is already in beta and lets you get rid of digital clay. This actually looks meant for VR/AR headsets, unlike business meetings with weird avatars.

Screenshot showing the Figma app

(Image credit: Figma)

So what exactly can we expect to see in Adobe Max 2022? I’m particularly intrigued by this year’s event because there are many competitors who seem to be eating Adobe lunch, or at least stealing a few French fries.

First, there’s the most popular Canva, a free graphic design tool that’s expanding into new areas like video editing. It’s one of the main reasons Adobe poured $20 billion into Figma last month (that’s more than Facebook paid for WhatsApp in 2014).

Then there are text-to-image generators like Dall-E and Midjourney, not to mention Google’s AI photo editing on Pixel phones. So with all this in mind, I’ve rounded up the top five things I hope you’ll see Adobe announce or talk about during the Max 2022 Keynote later.

Hi, I’m Mark (Editor of TechRadar Cameras), welcome to the Adobe Max 2022 live blog. Adobe’s Creativity Conference has already kicked off in Los Angeles, but today is the big day for the software giant — and anyone who uses dozens of its apps.

Starting at 9AM PDT / 5PM GMT (or 2AM EDT on Wednesday 19th), Adobe will be broadcasting the two-hour keynote, which will give us a glimpse of new features coming to programs like Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro and more.

But in the lead up to that big reveal, expect to see Adobe release some teasers about things that will be fully unpacked later. So, if you want to know what we hope to see in Adobe Max — and our early thoughts on the news as it happens — stay tuned to this regularly updated live blog. We promise not to even mention the metaverse (okay, we’ll try).


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