Skylum Software has released version 4.2 of the extremely popular Luminar photo editing software. Version 4.2 sees a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes.

NEW AI Augmented Sky

Inside the Creative tab of Luminar 4.2, you’ll find a new tool called AI Augmented Sky. This tool lets artists choose objects from the curated Luminar collection or upload their own, and blend them seamlessly with the photograph's sky.

Here’s how it works. AI Augmented Sky detects your photo’s sky automatically and then places the chosen element directly into the sky area. Using content-aware technologies, foreground objects are recognized and taken into account, making the object blend naturally with your existing scene. You can drag the new element around the sky for ultimate control, yet retain those realistic qualities. Check out this walkthrough to get started with AI Augmented Sky:

The tool lets you make realistic images — perfect for adding a moon to your scene, as shown above. Or you can take it to the next level, creating a photographic composite that looks like something out of a fairy tale.

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To celebrate the new AI Augmented Sky tool, Skylum is excited to announce the Luminar Featured Artist contest. Artists who make creative photos with Luminar, using the new AI Augmented Sky tool, are eligible for the contest. To enter, just post your photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #madewithLuminar and #creativeLuminar. In April, we’ll choose the most creative photo and place it on the welcome screen of a future Luminar update. You can find out more here.

Breakthrough Improvements to Portrait Tools

When Luminar 4 launched, we announced some new, groundbreaking tools to help you optimize your portraits. And so far, photographers have loved the enhanced controls and adjustments they can make to their portraits!

With today’s update, we’re introducing a new Face Features Detection Network, which enables us to give you even more accurate and realistic automation when it comes to enhancing portraits. This technology is trained to detect different faces no matter what position, angle or tilt they might be in. It even recognizes those badly lit or partially hidden faces, as well as those with heavy makeup. No matter what the skin color or age of the person, Luminar 4.2 will recognize faces — even if it’s a group photograph. Check out the example below to see the power of the new Face Features Detection Network:

In the AI Skin Enhancement tool, you'll find a new Shine Removal Technology. It lets you reduce shine on a person’s forehead or cheeks, making for a more evenly-lit portrait. In the example below, you’ll see that this technology restores the skin on the patches of the face where it was hit by excessive light, and automatically generates realistic-looking skin that blends in perfectly.

Improved Relight Scene in AI Sky Replacement

In addition to AI Augmented Sky and the enhancements to our portrait tools, you’ll also see a few other updates in Luminar 4.2.

We’re constantly improving one of our Luminar artists’ most-loved features — AI Sky Replacement. Relight Scene technology improvement lets you retain colors as you originally captured them in-camera. In previous versions, you might have seen a yellow and unrealistic glow on white objects. Improvement of the Relight Scene technology lets you avoid this problem.

Other improvements you’ll see in Luminar 4.2

You’ll also see increased efficiency and speed of interaction with your machine’s processor, due to improvements we’ve made to the ML Cache system.

Finally, Windows users will also see three additional updates:

  • Preview Preset Multithreading – For multi-core systems, generation of previews 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.

Plus, we’ve gotten rid of some bugs!

As we continue to improve Luminar, the 4.2 release addresses multiple performance issues.  Thanks to those customers who worked with our support team to identify issues and help us improve them!

For all users:

  • We’ve resolved an issue where some vertical images were being stretched horizontally.
  • The Dark Circles Removal technology in AI Portrait Enhancer is more accurate.
  • We’ve eliminated color fringing that occurred in some images when using the Lens Distortion technology and the Free Transform tool.
  • Improved performance when using the Lens & Geometry, Erase, and  Sky Enhancer tools.

Windows users will also see several other bug fixes:

  • Improved performance when loading Looks.
  • We’ve solved crashed related to issues when filling masks or loading images with different color profiles.
  • Improved compatibility for EXIF data for .CR3 files.
  • Improved gallery previews when changing thumbnail size.
  • Resolved creation date variance between Gallery View and in Info tab.
  • Improved History panel display.
  • Additional stability and performance improvements related to tools.

Finally, Mac users see a few bug fixes as well:

  • Resolved occasional crashes when backing up a catalog file
  • Improved access for third-party PSD plugins and Aurora HDR
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the sliders in the Split Toning tool not to move
  • Restored Undo/Redo menu commands from within the Luminar plugin
  • Improved stability for the Light tool and Curves
  • The DCP profile menu is reactivated in the Light tool for macOS 10.12 and 10.13.

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  1. I love how the “prize” in their photo contest mentioned above, is that they take the best submitted image and use it on a landing page for their own advertising royalty free and no term limits. Haha.
  2. Skylum is horrible, and this product is laughable. I have a super high-end PC and this software, even after the recent *Update to 4.2, crashes within seconds.

    Don't waste your money, people. They promise to help you through support, but it's a very slow process, and in the end, after you've sent them all your history and the logs from your computer, they give you a solution of...reinstalling.

    Useless/Pointless/Crap Customer Service. Each time I send my error logs, I feel like they're simply using us suckers as beta testers.
  3. How is this software different from Aurora HDR? They look similar to me with all the presets.

    I use 4.2 on my new virtual machine. It went smooth. No crash.

    Mac or Windows? I'm impressed with the no cash if with Windows.

    My setup, which crashes every time:

    Win10 Pro
    i7 9th gen
    32gb ram
    8gb video memory (Nvidia)
    All very fast SSDs

    This setup runs PS/LR without hiccups.

    L4.2 crashes immediately

    Support at Skylum asks for my crash logs. I've sent them. They just tell me to reset or reinstall.

    I feel like a beta tester.
  4. I still have no crash. I run everything inside a virtual machine. This new VM has only this software inside. You got enough memory to do one VM. There is a free open source one if you want to try. I run VM to isolate things. My host computer is mostly clean.

    I use PS and PTGui inside VM too. Topez does not run inside a VM.

    This Luminar cannot do merge brackets to HDR.

    It has all these presets/tone mapping like Aurora HDR and I dont know the difference.
  5. How do you calibrate the screen working in a VM?

    It should be the same as on your host computer screen. It doesn't need adjusting.

    Have you figure out your crash?

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