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Skylum Release Version 4.2 Of Luminar Software

Skylum have released version 4.2 of Luminar software, adding a new feature called AI Augmented Sky.

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Skylum luminar 4.2

Skylum have announced Luminar version 4.2, bringing with it a new feature called AI Augmented Sky along with enhancements across the application. Skylum Luminar 4.1 bought an atmospheric haze tool to the AI Sky Replacement Tool.

The update is free for all Luminar 4 users, and Skylum say that the update expands the software from a dedicated award-winning photo editor into a creative powerhouse.

New - AI Augmented Sky

In the Creative tab inside Luminar 4.2, there’s a new AI Augmented Sky tool present. Artists can choose objects from the Luminar database or use their own. Even with photos that have complex backgrounds like trees or buildings, there’s no need to involve masking or layers. Instead, the object seamlessly fits into the photograph, resulting in realistic self-expression.

AI Augmented Sky detects a photo’s sky automatically and adds the chosen element to the sky area. Thanks to content-aware technologies, foreground objects are taken into account automatically, making the object blend naturally with the sky. And if you want more control over the placement, you can easily drag the new element around the sky area.


New - Enhancements to portrait tools

Utilizing its groundbreaking automatic face detection technology, Luminar 4.2 can now help you restore skin in overly shiny areas as well as more effectively slim faces.

The new architecture of the Face Features Detection Neural Network lets Luminar 4.2 provide even better automation when it comes to enhancing portraits. The technology is trained to detect different faces in all sorts of positions, accounting for things like head tilts, unusual angles, badly lit or partially hidden faces, and even those with heavy makeup. It can detect people of any hue of skin or age, as well as spotting all the faces in a group photo.

In the AI Skin Enhancement tool, you’ll find a new option for Shine Removal Technology. This new option helps you reduce excessive shine on the forehead or cheeks to make for a more pleasing photograph. It works by restoring the skin on the patches of the face where it was hit by excessive light. It automatically generates realistic-looking skin, which blends in with the rest of the face.

Also in AI Portrait Enhancer is the improved Slim Face 2.0 Technology. Prior to Luminar 4.2, face slimming only worked with the lower portion of a person’s face, sometimes making for unrealistic results. With Slim Face 2.0, the tool can make the whole face proportionally smaller and naturally slim, letting photographers obtain more realistic and pleasing results.

Luminar 4.2


Other improvements to Luminar 4.2

In addition to Augmented Sky and the new enhancements to Luminar’s portrait tools, Luminar 4.2 has various upgrades for several of its tools, as well as some performance updates.

Located “under the hood” of the AI Sky Replacement tool is an improved Relight Scene technology. Prior to Luminar 4.2, AI Sky Replacement in rare cases gave a yellow and unrealistic glow — particularly on crisp, white objects. This improvement solves this problem, letting you retain the colors as you originally captured them in-camera.

Improvements have also been made to ML Cache, which will increase the efficiency and speed of interaction with the machine’s processor.


Windows users also have various other updates specific to the platform, including:

  • Preview Preset Multithreading - For multi-core systems, generating previews has received a boost, making for faster and more comfortable viewing and usage.
  • Third-party Plugin Implementation - Popular plugins can now be used. At this time, plugins for the Aurora HDR, DxO Nik Collection family, as well as the Topaz plugins collection, are supported.


For a limited time, you can buy Luminar 4 for $89 and get the Inspiration Looks pack — a $49 value — for free! Or upgrade to our Plus Edition, which includes Luminar 4, the Inspiration Looks pack and the California Sunset skies pack, for $99. Finally, get Luminar 4, the Inspiration Looks and California Sunset packs plus Aurora HDR 2019, for $169.

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