As the world moves forward, technology is advancing with every day that passes. Artificial Intelligence (AI), a technology that was believed to only be implemented in the distant future, is practically mandatory today. It is everywhere – every company in just about every niche is employing AI to some degree.
This is certainly the case with photo editing applications. In this article, we shall take a look at different ways in which AI has changed the photo editing space and examples of AI-driven photo editing tools.
Ways In Which AI Has Changed Photo Editing
AI is generally used to perform manual, repetitive tasks quickly so that the editor does not have to do the same and focus on other tasks. Here are some ways in which AI has changed photo editing:
With traditional methods, selective editing was often a tedious process because you would have to mask certain areas and carefully select subject edges…which would take a lot of time. While manual masking is doable, it is hardly a viable solution because of how tedious it is to be accurate. However, with AI now in the mix, automatic masking is possible with only a few clicks in a matter of minutes.
Helps You Choose Your Best Photos
Photographers generally have to sift through hundreds of photographs before the zero in on a select few pictures that stand out. This process needs to take place multiple times to finally get the ones they want and it usually takes a few hours. Some photographers would wager that this is one of the most burdensome parts of editing.
AI can help choose the best photos, thus reducing human error and saving heaps of time in the process, and allowing you to focus on what matters: editing.
Upscaling Low Resolution Images
A widely discussed advantage of AI in photo editing is its ability to upscale low resolution images. Meaning, it can turn low resolution images into high resolution images. Photographers generally turn to Photoshop for upscaling. However, Photoshop’s algorithms are basic when compared to AI.
Moreover, AI is useful to newbie photographers and editors who do not have a firm grasp over tools like Photoshop.
Disadvantage of AI in Photo Editing
The main disadvantage of AI in photo editing is the lack of creativity. While AI helps newbies and veterans come up with pro-level edits, it also limits their creativity since they have less control over their photographs. AI does not pave the way for new styles and creativity.
Here are some AI-powered tools that you can look into if you want to streamline your editing:
Background removers are a thing. As the name suggests, a background remover tool removes the background from your image at the click of a button. Erase.bg is one such tool that lets you remove background from your image and download a high resolution version of the final image in seconds.
To use the tool, all you have to do is head to their official website, upload your image and wait for Erase.bg to process your image. Once this is done, it will display both the original and final images. Click to download a high resolution version of the processed image (5000 px x 5000 px) for free.
Erase.bg is known for its ease of use, quick background removal, and quality final images at no cost.
2. Luminar AI
If you are looking for an all-round, comprehensive photo editing tool with a barrage of features, Luminar AI is the tool for you. Similar to Adobe Lightroom in its interface, Luminar AI makes for a fantastic photo editor and organizer. Meaning, you can use its tools to edit your photos and organize them efficiently.
Luminar AI has a selection of preset workspaces including:
- Quick & Awesome
- Aerial Photography
- Black and White
Luminar AI also allows you to create your own preset workspaces. Luminar has multiple pricing plans:
- computer: INR 3331, INR 4900, INR 6956.
- computers: INR 4164, INR 6273, INR 8320
3. Corel Paintshop Pro
Corel Paintshop Pro is a nifty tool that lets you polish your images without having to spend time navigating the software. It is not as advanced as many other tools on the market but can give you the results you need.
Corel Paintshop Pro’s Photography Workspace is specially designed for photographers and allows them to streamline their workflow. It is also touch-ready, which means that you may use a tablet to run the software.
It offers a wide variety of features including:
- Excellent user experience
- AI enhanced presets
- RAW image processing
- 360-degree photo editing
- Layers and masks
- Refine brush for selections
- SmartClone technology
- A comprehensive range of graphic design tools and templates
- Photo editing options like blur and fix
Here are its pricing plans: Paintshop Pro 2022 (INR 4,829), Paintshop Pro 2022 Ultimate (INR 6,019), Photo Video Bundle Ultimate (INR 10,330).
AI has managed to make waves in the photo editing space, primarily delivering convenience, quality, and saving heaps of time in the process. Its primary disadvantage is that it limits creativity. That said, the pros of AI in the photo editing space greatly outweigh the cons, making AI an essential part of photography and editing. There is an AI powered tool perfectly suited for just about every purpose, editors of various experience levels, and so on. If you are a newbie, going for a tool like Erase.bg or Corel Paintshop Pro should help you. If you happen to be more experienced, Luminar AI and similar tools will help you get the results you want.