Simply yesterday, Skylum launched 4 new upgrades – generally known as “extensions” – for Luminar Neo: Background Removing AI, Upscale AI, Supersharp AI, and Focus Stacking.
The brand new extensions are designed to offer spectacular bonus options with out disrupting Luminar Neo’s core performance. Background Removing AI, for example, permits customers to swap out backdrops whereas leaving the topic untouched, and whereas this gained’t attraction to many critical photographers, it’s a simple method for content material creators to boost in any other case bland photos.
Upscale AI guarantees high-end picture enlargement, helpful for post-processing previous to cropping and/or printing. In response to Skylum, the extension “enhances picture decision in a pure method” and is able to “upscal[ing]…as much as 6X.” And Supersharp AI intelligently sharpens information suffering from movement blur (although it’s unclear whether or not the extension may enhance photos affected by lens softness or digicam shake).
Lastly, the Focus Stacking extension is able to combining dozens of focus-bracketed photos right into a single, deep-depth-of-field file. Whereas I haven’t had a chance to check out its capabilities, it’s essentially the most pedestrian extension of the bunch – different complete modifying packages, akin to Photoshop CC, Affinity Photo, and ON1 Photo RAW, additionally supply focus-stacking instruments – although it ought to definitely turn out to be useful for macro and panorama photographers.
Luminar Neo already boasted two extensions previous to this replace (Noiseless AI and HDR Merge), so the discharge of 4 extra extensions places the entire as much as six. And Skylum plans to ship (or at the very least announce) one extra extension earlier than the 12 months is out, which is at the moment listed as “coming in December.”
Sadly, whereas the extensions will undoubtedly impress many – even most – photographers, they don’t seem to be included in the usual Luminar Neo package deal. As an alternative, to achieve entry to the brand new extensions, you may have two choices:
- Pay for a Pro membership, which prices $119 per 30 days and affords entry to “all and present extensions” along with the core Luminar Neo software program
- Buy the 2022 Extensions Pack, which prices $299 and gained’t comprise any extensions added after December 2022
Should you plan to rely closely on Luminar Neo for post-processing, the extension pack could also be well worth the (steep) value, particularly should you plan to print, focus stack, or mix your photos. However should you’re an informal photographer, the extra primary Neo package deal will doubtless be sufficient.
Now over to you:
What do you consider the Luminar Neo extensions? Will you purchase the Extension Pack? Why or why not? Share your ideas within the feedback beneath!