Software company Macphun has launched an update to its easy-to-use image editor Luminar. The most significant innovation in Luminar Neptune is a new artificial intelligence powered filter. The Accent AI Filter improves images with one simple slider instead of many adjustments and controls, such as shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation and exposure.

The new filter uses artificial intelligence to analyze different areas of an image based on structure, objects, dark and light zones, colors and other parameters. As a user moves the slider across the image, the software automatically detects what areas of the image need improvements and applies them. You can also adjust the intensity of changes, generating a more natural or dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.

"Our mission to make complex photo editing tasks simple and fun led the team at our R&D Lab to explore Artificial Intelligence technology for image enhancement,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “The Accent AI Filter emerged as a ground-breaking way to make perfect images instantly, incorporating the power of dozens of filters into one convenient tool. This is something other photo software is missing; and what’s more important, it’s something that all photographers will greatly benefit from,” concluded La Rue.

There is also a new workspace called Quick & Awesome. It consists of three filters which can create results very quickly: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity. The latter two allow for fine-tuning of the image after application of the Accent AI filter. Other updates include plug-in integration with Aurora HDR 2017, faster masking/brushing, an improved vignette filter and better memory management.

This latest update of Luminar is currently available for Mac only but Macphun is planning to launch a public beta of Luminar for PC in July. More information and free trials are available on the Macphun website.