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.
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:
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.