I use the Skylum range of photo editing tools on a daily basis (from Aurora HDR to Luminar AI), and as an affiliate of their program I received early access to a technology preview build of “Luminar Neo” to test out the DustAI and PowerLineAI Removal tools. For those who are not aware Skylum are the creators of a range of software utilities / editors including Aurora HDR, as well as Luminar AI and some time ago they announced (to some criticism) their upcoming Luminar Neo program. Whilst a full description of all the packages is outside of the scope of this article, Luminar AI is a photo editor which is designed to help people make simple edits to their photos, and focus on the results (if you were to compare it would be akin to Lightroom). On the other hand, Luminar Neo is more about making more complex edits, using layering, and rebuilds the underlying engine completely to support more complex edits (where Luminar Neo is more akin to Photoshop). Whilst I have announced a number of different features, I have until now only been provided with examples from Skylum to demonstrate some of the features. This however, recently changed when I was provided access to a technology preview which allowed me to use my own images to demonstrate some of the limited features which are demonstrated in the technology preview.
This preview demonstrates a number of features, but in this article I am looking at Dust Spot Removal AI and Powerline Removal AI. These tools are fairly self-explanatory where dust spot removal uses AI & machine learning to identify dust spots in the image and remove them, whilst Power Line Removal does the same but removes power lines from the image.
In the demonstration I used an image of the sky (below), in the first image I have put red circles around the dust spots to highlight the dust spots (and their intensity).
In the second image (below), I have natively applied the Dust Spot removal (with no other editing) and it has done a great job of removing the dust spots, my only criticism is that the spot slightly left of centre (which sits in the middle of the powerlines) has been removed, but it has not stitched the power line back properly so you can see the power line is a bit disjointed (although to be fair this would be easily fixed with some manually cloning).
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