Earlier this spring, Skylum introduced a new version of its popular photo-editing tool, Luminar (opens in new tab). With version 3.1, the company added an improved Accent AI filter with the purpose of letting you get natural-looking results in less time. The latest filter uses so-called "human-aware" technology that recognizes people in photos and then applies adjustments for more realistic imagery.
With Accent AI 2.0, adjustments such as exposure, depth, and color are available through the use of a single slider. Skylum says the filter can replace the develop step for most photographers; it recommends using Accent Al 2.0 as a starting point. When using the slider, you can increase/decrease boast to adjust the overall amount of the filter.
The improved filter is located on the Edit sidebar in Luminar 3.1 under Filters.
Luminar 3.1 also lets you decide whether to see the RAW or JPEG version of imported files, when applicable. In doing so, you can better organize your library. You can edit the versions separately. Better yet, they are easily synced.
In his Luminar 3.1 review, photographer Thomas Fitzerald praised Skylum for introducing this feature. Still, at least for this first go-around, Luminar's tool isn't nearly as good as the one found on Apple's discontinued Aperture.
You can find the Raw + JPEG Pairs setting in Luminar 3.1 under View on the Mac toolbar.
Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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