Adobe unveiled its new AI innovation called Project Stardust — an object-aware editing engine is set to redefine the way we interact with photos.
Imagine opening an image and having it automatically organized into layers of editable objects. That’s precisely what Project Stardust does. With a single click, you can select any object and modify or delete it, leaving no digital footprints behind.
The demo showcased a user interface that is as sleek as it is functional, featuring a toolbar that springs to life the moment you select an object. Options like “Invert Selection,” “Flip,” “Reorder,” and “Delete” are at your fingertips.
Project Stardust isn’t just about editing existing elements — it’s also about adding new ones. It can create objects through text commands, and the AI engine ensures that these objects blend seamlessly into the image, adjusting size and orientation as needed.
One of the standout functionalities of Project Stardust is its ability to automatically remove unwanted elements from your photos. The “Remove Distractors” button identifies and erases these elements, such as intrusive tourists, from your images. For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, the software also provides a brush tool for manual refinement.
Project Stardust goes beyond mere editing by offering a generative AI feature that allows users to swap existing objects with new ones. All you need to do is select the object, describe its replacement in natural language, and hit the “Generate” button. The tool will then adjust the new object’s size and rotation to match its original position in the photo.
Project Stardust is just one piece of Adobe‘s larger AI puzzle. The company also showcased other AI-driven tools at the MAX event, such as Project See Through, which eliminates reflections in images, and Project Dub Dub Dub, an audio translation tool that preserves the original speaker’s voice. Additionally, Adobe introduced Project Neo, an AI tool that integrates 3D shapes into 2D designs, providing a simpler alternative to complex software like Blender.
These innovative projects are part of Adobe’s “Sneaks” program, a series of prototypes developed by Adobe engineers to demonstrate the potential applications of emerging technologies. Adobe has made some of these prototypes publicly available for testing and feedback on their Firefly website, signaling the company’s commitment to user-centric development.