Skylum, formally MacPhun, is driven by the team who originally developed Nik Software before Google acquired it years ago. The developers are some of the tops in the photo industry and they’ve been digging deep into artificial intelligence. A while back they released a tool called the Accent AI Filter and more recently released version 2.0 of the tool. In this video, I explore the slider that recognizes objects.
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Artificial intelligence is beginning to grow on me, and if you have been following my youtube videos on artificial intelligence in photography, then maybe it’s growing on you as well. Today I want to share with you an update that Skyler made to luminaire and in particular is their accent AI version to hey, this is Scott Wyden Kivowitz, a storyteller with the camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. In this video, we’re going to be talking about Skyler rooms Luminor version three and their accent AI filter. The second version of now before we dive in, please click that subscribe button below because I publish new videos every Monday and Thursday whenever possible and you don’t want to miss it and karate kick the notification bell and a quick thank you to Mack worldwide warranty for partner with me on all of my videos, I get a makeover warranty on everything from the camera I’m recording on the computer I’m screencasting on and well it even covers accidental damage so can’t go wrong.
Check out Mack worldwide warranty available at camera stores all around the world. I’ve been working with Skylum software since they were called Macphun. And really I’ve been working with the team at sky them since they were at nic software before Google will acquire nick. So I’m a big fan of what skyline is doing now. I may not use their software on a daily basis, but I love that they innovate in so many different ways. And today I want to show you their accent. Ai Filter. Basically their accents, AI filter enhances details in very in many things including people and in buildings and in skies and things like that, all with one slider. And they recently updated
So here we are with a photo. Uh, this is a photo that I made for a client. I have a client who, uh, buys distressed properties and they fix it up and rent the properties, or they flip the properties. And um, so I do a lot of photographs for them. Of the exteriors, interiors for insurance purposes, for their marketing purposes and things like that. I also create content for them. So I’ve got a whole archive of photos of random houses that uh, you know, just all over the, all over New Jersey. So this photo is one of their properties. And you can see right here, I’m in the edit module, and I’m going to look at this accent AI filter. Let me bring it up to the top to, so you can see it better over here, the accent, AI filter and all I’m going to do, and you can see, by the way, there’s also the AI sky enhancer.
And I want to show you something interesting about this. But, uh, the accident I filter is going to increase the texture and the depth and the contrast and everything and the colors across the entire scene of every part of it and make it just look beautiful. Okay? So I’m going to do is boost it. Ready? I’m going to grab the slider and just bring it up and just pay attention to, for example, the siding of the house. Pay attention to, uh, the rust on the fence and pay attention to the sky over here versus over here. Okay, let’s bring up the slider
and you can see everything. It’s just getting punchier and punchier. Let me bring up this before, after. Look at the difference before and after. Look at the sky alone, right? Let’s sky looks really great. Look at the the, the fence against the siding. Look the details and the siding, everything would just enhance the, basically I’m going to say it’s kind of like doing auto without doing auto. Um, now some of this might be a little bit too saturated, right? The blues a little bit too saturated. So I probably bring it back a little bit. I probably wouldn’t have it as much as it is. So maybe what I would do is I would actually, uh, mask away. So I’m going to brush and I’m going to actually erase from the sky and not have it do the sky at all.
Because what I might want to do instead of that is I might want to enhance this guy with the AI sky enhancer instead and control that separate cause. Look how much better that looks. So now if I was to show you before and after, before and after, that looks like a really nice photo and all I did, the only thing I did was two sliders, both of which use this Skylum artificial intelligence. But in particular the one that did the most of the work is the accent AI filter that didn’t majority of the photo again before, after that did majority of the photo. And then I just added the AI sky in little because I didn’t like the saturation that the accident AI filter did to the sky. But again, I could always add another accident day. I filter and use that on the sky and just math go away.
Everything else, anything is possible. Um, you know, you can do whatever you want. Uh, you can even mask using a radio mask, a gradient mask and luminosity is, you don’t have to just brush it manually if you don’t want to. Now let’s go into a different photo. We’ll go to an interior photo so you can see what that will do with the accent day. I filter. So a lot of the properties I photograph, uh, are very distressed and some of them are gutted. Some of them have leaking roofs, some of them have fire damage and things like that. So this photo in particular, there’s, there’s basically no windows. There’s windows, but um, you know, it’s just blind that’s all out there. You can see that there’s a lot of natural light. You can see this, a lot of texture, but it’s also very dark. So I’m curious to see what happens when I use this accidentally. I filter version two in this photo. Here we go. We’re going to boost it.
