Luminar AI Sky Enhancer: The easiest way to intensify skies
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A sky can make or break a photograph.
There are a lot of tools available to photographers to make the sky look its best, but often the process is tedious and time consuming. The developers at Skylum Software set out to address this issue and created an artificial intelligence based solution called AI Sky Enhancer.
The AI Sky Enhancer filter has just one slider that analyzes the image, detects the sky, identifies objects, and creates an automatic mask of the sky. Depending on the image it will add definition to clouds, vibrance to a sunset, or deepen the blue of the sky.
What does the AI Sky Enhancer filter do?
According to Skylum, the AI Sky Enhancer can improve all skies – from sunrise to sunset. It isn’t made to work on night skies/astrophotography, though. For a more thorough explanation, check out this blog article on the Skylum site by CTO Dima Sytnik.
In my testing I found that this tool works best on light blue skies, and on sunrises/sunsets. It can also occasionally work on a cloudy/overcast sky, but does little on a foggy day.
It is worth noting that it cannot “fix” a blown out sky, but it will bring out any detail, if there is detail in the image.
When to use the AI Sky Enhancer Filter
- Darken the blue in the sky
- Accentuate clouds and add dimension
- Add vibrance to sunsets
Like most photo processing filters, it is best to use the AI Sky Enhancer filter with a light touch. If the slider is shoved all the way to the right you may end up with artifacts such as color shifts and/or halos.
Add the AI Sky Enhancer to your workflow
If you already own Luminar 2018, then the update with the AI Sky Enhancer is free!