Recent advancements in image editing have really pushed the envelope of what you can do with your image. This that used to take professional editors hours can now be accomplished in minutes with a few clicks. The recent Luminar Neo update brings another big jump in AI masking which allows users to select and manipulate objects much more easily.
Luminar Neo AI Masking
Luminar Neo has been relying on advanced AI features from day 1 but the most recent update to the image editing software by Skylum takes it to another level.
As Anthony Morganti demonstrates in the second part of the video above, the improved AI masking is just incredible. While we already had object recognition in Luminar Neo (and other software like Photoshop) for some time now, the ability of the AI to now recognize and mask so many different objects together is really groundbreaking.
What Morganti shows in this quick demo is how you can let the AI go over an image and identify not only the skies but also the grounds including man-made and natural, structures and more.
This level of precision, which will no doubt continue to improve as time goes by gives the user the ability to manipulate different objects in an image without manually selecting and masking them.
A new type of creativity
For those who are already highly proficient in masking the new tool is going to be a huge time saver and make a work that used to be measured in minutes or hours at least an order of magnitude less (especially on more complex images),
However, it is our opinion that this new improvement (and the further development of this technology by Skylum, Adobe, and other companies) is actually going to be more important for those who until now mostly used global refinements to their editing workflows.
If you didn’t know how to properly use masking or didn’t have the time to fiddle with selections, these sorts of new tools will allow you to do smart, accurate local changes to your images very quickly with almost zero input and this is something that can elevate the work of many photographers to the next level very quickly.
A word of caution. Having the power to do local adjustments easily is fantastic, however, you should always keep an eye on the “big picture”. Using local manipulations too much or too aggressively will inevitably result in images that look overly processed and have an HDR feel to them (this isn’t always a bad thing but this needs to be the look that you are aiming at and not the result of too much play with the exposure of different objects in the frame).
You can check out more videos by Anthony Morganti here on Lensvid.