AI as a program performs much faster than Luminar 4. And editing photos in AI is much faster time wise..
The templates are very good, even as starting points. I noticed that it even adjusted the advance color contrast in a template.
The Composition suggestions for crops are very good.
The Local Adjustments are pretty good and I can see how they can eliminate the need for layers in many cases. But not all cases.
These are the new features in AI, and they are all good. But the rest of the program, to me, is a crippled version of Luminar 4 and I hate it for the reasons below.
I used a Local Adjustment of a Texture to see if I could bring in a white over black signature logo. And I can. The blend mode to make the white overlay and the black background disappear is different from in Luminar 4. But it works. I was playing with the flip commands to invert the texture top to bottom or left to right. But when I finished the texture was just as it was imported. When I went back to the catalog, it was flipped top to bottom. And stayed that way. That is a BUG.
Things I hate about Luminar AI that will probably make me request a refund and keep me on Luminar 4:
I cannot zoom my signature texture small enough nor can the texture be repositioned. There is no more TRANSFORMATION control. That is a deal killer.
If I double-click on a photo in the catalog tab to see it bigger, the software switches to the selected photo large in the middle of the screen and a row of thumbnails underneath. There was no intuitive way to go back to the default catalog "checkerboard" view.
Clicking on the Catalog tab doesn't work, because technically I am still in the catalog function. But the Catalog has two different views. So it takes two clicks to get back to the checkerboard view. Onc click on the edit tab, then another click on the catalog tab to go back to the checkerboard view.
There are also not any onscreen left and right arrows to "scroll" through the photos in the catalog. I can only select them from the thumbnails. Although the keyboard arrow keys do work. Left and right arrow select the next picture from the ribbon. But the up arrow key should be programmed to take me back up out of the ribbon view and to the default checkerboard catalog view. THERE ARE TWO VIEW IN CATALOG. Make it EASY to go between them.
I hate that I cannot adjust the radius of the brush in Dodge and Burn with the brush on top of the photograph. I need to see the exact size of the brush on the photo. The [ ] bracket keys do not change the size of the brush. The left bracket key actually goes to the next photo to the right in the thumbnail ribbon. Why is it changing photos while i am in EDIT mode?? The LEFT bracket key, this one [ should at least select the photo on the ribbon to the left. I need a fast and easy way to adjust brushes without moving the mouse back to the menu.
I should be able to adjust the radius of the brush while the brush is positioned over the photo. Moving my mouse back to the menus on the right to change brush size doesn't cut it. It is slow, clunky, and doesn't let me adjust the brush on top of the photo. Deal killer, horrible interface.
Also, nothing in AI works with Better Touch Tool which makes the Apple Mac touch bar work. BTT users may write a tool for Luminar AI, but you should have done it so on day one, users can use BTT to change brush radius. BTT works in Luminar 4.
The Topaz Sharpen AI and Topaz Denoise AI program work as add-ons in Luminar 4. They do not work at all in Luminar AI. There isn't even a menu for them and the Edit In Menu only shows Skylum products and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
I read Skylum's answer and it appears you are stubbornly holding on to the No Layers decision, even thought the users seem to want layers back in some form. I can live with local adjustments, it is actually a decent idea.
But if removing layers kills all other companies' Add-ons, that is not a trade off I am willing to accept. This decision too will drive me to request a refund and stay on Luminar 4 until you begin to listen to and respect your users.
You can lead us to change with better tools and you have. No one is begging you to go back to looks. But you cannot take away tools we rely on without providing an effective substitute.
All the old looks are not sorted in any way, just a long list of each look. So I have no idea which package they came from.
No signature logos
No adjustment to textures other than flip and zoom, and zoom out does not go far enough out.
Third party add-ons are dead in Luminar AI.
Adjustable Gradient that can allow top and bottom to be adjusted differently is gone too. No idea why. Although, t I suppose it can be done in local adjustment, but using 2 of the 10 local adjustments, doing one area first, copying the gradient, inverting it, and then doing the second area. But adjustable gradient let the user do everything on one page, easily going back and forth from top to bottom to top.
The rest are bugs, not design decisions and bugs can be fixed. To fix these design deficiencies will require an attitude adjustment and I just don't see that happening at Skylum. I don't think AI will fail, it will attract a whole new market of users. But the cost will be losing the professional users you have now.
BUGS IN THE COMMUNITY:
IN THE TOPIC POP UP MENU THERE IS NOT AN ENTRY FOR LUMINAR AI. you should anticipate a lot of discussion about AI, yet in the community, you are totally unprepared for it.
Clicking and holding in the T box at the top of the details window just brings up a white box. I am in dark mode on my Mac. It is actually when I hover over it WHITE ON WHITE text with a series of menus saying Normal, Code, and Header 1 ,2 ,and 3. It is not programmed correctly for Mac OS Dark Mode.
However, as I just discovered in Edit mode of a previously submitted post, the text menus display correctly in dark mode as black letters on a white background in edit.But not in compse.
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