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Adobe Responds To “Terms of Use” Controversy



Adobe released a new blog post explaining in its Terms of Use, when Adobe applications may access a user’s content, and whether a user’s content will be used to train Adobe’s artificial intelligence (AI) models and services, PetaPixel reported.

The need for clarification came after numerous users, including some established creative professionals, received pop-up notifications in Adobe that said, among other things, that Adobe could access users content through automated and manual methods. The resulting anger among the creative community is easy to understand.

The pop-up, which required consent for a person to continue using Adobe software, failed to explain precisely what had been updated in the Terms of Use and how Adobe may access someone’s content. Adobe’s opaqueness left the door open for speculation, confusion, and fear.

9TO5Mac reported: When we requested a comment from Adobe, the company’s initial statement didn’t really help, thanks to a dismissive ‘nothing to see here, move along’ tone. 

“This policy has been in place for many years. As part of our commitment to being transparent with our customers, we added clarifying examples earlier this year to our Terms of Use regarding when Adobe may access user content. Adobe accesses user content for a number of reasons, including the ability to deliver some of our most innovative cloud-based features, such as Photoshop Neural Filters and Remove Background in Adobe Express, as well as to take action against prohibited content. Adobe does not access, view or listen to content that is stored locally on any user’s device.”

Adobe posted “A Clarification on Adobe Terms of Use”:

We recently made an update to our Terms of Use with the goal of providing more clarity on a few specific areas and pushed a routine re-acceptance of those terms to Adobe Creative Cloud and Document Cloud customers. We have received a number of questions resulting from this update and want to provide some clarity.

We remain committed to transparency, protecting the rights of creators and enabling our customers to do their best work.

What is different in the Terms of Use

The focus of this update was to be clearer about the improvements to our moderation processes that we have in place. Given the explosion of Generative AI and our commitment to responsible innovation, we have added more human moderation to our content submissions review processes.

To be clear, Adobe requires a limited license to access content solely for the purpose of operating or improving the services and software to enforce our terms and comply with law, such as to protect against abusive content.

When Adobe applications and services may access content

Access is needed for Adobe applications and services to preform the functions they are designed and used for (such as opening and editing files for the user or creating thumbnails or a preview for sharing).

Access is needed to deliver some of our most innovative cloud-based feature such as Photoshop Neural Filters, Liquid Mode, or Remove Background. You can read more information, including how users can control how their content will be used.

In my opinion, it looks like Adobe has gotten the message that artists do not want Adobe to be tracking them or using their artwork to feed to a generative AI. That said, I think a lot artists with their work on Adobe will start searching for better alternatives.


Adobe Responds To Uproar Over Terms of Service Language



Adobe has been one of the leading legacy enterprise software companies to embrace generative AI and make it accessible to users through the likes of its proprietary (and enterprise-safe) Firefly AI image generational model, Generative Fill and other gen AI features in Photoshop, and, just today, an AI Assistant for its customer experience — plus much more, VentureBeat reported.

But the company has also taken backlash among some of its users and Adobe Stock contributors for this pro-gen AI stance. And lately, as gen AI tech overall faces an increasing number of critics and doubters, Adobe has found itself in hot water over new “Terms of Service” (ToS) language that is requiring users to agree to before continuing to use its apps.

According to VentureBeat, the ToS doesn’t actually mention AI, apart from a reference to “machine learning,” which can be used to train gen AI models, but also many other programs, and a clause stating that AI models cannot be trained on Adobe software.

It’s section 2.2 in the updated Adobe ToS that has really inflamed a handful of users on social media, namely X. This section states:

2.2 Our Access to Your Content. We may access, view, or listen to your Content (defined in section 4.1) (Content) below) through both automated and manual methods, but only in limited ways, and only as permitted by law. For example, in order to provide the Services and Software, we may need to access, view, or listen to your content to:

(A) respond to Feedback or support requests;
(B) detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security, legal, or technical requests;
(C) enforce the Terms, as further set forth in Section 4.1 below.

Our automated systems may analyze your Content and Creative Cloud Customer Fonts (defined in section 3.10 (Creative Cloud Customer Fonts) below) using techniques such as machine learning in order to improve our Services and Software and the user experience.

