Skylum Wants to Completely Reimagine Editing with LuminarAI

Luminar software from Skylum has had a tremendous impact with many photo editors, bringing a lot of Photoshop and Lightroom-esque features along with some one-of-akind capabilities like one-click sky replacement and AI-based features for landscape and portrait photographers.Today, Skylum is announcing the forthcoming LuminarAI application for Mac and Windows computers. There’s no firm release date yet, just a notional early December. I spent some time talking with Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko about what makes LuminarAI different from the Luminar software that is being offered today. He said:LuminarA​I​ will help make image editing easier for everyone. We’ve removed the boring and difficult parts of photo editing without sacrificing creativity. L​uminarA​I ​will be a great tool in a creator’s workflow. They can focus on great results — not on the process of editing.The new LuminarAI is largely AI-based, running from a local neural network on your computer. While LuminarAI was under development, thousands of professional images were fed to the software, and editing decisions by professional photographers were observed. As a result, the software ships with knowledge from edits made by creatives and will incorporate your own editing decisions into the final result. At the same time, LuminarAI makes suggestions, leaving you to accept, discard, or modify them.For example, when doing sky replacement, LuminarAI will look at your sky library and suggest skies that might work well with the photograph you are editing. It will also tune the color of the image automatically to reflect the sky you are considering and show you a preview. That sky can be accepted or rejected, or you can manually tune the settings yourself.There are similar AI-based features for portrait work, using tools like Body and Face to sculpt and refine a portrait. Eyes can be adjusted with the Iris tool, and blemishes and imperfections can be eliminated with the Skin controls.

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