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The beauty is in the details: Luminar 4 introduces AI Structure tool

Luminar 4 to offer content-aware Structure tool that helps add detail to a photograph automatically without negatively affecting people or other subjects.


Today, Skylum has announced another feature for its upcoming Luminar 4 software, set to ship this fall. AI Structure will take advantage of content-aware technology, enabling photographers to add detail and structure only where necessary.

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The announcement comes on the heels of Skylum introducing the development of Luminar 4 and AI Sky Replacement, the first tool of its kind to help photographers replace skies automatically. Users can expect to see additional machine learning tools present in Luminar 4, in addition to an easy-to-use interface and sensible workflow that photographers will feel right at home with.


“We’re really excited to see Luminar 4 develop more as we approach our fall launch date,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “With the new AI Structure tool, we know photographers will love the control and content-aware technologies that let them enhance their photos like never before.”

Why AI Structure?

Past methods of adding more Structure, details or clarity to images meant that photographers would get unpredictable results with very little control. If a person was present in an image, it would add more detail to their skin, which was often unwanted. Traditional Structure tools often added noise and halos to images. For photographers, it meant fine-tuning the Structure controls and even masking out parts of their image, making for a long and tedious editing process.


With the AI Structure filter, photographers can take advantage of content-aware algorithms to automatically enhance a photograph’s Structure without negatively impacting certain objects. The new machine-learning technology boosts hidden details and improves local contrast, making for results that are both expressive and natural.


How does it work?

AI Structure in Luminar 4 automatically identifies objects like people and their faces, skin, sky, buildings and more, and improves them intelligently, instead of globally across the photograph. It adds detail and clarify to areas that otherwise wouldn’t have much, boosting the structure and making for a much more pleasing image.


What this means is that instead of adding Structure to an entire photograph, it selectively does so, meaning photographers no longer have to mask or brush out the effect. Photographers can also take it an extra step further, with special “Structure Boost Technology” controls, allowing users to make extremely detailed photos for creative image looks.


“This technology is truly one-of-a-kind — it’s unmatched in the world today. AI Structure is a tool that will make your photo not only expressive, but also help to transform it from flat to dramatic,” said Skylum CTO Dima Sytnik.

AI Structure works with any type of photo, and doesn’t add additional artifacts like noise or halos. It perfectly combines with other Luminar 4 filters, and removes the need to use manual settings of Structure, Clarity and Microstructure in most instances. AI Structure is a smarter filter, helping photographers bring out the details, but also knowing where and when to stop.


Pricing and availability

Luminar 4 is set to be released this fall. Pre-orders are now available on skylum.com.