Fixing background problems with the new Portrait BokehAI tool in LuminarAI

Portrait BokehAI is officially available to current LuminarAI users, and will also be a part of the upcoming Luminar Neo software released later this year. This addition is a quick way to correct backgrounds, hiding unwanted junk or applying selective edits.

Just like the other AI tools in the LuminarAI toolbox, the new Portrait BokehAI tool grabs the subject successfully with minimal tweaks.

Using the Portrait BokehAI tool to hide an ugly background

For this photoshoot I used it to hide some ugly trash bins in the background behind my subjects. After the subjects were masked automatically by the tool, I painted “focus” on with the Brush Control on a few areas that needed the effect removed, like the baskets.

I also added a local mask to reduce the saturation and contrast of the offending bins. With the same mask I tweaked the temperature and exposure to blend the masked area into the background.

Using the Portrait BokehAI tool to selectively edit the background

As well as adding bokeh blur behind a subject, the Portrait BokehAI tool gives a quick and easy way to edit the background of an image. The tool automatically masks people, and then it’s an easy matter to apply tweaks to the background.

In this photo, the couple were lit by flash, but the background was lit by the incandescent light overhead. Once the tool masked off my subjects, I decreased the brightness slightly, reduced the warmth and added depth correction to bring the background back partially into focus.

The Portrait BokehAI tool adds another way to refine portraits, not only adding background blur to draw the eye to the subject, but making it possible to selectively edit the background to fix problems in moments.

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Get beautiful bokeh in seconds with this new LuminarAI update

Today, Skylum released LuminarAI Update 4, which delivers the much-anticipated Portrait BokehAI along with other, useful, free features to help visual storytellers unlock their creativity. It’s available now as a free update for current LuminarAI customers.

Portrait BokehAI and these other features will also be available in Luminar Neo, available later this year.

Complete control of focus with Portrait BokehAI

Building on the company’s AI-guided depth mapping tools, Portrait BokehAI isolates the subject of a portrait from the background. It recognizes people in groups or in unusual positions or poses. With subjects isolated from the background, Portrait BokehAI blurs the background to emulate the rich, hazy bokeh of a high end lens at a wide open aperture.

Intelligent mask creation

Thanks to amazing artificial intelligence, LuminarAI can recognize people in a photo and can create the perfect mask to separate subjects from the background. The mask is generated automatically, but the artist can still refine and customize the mask to add or subtract focus to a photo.

Creative control

While the bokeh is automatically generated, it is entirely controlled by the artist with a single slider.

Any lighting, any lens

Traditionally, creamy bokeh could require expensive cameras and lenses coupled with complex lighting. No more. Portrait BokehAI works on any portrait.

Refined backgrounds

In addition to adjustable bokeh, artists can further refine the background using sliders to adjust the background exposure, add glow to highlights, set a specific depth of field and refine edges.

Stunning subjects

With the background made perfect, artists can use our AI-powered portrait tools — FaceAI, SkinAI and BodyAI — to really make subjects stand out in the frame.

Audition Textures with visual preview

Skylum has also improved Textures to help artists see how they might be used to achieve their creative vision. To understand how a Texture might fit your work in progress, you can now visually browse Textures just as you do with the SkyAI and Augmented SkyAI tools. Using custom Textures? They are now also accessible right within the dropdown grid. Artists can also load their own textures for reuse to build up a library of their favorites. 

Visual Horizon Control in SkyAI

Skylum has reimagined how replacement skies are aligned to the horizon in SkyAI. The Vertical Position, Horizontal Position and Horizon Blending sliders have been replaced with the Shifting Horizon Control, found in the Sky Orientation section. 

This single control allows the artist to better position a replacement sky in the frame to align it with the horizon and create a much more seamless and naturalistic final image.

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