Sunday Sampler September 12

Today’s Sunday Sampler began as fabric on a bench seat in a restaurant yesterday! Changed it up in Topaz Studio 2 with Impression, and with Smart Photo Editor. Enjoy!

EXCITING NEWS
INTRODUCING LUMINAR NEO!

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

On Thursday, Skylum announced their latest product, Luminar Neo!

“As the latest member of the Luminar family, we designed Luminar Neo to allow artists to take on more challenging image creation work and achieve results which often seem unattainable.” said Dima Sytnik, Co-founder & CPO of Skylum.

What makes Luminar Neo special is the new engine that the Skylum Team has built by collecting our team’s combined experience and building on it. The all-new editing engine drives Luminar Neo, making it possible to apply multiple tools to an image without significant performance loss. Luminar Neo allows for complex layering of several raw images. Our new Luminar engine enables Skylum to further optimize and refine the entire image-processing pipeline. While built atop an efficient new engine, Luminar Neo inherits the proven, AI-driven technologies which made Luminar AI a ground-breaking image editor.

We continue to lead the market with innovative approaches and advanced AI technologies designed to improve the image editing process. Luminar Neo continues Skylum’s commitment to eliminate boring and repetitive tasks and help you achieve results often seen as difficult. Stay tuned for more exciting information about the AI tools of Luminar Neo coming soon.

We designed Luminar Neo with input from working photographers, artists, and colorists. With this guidance, we built Luminar Neo to help artists break new creative ground with an image editor that allows precise control over every aspect of the final image while providing you with a flexible toolset that can be tailored to your unique creative workflow. Enjoy AI-driven сompositing: add numerous images as layers,  apply any tool to any layer, in any order, multiple times. Use smart AI-based masking and creative blending modes, guided by AI, to achieve clean, precise, composite images. 

Luminar Neo is easy to use. Save adjustments as presets for easy reuse. Have full control over your final image as all the editing steps remain editable. Thanks to a minimalist user interface, the whole process is enjoyable and easy.

If you primarily use other image editing applications, you can also enjoy Luminar Neo as a plugin. Used in this way, Luminar adds incredibly useful and powerful, AI-driven editing tools to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

Innovative technologies

Skylum continues to lead the market with innovative approaches and advanced technologies designed to improve the image editing process. Luminar Neo continues Skylum’s commitment to eliminate boring and repetitive tasks and help artists achieve results often seen as difficult.

Transform photos with new relighting options. Luminar Neo analyzes each image to recognize the depth of a scene and its subject which allows precise control over exposure and tone.

Remove blemishes and distracting elements. Luminar Neo automatically recognizes and removes artifacts caused by a dirty camera sensor or lens. New tools make removing unwanted background elements easier than ever before.

Powerful background replacement. Take full control of the background for portrait photos by quickly replacing it with an all-new image or background.

Round-trip mobile image management. Our new companion mobile app makes it simple to add pictures captured on a mobile device to your Luminar Catalog. Once edited in Luminar Neo, results can be sent back to the mobile device for easy social sharing or viewing on the go.

Precise control with flexible editing

We designed Luminar Neo with input from working photographers, artists, and colorists. With this guidance, we built Luminar Neo to help artists break new creative ground with an image editor that allows precise control over every aspect of the final image while providing artists a flexible toolset that can be tailored to their unique creative workflow. These capabilities include:

AI-Driven Compositing

  • Smart, AI-based masking easily isolates elements in individual images.
  • Add numerous images as layers to create entirely new art.
  • Apply any tool and any mask … to any layer, in any order, multiple times.
  • Use creative blending modes, guided by AI, to achieve clean, precise, composite images.

Improved Ease of Use

  • Users can save their photos as well as presets for easy reuse.
  • All editing steps remain editable for complete control over the final image.
  • With a minimalist user interface, the whole process is enjoyable and easy.

SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
AND HOW DOES THIS FIT WITH LuminarAI?

If you love working with LuminarAI and it does everything you need it to do, keep on using it! Luminar Neo is designed for those photographers who want even more control – who want more flexibility to work with multiple layers, use tools more than once in a process, control the order that tools are applied and much more!

SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE PRICING!

