Skylum is Adding Generative AI into Luminar Neo

Skylum Luminar Neo

Skylum, the maker of photo editing software Luminar Neo, announced that generative AI technologies will be coming to Luminar Neo this year, starting with the new GenErase tool next week.

“Luminar Neo is one of the first photo editors on the market to introduce generative technology with a Stable Diffusion model. The new AI-powered tools streamline photographers’ editing challenges and empower them to create beautiful imagery by easily removing unwanted objects, expanding a canvas, or replacing and adding specific elements into a photo,” Skylum explains.

Skylum Luminar Neo

The first tool to arrive, GenErase, uses AI tools to remove unwanted distractions from images while simultaneously replacing these using content-aware generative AI.

“This feature preserves the integrity of your photos by filling in the gaps with textures and other elements using AI to match the surrounding area,” Skylum promises.

The feature is well-suited to removing and replacing objects in images like street signs, utility poles, vehicles, unwanted crowds, graffiti and litter, and more.

Skylum Luminar Neo

Slated to come to Luminar Neo sometime next month, GenExpand uses generative AI to allow photographers to change the aspect ratio of their photos and expand the image frame. This feature sounds similar to Generative Expand in Adobe Photoshop.

“With GenExpand, you can effortlessly extend the boundaries of your photos, whether you’re creating panoramic landscapes for vast mountain ranges, serene lakes, etc., or want to give your favorite images more breathing room to stand out against a beautifully balanced background,” writes Skylum.

Skylum Luminar Neo

Rounding out the trio of generative AI features arriving in Luminar Neo this year is GenSwap. Scheduled for a December release, GenSwap allows users to change image composition by replacing or swapping objects according to a user’s prompt. With this feature, photographers can add various elements to the scene, including trees, animals, and more.

“Our team at Skylum is proud to shepherd in a new era of AI photo editing that leverages our best-in-class technology to inspire and enable our community to bring their creative ideas to life,” says Ivan Kutanin, CEO of Skylum.

“As we continue to expand our suite of tools, we’re excited to incorporate generative AI into our software. The new AI features provide photographers with the latest technology to produce visual storytelling beyond their imagination, but not as a substitute to replace their real-life experiences for such an essential art form.”

Skylum Luminar Neo

The platform upgrades and new generative AI tools will be available to monthly, annual, and two-year Pro, Explore, and Ultimate plan subscribers. Special prices for new users range from $15 to $269 until October 28, when the prices will increase.

Further, existing Luminar Neo lifetime (perpetual) license owners can switch to the Pro annual subscription for $69 for the first year or make a one-time purchase of the 2023/24 Creative Journey Pass for $69. The pass allows access to generative technologies and other new Luminar Neo features until August 16, 2024.

Complete details concerning Skylum Luminar Neo pricing and subscription plans are available on Skylum’s website.

Image credits: Skylum. All images so far only show GenErase.