PetaPixel reported a pop-up notice being served to some Adobe users — none at PetaPixel as of yet — says that Adobe has updated the Adobe General Terms of Use regarding the use of its Software and Services, including clarifications concerning content access (sections 2.2 and 4.1), the right to delete content for inactive accounts (section 5.3), and reduced the period to informally resolve disputes from 60 to 30 days (Section 14.1).

If users want to continue using the Adobe app in question, they must accept the revised terms of use, which is standard practice. They cannot continue using Adobe apps and services if they close the window without accepting.

Mashable reported: On a separate page that breaks down how Adobe uses machine learning, Adobe says it doesn’t use content stored locally on your device, so only content that’s stored in the Creative Cloud.

Otherwise, content that users make public, such as contributions to Adobe Stock, submissions to be featured on Adobe Express to be used as tutorials in Lightroom, are used to “train [Adobe’s] algorithms and those improve [it’s] products and services.”

In my opinion, Adobe’s decisions to feed the art of its users into an AI – without compensating the artists – is going to cause Adobe’s stock to drop like a brick.


Adobe And Figma Mutually Agree To Terminate Merger Agreement



Today, Adobe and Figma announced that they have entered into a mutual agreement to terminate their previously announced merger agreement, originally announced on September 15, 2022, under which Adobe would have acquired Figma for a mix of cash and stock consideration, Business Wire reported.

Although both companies continue to believe in the merits and procompetitive benefits of the combination, Adobe and Figma mutually agreed to terminate the transaction based on a joint assessment that there is no clear path to receive necessary regulatory approvals from the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

“Adobe and Figma strongly disagree with recent regulatory findings, but we believe it is in our respective best interests to move forward independently,” said Shantanu Narayen, chair and CEO, Adobe. “While Adobe and Figma shared a vision to jointly redefine the future of creativity and productivity, we continue to be well positioned to capitalize on our massive market opportunity to change the world through personalized digital experiences.”

“Figma has built an incredible product design platform, and I am confident in their continued innovation and growth after spending more than year with their team and community,” said David Wadhwani, president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “While we’re disappointed in the outcome, I am deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed to this effort and excited to find other ways to innovate on behalf of our respective communities with Adobe.”

The companies have signed a termination agreement that resolves all outstanding matters from the transaction, including Adobe paying Figma the previously agreed upon termination fee.

The Wall Street Journal reported Adobe has called off its planned $20 billion acquisition of the collaboration-software company Figma, weeks after a U.K. regulator warned that the deal would likely harm innovation.

Adobe and Figma said Monday morning that they have mutually agreed to terminate the cash-and-stock transaction because they couldn’t see a clear path to receiving regulatory approval from the European Commission and the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

The deal is the latest to run into a tighter global regulatory environment as some regulators and policy markets have been giving technology acquisitions more scrutiny than they have in the past.

CNBC reported that Adobe shares rose around 0.6% in Monday morning trading.

According to CNBC, Antitrust regulators have increasingly scrutinized numerous tech deals big and small. In May, after the U.K’s competition watchdog cited potentially anticompetitive effects, Meta sold Giphy to photo marketplace Shutterstock for $53 million, three years after it first acquired it. The CMA has also been reviewing Microsoft’s investment in Open AI.

Considering all of this, it appears that companies that want to do business in the U.K. will have some difficulties achieving that goal. I wonder if this sort of situation will break up other existing mergers.


Adobe’s Firefly Generative AI-Models Are Now Generally Available



Adobe posted news titled: “Adobe Express With AI-Powered Firefly Integration Now Commercially Available”. Here are some parts of this news:

Latest Innovations in Express

AI-first, all-in-one editor gives users the ability to make high-impact design elements, engaging videos and images, stunning PDFs, animation and standout content ready for Instagram, TikTok, and other social channels and platforms.

Firefly integrated into Express makes it possible to quickly generate custom images and text effects from text prompts in over 100 languages and designed to be safe for commercial use. Plus, more AI-power helps creators to take the guesswork out of design and quickly find the perfect addition to content or get personalized template recommendations that fit unique styles, to create social media posts, videos, posters, flyers and more.

Deep workflows with Creative Cloud apps allow users to easily access, edit and work with creative assets from Photoshop and Illustrator directly within Express, or add linked files that always stay in sync across apps.

