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AI Powered Image Masking

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Luminar Neo 1.0.6 has landed.

Just as the enthusiasm and popularity of NFT Photography started to grow, we are pleasantly distracted yet again, as Skylum software releases what can be considered the second most significant update since the launch of Luminar Neo back in February 2022.

Impressed with the recent re-introduction of Layers, Luminar Neo is most certainly cut out for becoming the definitive image editor for creative photo artists.



Why Masking In Luminar Neo Is Better

Feature Highlight  Automatically mask up to 9 types of elements in a click: humans, transport, buildings, water, etc.

Luminar Neo’s AI masking feature uses advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to automatically detect and mask different elements in an image.

It allows you to easily separate the foreground subject from the background or make precise selections for specific areas of the image.

Here’s how the AI masking works in Luminar Neo:

  1. Automatic Subject Detection: When you open an image in Luminar Neo and activate the AI masking feature, it automatically analyzes the image to identify the main subject. This initial step helps the software understand the different elements present in the image.

  2. Foreground and Background Separation: Once the subject is detected, Luminar Neo uses AI algorithms to create a mask that separates the foreground subject from the background. This is done by identifying the edges and boundaries of the subject and creating a precise selection.

  3. Refinement Tools: Luminar Neo provides various refinement tools to further enhance the mask. You can use tools like brush, erase, and gradient to manually refine the mask if needed. This allows you to make adjustments and fine-tune the selection to get the desired result.

  4. Edge Detection and Feathering: Luminar Neo’s AI masking also includes advanced edge detection algorithms to ensure smooth and accurate selections. It automatically detects the edges of the subject and applies feathering to create a natural transition between the subject and the background.

  5. Mask Overlay: Luminar Neo provides a mask overlay feature that allows you to view the mask in real-time. This helps you visualize the areas that are selected or masked, making it easier to make adjustments and refine the mask further.

  6. Non-Destructive Editing: One of the advantages of using Luminar Neo’s AI masking is that it operates in a non-destructive manner. This means that your original image remains intact, and all the adjustments and modifications are applied as separate layers or adjustments. You can always go back and modify the mask or make additional changes without losing any image data.

    Overall, Luminar Neo’s AI masking feature simplifies the process of creating accurate masks and selections, saving you time and effort in post-processing.

A Peek at Luminar Neo AI Masking.


The AI was clever enough to tell the difference between the sky and sign post and by just clicking the “Sky” suggestion highlights the masked area of your image.


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After first analyzing your image, you are presented with a selection of masking options. In this case; Water, Mountains and Natural Ground.

Yes, the AI will actually attempt at suggesting which type of masking is appropriate for your image.

 For example, in another image we played with, of a sky and sign post. 

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