Photolemur 3 review: highly recommended
Photolemur is an automatic photo enhancer that uses Artificial Intelligence to enhance your pictures, be it RAW files or jpegs. You can use it directly by drag and dropping images onto the interface directly or from applications such as Windows Photos, or both Mac and Windows versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Previous versions and Skylum
Photolemur has been around for a few years, and earlier versions weren’t really worth the expense as you can read here in my original Photolemur 1 and 2 review.
But since Skylum (or Macphun as it used to be called) bought this technology, a few important things have changed. No longer can we say that images look over processed. In fact the enhancements look very natural with a good degree of added sharpness, contrast and vibrancy. And a few new features that I will talk about later.
Besides JPEG, TIFF and DNG files, RAW files are now also supported. If you are a castle free jpeg only shooter, I would highly recommend to start shooting in RAW camera format and quickly running everything through Photolemur 3 for a more polished and generally more eye-pleasing image.
Photolemur 3.0 in use
It’s a simple matter of drag and dropping photos, or choose images using the ‘Import’ button in order to gain access to the advanced Photolemur third generation technology. After the logarithmic calculations have been made, you can view the difference between the quality of the original image and Photolemur’s edit. This by using the ‘before/after’ slider. To save the photo, simply click on the ‘Export’ button and choose any of the export options.
What I especially like in this new and tweaked version of Photolemur are the Facial retouch and Eye enlarger functionalities. Let’s look at these functions and see what they do with real life images.
The new Facial Retouch tool can be used to improve the look of skin and teeth and remove eye circles and wrinkles. You should look at this as a photoshop lite version which makes enhancements similar to what a plugin like Perfectly Clear does. It’s a method that retouches faces without getting a fake “photoshopped” or iPhone processed look.
The results are similar to pictures taken of your subject on a good day, with enough sleep and feeling happy.
Photolemur 3.0 also has a brand new Eye Enlarger tool. It can recognize and enlarge eyes for a more awake and I had my coffee look. Again, it’s not exaggerated at all but a slight enhancement that makes all the difference to the final picture. Your subject will be happy and so will you.
There are now 6 uniques styles available in Photolemur 3, which can be applied to your photos to make any image look perfect. Think of them as presets for a different look or feel, without the hassle of image processing software like Lightroom or Photoshop.
We’ll have a look at the available presets. We’l start off with the original image, a horseman from the Nomad games held in Kyrgyztan last September 2018. Fantastic experience with lots of photo opportunities by the way.
The Photolemur 3 “Evolve” preset adds more warm tones and increases both local and global contrast. It’s reminiscent of Kodak film from the early seventies.
The “Apollo” preset takes us back to the mid sixties with a shift in both reds and greens. Great for blogging or instagram.
Another retro style preset, “Fall” increases saturation I the red channel for a warmer, vintage final image.
The “Noble” preset does not have such a big impact than many of the other presets, instead it decreases some saturation and flattens the tune curve like what would happen in analogue film.
The “Spirited” preset is a more modern take on Fuji analogue film. Works well on some images though not on this particular one that already has lots of earth tones.
The “Mono” preset is currently the only black and white preset available. I think it’s a good idea to leaver the interface as simple as possible as Photolemur 3 should be RAW images on autopilot without too much hassle. The “Mono” preset is a nice B&W conversion though, with lots of contrast for a classic black and white look.
New Export and batch processing functionality
It’s now possible to export directly to SmugMug and seamlessly apply Settings to all images; for me, the big advantage is that you can make a preset and apply Boost, Styles, and Facial Retouch to a batch of images. Easy for your landscape shots or that series from the wedding.
Use Photolemur as a Windows Photos extension
1. Checkmark Photolemur in System Preferences > Extensions.
2. Open a photo in Photos and go to the editing screen by clicking the edit button.
3. Click on “Extensions” and choose Photolemur.
4. Photolemur will launch in extension mode. After the magic is done you can set the intensity of the adjustments using our opacity slider.
5. When you’re satisfied with the result click on “Save Changes”. The edited photo will automatically return to Photos.
Photolemur as a Lightroom and Photoshop plugin
Yes. To use Photolemur as a Lightroom plugin! Simply click on Photolemur – Install plugins during installation and you’ll see the plug-ins appear when you restart.
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