HDR Merge For Luminar NEO Released (AI-powered HDR Photography)

Hdr Merge

Skylum, the maker of Luminar NEO, has released an additional module for their acclaimed AI-powered photo editing software, HDR Merge.

Aurora HDR owners will get the opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free. Additionally, Skylum customers with Luminar Neo subscriptions will get the Aurora HDR Merge extension for free. Skylum offers a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. HDR Merge works only as an extension within Luminar Neo.

Click here to learn more about or to get/buy HDR Merge.

Skylum announces release of first-ever Luminar Neo extension

Welcome HDR Merge, a fresh Luminar Neo extension for stunning HDR photography.

Powerful HDR Merge technology is coming to the award-winning Luminar Neo software as a paid extension. Designed for all fans of HDR photography, HDR Merge compiles multiple exposure-bracketed images into a single HDR image. It can merge up to 10 photos and deliver a spectacular level of color enhancement, making the final result look as close as possible to what the eye sees. HDR Merge is scheduled to be released on July 28, and the preorder has already started.

Skylum’s advanced technologies

HDR Merge will be available as an extension to Luminar Neo, an award-winning app by Skylum with an extensive portfolio of tools that maximizes the artist’s editing powers. Post-processing photos becomes easy in Luminar Neo, which empowers artists to create jaw-dropping landscapes, retouch photos for social media, make creative art with composite images, and deliver stunning portraits with a dreamy bokeh effect — among other things.
Luminar Neo’s powerful new engine gives the platform an unlimited number of creative possibilities, allowing it to incorporate more editing tools for artists and making it easy to add such technologies as the HDR Merge extension without a loss of performance. With HDR Merge, Luminar Neo is transforming into a one-stop solution for landscape and architecture photographers.

The power of HDR Merge

Especially for photographers who specialize in landscape or architecture photos, the right HDR settings can help to create detailed and dynamic photos. The higher the dynamic range, the more details in the highlights and shadows can be shown in a single photo.
If a camera doesn’t have a high dynamic range, one technique to compensate for this is to take multiple exposure bracketed images. That’s where HDR Merge can help, merging up to 10 images into one single HDR photo.
Luminar Neo’s HDR Merge doesn’t produce halos or artifacts. Plus, with the help of intelligent technologies, Luminar artists can create HDR images even from a single photo, with no brackets needed. Artificial intelligence allows for the highest quality of bracket merging and a spectacular level of color enhancement.
What’s unique about Luminar Neo’s HDR Merge is that it can be combined with Luminar Neo’s other tools to create spectacular photos. After merging brackets, artists have a full arsenal of AI-based tools at their disposal. They can enhance with one slider, fix colors and toning, add glow, play with super contrast, add realistic sun rays or vivid foliage — there is a whole world to explore. Luminar Neo gives photo artists the power to achieve the best HDR photos and go beyond in their editing, all in one app.

Create impressive photos

HDR photography is especially important for architecture, landscape, and real estate photography, but it can be applied to any type of photography for a creative effect.

  • Landscape
    Landscape photos usually have a few layers with different colors and contrast, and it’s tricky to achieve a smooth photograph that brings out the best in each layer. With HDR Merge, photographers can create a deep and rich photo of a mountain range, for example, where the mountains in the background, the forest in the center, and the stream in the foreground all look vivid, bright, and well-exposed.
  • Architecture
    It might seem easy to take photos of architecture, as the subjects are static. However, the photographer must take into account a building’s design, location, shadows, light, and weather, as they all play an important role in creating the perfect photo. Taking multiple bracketed images with a range of exposures helps with capturing a full range of light that is closer to what the human eye sees. Then it is the job of HDR Merge to combine these bracketed images into one high-contrast dynamic photo that showcases the best details of the building.
  • Real estate
    A real estate photo should compel buyers to fall in love with a place. Whether a photo is of the exterior or interior, the building should appear well-lit, attractive, and highly detailed. However, the photographer doesn’t always have control over the conditions, as work is usually expected to be done quickly without taking into consideration the weather and time of day. HDR Merge helps real estate photographers achieve high-contrast photos quickly and easily, keeping clients satisfied.

Apart from that, applying HDR merge can help bring out details in underexposed nighttime photos or otherwise fine-tune images with exposure issues.

Preorder for a better price

The HDR Merge extension preorder starts on July 15. The release is scheduled for July 28, 2022, but Luminar owners can preorder HDR Merge now for a better price.
Aurora HDR owners will get the opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free. Additionally, Skylum customers with Luminar Neo subscriptions will get the Aurora HDR Merge extension for free.

