Skylum has released a free Luminar 3.1.0 update. One of the key new features is an update to its Accent AI filter, designed to offer instant image enhancement via a series of automatic AI (artificial intelligence) powered adjustments based on object recognition and selective content aware adjustments.
The new Accent AI 2.0 filter is said to be far better at preserving and protecting human skin tones and features for more natural looking enhancements. The new version of the Accent AI filter also includes subtler colour correction and an improved detail boost feature that leaves objects alone if they can’t be made to look better.
Skylum is so confident about the results achieved by the new Accent AI 2.0 filter than it suggest photographers use it as a standard go-to tool to automate a whole series of adjustments that would take a long time to carry out individually. You don’t have to worry about the effect looking too strong because it is controlled with a simple Boost slider.
The Accent AI 2.0 filter does indeed prove remarkably good at enhancing outdoor portraits, keeping faces and skin tones looking natural while increasing contrast, saturation and detail rendition everywhere else. It’s not just for portraits, however, but any kind of image that needs improving.
The Accent AI 2.0 filter can be used on its own, but can also be found in Luminar’s Quick & Awesome workspace, which it shares with Luminar’s AI Sky Enhancer, Saturation/Vibrance and Clarity filters, and it’s often useful to apply these in combination for outdoor portraits like the picture shown here. (The AI Sky Enhancer can introduce a ‘glow’ artefact around object outlines against blue skies, annoyingly.)
If you’re working with RAW files, the Accent AI 2.0 filter might not offer quite enough shadow or highlight recovery on its own, but you can add the RAW Develop filter to adjust these so that the Accent AI 2.0 filter has a full range of tones to work with.
Other improvements in Luminar 3.1.0 include clever new options for handling RAW and JPEG pairs, improved image adjustment synchronisation across multiple images and enhanced image sorting features.