Skylum’s Luminar 4 was officially launched in November 2019, and the first update is now available. The software is characterized by numerous AI features that will make your editing workflow much faster and more fun. With Luminar 4.1, these features have been further improved for even faster workflow and more realistic edits. Let’s dive in and see what Luminar 4.1 brings.
New Atmospheric Haze for AI Sky Replacement
Luminar 4 introduced AI Sky Replacement, which makes it simple and quick to replace the sky in your images. This feature now gets an update and lets you add atmospheric haze that is usually seen during the day. Atmospheric Haze is perfect for landscape photos taken in harsh daylight, with clear blue skies. When you pair it with Sky Temperature and Sky Exposure sliders, you can get balanced, realistic images using a single tool.
Upgraded Erase tool
The Erase tool has also been upgraded to help you remove objects more precisely. It now lets you remove unwanted pixels even with complicated backgrounds or complex gradients without too much effort. Edges on the improved Erase tool are much softer, and the new algorithm promises smarter selections for area replacement.
Portrait Enhancer improvements
Another Luminar 4’s AI feature has been improved with the new update. Portrait Enhancer has been upgraded so it can now be used on a wider variety of images. It was previously only intended for portraits, but now you can use it on images that show smaller faces (like groups or environmental portraits).
Adjustments Amount slider
Another novelty in Luminar 4.1 is the Adjustments Amount slider. It lets you blend your tools with the original image: just use the Layers tool to dial back the Adjustments Amount slider. Keep in mind that it works with all tools except for transform options like Lens Correction, Slim Face and Enlarge Eyes.
In addition, Luminar 4.1 brings full support for Adobe Photoshop 2020. You can use Luminar 4.1 as a plugin or as a Smart Filter with Smart Objects. According to Skylum, several performance improvements have been made thanks to Luminar users’ feedback. They include memory management, user experience, and stability. While this is the first major update to Luminar 4, Skylum promises that we can expect to see more updates to the software over the coming months, especially for its machine-learning tools.
How to update
If you’re a Luminar 4 user, Luminar 4.1 is available as a free update. If you’d like to buy software, Skylum is offering holiday savings on Luminar 4 for a limited time. You’ll pay $79 as a new user and $69 if you’re an existing Luminar user.
- For Mac users: click in the Top Menu Bar and choose Luminar 4 > Check for updates.
- For Windows users: in the Top Menu Bar choose Help > Check for updates.
- If you are running Luminar as a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer.
You can check out an expanded user manual and find answers to any questions that you might have.