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Adobe Max 2022 live: all the latest updates for Photoshop, Lightroom and more


A photo of a child being edited in Adobe Lightroom

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Prediction #4: More AI smarts for Lightroom and Photoshop
I’ve been pretty bowled over by the development of Adobe’s masking tools in the past few years. If the past couple of Adobe Max conferences are anything to go by, we should see them go up a notch in Lightroom and Photoshop today. 

I’m already very reliant on Lightroom’s ability to automatically select a photo’s subject or the sky, then let me refine that selection with a graduated filter. But there’s room for Adobe to go even more granular here, perhaps automatically picking the specific parts of someone’s face to edit. 

Or perhaps Adobe Sensei could learn to fetch me a beer while I spend more time faffing about with the color wheel.  

A video of a group of people being edited in Premiere Pro using

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Prediction #3: The expansion of
Just over a year ago, Adobe splurged $1.3bn on a video software service called, which lets creative teams upload, review and approve video footage remotely in the cloud. 

That service has since plugged neatly into Adobe’s Premiere Pro and After Effects software, with Creative Cloud subscribers getting 100GB of free storage. But where will it go next? 

Adobe is surely looking to expand its powers, given it doesn’t do a lot more than the original plug-in. Hopefully we’ll see it properly realize its potential as a super-streamlined video editing platform at Adobe Max 2022.

Pictures of foxes generated by Dall-E

(Image credit: Dall-E)

Prediction #2: Adobe’s response to Dall-E 2 
I’m both excited and slightly terrified by the emergence of text-to-image creators like Dall-E 2 and Midjourney. These AI image generators seem to be improving on a daily basis and it feels like Adobe needs to respond. After all, if the average person can just type some text and instantly receive world-class illustrations or images, why bother with Adobe apps like Photoshop and Illustrator? 

Of course, the likes of Dall-E are new tools, rather than replacements for human creativity. But professionals are already using Dall-E and Midjourney in their workflows, so it’s a space Adobe can’t afford to ignore. But what does it have up its AI-generated sleeves? Hopefully we’ll get a peek later.

A virtual gamepad in Adobe's 3D modeling software

(Image credit: Adobe)

Prediction #1: Virtual clay on Meta Quest Pro
Here’s something that went a little under the radar during the Meta Connect event last week. Skip to the 42:30 mark in Meta’s keynote (opens in new tab) and you’ll see Mark Zuckerberg announce that Adobe is making creative apps for the new Meta Quest Pro mixed-reality headset. 

Referring to Adobe, Zuckerberg said “next year, they’ll begin releasing a suite of apps for professional 3D creators, designers and artists – from collaborative design reviews to Substance 3D Modeler using Quest Pro’s controllers.” 

The latter is something I reckon we’ll hear a lot more about at Adobe Max. The sculpting software is already in beta and lets you muck about with digital clay. That actually sounds custom-made for VR/AR headsets, unlike work meetings with weird legless avatars. 

A screenshot showing the Figma app

(Image credit: Figma)

So what exactly are we expecting to see at Adobe Max 2022? I’m particularly fascinated by this year’s event because there are so many rivals apparently eating Adobe’s lunch, or at least stealing a few of its fries. 

Firstly, there’s the increasingly popular Canva, a free graphic design tool that’s expanding into new areas like video editing. It’s one of the main reasons why Adobe splurged $20bn on Figma last month (that’s more than Facebook paid for WhatsApp in 2014). 

Then there’s the text-to-image creators like Dall-E and Midjourney, not to mention Google building AI photo editing into its Pixel phones. So with all of this in mind, I’ve put together the top five things I’m hoping Adobe to see announce or talk about during the Max 2022 keynote later.

Hello, I’m Mark (TechRadar’s cameras editor), welcome to our Adobe Max 2022 liveblog. Adobe’s ‘Creativity Conference’ has already kicked off in LA, but today is the big day for the software giant – and anyone who uses its dozens of apps. 

From 9am PDT / 5pm BST (or 2am AEST on Wednesday 19th), Adobe will be streaming its two-hour keynote, which will give us a glimpse of the new treats coming to software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and more. 

But in the run-up to that big reveal, we’re expecting to see Adobe make some teaser announcements around the things that it’ll be fully unwrapping later. So if you want to know what we’re hoping to see at Adobe Max – and our early thoughts on the news as its happens – stay tuned to this regularly-updated liveblog. We even promise not to mention the metaverse (well, we'll try).

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