Last updated on March 7th, 2023 at 12:08 am
Artificial intelligence just can’t keep out of anything, can it? Now, we’ve got AI photo editors. Image editing is getting more and more sophisticated with AI-powered photo tools to take the grunt work off your hands so you can spend more time doing what you truly enjoy.
So what is the best AI photo editor? Adobe sure has a leg or two in this race but there are many other image editing software to choose from. You have to know what is important to you before you make your purchase.
Follow me while I dig into some of the most popular AI photo editing software in 2022.
12 Best AI Photo Editing Software – Free and Paid
Adobe Photoshop CC
And where the heck would we be without the Grand Poobah of AI photo editing?
Adobe Photoshop CC is arguably the most popular AI photo editor on the market. It is no stranger to incorporating artificial intelligence in its wide range of imaging applications. The Neural Filters are the pinnacle of AI achievement. With a single click, you may entirely alter your subject’s facial expression, hair thickness, and other features.
The software, in turn, began correcting pictures all over the world (and aspects of an image that were previously beyond their control). Adobe processes and analyzes the photos and maps out where individual parts of the face are, giving good control over modifications.
Next, there’s Sky Replacement, which is comparable to Topaz Labs Masking and Luminar, among others. Cover the sky area with a photo of your choice, then tone the non-masked regions of your picture. New AI masking choices have spontaneously developed in Adobe’s 2019 version, including Subject Detection. You used to be able to ask Photoshop to detect a subject; however, it wasn’t particularly great. Whatever is included in this new version is excellent; the mask is extremely precise and makes editing easy peasy mac and cheesy.
Adobe Photoshop CC Features
- Retro filters.
- Creative blur.
- Color effects.
- Neural filters.
- Sky replacement.
Adobe Photoshop CC Pricing
Adobe comes with a 7-day free trial. There are three pricing plans:
Photoshop: $20.99 per month
Photography: $19.99 per month
All apps: $54.99 per month
Adobe Photoshop CC Pros and Cons
- An extremely large array of tools
- The accuracy!
- One of the best
-Available by subscription only.
-Their older versions are standalone and can be very expensive.
ImagenAI is a sophisticated AI photo editor that aims to function as your new automated process. Unlike the photo editors on our list, ImagenAI doesn’t make change judgments for you; instead, it learns and mimics your own editing style before applying it to additional images.
ImagenAI begins to duplicate your modifications as soon as you feed it enough data from your past libraries and edits. The better it performs, the more photographs you provide it.
In addition, ImagenAI offers a podcast called “Workflows” in which the guests are top-notch photographers who share their knowledge and stories.
- Knowledge center with FAQ
- Edit your photos in the same style as many top photographers.
Imagen offers a free trial, and here’s where things get a bit confusing: the pricing is pay per use but you need to pay $7 per month. If you don’t use the full amount, you will be charged regardless. BUT, it will be used as a credit in the future.
ImagenAI Pros and Cons
- Consistent results.
- Takes the gruntwork out of your editing.
- It cannot pick out what images you want to use for your signature style.
- No ranking or grouping of photos.
- The pricing structure is a head-shaker.
Leawo PhotoIns is an AI photo editor with technology that aims to make editing photos as simple as possible. It includes Batch Photo Enhance and Batch Background Erase in addition to Photo Enhancer and Picture BG Remover.
The Photo Enhancer module can improve the look of your portrait photographs by enhancing eyes, removing freckles, smoothing wrinkles, retouching skin, and more. It may also make landscape pictures appear more pleasant and vibrant by increasing dynamic range and sharpness, white balance and exposure adjustment, color and contrast improvement, etc.
- Color and lens correction
- Noise reduction
- White balancing
Leawo PhotosIns pricing comes at either a 1-year or Lifetime subscription.
Leawo Pros and Cons
- The support of RAW photos works wonderfully, especially if you are a pro.
- Good value.
- Easy to use.
- No free trial.
Luminar AI is a photo editing software from the Skylum family. It has a number of capabilities, including skin correction, fine detail highlighting, landscape repair, and atmosphere enrichment such as fog, etc.
Luminar is billed as the world’s first truly AI editing software; it employs machine learning to determine how to make the most precise and realistic changes possible for your photos.
