It’s been over two months since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, so I believe you’ve all been more or less familiar with the situation. But life mustn’t stop, and folks at Skylum are aware of it. This is why, despite the conflict and against all odds, Skylum has just launched another set of updates for Luminar Neo, its latest photo editing software.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Russia attacked Ukraine in February. What does it have to do with Skylum and Luminar NEO, you may wonder? Well, Skylum is a Ukraine-based company. And in spite of everything, they’ve managed to update the recently announced Luminar NEO and add some awesome new features.
It’s been quite a while since Skylum announced Luminar Neo, its brand new editing software. And now, it’s finally out and ready for you to install and use.
You may wonder what it is, what it does, and who is it for. How does it compare with Luminar AI and Luminar 4? Stay with me, I’m going to tell you more in this article.
Skylum has just announced a brand new image editor. Luminar Neo is AI-driven editing software relying on Skylum’s already established technology. And yet, it provides you with more control and flexibility over your edits so it’s not all about AI. It sounds like a crossover between Luminar 4 and Luminar AI (reviewed here), with the best of both worlds. Also, colorists and composite artists should find it useful alongside photographers, so let’s see what it has to offer.
Luminar AI was first introduced in September 2020, and shortly after, it got reflections in sky replacement. But now the program has launched its first update. It has made the already simple editing even simpler, and some of the major bugs have been fixed. So, let’s see what’s new in the Luminar AI 1.0.1.
A few days back, I compared Photoshop and Luminar AI Beta’s sky replacement feature. When I turned to Luminar AI, I struggled with a mountain that was too warm for my taste. It turns out, I managed to overlook an important sky replacement tool; the masking brush. In this article, I will show you how to use masking to improve the sky replacement algorithm. Further, I also have a closer look at what Skylum calls Augmented Sky.
Skylum’s goal with Luminar AI is to create a processing software for the casual user who doesn’t want to spend hours editing an image. The developers have designed the software to help photographers make quick and precise adjustments using the power of AI.
It’s time to employ masks and play around in Augmented sky.
A few days ago I tested Photoshop’s new Sky Replacement feature on a tricky waterfall image. Since Photoshop handled that challenge so well I, started wondering if the same “sky replacement” feature will work the same with a night photo. Well, actually, it was shot in the early morning in Jotunheimen, Norway. The sky, however, was shot in the evening that same day.
I was hanging with Dag Ole Nordhaug, testing the Samyang 18mm. We had some amazing scenery around us, but sadly very little going on in the skies. There were no clouds above, just low hanging clouds and fog rolling from the mountains. I had actually planned to trash the morning image, but when Photoshop released their latest update I changed my mind. It is very difficult to add a new sky to an image when fog and clouds bleed into the sky. How will the “new” Photoshop handle this challenge, I thought to myself. Let’s find out.
Skylum keeps teasing the new features that are coming to Luminar AI. The latest novelty is a new and improved Sky Replacement that is now more accurate than before. Sky Replacement 2.0 now automatically adds water reflections to your landscape photos. Along with some other enhanced details, Luminar AI will now make your composite images more realistic and believable.