Let’s Get Experimental: Behind the Adobe MAX Sneaks

Does this sound familiar? You send your client a completed video project and they ask you to make a last minute change to the voiceover…but the voiceover artist is already on a plane to Hawaii. Well, thanks to the technology behind “Photoshopping Voiceovers,” this soon may no longer be an issue.

“Photoshopping Voiceovers,” or what we affectionately refer to as #VoCo, was one of 11 experimental technologies demoed at Adobe MAX 2016. The MAX Sneaks session invites our engineers out of the lab and onto the stage to show off what they’ve been working on. Co-hosted by television personality and comedian Jordan Peele and Adobe’s Community Engagement Manager Kim Chambers, this year’s sneaks had us alternating between laughing and gasping in awe.

Fortunately, you can enjoy the show even if you weren’t able to join us in San Diego. We’ve embedded videos of each of the sneaks below.

While these technologies are not yet part of Creative Cloud, many Sneaks from previous years have later been incorporated into our products. As always, we’d love your feedback. In fact, we’ve given each of the demos its own #hashtag for this very purpose. You’re welcome.


When recording voiceovers, dialogue, and narration, wouldn’t you love the option to edit or insert a few words without the hassle of recreating the recording environment or bringing the voiceover artist in for another session? #VoCo allows you to change words in a voiceover simply by typing new words. Have to hear it to believe it? Check out a live demo using a recording of Keegan-Michael Key’s voice.

#StylitYou’ve heard it said that art imitates life. But what about technology imitating art? #Stylit allows you to transfer your personal artistic style from paper to screen, making your digital art appear like it was colored by hand. How does it work? Watch the video to see it in action. Spoiler alert: It involves oil pastels, spheres and 3-D models.

#CloverVR Because you can’t edit 360° video while immersed in 360° video, the current process for editing VR footage is tedious and clumsy, requiring ad-hoc workflows and desktop plugins. At least that’s what we’ve been told by very smart people. #CloverVR aims to solve this problem by providing editors dedicated tools to view and edit directly in VR. Check out the video to go inside the headset.

#ColorChameleonHave you ever struggled to find images that match the theme of your layout? #ColorChameleon allows you to quickly and easily match the colors in a collection of images to the color palette of your design template. Watch the video for a demo.

#SyncmasterMusic is an integral part of video, evoking emotion and mood. #Syncmaster helps video editors and motion designers to sync a key moment in a video to the perfect moment in a song. Watch a soundtrack come to life before your eyes.

#LoopWelderWith the explosion of digital and social content, you need more than a static image to make your post standout. #LoopWelder turns videos into perfect loops that you can use to create engaging content. Watch the video to see how it works.

#ConceptCanvasSearching for a stock image of a woman with a dog is easy. But what if you want to search for an image of a woman standing to the left of a dog? #ConceptCanvas introduces a novel way of finding images based on spatial relationships. You have to see it to believe it.

#InterVectorVector artists often use photographs as inspirations for their digital designs, but the process of transforming an image into a vector can be time consuming and tedious. #InterVector allows you to quickly create perfect vectors from photographs. Watch the video for a demo.

#WetbrushDigital painting just can’t replicate the experience of painting with oils and a brush. Or can it? #Wetbrush takes digital brushes to the next level by simulating the texture, properties and appearance of oil painting. Oh, and it’s 3D. Don’t believe us? The proof is in the portrait of co-host Jordan Peele.

#QuickLayoutGetting feedback on a completed design can be frustrating because changing one element of the project often means you have to manually resize and adjust all the other elements too. With #QuickLayout, you can quickly and easily add or remove elements from your design without messing up your layout. Watch a poster come to life in minutes.

#SkyReplaceHave you ever taken an awesome vacation selfie but wished you could change the sky to be as amazing as the foreground? Well, now you can. #SkyReplace allows you to quickly swap out the sky in your digital photos. Watch the video to see it in action.