- Simplified and Traditional Chinese
Luminar AI Features
- Can use on Windows and Mac.
- Templates available.
- You can edit the body, face, atmosphere, background, contrast, composition, and many more.
- Layers, masking, and batch processing.
Luminar AI Pricing
You can buy Luminar AI for either $47 or $79. I say this as at the time of writing this article there is a sale for the former that doesn’t have much time left.
However, Skylum is not above throwing in some extra software in the name of upselling, even though the extra software is at a discount. For the $67 package, you will get Aurora HDR thrown in for free. For the $118 package, Aurora HDR and Luminar Neo.
Take note: the license is per computer.
Luminar AI Pros and Cons
- Lifetime license.
- Several features to perfect your photos.
- Supports 11 languages.
- You have to buy a license for each computer you want Luminar AI on.
- There are certain hardware specifications you need to have to use it.
Lunacy AI is a free upscaling program that increases images’ resolution in one click. It takes 10-15 seconds to process the picture automatically and without loss of quality. The background remover, which speeds up tedious picture manipulation, allows you to turn any photograph into a transparent backdrop.
Lunacy also has an avatar generator in which you can create user avatars for such items as contact lists or testimonials. You can choose the avatar’s gender, age, physical characteristics, and emotions. The text generator is another noteworthy feature. It produces stand-in placeholder texts for your interfaces automatically.
- 18 languages supported.
- Avatar generator.
- Background remover.
- Text generator.
Free! However, there are some paid plans in the works.
Lunacy Pros and Cons
- Available on Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Relatively speedy.
- Did I mention it’s free?
- A bug here and a bug there. Not everywhere a bug bug, though.
Movavi Picverse is an AI photo editing software that has a simple user interface and a variety of editing capabilities. It can remove a picture’s background, add a new backdrop, and colorize black-and-white photos. This program also allows you to add text, change typefaces, and open RAW files into JPEGs automatically.
Movavi Picverse Features
- Photo retouching.
- Customized sharpness adjustment.
- Noise reduction
- Old photo restoration
Movavi Picverse Pricing
There is a free version of Movavi, but there are stipulations: you only get full use of everything for three days and the photos are watermarked. If you decide to buy it, the price is set at a flat $49.95.
Movavi Picverse Pros and Cons
- Easy to use.
- Tons of filters.
- The usual of not having all the goodies with the free version.
- If you want a mobile version, you will have to buy it separately.
- No erase option.
Corel Paintshop Pro
Corel Paintshop Pro is a somewhat unusual product on our list because it has both helpful features such as resampling image sizes and reducing noise, as well as fantastic tools for those who want to style their photos.
Overall, Corel Paintshop Pro is a fantastic painting program. It has all the necessary tools for both painters and photographers. Resampling photos in Corel Paintshop Pro is an excellent approach to boost low-resolution or teeny photographs. AI technology is used to “expand” pixels in a fairly precise manner in Corel Paintshop Pro. The denoise tool works similarly, removing splotchy spots from high-ISO pictures.
Corel Paintshop Pro Features
- Graphic design.
- Scratch remover.
- Noise removal.
- White balance.
Corel Paintshop Pricing
PaintShop Pro has a 30 day free trial and after that, you can buy it for $39.99, which is down from $79.99.
Corel Paintshop Pros and Cons
- Speedy AI analysis.
- Supports over 50 import formats and 50 export formats.
- Exclusive only to Windows OS.
The Skylum Aurora HDR is another one of their products, and it’s ideal for landscape and architectural photographers. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a post-processing technique in which the shadows, highlights, and mid tones are all properly exposed, revealing all of the details. Great HDR makes for a dynamic picture that leaps off the screen. Poor HDR begins to resemble an oversaturated video game image when it isn’t done well.
Aurora HDR Features
- Black and white conversion.
Aurora HDR Pricing
Aurora HDR is at the flat fee of $99. There is a 30-day money back guarantee if you wish to purchase it and the license is good for 5 computers.
Aurora HDR Pros and Cons
- Offers video tutorials.
- Can be stand-alone or plug-in.
- Needs more advanced selection tools.
- Expensive for what it offers.
- Need a whole lot of CPU to get this baby running.
Hold up! What’s the difference between Luminar AI and Aurora HDR if they’re both from the same company?