Brand Control Features unlock creativity across the Enterprise, given users the ability to create, edit, and version brand approved assets to deliver on-brand quality content at scale.

PDF Support in the new all-in-one editor makes it even easier to import, edit, and enhance documents to create visually stunning PDF’s.

Quick actions like remove background in images and videos, animate a character using just audio, convert to GIF and edit PDFs, makes it even easier to create standout content quickly and simply.

Real-time co-editing and seamless review and comment capabilities add speed to the creation process.

176 days after launching its Firefly generative AI models into beta, Adobe announced that Firefly is now generally and commercially available in its Creative Cloud, Adobe Express and Adobe Experience Cloud, TechCrunch reported.

According to TechCrunch, Adobe also announced how it plans to charge for Firefly going forward. The company is going to use what it calls “generative credits’ to measure how often users interact with these models. Basically, every time you click ‘generate’ to create a Firefly image, you’ll consume one credit (and the company retooled the Firefly web app, for example, so that it doesn’t automatically start generating images before you’ve made all of the tweaks you wanted to make.)

TechCrunch also reported that everybody on existing paid Adobe plans will get access to quite a few of these generative credits. Here is the full list:

* Cloud All Apps: 1,000
* Creative Cloud Single App (include Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro, AfterEffects
Audition, Animate Dreamweaver, Stock, Photography 1TB): 500
* Adobe Stock paid subscriptions: 500
* Adobe Express Premium: 250
* Adobe Firefly Premium: 100
* Creative Cloud for Enterprise All Apps: 1,000
* Creative Cloud Pro Plus All Apps: 3,000
* Free Users with an Adobe ID; Adobe Express, Adobe Firefly, Creative Cloud: 25

TechCrunch noted that once you run out of those credits – at least on most of these plans – you won’t lose access to Firefly, but it will run significantly slower.

Engadget that generative AI has not exactly been greeted with the warmest of welcomes, mostly on account of it ripping off an entire internet’s worth of art for its training. Then there was the whole subsequent “replacing actual artists with cheap AI knockoffs after stealing their work for training purposes” issue as well.

Personally, I’m not a fan of AI-created content. I very much prefer making my own artwork by hand, like I was taught when I was in college. Any art I choose to post online is behind a locked account – specifically to prevent an AI from stealing my work.


Adobe Will Release A Free Version Of Photoshop For Browsers



Adobe announced major updates to Creative Cloud applications in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Lightroom Classic, delivering significant features, benefits and value to customers. Today’s updates deliver new editing and usability enhancements to Photoshop on the web (beta), leverage Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning to help simplify complex workflows for creatives and streamline cross-device (desktop, web and mobile) collaboration workflows for Photoshop and Lightroom users.

Neural Filters in Photoshop put the power of cutting-edge AI and machine learning into the hands of creatives. Built to help lower barriers to creativity, Neural Filters have emerged as one of Photoshop’s most popular AI-powered tools. They dramatically reduce complex workflows into easy-to-use, transformative solutions for photo editing and manipulation. Over 300 million Neural Filters have been applied to creative work by more than four million creatives to date.

A new Photo Restoration Neural Filter designed to help users bring old or damaged photos back to life by detecting and eliminating scratches and other minor imperfections in seconds.

Photoshop on the web (beta) includes:

  • New, easy-to-use editing features like Curves, RefineEdge, Dodge, and Burn and Smart Objects conversion;
  • Mobile browser access for fast and easy reviewing and commenting;
  • Onboarding and learning content for new creatives and citizen creators who were previously unfamiliar with Photoshop;
  • Performance and UX enhancements
  • Powerful New Feature Across Lightroom Ecosystems:
  • The ability for photographers to quickly trim and apply edits to video clips in Lightroom using the same editing sliders and presets used on photos (desktop and mobile)
  • AI-powered Adaptive Presets for applying different effects to distinct parts of a photo (Lightroom desktop, Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw)
  • Key workflow enhancements for adjusting intensity of presets (Lightroom desktop, mobile, web, Lightroom Classic) and comparing photos side-by-side (Lightroom desktop)
  • AI-powered Auto Red Eye Removal (Lightroom desktop and Adobe Camera Raw)
  • Expansion of Remix capabilities to Lightroom mobile and web

The Photo Restoration Neural Filter is coming soon to Photoshop on the desktop, and Photoshop on the web is available at https://creativecloud.adobe.com/cc/photoshop to anyone with a Photoshop subscription.

