ICYMI: Adobe MAX Sneaks 2019

See all the Sneaks from Adobe MAX.

This year, Adobe MAX swept across the city of Los Angeles as over 15,000 of the world’s coolest creatives came together to get inspired. And when it comes to inspiration, attendees are sure to find it at one of our favorite sessions, Sneaks.

Sneaks takes place twice a year at both Adobe MAX and Summit. It’s a highly anticipated event where our very own employees showcase potential future tech on stage. It’s a sneak peek, if you will, into what’s brewing in Adobe Research. And best yet, some of these innovations actually make it into Adobe products.

This year’s Sneaks were co-hosted by Emmy Award-winning writer, comedian John Mulaney, and Adobe’s Paul Trani, Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist.

Unlike the keynotes that are live-streamed, Sneaks is exclusive to just MAX and Summit attendees. But we don’t want the rest of the world to miss the show.

Without further ado, here are this year’s MAX Sneaks!

#AllinSneak — Powered by Adobe Sensei

When taking group photos, people usually take turns as the photographer, so one person is always missing from the photo. Powered by Adobe Sensei, Project All In eliminates the need for a tripod and a timer by automatically identifying and adding missing people so that no one gets left out.

Presenter: Mina Doroudi
Internal Collaborator: Saeid Motiian

#ProjectSoundSeek — Powered by Adobe Sensei

Content creators are constantly looking for specific sounds that occur multiple times in audio recordings. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply select a couple of target sound examples, and have a machine find the rest? Boom.

Presenter: Justin Salamon
Internal Collaborators: Nick Bryan
External Collaborators: Yu Wang (New York University)

#SweetTalkSneak — Powered by Adobe Sensei

From still to in-motion, Project Sweet Talk creates dynamic videos from static images. The possibilities are endless: animate drawings from centuries ago, random sketches, 2D cartoon characters, Japanese mangas, stylized caricatures, and casual photos.

Presenter: Dingzeyu Li
Internal Collaborators: Jose Echevarria, Eli Shechtman
External Collaborators: Yang Zhou (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


Creating an AR application today requires heavy technical expertise. Project Pronto combines the benefits of both video prototyping and AR authoring into a cohesive system that allows non-technical designers to rapidly express AR design ideas.

Presenter: Cuong Nguyen
Internal Collaborators: Paul Asente, Rubaiat Habib
External Collaborators: Germán Leiva (Aarhus University)

#ImageTango — Powered by Adobe Sensei

Whether used as an inspirational tool for designers or to bring sketches to life, Project Image Tango mixes two assets to create a new image that has the detailed shape of one and the intricate texture of the other.

Presenter: Gunjan Aggarwal


In today’s digital world, animated texts are used everywhere. While popular, the process of converting text to animated keyframes is tedious and tiring. Project Fantastic Fonts provides predefined effects so that a previously exhausting task is now quick and painless.

Presenter: Nirmal Kumawat

#GoFigureSneak— Powered by Adobe Sensei

The ability to track a person is critical for editors as they produce videos, but it’s not easy. Project Go Figure makes it possible to track using skeletons and contours, enabling smooth and robust tracking even in a crowded scene.

Presenter: Jimei Yang

#LightRightSneak — Powered by Adobe Sensei

Relighting outdoor videos and images has long remained beyond the reach of the casual photographer, especially when it comes to large-scale outdoor scenes, where controlling the lighting is close to impossible. Project Light Right quickly solves the challenge with 3D scene geometry.

Presenter: Michaël Gharbi
External Collaborators: Julien Philip, George Drettakis (INRIA Sophia Antipolis)

#ProjectAwesomeAudio — Powered by Adobe Sensei

Project Awesome Audio enhances amateur audio recordings and turns them into professional-sounding recordings with the click of a button. The technology helps with enhancements such as denoising, dereverbing, equalization, and environment matching so that you can take your audio to the next level.

Presenter: Zeyu Jin
External Collaborators: Jiaqi Su (Princeton University)


Project Glowstick a plugin that allows people to enrich their artwork by “painting with light” in Adobe Illustrator. The integration of a simple 2D path tracers might just open up a whole new area of 2D illustrations.

Presenter: Jakub Fiser
Internal Collaborators: Marcos Slomp, Jun Saito

#ProjectAboutFace — Powered by Adobe Sensei

The Face-aware Liquify tool automatically detects facial features and helps you adjust them to enhance a portrait or add a creative character to a fun shot. Project About Face allows you to identify and undo these adjustments to revert back to the original image.

Presenter: Richard Zhang
Internal Collaborators: Oliver Wang
External Collaborators: Sheng-Yu Wang, Andrew Owens, Alexei A. Efros (UC Berkeley)