Luminar Neo uses AI for everything that you should be doing yourself

Luminar Neo is the new AI-driven photo editor by Luminar. It introduces several AI technologies, including Relight AI, Powerline Removal and Dust Spot Removal. The key to understanding Neo is that your photo will significantly change when edited with Neo as Skylum defines photography in terms of not catching but “enhancing” the moment.

For example, Relight AI builds a 3D depth map of the 2D image that then allows you to change the scene’s lighting in terms of luminosity and color temperature and do it, not across the entire image, but with respect for the location of the objects across the scene in 3D. This, for example, helps to fix portraits where the foreground subject is underexposed. 

Remove Dust Spots lets you automatically identify and seamlessly remove small artefacts from an image. The same goes for Remove Power Lines. All of it uses AI to automatically identify and remove things to create a clean image. Layers is different (or worse, depending on your vision of photography). It enables you to change the entire scene by combining different images into new compositions and include new elements from built-in overlays and object libraries.

Just as with Luminar AI, Luminar Neo works pretty much as advertized, although some features prove AI isn’t the answer to all photography “problems” — e.g. someone with fluffy hair in a breeze will lose detail in the hair section — which you cannot recall manually — and removing power lines gives a surreal effect when the pylons remain in the scene. The AI should give you more control over the end result, but as with all AI driven solutions that heavily rely on it, you only get to control the intensity of the adjustments, not the adjustments themselves. In other words, it takes away your creative power.

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