As an affiliate of the Skylum, I have been given early access to the BETA of the Luminar AI package which is due to be released sometime this holiday season. This has allowed me to have a look at some of the new features and see how they function given my own images rather than specific marketing images which have been pre-selected by the Skylum team. I do have to note though that as the software is BETA, the interface is not locked down and there may be differences between this and the final version, nonetheless it does give you an idea of some of the features.

In this post I wanted to show you an example of Atmosphere AI and how it can be used to give an image a new feel. Atmosphere AI is one of the new AI powered tools within the Luminar AI package, it is a fairly advanced tool in that it uses AI to essentially depth map an image so that it can then work out how the atmosphere (e.g. fog, mist, haze) should be realistically applied to an image. In this example, the starting image I used was an image I captured from within a skyscraper in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (hence the reflections around the sky). The objective is not to find the perfect photo, but just to show you how it can calculate depth in a cityscape image (although it probably does not add much to this image, it shows its functioning).


Reference Image, no Atmosphere AI.


Atmosphere AI, Applied at 80%, with 20% Depth and 100% Lightness 

Atmosphere AI, Applied at 80%, with 50% Depth and 100% Lightness


Atmosphere AI, Applied at 80%, with 80% Depth and 100% Lightness


In the attached images, I have kept the amount and the lightness the same value (80% and 100%) with the only change being the depth of the effect. In changing the depth it increase the effect and brings it closer to the viewer, so in the case of 80% it means that the fog is much more intense whereas with a lower depth value it makes the fog appear like it is less intense and more in the distance. This is the impressive feature of Atmosphere AI, that it is able to take a 2D image and develop a 3D understanding of the image to work out a depth map, and determine how the fog should be applied to the image. Like many tools, this won't suit every photo and should probably be used sparingly but its another handy tool to open up new creative opportunities.

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