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OpenAI’s Dall-E sent a “shock wave of panic” through Adobe.

That’s according to a new Bloomberg report, detailing how Adobe concentrated its efforts to build Firefly, the company’s own “commercially safe” generative AI model used in tools like Photoshop, following the success of rival tools like Midjourney.

Analysts now anticipate that Adobe may be one of the first big tech companies to actually profit from AI. Meanwhile, Adobe Stock contributors who helped train Firefly, potentially unknowingly, receive annual payouts that are as low as $70.


TikTok’s Creative Assistant is now integrated with Adobe Express.

Available in english for both free and premium Adobe Express users, the AI-powered TikTok Creative Assistant add-on can write scripts and provide insights into what topics and hashtags are trending on the video-sharing platform, alongside design templates and editing features like the free TikTok video creator.

Once a video has been produced, users can schedule or publish content to TikTok without leaving the Express platform.


A screenshot of TikTok Creative Assistant in Adobe Express showing trending hashtags.
Now you can access Adobe’s basic video editing tools and key TikTok insights together on the same platform.
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Adobe’s Project Primrose makes its catwalk debut.

Remember the animated fabric that Adobe unveiled at its MAX 2023 event? Well, now it’s been used in an actual, wearable garment by Christian Cowan.

The Primrose dress was revealed at the designer’s show at New York Fashion Week, created using 1,264 laser-cut polymer dispersed liquid crystal “petals.” The fact it happens to look like badass scale mail is just a happy bonus.


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Now the “what is a photo?” debate has reached Australian news.

9News Melbourne aired the altered image shown below of a member of Victoria’s Parliament, Georgie Purcell.

In a statement, 9News director Hugh Nailon said that when the picture was resized, “automation by Photoshop created an image that was not consistent with the original.” However, Adobe maintains (via NYT and the Guardian) “Any changes to this image would have required human intervention and approval.”

So what do you think happened?


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RIP Adobe XD.

According to Bloomberg, Adobe won’t be reviving its XD software that was effectively killed during the company’s failed attempt to acquire Figma’s similar set of product design tools. Adobe says it’s open to finding new product design partners and has “no plans to further invest” in XD, though support for existing users is still available.

Adobe doesn’t say, but it could develop new software entirely, like the unnamed whiteboarding project it previously canceled.


This Wacom AI debacle has certainly taken a turn.

It turns out the “third-party vendor” Wacom sourced its suspicious campaign imagery from is likely Adobe Stock, though none of the now-deleted stock images were tagged as AI-generated.

It’s little wonder artists feel betrayed if the creative-focused companies that have supported them for decades can’t even identify poor-quality AI images from authentic human-made art.


A screenshot of multiple AI-generated dragons hosted on Adobe Stock.
The now deleted image collection from Adobe Stock user Umair (pictured) appears to be where Wacom purchased its controversial campaign images from.
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Adobe explains why it abandoned the Figma deal

‘The only way to solve a future competition issue... is to not do the deal.’

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Adobe says the FTC is looking into its subscription cancellation practices.

Adobe has been cooperating with the FTC since June 2022, it says in an SEC filing reported on by Bloomberg this week. The company warns that “the defense or resolution of this matter could involve significant monetary costs or penalties and could have a material impact on our financial results and operations.”


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Adobe reveals new design language coming to over 100 Adobe apps.

Adobe has unveiled the next generation of its Spectrum design system — the framework that governs Adobe app design, akin to Google’s Material You.

Spectrum 2 is intended to make apps more approachable and accessible, with key design components having first previewed in Adobe Express. The Spectrum 2 updates are first set to roll out across Adobe web products in “early 2024.”


A screenshot taken of Adobe Express, noting the Spectrum 2 design elements.

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Some of the design elements featured in Adobe Express (pictured) should start making their way to other apps next year.
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Adobe scrambles to address EU and UK anti-competition concerns.

Bloomberg reports the creative software giant is putting together a proposal to appease regulators currently blocking its $20 billion bid for product design platform Figma.

This may include Adobe divesting itself from its own product design application, Adobe XD, and promising not to lock Figma into Adobe’s Creative Cloud product bundle. Adobe has until December 19th and February 5th to respectively soothe concerns raised by UK and EU regulators.


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A look at why the Leica M11-P’s Content Credentials matter.

Over on MKBHD’s The Studio, David Imel talked about the Leica M11-P. Or, more accurately, he used it to talk about Content Credentials, which the $9,000-plus camera attaches to photos as they’re taken so they can be verified through Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI).

It’s a good look at CAI and its potential benefits to the media using the first-ever camera to participate in an initiative intended to help onlookers identify real-world images in a sea of AI-generated ones.


Firefly’s token model isn’t an experiment, Ashley Still says.

Free and paid Adobe users get credits to use its generative AI tools, Still says, because they don’t want someone to have to pick between buying an add-on or just making stuff.


Demo’s over — we’re back to the conversation with Ashley Still.


People are in awe of the Photoshop on the web demo.

I’m hearing a lot of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd. A photographer in the front row is shaking his head in disbelief.

Now, he’s adding a cat. (Sorry dog.)


We’re getting a live demo of Photoshop on the web.

In the first demo, the presenter is removing the out of focus dog at the front of this frame. He’s using Adobe’s generative fill to fill in the space where the dog left.


The stage at Code 2023.
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