And you can see it’s actually brightening the dark parts of the photo, but not making it too, too bad. You can see this, it’s getting a little bit of noise over here in this area, but it’s still, it’s not so bad. You can even see the, the light coming through the roof. It didn’t help with the windows too much as far as, um, you know, as far as, uh, you know, bring him back some of that because it’s, it’s not going to. Um, and there’s probably no detail on that because I was exposing for the interior now not worrying about the exterior. I didn’t need to do an Hdr in here even though I could have a, so it’s perfectly fine. But look what it did, you know, again, here’s before, after liquid did, uh, to this photo with very little effort and it actually looks pretty good, so I’m not gonna do anything else to this.
Uh, let’s move on to another one. Okay. So this one is also going to be one that should be really interesting or probably Brighton, ups on these areas. It’s not gonna do anything about the windows. I just love this perspective. I did this photo more for me than I did for the client, but we’re going to boost this one and see, boom, right there. Look at that. Look how beautiful that looks compared to the original sort of flat and dark versus, you know, Punchy. Uh, it’s not overdone. It to me, this looks like a great, you know, sort of Urbex type photo. So, um, yeah, you know, it is great. Let’s, let’s move on to another exterior photo. All right, so here we are with another exterior photo. This is another house that they flipped and I’m going to just boost the, uh, accident AI and see what it does for the photo.
Now you don’t always have to go all the way up, but sometimes going all the way up is good, but then it’s not so good in this in certain places. So the sky, it looks really, mm, little bit weird, but it looks great in the grass. Look at the grass before and after with the accent day I filter it really enhanced the, the, the foliage. It really enhanced the brick and the house itself, but not the sky. So again, maybe the accent that I filter is not the best for the sky. Maybe it’s okay. Uh, it really depends on, on your purpose, but okay. So what I’m going to do again is just take it away from the sky. We’re just going to quickly brush that away so it’s not impacting the sky at all. Let’s do the math cause make sure it’s okay. Yeah.
And then once that’s done, we are going to bring in the sky enhancer. Now here’s something really interesting that the artificial intelligence, the Ai Sky in hinter actually recognized that there’s not enough sky or it doesn’t need to enhance it. So it actually won’t let me do anything using the AI sky enhancer. So that’s actually how smart that the AI in Illumina or is that it has, if it can’t detect what the object is, what the tool is to be used for, it’s not going to let you use the tool. So that is pretty, pretty cool. Uh, so I don’t have to do anything to this guy. If you were to just use the, um, the, uh, accident AI filter and look at before and after it with the, with what it did to the sky removed, I think that looks like a pretty good photo as we move on to the inside of the house. Uh, this, uh, was a very distressed property and this is just an old TV in the corner of a room, very dusty. And I’m curious to see what it’s going to do when, why, when I enhance the, uh, the photo using the AI filter
so you can see it actually did brighten the photo, which I don’t want. I actually like it darker, so I’m going to bring it back down. But what it did was it brought a lot of the details out of the TV, which I thought was pretty good. Uh, I might even bring down the highlights and shadows a little bit to make it really, really moody. What else is cool about this is I could actually bring up the presets and we could, uh, we could make it look
very, very unique. Uh, we can make a classic look, a vintage that looks with the old, here’s an old film toning. I really like how that looks. And you can see it’s even using the accent AI filter, which we could increase, decrease, um, as we want. So there we go. So look at that. So here’s a, that’s true before and after again with this one look, that’s a little bit of Color Tony, and there’s a lot being used here and uh, the accent AI filter to bring out the details in that TV. So I am very impressed with the accent AI filter version two. I think it’s doing a really good job at, at uh, it bringing out details. I think that it’s not so good on the skies. I think it overdoes the saturation on skies, but there is the AI Skype filter that’s inside of are as well.
That again, will not work if it doesn’t think it needs it. So, um, you have to be the judge. Maybe what you do is you add two accidents, AI filters and you just mask it in like what I did for one of the photos, you mask it in for just the sky and then you can adjust the saturation of just that part using masking and things like that. There’s a lot you can do because Luminari is very flexible. So I’m like I said, I’m impressed. I liked the direction skyline is going with her. Ai, maybe they’ll take some, some cues from other AI going on in the photo industry and incorporate it as well. So great job, Skylum, and uh, thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.