Skylum has released its seventh and final Luminar Neo Extension for 2022. It’s called Magic Light AI and it’s here just in time for the holidays! The tool lets you adjust light sources in your photos and give them shiny, glowing light beams. You know, to get that little extra sparkle in your Christmas trees and fairy lights.
Loupedeck has released a new control console for your computer. This one’s the Loupedeck Live S and as the name suggests, it’s designed for and targeted specifically toward live streamers. It’s essentially a cut down version of the Loupedeck Live with a significantly lower price point. It’s launching on Indiegogo with a pledge price of €129 (around $138). That’s a far cry from the $269 the Loupedeck Live demands.
Despite presenting a more streamlined approach for live streamers, though, it’ll still work with all of the apps you’re used to, including Lightroom, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro as well as the other native integrations. Obviously, you won’t get quite the capability you will with the extra buttons and knobs on the Loupedeck Live and Loupedeck CT but at this price point, it’s worth checking out even if you don’t stream.
Skylum has revealed a new Extension coming to Luminar Neo for Pro Plan subscribers and owners of the 2022 Extensions Pack next month. Several Extensions have been released already, including HDR merge, Noiseless AI, Upscale AI, AI Background Removal, and Focus Stacking. Following on with the theme of tackling some of the most common and frustrating problems, the new one takes aim at blur.
The new Supersharp AI Extension challenges both focus blur and motion blur head-on in order to try to create as sharp an image as possible. Judging from the sample images Skylum sent us, it looks like it does a pretty good job, too. Impressively, the neural engine used by Supersharp AI also appears to be able to distinguish between a simple misfocus and intentional depth of field blur.
After HDR Merge and Noiseless AI, Skylum has revealed the next two extensions for Luminar Neo. Upscale AI and AI Background Removal are next to come to the extension package. Skylum refers to Luminar Neo as a “platform,” and these extensions are a step towards its growth. So, let’s dive right in and see what this means for you as a photographer and a Skylum’s customer.
If you’ve used any of Skylum’s products, you know that they also work as extensions for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. But now, for the first time, the Ukrainian company has now released its very own paid extension for Luminar Neo.
It’s designed for anyone who’s into HDR photography… Or those are you who aren’t, but you’d like to give it a shot. HDR Merge compiles multiple exposure-bracketed images into a single HDR photo, merging up to 10 photos.
Despite the war still raging in Ukraine, folks at Skylum have been working hard to deliver updates to its latest image editing software, Luminar NEO. In the update 1.0.6, we get some bug fixes, an improved histogram, and to top it off: smart masking.
The latest Luminar NEO update comes with the long-anticipated Mask AI feature. As you can probably guess, it’s an AI-based feature designed to make masking easier and much faster than before.
Photoshop has been around for over 30 years, and some of you may have used it from its very beginning. Colin Smith of Video Revealed used it for photo retouching back in the mid-1990s and he reflects on Photoshop 2.5 that he used back then.
In this video, Colin looks back on some of his projects and the difficulties he faced working in an early version of Photoshop. There were no layers, he only had one undo… And these were only some of the challenges he faced.
The software company Exposure has just released their brand new update of their flagship software Exposure X7. As a direct rival to lightroom, Exposure X7 is a powerful RAW photo editing package the company say that it will handle anything you throw at it in terms of photo editing needs. New features include intelligent masking, selectable workspaces, unified crop and transform tools, improved noise reduction, and improved colour fidelity.
Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more integrated into image editing. And the first editing software that comes to mind when you mention AI is Luminar AI (announced here). I was honestly curious to test it out ever since it came to market. So I did, and I thought it would be great to share my impressions.
I would describe myself as an experienced hobbyist. I’m not a pro photographer, but I have some experience and have been doing it for a long time. I’m going to write this review for the average Joe photographer. Mostly because I think Luminar AI is more suitable for “everyday shooters.” That said, even if you’re a professional, feel free to check out how it performs and decide if it would be something you’d incorporate into your workflow.