Luminar 4.2 adds AI tools to enhance skies and faces in photos

Luminar 4 adds AI tools to transform skies and faces in photos


Luminar sky enhancement
New AI sky enhancement tools are a blast.
Screenshot: Skylum

Imaging software brand Skylum announced new tools to its popular editing app Luminar to support creative digital artists and enhancements to help portrait photographers create more flattering images.

Luminar 4.2 features an AI Augmented Sky tool, allowing artists to seamlessly add objects to create unconventional composite images. Photographers can now remove excessive shine and add slimming effects to the faces of their subjects.

“With the AI Augmented Sky capabilities, photographers can create unique, one-of-a-kind digital art pieces, while the enhancements to the portrait tools can help photographers create more realistic adjustments to their photographs,” Skylum said in an online announcement about the Luminar update.

AI Augmented Sky, which will appear in the Creative tab, lets artists choose images from a database or add their own images without having to use masking tools or work in multiple layers.

The feature evaluates an image, detects the sky and added the chosen element. It takes into account the foreground, light and color qualities for a more seamless addition.

Luminar face enhancement
Your subjects can sparkle without excessive shine.
Screenshot: Skylum

Shine removal has been added to Luminar’s AI Skin Enhancement feature. It minimizes shiny reflected light on the forehead and cheeks and restores the skin in those areas hit by excessive highlights.

Slim Face 2.0 allows photographers to make the whole face proportionally smaller. An earlier version of this tool only slimmed the lower portion of a face with mixed results.

Luminar 4.2 is a free upgrade for current Luminar users. Mac users should click the top menu bar to check for updates. Users running Luminar as a plugin with Photoshop or Lightroom should rerun the plugin installer.

Luminar 4 is available for $89. Additional features and software can be purchased from Skylum’s website.


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