Today Skylum continues to unwrap new features for the upcoming Luminar 4 by announcing new AI-powered portrait and skin enhancement tools. Portrait photographers – and really anyone who photographs people – are sure to be excited about these new tools to quickly enhance the look of people in their photos.
While I have not yet been able to use this hands-on, I have watched a presentation on these new tools working on a beta version of Luminar 4 and I have to be honest, the presentation was quite impressive making quick work of portrait enhancements such as smoothing of the skin, blemish removal, along with eye & teeth & lip enhancements.
AI Skin Enhancer
Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology Luminar 4 can automatically detect faces & skin in your photos. The AI Skin Enhancer will allow for the automatic removal of various skin imperfections like acne, freckles, and moles all while smoothing the skin. It does this while also keeping small details like hair & eyelashes & skin pores preserved.
Sliders are available to adjust the intensities, and the tool was created with non-aggressive programming to keep facial features looking real and not the plastic look that is often the case when skin retouching goes too far.
Portrait enhancer is a collection of tools to help improve the primary features of a person’s face and includes adjustments for the following eight areas as described by Skylum:
- Face-aware Lighting: Adjust lighting for a face that doesn’t impact the rest of the scene. Get the emulation of a flash or reflector aimed at a face.
- Eye Improvement: Enhance and make a person’s eyes more expressive and sharp as well as whiten pupils.
- Dark Circle Removal: Easily remove dark circles or shadows below the eye.
- Red Eye: Fix red eye problems caused by flash.
- Face Contouring: Make the face thinner, achieving more attractive results in your portrait.
- Eye Enlargement: Is your portrait subject not fully awake yet? Squinting in bright light? Bring their eyes to life by gently increasing the size of their eyes.
- Eyebrows: Thicken and darken brows for stronger framing of the eyes.
- Lips and Teeth Enhancement: Bring more color and depth to a person’s lips, and take advantage of teeth whitening tools.
All of this is accomplished via AI technology which is supposed to find and target the right areas in your photo. There is no need – nor ability – for selections or masks, and sliders are there to provide you with the ability to adjust the amount of the correction.
“Being able to enhance portraits is a skillset that our customers have been asking for,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “AI Skin Enhancer will provide automated skin retouching, removing things like blemishes helping to smooth the skin, while Portrait Enhancer will bring customizable tools to help create professional portraits like never before. A photographer can unlock the beauty of an image in seconds, which means there’s no reason to not get the best from every photo.”
My Initial Thoughts
While I have seen this in action, I haven’t yet had a chance to use it on my own. Assuming the AI is able to detect all necessary facial parts in a wide variety of lighting, I can definitely see this as a benefit to anyone who photographs people. Sliders are available to control the intensities of the various controls, and using these new tools is much faster than creating masks manually.
The new AI Skin Enhancer & Portrait Enhancer join two other AI tools that Skylum has announced for Luminar 4, AI Sky Replacement and AI Structure. Luminar 4 is set to be released later this fall. Pre-orders are now available here, and there is discount upgrade pricing for owners of Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex.
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