Let me just start by saying, I am so excited for Luminar 4 ! Skylum gave me a sneak peek at what is happening and let me tell you it will change the way you process your photos and improve your creative process.
I recently got to share some images and how I edit them with Luminar 3, if you are interested in checking that out as well.
For those of you new to Skylum, welcome! In this post, I want to show you how I process Fujifilm GFX and X Series images through Skylum software and some really cool features coming your way in the new Luminar 4 releasing this fall.
When it comes to editing, I always choose programs that make my life easier. Who wants to be sitting at their desk for hours on end editing when there is so much life to live and photos to capture?! I’ve chosen to incorporate Luminar into my processing, because it delivers stunning results without being a time drain.
Let’s dive right in and chat through the most exciting advancements in the software!
Luminar 4 + Features I love :
- Advanced AI Tools and Custom Workspaces
- AI Skin Enhancer and AI Portrait Enhancer
- AI Structure
- AI Sky Replaceement
Advanced AI Tools and Custom Workspaces
As a photographer, we spend so much time creating the perfect editing process and constantly adjusting the programs we use in order to achieve beautiful images efficiently and edited to perfection. I personally like the outcome of time spent editing to look stunning (the final image), without dozens of hours spent doing so.
It is always amazing to me to see how other photographers process their images and what their workflow entails, so I wanted to give some transparency into my own!
The AI tools and custom workspaces within Luminar are incredible! They allow me to easily adjust specific elements of an image quickly. I love that there are over 70 looks (presets) and 60 professional-grade adjustment tools. Within the program you will find these tools to name a few: detail enhancer, de-noise, structure, conversation to b&w, adjustable gradient tool, clone, HSL, gradient adjustment, and so much more.
Because I shoot a lot of portraits, lifestyle, landscapes and interiors…I need workspaces to be very different based on the specific genre of images I am producing. Thankfully I’m able to save each workspace for various clients in order to make the next shoot easier to process.
Below you will see the various workspace options to choose from and how to save a new workspace. Luminar groups the tools together for functionality, making the navigation through finding each tool very easy!
This is an example of an image I recently processed with Luminar 4. I adjusted the tone, clarity, brightness, and added luminance to make the colors pop!
AI Skin Enhancer and AI Portrait Enhancer
Ok, this one is literally my dream come true! Fashion & portraits are one of my favorite types of images to create. However, the editing on skin can take WAY too long on some projects.
Most tools try to create beautiful skin and fail to make it look real. Even Lightroom will have issues fixing zits or replacing texture properly.
I love that AI skin enhancer allows me to be precise in how much skin enhancement I want in each image. It has significantly cut down the amount of time I would spend dragging images into Photoshop to adjust skin issues.
The AI Skin Enhancer’s unique human-aware technology finds all the skin in your picture (not just the face), smooths it out, and removes blemishes while preserving pores, texture, and hair. All in one click and with adjustable strength.
Luminar then took it one step further and made the most amazing AI Portrait Enhancer tool.
Here are the customizable adjustments you can use within the tool:
- AI Skin Enhancement
- Facial contouring
- Blemish removal
- Face relighting
- Redeye removal
- Dark circles removal
- Eye whites brightening & sharpening
- Eye enlargement & squint removal
- Eyebrow thickening
- Lip color improvement
- Teeth brightening
- Batch editing
Crazy amazing, right?!?!? The days of layers and masking until your eye balls fell out are over. I personally am obsessed!!
These are my images shot on Fujifilm GFX 50S and processed in Luminar 4!
THAT SKIN THOUGH!!!
The AI Structure Tool is Skylum’s answer for the perfect sharpening. The tool uses content aware technology to determine what should be sharpened and enhanced without going overboard.
I know we have all seen those images that are way too sharpened and insanely crisp, sucking all the beauty from an image. This is literally the exact opposite! Instead you are left with a beautiful result. It will feel and look natural to the viewer’s eye.
Global tools such as Clarity and Structure work really well to enhance details and increase the drama to your image, except when they don’t.
While these tools work great with certain types of subject matter in your image, they can also present real problems by adding halos, artifacts and distortion in some areas, and they don’t always look great when used on people.
These problems are magnified when you’re including people in your photos. Making big moves with the Clarity and Structure slider can look great for the background, but they often look horrible on people. Solving these problems often requires using masks or adjustment layers… which takes time.
It will boost details by identifying objects (including people and faces, clouds, water, buildings and more) and improve them in an intelligent, aware way
The tool automatically detects people in a photo, without over processing them. As a result – faces and skin look natural, while the objects around them look deeper and richer.
I love the example on their site as it provides a bit more enlightenment on how the technology actually works.
Examples of my own work shot on GFX 50S and 50R, edited with AI Structure.
AI Sky Replacement
Last, but not least is AI Sky Replacement. Ok, to be honest I was really unsure about this one. Replacing a sky seemed like cheating to me. I have woken up countless days for a crazy sunrise to chase the perfect light. It always pays off and leaves me with the most amazing images. However, I started thinking about this and decided that it would be a pretty useful for my clients.
Living in the pacific northwest, we get a lot of gray days. It isn’t easy to have the best and most interesting sunset or sunrise in those mid winter months. For my interior design clients, this is a dream! I am able to give them skys that are interesting and create more beauty and compliment their designs by utilizing this feature! So it is a winning tool for me!
Also, the idea of replacing a sky prior to now seemed like a daunting task that I’d be at for a while in Photoshop. This technology is pretty incredible if you have ever done this. For those of you who haven’t, it is an insanely complicated process of masking that never looks right and you have to paint in light and dodge and burn until you can’t see straight.
Luminar’s new AI Sky Replacement makes this task look like child’s play, LITERALLY! What once took hours of manual editing is now done in seconds. The software doesn’t just add in the new sky, it calculates the horizon line and uses tools like Luminosity, Masking, Layers, Overlaying, Smart Selection, Color Range and more to make the scene and new sky match perfectly. I was shocked at how undetectable it really was after using this tool.
Furthermore, when you select your sky of choice, you’ll see the rest of your photo shift in color and lighting, which helps make the image appear more like it was actually shot in those conditions. It also removes issues like halos and artifacts at the edges and horizon, while also allowing you to adjust depth of field.
Here is an image that I utilized the AI Sky Replacement on.
Be on the lookout, as Luminar 4 will drop this fall! I hope this post has been helpful in uncovering the new features for editing your own work.
Please leave any comments or questions on how any of these tools work!