Skylum’s Luminar 4 is coming with automatic AI-powered sky replacement

Jul 23, 2019

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Skylum’s Luminar 4 is coming with automatic AI-powered sky replacement

Jul 23, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Skylum has just announced the release of Luminar 4, which will feature the first automatic AI Sky Replacement tool. The company is focusing more and more on machine learning solutions, and the upcoming improvements all about making your workflow more automatized and thus faster and more efficient.

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Sky replacement is a technique many landscape photographers use to make the images more eye-catching. Sure, you can do it manually. Depending on the image, you can sometimes even do it quite quickly. But many photos will make the process complicated and long-lasting, and this is what Luminar 4’s AI Sky Replacement wants to change. The automatic tool allows you to replace the sky in seconds, regardless hos complex the photo is, leaving you more free time to deal with other creative work.

How does it work?

Luminar explains that AI Sky Replacement works by automatically detecting both the sky and the objects in a scene. “It removes things like halos, artifacts, and edges of transitions, problems that often were present in existing sky replacement techniques,” making the photo appear more realistic. This tool allows you to adjust the sky to fit the rest of an image. You’ll be able to alter depth of field, tone, exposure, and color. This means that other than landscapes, the tool could also be useful for portraits.

In addition, Luminar’s scene relight technology lets the rest of your photo change in terms of light and color when you change the sky. This means that the image and the sky will match so they appear to be taken during the same lighting conditions.

Here are a few examples:

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Pricing and availability

Luminar 4 is set to be released this fall, although there is still no exact date. Preorders are now available on Luminar’s website, and pricing is yet to be announced both for new and upgrading users.

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3 responses to “Skylum’s Luminar 4 is coming with automatic AI-powered sky replacement”

  1. m4k3m3 Avatar
    m4k3m3

    Yay, more time to fake photos instead of working on real ones. I’ve bought pretty much everything Macphun/Skylum has produced so far but I’m getting a bit tired of this. Luminar 3 promised a DAM and we got a half-assed attempt at it with serious performance issues. To make it worse the whole software feels like swimming in molasses if you try to edit anything larger than a smartphone photo. I guess that’s what it’s meant for – the always growing herd of people with a phone glued to their hands, thinking it’s a camera, too.
    I give up my attempts at funding this company in hopes of them coming up with something useful for a photographer. *sigh* (Edit: As in some cases Skylum replies to these and asks for more information: I’ve provided all the information to them right after Luminar 3 was released along with an example photo that chokes the software completely on a Xeon with 32GB of mem. So far – nothing.)

  2. Krzysztof Szyper Avatar
    Krzysztof Szyper

    Buy new version to unlock one new feature, each year. And all of them were promised with first version. It was suppose to fight with Lightroom model, but it’s even worse.

  3. Dave Avatar
    Dave

    The photo credit of a Luminar 4 edited image: “Foreground by __________, Sky by some unnamed guy at Skylum”.