Adobe has added a bevy of new features to its popular photo editing software Lightroom CC. On Windows and Mac, Lightroom now offers extra features such as Tone curve to tweak contrast and the option to adjust capture time. The Android app now supports app shortcuts and gives more controls over storage management, while the iOS app allows users to add text-based watermark on images. However, the feature that really makes the update special is the new AI-powered Auto mode, which uses Adobe Sensei tool to enhance an ordinary looking photo by giving it professional retouches using tools available in Lightroom CC on its own.

The enhanced Auto mode will be available on all major platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android.

So if users have nothing specific in mind, they don’t have to go through the time-taking process of trying multiple tools to give the photo a professional touch. The Auto mode will study objects in a photo and automatically fine tune colour, exposure, contrast, black levels in a given manner it thinks suitable for the image.

This ability to analyse an image and apply edits on its own is based on the comparison it draws with tens of thousands of professionally edited photos on Lightroom CC using Adobe Sensei. This treasure trove of info gives it the power to assess what is missing in a given set of photo, so it can tweak it like a seasoned professional without bothering users.

The Auto mode is part of Lightroom CC’s premium features and requires users to subscribe for the Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan which costs Rs676 per month.

Auto mode is the first tool in Lightroom which uses Adobe Sensei to take some load away from users. It also identifies objects in photos and then tags them on its own so users won’t have to do that manually. This makes finding a subset of photos with particular objects or themes a lot easier.

The option to identify objects in images and tag them into specific folders is available on Google Photos as well. Photo apps such as Prisma use AI to apply unique filters over images, but using AI to edit images without involving users is unheard of.

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