- Some operations slow
- No face recognition or keyword tagging
You don’t buy Luminar Crack for standard correction tools like exposure and saturation, though. You buy it for its AI. Two unique AI-powered tools, in particular, stand out in the new program: Relight AI and the Erase tool’s Remove Powerlines feature.
This innovative tool in the Creative section may be reason enough to buy Luminar Crack Neo. It lets you change the brightness selectively for the near and far part of the image, determined using 3D AI mapping. You can apply Dehalo, and near and far warmth, too. The tool is good for both portraits and landscapes. Below, the model near the camera is brightened while the background stays dark.
My own test shot of a West Mexican chachalaca up a tree shows that it’s good not just for portraits. Note that the branches farther back on the right remain dark after the adjustment.
Here’s another example of Luminar Neo’s Relight AI tool, used on the right.
This unique tool is found in the Erase tool group’s Objects Removal section, can improve many an urban street scene, as you can see below. I took the opportunity to apply the program’s Old Town filter, too, for a markedly better-looking shot. Note the removal of not only the big vertical power line, but also smaller horizontal ones farther down the street. It’s quite an impressive tool!
Luminar Neo’s Remove Powerlines feature (used here in combination with the Old Town effect filter) does a remarkable job.
Another new tool in the Erase group’s Objects Removal section is Remove Dust Spots. Like Remove Powerlines, it’s a one-button-press affair, although you can fine-tune results by clicking a brush over any parts you want to blend in. It’s similar to Photoshop’s content-aware spot healing tool.
Luminar was one of the first photo applications with simple, effective sky replacement.
You still get Skylum Luminar Crack signature sky-editing tools, which do an excellent and effort-free job of determining what’s sky and what isn’t and replacing the latter with a more beautiful one. You also get Portrait Bokeh, Face AI, Skin AI, and Body AI features. The last lets you trim a few pounds off your subject and slim that waistline a bit. It did a good job identifying human forms in my testing. The Face AI tool offers Light and Slim sliders which also did a convincing job.
Use Layers in Luminar Neo with a good choice of overlay textures and blend modes.
Layers are new to Luminar Crack. They let you add overlays and use various blend modes—Darken, Multiply, Screen, and so on. They’re not as complex and intimidating as Photoshop’s layers, but they’re quite useful and powerful enough to create some cool effects. You can use them with your own images for a double exposure effect. You can apply adjustments like Exposure to just the new layer, but when I selected the original layer, the adjustments applied to all layers—Photoshop gives you more control over the selection of layers for editing.
In the Mood section under the Creative category, you find a generous selection of LUTs in categories like Cinematic, Creative (including B&W choices), Cross Processing, and Portrait Lighting. Sliders adjust the strength of these effects as well as their contrast and saturation.
You get Dehaze as well as Golden Hour and Foliage Enhancer sliders in Luminar Neo.
This tool section offers Dehaze that doesn’t add a colour cast the way Lightroom does, along with Golden Hour and Foliage Enhancer, both of which add a nice touch when used in moderation.
Presets in Skylum Luminar Neo offer a quick way to make a photo dazzle.
This is the rightmost option in the Edit panel, which offers one-click fixes as you get into the company’s other, simpler product, Luminar AI. These presets can turn a drab shot into an arresting one with minimal labor. Choose from illustrative thumbnails for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Lifestyle, Filmatic, and more. Again, sliders let you increase or decrease the effects’ strength, and if what’s included isn’t enough, Skylum sells more sets of presets on its website.
Using some of the AI tools still made my graphics card fan whir up when testing on Windows 10, and it could take a while for an image to update with an edit. I prefer seeing some indication of processing, as Lightroom does.
Luminar Crack started life as a macOS photo-editing app, so I also installed it on an M1-powered MacBook Air to see how it performed there. The AI is done on your local machine, not in the cloud, which is a plus. As mentioned, there’s no importing from memory cards, so that’s not a performance factor. The program was very stable, which can’t be said for all apps that do high-level AI computing on large media files.
Output and Sharing
A companion mobile app for Luminar CrackNeo lets you transfer photos from the desktop version of the app to your smartphone. The iOS version lets you see live edits on the phone, while that same capability is planned for the Android version. You simply scan a QR code with the phone and you’re good to go. You can also send images from the phone to the desktop app; they appear in a newly created folder in Catalog view. Other options include exporting an edited shot to a local folder or your email client.
The Print option in the main menu exports the editing photo and brings up the OS’s printing feature, but there are no layout or contact sheet options.
Unique AI Fixes and Effects
Luminar Neo is designed as a photo optimization and enhancing tool, replete with AI photo fixes and effects. It’s a pleasure to work in, thanks to a clear, usable interface. While you can organize your catalog with albums and pick/reject, Luminar Neo isn’t a full workflow solution, so you may be better off using it as a Lightroom Classic plug-in. It does some impressive things with your digital photography, so it’s well worth getting if you love perfecting and creating with your images.
Luminar 4.5.6 Crack Neo has unique AI photo tools like power lines and dust removal as well as a vast selection of effects and adjustments, all in a clear, pleasing interface. Workflow and organization are weak points, however