Luminar Neo photo software lets you relight photos and remove power lines

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Ukrainian company Skylum (formerly MacPhun) today updated its simple and easy-to-use photo editing app with Luminar Neo, which adds unique AI editing tools.

Neo packs features like AI Relight and automatic powerline and dust removal into a nice updated interface, all powered by a new, faster codebase underneath.

Neo also adds Photoshop-like layering capabilities with blending modes, plus the gee-whiz sky replacement tools we’ve come to expect from Skylum, which had this kind of tool long before Adobe. Along with all the standard photo adjustment tools, you also get background, dust and smudge removal, plus a host of effects and texture overlays.

Luminar co-founder Dima Sytnik presented for PCMag the AI ​​Relight tool, which allows you to selectively change the lighting in the near and far parts of a photo based on a 3D depth map created by the program. The sample plans all had ground or ground, but I was able to use it effectively in one plan without ground: this Western Mexican Chachalaca in a tree.

Original image on the left; Luminar Neo Relight AI applied on the right.

Note that the smaller trees further back on the right remain dark, while the closer objects are illuminated. This tool is even more useful and effective for shots with people, such as at weddings where you want to highlight the bride and groom.

Here is another, probably more common, use of the Relight AI tool:

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Luminar Neo Relight AI with tennis player

You might not need to use the new Remove Power Lines button every day, but it can definitely improve many urban street scenes, as you can see below. I took the opportunity to also apply the program’s Old Town filter, for a much improved shot.

Remove power lines in Skylum Luminar Neo

Original photo on the left; Luminar Neo’s Remove Power Lines feature and Old Town preset are applied on the right.

Luminar Neo is available today for a one-time price of $79 (there’s a $59 offer until March 3) direct from Skylum. Look for a review on PCMag.com in the next few days.

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