Latest Luminar NEO Update Introduces Mask Feature (powered by artificial intelligence)

Luminar NEO Update 1.0.6

Luminar NEO update 1.0.6 is out, and it brings the mask feature to the AI-powered photo editing software.

At a glance, here is the new mask feature:

  • Automatically mask up to 9 types of elements in a click: humans, transport, buildings, water, etc.
  • Apply any powerful Neo tool to the selected mask: Denoise, StructureAI, EnhanceAI
  • Create custom Presets with MaskAI and apply changes only to the desired area
  • Fine-tune with the Paint, Gradient, or Radial Mask if needed, retaining full control over the result

Learn more about Luminar NEO and the latest update here. I use Luminar NEO for editing along with Excire Foto for management (it’s discounted for a few more days).

Jim Nix talks about Luminar NEO update 1.0.6 in the video below.

Skylum Luminar NEO Update Released, And You Can Get It With Discount

Luminar Neo

Skylum released Luminar NEO 1.0.4.

Besides the usual bug fixes, Luminar NEO 1.0.4 brings also some new features:

  • Use Smart Objects in Luminar Neo as a Photoshop plugin
  • Connect more smoothly to Luminar Share
  • Get better visibility with a more distinct color for masking 

You can get Luminar NEO with a $10 discount, simply use code “WATCH” on checkout.

Below you can watch a Luminar NEO introduction by The Art of Photography. I use it along with Excire Foto.

Luminar NEO Has Been released, Get It Now With Discount

Luminar Neo

Skylum released their new Luminar NEO photo editing software.

The new Luminar NEO can be purchased immediately: Luminar NEO release discounts and offers are available here.

Press release:

Luminar Neo —Create the photos you imagined.

Your photos are precious. That’s why Luminar Neo puts them in the spotlight.

NEW YORK, NY -February 17, 2022—Skylum announces Luminar Neo, our newest AI-driven photoeditor, is now shipping. Luminar Neo introduces several unique AI technologies to the market: RelightAI, Powerline Removal and Dust Spot Removal. These technologies significantly change the way photos are edited, allowing creative professionals to tell visual stories in new ways while making it easier to bring their unique ideas to life.

“There is a fine line between the photo you took and the photo you imagined. Often, small details make the difference. InLuminar Neo, we’ve built an editor to helpyou create the photo you imagined.” —Ivan Kutanin, Skylum CEO

Luminar NEO release discounts and offers are available here.

Experience the power of the Luminar Engine

The Luminar Engine was built from the ground up to help creatives do more. Using artificial intelligence it analyzes your photos to unlock new, AI-driven editing possibilities:

RelightAI builds a precise 3D Depth Map of the 2D image to provide quick, targeted control of scene lighting, allowing artists to:

  • Independently adjusting lighting and color warmth for far and near objects across the scene.
  • Help easily fix portraits where the foreground subject is underexposed.

RelightAI isolates problem areas for correction, leaving the rest of the image untouched. Combine RelightAI with other scene aware tools and photographers can precisely adjust the lighting of any photo.

Remove Dust Spots —Automatically identify and seamlessly remove small artifacts, like dust spots, from every photo with the help of AI.

RemovePower Lines —Uses AI to automatically identify and effortlessly remove power lines from landscape photographs to create a pristine image free from clutter.

Layers —Combine different images into unique compositions and include new elements from built-in overlays and object libraries.

Presets —Instant style changes designed by professional photographers of every stripe. Or, build and save your own unique looks for reuse on future shoots.

Performance Gains*

Luminar Neo is significantly faster than LuminarAI for complex photo editing tasks. Driven by the new Luminar engine, artists can now enjoy the following performance gains.

macOS

  • Image export time now 86% faster
  • Switching time between effects now 35% faster
  • Switching time from Catalog mode to Edit mode now 15% faster
  • RAW opening process time now, on average, 61% faster
    • RAF (Fuji) 75% faster
    • CR2 (Canon) 53% faster
    • NEF (Nikon) 58% faster
    • ARW (Sony) 51% faster
  • Peak memory consumption when exporting images now 18% lessWindows
  • Switching from Catalog mode to Edit mode now 17% faster
  • RAW opening process time now, on average, 20% faster
    • RAF (Fuji) 24% faster
    • CR2 (Canon) 31% faster
    • NEF (Nikon) 28% faster
    • ARW (Sony) 42% faster
  • Adding a new folder to the Catalog now 69% faster

*Tests were conducted by Skylum in February 2022 on such devices: MacBook Pro 2020, M1 CPU, 8Gb Ram, macOS 12.2 version and Dell Latitude 5500, Intel Core i7-8665U CPU, 16Gb RAM, Windows 11 Pro version. Each test series was repeated three times. The arithmetic mean of the results was obtained by comparing the same actions in Luminar AI(v1.5.0) and Luminar Neo(v1.0.0).

