Luminar Neo adds one-click background removal for portraits

Artificial intelligence features continue to revolutionize photo editing in this latest feature from Skylum for its editing software, Luminar Neo.

The new tool is Portrait Background Removal, which does exactly what it sounds like – lets users remove the background from a portrait and make it transparent. The key feature, powered by AI, is that it can be done with just one click.

We have always been impressed with Luminar Neo since its arrival. Although Photoshop remains the most complete and best photo editing software, Luminar Neo has the distinct advantages of being both cheaper and easier to use, making it a very tempting choice for novice and casual users. . Our full Luminar Neo review dives into more detail.

Screenshot of Skylum Luminar Neo portrait background removal

(Image credit: Skylum)

Screenshot of Skylum Luminar Neo portrait background removal

An example of portrait background removal used to automate a complex task (Image credit: Skylum)

Skylum says the new tool can even handle complex hair selections, like the example above, which is often one of the most tedious and time-consuming parts of background removal. He says there will likely still be scenarios where manual masking is needed, but the estimate is that the tool will be able to do up to 90% of the job.

Once you’ve created the background for a portrait, Luminar Neo lets you export the image in PNG format for compositing, or you can use layers to create a different background. As mentioned, you may need to tweak the selection a bit, which you can do pixel by pixel with Refine Brush. For more Luminar tips, check out our guide on how to edit photos with Luminar AI.

It’s been an exciting week for AI-powered photo editing, with Photoshop debuting its new neural filter that lets users clean up old photos with, you guessed it, a single click. You can read our full story and Q&A with Adobe to learn more about how the Photo Restoration Neural Filter works. We also learned this week that Adobe Lightroom is getting video editing, making it even more of a one-stop-shop for content creators.

Screenshot of Skylum Luminar Neo portrait background removal

(Image credit: Skylum)

Still, with more features added to Luminar Neo, it definitely solidifies its position as an example of the best AI photo editing software, as well as one of the best Photoshop alternatives.

To get this new update, all you have to do is grab the Luminar Neo update 1.1, which you can do on the Skylum website. (opens in a new tab). If you haven’t tried Luminar Neo, check out the best deals on the software below.

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