Luminar: more for editing and enhancements.
Aurora HDR: merging multiple images and enhanced design.
Topaz is a program that improves the colors and details of your photographs. It uses artificial intelligence to improve photo quality instead of the conventional techniques used by editors, which are quicker but less successful in terms of improving photos. This one takes more time to run, but the results are worth it. You can either use Topaz as a standalone program or a plugin.
Topaz Labs Features
Topaz Labs Pricing
Topaz has a free trial. However, each of Topaz’s items such as the Gigapixel AI and the Denoise AI all has to be purchased separately, which can get rather expensive.
Topaz Labs Pros and Cons
- Works on Mac and Windows.
- Excellent for fixing out of focus images.
- There is also a video enhancer.
- Instead of one software, it is multiple software that you have to purchase either in a package or separately.
- No Linux versions.
The AI capability in Lensa analyzes the uploaded picture and then creates modifications based on what the photo may benefit from, such as adding depth of field and retouching skin. Each automatic process may also be manually modified, allowing you to make changes in any part of the image where the AI wasn’t quite good enough.
- Perfect skin smoothing for your selfies.
- Background adjustment.
- Also has manual modifications.
Lensa offers subscriptions at either $29.99 annually or $7.99 monthly.
Lensa Pros and Cons
- Can be used in open camera mode.
- Easy to use.
- Very streamlines.
- Generic filters.
- The background removal needs work.
- No airbrushing options.
- Can be pricey.
All of the Photoshop functions that must be manually used and applied for each image are now done automatically by Retouchpro.ai. Our neural network has been educated on a huge data set of photos, so it understands typical characteristics of real things like background, lighting, labels, material, texture, and so on.
After the network recognizes these characteristics in the photos submitted, it creates a precise object mask that may be used to alter the original picture by removing the thing outlined by this mask from the background, determining where to place a drop shadow, and so on.
- Cropping and resizing.
- Background removal.
- Bulk image processing.
- 100 images published per month.
Retouchpro.ai offers a 14-day free trial. Afterward, it is $9.95 per month.
Retouchpro.ai Pros and Cons
- Easy to use.
- Watermark generation.
- API access, but you will need to contact Retouchpro to access it.
- The UI can be confusing.
- Navigation can be difficult.
Slazzer is an artificial-intelligence photo remover that may instantly remove the background from your pictures, and it may be beneficial in a variety of circumstances. It can be used on photographs with people, automobiles, animals, buildings, goods, and just about anything else. It does the task without taking hours to do so, and it maintains precision. You can save the cleaned background as transparent or replace it with a new one of your choosing after it has been removed.
- Background removal.
- Third-party integrations with such tools as Photoshop, WooCommerce, Figma, and Sketch.
Slazzer Pros and Cons
- Excellent Quality.
- No need to write code.
- Free package.
- You need an internet connection in order to use it.
AI Photo Editing Tools FAQ
How is AI used in photography?
According to AnalyticSteps,
“AI has been introduced into photography by manufacturers for several years now. If you own a smartphone, you have already access to a variety of AI tools. For example, AI in photography entails your camera’s computer recognizing specific scenes.”
and the examples that are listed are:
- Background recognition
- Zooming and enhancement
- Facial recognition
Many phones and cameras today have AI tools as part of their features, some you may have used before and was not even aware of it. (IE — the zooming and enhancement.)
Can robots replace photographers?
It depends. There are drone cameras out there taking pictures but those are more for massive landscapes and situations where it is too dangerous for humans to travel.
Given that beauty is subjective and with what may be considered photograph-worthy, AI will never replace photographers.
What is AI in photo editing?
According to Photolemur.com
“Artificial Intelligence – is a technology that turns the manual tasks in photo editing into simple semi-automatic actions. For example, with an AI photo editor you can retouch your portraits in a few clicks, without hard manipulations with brushes and masks. AI technology is trendy in photo editing because it allows to save time and get great results, especially during the first steps.”
AI-powered photo editing is here to stay. It actually has been around for a while if you noticed some of the camera features on your phone. A good AI photo editing tool can help decrease repetitive tasks and make your photo experiences more fun.
In addition, many of the above offer free trials and/or free versions, so there is plenty of choices for you.
Which AI photo editor do you recommend? Let us know in the comments.
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