Luminar Neo ships this winter (scheduled for late 2021). The pre-order pricing is the BEST pricing that will be offered on this product! And, you will have a 30-day guarantee on the product FROM THE SHIP DATE, so you can be assured you’ll get to try it out! Early bird pricing is limited to the first 30,000 customers worldwide (they are already over 19,200 sold!). Once these copies are sold, the price will go up. AND…by purchasing during the Early Bird offer, you will also be the first ones to receive Luminar Neo.

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:

$34 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$49 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$63 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$88 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

For artists making a new purchase:

$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$59 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$98 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

(Our affiliate codes are not active during the special pricing promo)

NEXT WEBINAR

“Working with Gradients & Gradient Maps in PS”

Join me on Tuesday, September 28th
at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

We will delve into the myriad of possibilities with Gradients in Photoshop. Learn how to create Duo Tones, do Color Grading, Creative Coloring and use a Gradient Map to change the color palette of an image (or texture).

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

SOFTWARE ON SALE
from Topaz & DxO

Gigapixel AI has updated to v5.6 and is now on sale through Sept. 14th!
Reg. $99.99, on sale 20% off for $79.99.
AND if you use my link HERE and the code MeredithImages at checkout,
you can save an additional 15% for a price of $67.99!

UPDATES AT A GLANCE:

  • New Comparison View for convenient AI model comparison – Easily compare three different AI models or the same one using different settings simultaneously.
  • Improved color and tone processing for RAW and DNG files – When available, Gigapixel AI will apply a camera-specific color profile and provide improved overall color accuracy.
  • Overhauled AI model downloads – Improved overall experience when downloading optimized AI model files.
  • Performance and UI improvements – Numerous bug fixes and updated image previewing for an even better user experience

STARTING TOMORROW, Sept. 8th,
DxO will begin a Back to School Sale with
30% off the Nik Collection 4 (as well as their other products)!
CLICK HERE FOR THE DEALS!
(Note: the sale prices will not be active until Wed.)

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! I promise we’ll have another great line-up of speakers for more creative learning! Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

I’m also looking at hosting the event on Vimeo instead of Zoom to see if I can make the registration process simpler. Stay tuned for details!!

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

2022 SPRING & FALL DATES NOW AVAILABLE!

Come visit us and share the beauty of East TN! Join me for a workshop – limit 3 attendees per session (exception is 10/25-28, 2021). Travel the back roads of TN with me and photograph our great finds including old barns, houses, churches, cars, and beautiful scenery. Possibly throw in some cows and antiques too!

FALL 2021 SPACES AVAILABLE:
If you are interested in a Fall date, please book soon before they fill!!

Sept. 30-Oct. 3 (FULL) 
Oct. 3-10 (1 spot open)
Oct. 13-16 (FULL)
Oct. 25-28 (FULL)
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 (FULL)
Nov. 5-8 (2 spots open)

SPRING 2022 DATES (all have 3 spots open at this time)
April 22-25, 2022
April 28-May 1, 2022
May 4-7, 2022
May 11-14, 2022
May 18-21, 2022

FALL 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)
Sept. 21-24, 2022
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022
Oct. 12-15, 2022
Oct. 19-22, 2022 (FULL)
Oct. 26-29, 2022

We also have 2 guest rooms so there is an option to stay here if you wish.
There are also 2 hotels within 5 miles of our house and an Air BnB.

Take a look at our website for info HERE, and sign up HERE or through the link on the workshop page.
Feel free to email me with any questions at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.


IF YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 3 AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A WORKSHOP ON DATES NOT LISTED, CONTACT ME AND WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN SET IT UP!

ONGOING COUPON CODES

I have coupon codes for textures and eBooks not already on sale:
Spend $25 in one order and save 10% with code PEACOCK10
Spend $50 in one order and save 20% with code PEACOCK20
Spend $100 in one order and save 30% with code PEACOCK30

See screenshot below (arrow) for the box to add coupon code in the cart. You MUST hit the APPLY COUPON BUTTON for the coupon to calculate! You will see the discount in the Cart Total column on the right. Coupon codes must be entered before payment – I cannot process after order is placed. Thanks.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

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