The latest releases of Lightroom and Lightroom Classic are now available and can be downloaded via the Creative Cloud Desktop app. Updates to Lightroom mobile are rolling out globally starting today and can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The Verge reported that Adobe has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web and plans to open the services up to everyone as a way to introduce more users to the app. The company is now testing the free version in Canada, where users care able to access Photoshop on the web through a free Adobe account.


Adobe Introduced Photoshop CC on iPad



Adobe announced that they are expanding Photoshop CC (which they refer to as “real Photoshop CC”). They presented a preview of Photoshop for the iPad at Adobe MAX and will gradually add new operating systems and form factors when they are ready.

Photoshop CC on the desktop is the center of the system. It has been updated with new features. (The ecosystem connection will ship “in the future”). Photoshop CC on the iPad is part of the ecosystem. People will be able to use the mobile version of Photoshop on its own or as a partner to Photoshop on the desktop. (It is not yet available and “ships in the future”.) Cloud documents is another part of the system.

I can see how Photoshop for the iPad would be useful for artists who create digital drawings. It also would make things easier for photographers who want to edit their photos on their iPad while traveling.

Personally, I do all of my artwork by hand and on paper because that is how I was taught. It is unlikely that I will switch to Photoshop for the iPad. That being said, I can see the benefits of it for other artists. If I’m understanding this correctly, an artist could start their drawing on their desktop, sync it to their iPad, and work on the artwork some more at another location.

Photoshop CC on iPad will be available in 2019.

Image by StockSnap.io


Huion Digital Artist’s Glove



Huion Digital Artist GloveI recently purchased a Huion brand Digital Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet via Amazon for use when drawing and painting with my Surface Pro 3 using the Microsoft Pen digital stylus. The idea of a digital artist’s glove is to electrically isolate the parts of one’s hand that would normally rest on the surface of a glass capacitive touchscreen when drawing or painting. This allows the same relaxed natural hand posture that is used when writing or drawing directly on paper, allowing the side of the hand to rest directly on the surface of the glass without interfering at all with the drawing or painting process with the digital stylus.

I find that the Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet works perfectly to isolate the side of my hand from a glass capacitive touchscreen such as on my Surface Pro 3 and also my iPad Air. It provides a very natural, relaxed drawing experience. Normally one must hold one’s hand in a rather unnatural hovering position when drawing or writing with a stylus on a touchscreen surface. An artist’s glove neatly solves this problem. The Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet seems to be made of some sort of stretchy, smooth lycra material.

However, trying the same glove on my Lenovo C40 all-in-one touchscreen computer, curiously the glove does not work at all to isolate. I don’t know this to be a fact, however I suspect that the Lenovo C40 touchscreen is made out of some sort of plastic conductive material and not true glass. Tapping lightly on the Lenovo C40 touchscreen to my ears sounds more like tapping on a plastic material than it does tapping on true glass. If you decide to get one of these artist’s gloves, make sure that the capacitive touchscreen you intend to use it on is made out of glass and not a form of plastic material.

The Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet seems to be sized a bit small. Reading the Amazon reviews ahead of time, I ordered the large size. I’m glad I did. The glove fits my hand just fine, but it is certainly not what I would in any way consider a loose fit.

The Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet is constructed in such a way that it can fit either the right or the left hand. It completely covers the wrist, the little finger and the figner next to it; leaving the middle finger, index finger and thumb completely exposed since those are the fingers we typically use to hold a pen or pencil.

Even though my Surface Pro 3 has great palm rejection with included Microsoft applications such as OneNote, the palm rejection feature does not function in every application, especially third party drawing and painting applications such as Adobe Photoshop Elements. Using the digital artist’s glove gives me complete freedom to rest my hand on the screen as much as I want, especially useful when making delicate interactions with the stylus on the screen.

I suspect one using an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil stylus would enjoy similar benefits.

The Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablet sells for $17.99 and is an Amazon Prime item. I highly recommend it to anyone that draws even casually on a glass capacitive touchscreen device. I would suggest going ahead and ordering the large size.