Seamlessly mirror photos between desktop and mobile

Luminar Share transfers photos between Luminar Neo and your mobile devices. Once connected, easily find and edit your mobile photos, directly in Luminar Neo. Our photo mirroring technology allows you to see your Luminar Neo edits on your mobile device in real-time, making it easy to share and optimize them for social media.

Preview: Effortlessly remove portrait backgrounds

Using human aware algorithms, Portrait Background RemovalAIcleanly isolates subjects and removes backgrounds with just one click. When needed, edges can be refined quickly.Coupled with layers, this tool enables creators to build unique compositions using multiple photos without the tiresome manual process of masking.

Preview: Context aware, AI driven masking

When opening an image, Luminar Neo identifies many items, like theskies, bridges and flowers. Artists can select and use several of these elements to generate precise AI-powered masks using MaskAI.

MaskAI is truly useful for advanced editing:

  • Accurately control the transparency of a layer for composited imagery.
  • Use a mask to target how a tool is applied, limiting its effect for precise results.
  • Combine multiple AI-powered masks together for complex editing.

Availability

Luminar Neo ships on February 17th, 2022 with RelightAI, Presets,Layers and other powerful new tools. Portrait Background RemovalAI and MaskAI are planned for the first free update to Luminar Neo, scheduled for release in the spring of 2022. Luminar Neo will be available as a stand alone application in the App Store for macOS and the Microsoft Store for Windows as well as a plugin for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop and as an extension for Apple Photos.To learn more about Luminar Neo and sign up for updates, visit http://skylum.com/luminar-neo.

Up To 60% Off On Luminar Neo And Luminar AI Bundles

Luminar Neo

Skylum started new discounts on their Luminar NEO and Luminar AI bundles. Savings go up to 60%. I am a happy Luminar AI user and I am testing Luminar NEO and can’t say I am not happy with it.

Luminar Neo bundle offers:

1 seat:

  • Luminar NEO + 1 Free Pack – 30% discount:  69 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + 1 Free Pack – 45% discount : 98 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 1 Free Pack – 61% discount: 108 $/€

2 seats:

  • Luminar NEO + 1 Free Pack – 25% discount:  89 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + 1 Free Pack – 41% discount: 128 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 1 Free Pack  – 56% discount: 138 $/€

Luminar AI offer: 

1 seat:

  • Luminar AI + 1 Free Pack – 52% discount: 47 $/€
  • Luminar AI + Aurora + 1 Free Pack – 66% discount: 67 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR+ 1 Free Pack – 61% discount: 108 $ / €

2 seats:

  • Luminar AI + 1 Free Pack – 50% discount:  59 $/€
  • Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 1 Free Pack – 64% discount: 79 $/€
  • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 1 Free Pack – 56% discount: 138 $/€

Save Up To 63% On Luminar Neo and Luminar AI Bundles

Luminar Neo

New holiday discounts for Skylum photo editing software.

Until 12/31/2021 you can save up to 63% on Skylum Luminar Neo and Luminar AI bundles.

Luminar Neo discounts:

  • 1 seat:
    • Luminar NEO + 2 Free Packs – 41% discount: 69 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + 2 Free Packs – 50% discount : 98 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs – 63% discount: 108 $/€
  • 2 seats:
    • Luminar NEO + 2 Free Packs – 42% discount: 79 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + 2 Free Packs – 50% discount: 118 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs – 62% discount: 128 $/€

Luminar AI discoounts:

  • 1 seat:
    • Luminar AI + 2 Free Packs – 60% discount: 47 $/€
    • Luminar AI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs – 69% discount: 67 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR+ 2 Free Packs – 63% discount: 108 $ / €
  • 2 seats:
    • Luminar AI + 2 Free Packs – 57% discount: 59 $/€
    • Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs – 67% discount: 79 $/€
    • Luminar NEO + Luminar AI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs – 62% discount: 128 $/€

Click here to access all discounted bundles.

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