Adobe’s Photoshop is one of those programs you can use for a decade, and still not master. While you can get away with just doing some of the basics without a broad knowledge of the program, trying to do things like add in extra objects to a photograph can be rather difficult. Usually, making these kinds of edits will leave you with an image that has quite obviously been ‘shopped. Some of the most obvious tells are in the lighting. If your object doesn’t appear to be lit from the same light source(s) in the image, it will stand out like a sore thumb. Thankfully a group of students at UIUC has developed a method for inserting objects into images that virtually anyone can do.
I would say that this technology is on par with the blur correction algorithms Adobe recently showed off. Not only can you define lighting sources, but you can also specify vanishing points and object outlines, so that your new objects fit almost perfectly. What’s more, you’re not limited to stationary images. Once you have gone through the initial setup, you can create video footage of the new object moving and interacting with the environment. The video below is a must-watch. I can’t wait to see this technology released to the public.