Skylum Luminar 4 Will Be Released November 18, 2019

Skylum Luminar 4

Skylum announced the release date of Luminar 4.

Skylum Luminar 4 will be available to the masses on November 18, 2019. If you preorder now at $79 you get bonus one-year plan to SmugMug (worth US$180). Upgrading is $69. When released on November 18, the price will jump to US$89 new and US$79 for an upgrade.

Some of the AI powered features of Luminar 4 have been already been disclosed.

Skylum press release:

Image editing made extraordinarily fast through AI advancements in Luminar

Flagship software to bring innovative machine-learning tools and workflow to photographers as both a standalone application and plugin.

BELLEVUE, WA -October 15, 2019—Skylum is pleased to announce additional enhancements coming to Luminar 4 to be shipped on November 18, 2019. The release intends to change the way photographers approach photo editing, offering several tools informed by extensive machine-learning and a new streamlined interface to make photo editing more accessible than ever before.

Luminar 4 isn’t just another photo editor —it brings time-saving, creative photo processing to everyone in an easy-to-use approach. Skylum wants people to enjoy not only the taking of photos, but also the processing images which is typically where many photographers have the most frustration.

With Luminar 4, anyone can create a masterpiece.With a refreshed interface and workflow, Luminar 4 shifts from being a tool-based approach to one that is purpose-based. It shortens the learning process, helping any photographer experiment creatively and expand their vision. While the software incorporates complex tools, they’re completely customizable and easy to use, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional.

For example, in Luminar 4, photographers will experience the power of AI Sky Replacement —the first automated sky replacement tool in the market. AI Structure provides photographers with a tool to adjust fine details in their photographs, without destroying relevant subjects. Finally, tools like AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer will take an everyday portrait and turn it into a masterpiece!

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More AI-powered Features Coming To Skylum Luminar 4

Skylum Luminar 4

After AI Sky Replacement and AI Structure there is more artificial intelligence to be featured in the upcoming Skylum Luminar 4 (learn more): AI-powered portrait and skin enhancements.

What is Portrait Enhancer?

Portrait Enhancer is a collection of tools that help improve the photo of any person in a natural, yet pleasing way. These tools are brand new to Luminar 4 making it now possible to highlight and improve primary features of a person’s face.

What is AI Skin Enhancer?

Thanks to the AI technology, faces and skin are automatically detected throughout a photo. AI Skin Enhancer allows photographers to automatically remove various skin imperfections like acne, freckles and moles, in addition to smoothing the skin. At the same time, skin pores and other small details like hair and eyelashes are preserved.

Click on the images below for some samples, or learn more on the Skylum Luminar 4 page.

You can pre-order Skylum Luminar 4 at a special early bird price.

The actual version, Luminar 3, can be purchased with an exclusive $10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout.

More about the AI portrait and skin enhancements after the break.

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Darktable Is A Totally Free Yet Powerful Alternative To Lightroom

Darktable

Ever wondered if you could use a photo cataloging and editing software for free, without renouncing to powerful features, and across computer platforms? Enter Darktable

Darktable (learn more) is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. It has the features that most Lightroom users need. Darktable is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and it won’t cost you a penny.

The video below by Anthony Morganti gives you a very good overview. To learn more and to master it, we recommend you follow Rico Richardson feed on YouTube where you’ll find lots of tutorials. You can also have a look at the online manual.

General features of Darktable:

  • Non-destructive editing throughout the complete workflow, your original images are never modified.
  • Take advantage of the real power of raw: All darktable core functions operate on 4×32-bit floating point pixel buffers, enabling SSE instructions for speedups.
  • GPU accelerated image processing: many image operations are lightning fast thanks to OpenCL support (runtime detection and enabling).
  • Professional color management: darktable is fully color managed, supporting automatic display profile detection on most systems, including built-in ICC profile support for sRGB, Adobe RGB, XYZ and linear RGB color spaces.
  • Cross platform: darktable runs on Linux, Mac OS X / macports, BSD, Windows and Solaris 11 / GNOME.
  • Filtering and sorting: search your image collections by tags, image rating (stars), color labels and many more, use flexible database queries on all metadata of your images.
  • Image formats: darktable can import a variety of standard, raw and high dynamic range image formats (e.g. JPEG, CR2, NEF, HDR, PFM, RAF … ).
  • Zero-latency, zoomable user interface: through multi-level software caches darktable provides a fluid experience.
  • Tethered shooting: support for instrumentation of your camera with live view for some camera brands.
  • Speaks your language: darktable currently comes with 21 translations:Albanian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese (Brazilian and Portugese), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian.
  • Powerful export system supports G+ and Facebook webalbums, flickr upload, disk storage, 1:1 copy, email attachments and can generate a simple html-based web gallery. darktable allows you to export to low dynamic range (JPEG, PNG, TIFF), 16-bit (PPM, TIFF), or linear high dynamic range (PFM, EXR) images.
  • Never lose your image development settings darktable uses both XMPsidecar files as well as its fast database for saving metadata and processing settings. All Exif data is read and written using libexiv2.
  • Automate repetitive tasks: Many aspects of darktable can be scripted in Lua.
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Another AI Powered Feature Is Coming To Skylum Luminar 4, AI Structure

Skylum Luminar 4

The upcoming Skylum Luminar 4 seems to become a pretty powerful photo editing software.

After unveiling a preview of the AI Sky Replacement feature, Skylum teases another Luminar 4 feature powered by artificial intelligence algorithms, AI Structure. The 1 minute video below introduces the feature.

You can pre-order Skylum Luminar 4 at a special early bird price.

The actual version, Luminar 3, can be purchased with an exclusive $10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout.

Skylum Luminar 4 AI Structure explained:

Content-aware

Boosting details with traditional Clarity and Structure tools often make parts of a photo look horrible. Luminar 4 automatically identifies objects (including people and faces, clouds, water, buildings and more) and improves them in an intelligent, content-aware way.

Human-aware

The AI Structure tool automatically detects people in a photo and doesn’t overprocess them. As a result – faces and skin look natural, while the objects around them looks deeper and richer.

No noise, no halos, no artifacts

AI Structure is excellent at improving dynamic range and adding texture and clarity. What’s even better – it doesn’t add noise, halos or other artifacts.

No manual selections needed

There’s no need to make a selection. You don’t have to use layers or masks. In traditional editors, you cou

This Is What Skylum Luminar 4’s AI Sky Replacement Delivers (and it’s impressing)

Luminar 4

Skylum posted a sneak preview of the AI replacement feature of the upcoming Luminar 4 photo editing software. And it’s pretty impressing in our opinion. See for yourself in the short video below.

You can pre-order Skylum Luminar 4 at a special early bird price.

The actual version, Luminar 3, can be purchased with an exclusive $10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout.