Skylum has announced Luminar Flex, a new plugin that brings Luminar’s powerful AI-based tools to third-party apps like Photoshop and Lightroom.
“While our Luminar 3 software has been groundbreaking in terms of offering an all-in-one management and editing platform for photographers, we want it to be the best tool for everyone. That’s why Luminar now comes in two distinct versions,” says Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko. “The Luminar Flex plugin lets photographers continue to use their host software of choice, while taking advantage of Luminar’s one-of-a-kind editing features, such as Accent AI, Golden Hour, Details Enhancer and AI Sky Enhancer.”
Here are the different features of Luminar that are included in the Luminar Flex plugin:
Accent AI: “Automatically analyzes and corrects photographs using more than a dozen controls at once. Accent AI can be a great substitute for several traditional controls such as shadows, highlights, contrast and more. Think of it as the best Auto button you’ve ever clicked, but you still maintain control.”
AI Sky Enhancer: “Turn gray and uninspired skies into something magical with AI Sky Enhancer. By automatically detecting the sky in a photograph, AI Sky Enhancer makes the necessary adjustments to increase color, clarity, and detail, allowing to boost your outdoor images with a single slider.”
Details Enhancer: “Creates dramatic photos with crystal-clear sharpness. This filter unlocks details for sharp looking images without halos or artifacts.”
Golden Hour: “Brings a warm-toned sunlit effect to your photo This filter emulates the shooting conditions when the sun is low on the horizon (such as shortly after sunrise or before sunset). This indirect light helps make even dull photos warmer and more dimensional.”
Orton Effect: “Allows enhancements to an image that include glow and focus. This produces a unique look that’s both sharp and blurry at the same time. It’s perfect to create an emotional feeling in a picture.”
Image Radiance: “Gives an overall ‘dreamy’ look by adding a glow to the lighter areas of the image. This is a great filter to use for portraits and even landscape photos to create soft, saturated results.”
Foliage Enhancer: “Elevate colors often found in spring grass and fall leaves to make landscape photographs that pop off the screen.”
LUT Mapping: “Apply Lookup Table (LUT) files for creative color grading and film stock emulation.”
Luminar Looks: “More than 70 one-click Looks give photographers a speedy jump-off point for creative explorations. Easily dial in the right look with the Amount slider or customize the recipe and save a new Look.”
In addition to the AI-based features listed above, Luminar Flex also features Workspaces that organizes filters into collections for specific types of photography. These includes:
Expert: “All essential tools that professional photographers need for image processing.”
Black & White: “Optimized for creating black and white masterpieces.”
Image Aware: “Smart Workspace for fast and high-quality image-aware processing thanks to the power of AI.”
Intensify: “Boost the details and structure in the photographs to get very clear and detail-rich image.”
Drone & Aerial: “Essential tools for quick edits of drone photos.”
Film Lab: “Tools for emulating the style and effects of film photography.”
Relight and Color: “Essential tools for creative photography.”
Portrait: “Optimized for creating beautiful portraits shot under any light.”
Also found in the Luminar Flex plugin are Luminar Looks (quick and customizable edits found in the Luminar Marketplace), Layers, and Blending modes. And in Photoshop, Luminar Flex can be used with Smart Objects and Actions.
Skylum notes that Luminar Flex will have its own development roadmap separate from the main Luminar standalone app and that the plugins workflow will be removed from standalone Luminar with Libraries and will only be available in Luminar Flex.
Luminar Flex is available starting today for Photoshop (Windows and macOS), Lightroom Classic (Windows and macOS), Photoshop Elements (Windows and macOS), Photos for macOS, and Apple Aperture. You can purchase it through the Skylum website for $59. If you own Luminar 2018 and Luminar 3, you’ll receive a free copy of Luminar Flex.