A new AI-based image colorizing technology was shown at the Adobe MAX 2017 conference in Las Vegas. The project is codenamed Scribbler, it uses a neural network that was trained to recognize faces and the most likely colors of recognizable objects. The result is that Project Scribbler can turn black and white photos into colored versions in mere seconds:
Demoing several different photos and sketches, Lu showed how Scribbler was able to consistently apply not only colors, but shading and even image textures to objects within seconds. By dragging and dropping texture samples onto sketches, designers will be able to quickly iterate designs and test different styles with clients before adding details to their imagery.
Presumably, Adobe will include this technology in future versions of its Creative Cloud tools.