VERDICT: Photolemur 3 is an image editor that automatically transforms your photos with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. The software provides high-quality images without the hassle of manual editing, and is a serious contender in Photolemur vs Luminar stand-off.
At first glance, Photolemur 3 seems to be aimed at beginner photographers. However, thanks to RAW format and batch editing support, this program can also be a useful tool for professional photographers, who don’t always have time to edit each image manually.
Can Photolemur replace Photoshop or Lightroom? No, but as you’ll see from my Photolemur review, it can complement them. Given the affordable price of the product, this program can become a decent tool for any photographer.
Photolemur 3 does everything it can to ensure your digital images will have optimal lighting, correct color tones, and more after a single mouse click. The only drawback is that a user has practically no control over the result.
The software has one of the simplest UIs I’ve ever seen: a simple text box offers you to either drag-and-drop or import your images from a specific folder, and that’s it!
Photolemur 3 uses 14 “smart” technologies, supports RAW and other popular image formats. There are only 3 steps you need to take to edit a photo: upload images, wait for the program to analyze and enhance them automatically using AI technologies, and adjust the result with the help of the Smart Slider.
Learning Photolemur’s features won’t take a lot of your time. All functions, including natural color restoration and smart blur, are applied automatically after the program analyzes your images.
The interface has a bare minimum of buttons and tabs. You can move one or several images to the workspace or import photos by clicking the “Load Photo” button in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Next, you wait while the software edits the photos. The duration depends on the number of photographs that have to be edited and their format. RAW files take longer to be processed than JPEG.
Once the image editing is done, all the photos appear at the bottom of the screen. To select one of them, simply click on it. By default, all photographs are shown with a slider in the middle to help you see the “before” and “after” effect. Thanks to the slider, you can track changes made to specific image areas.
There’s another slider under the image. As you can see from this Photolemur 3 review, this is basically the only tool that is controlled by the user and not the program. It allows you to control the applied effect.
You can set the slider from “Realistic” to “Vivid”. The closer the slider is to “Realistic,” the subtler the applied effect is, and vice versa, the result near the “Vivid” point, will be more noticeable and bright.
How to make the skies brighter while preserving their natural look? With the help of the Sky Enhancement function. The program detects skies, adds sharpness to clouds, planes, and birds, and makes the blue tones deeper.
I found the changes to be a bit excessive, even though the applied effect highlighted some details that didn’t stand out enough originally. In the end, it all comes down to your personal preference of whether you’re looking for a more natural or more glamorous look.
Exposure Compensation automatically fixes the exposure of each image. You’ll receive photos that have a perfect balance of bright and dark tones.
For photographers, who are in love with portraits and selfies, the software offers the Face Retouching function. It recognizes the faces in the photo and automatically removes all imperfections.
The panel also has the Scissors icon. This tool can be used for cropping and rotating the image. You can pick one of the aspect rations (3:2, 1:1), freely crop the photo, or preserve the original aspect ratio.
The processed image can be saved in the needed format and quality with a single click and you can share it on social media sites or send it by email.
The photo editor has built-in filters, similar to those you can use on Instagram. To open the filter parameters, click the circle in the lower part of the screen. Choose the Apollo style to improve vacation photos or Mono for stylish black-and-white images.
Photolemur 3 AI uses machine technology each time it processes a photograph. This smart software recognizes the type of photo, detects various objects in the images, such as faces, buildings, mountains, and foliage. The algorithm analyzes each pixel to remove dim areas, improve colors, etc.
The paid version of the program allows you to upload and edit an unlimited number of photographs in a single click. By the way, the drag-and-drop function works equally well with a single image and a group of them. Drag entire folders of unedited files and marvel at a collection of bright JPEG photos in a couple of minutes.
The software automatically edits each image so you don’t have to worry about adjusting white balance or performing distortion correction for a specific photoshoot.
Once you’ve uploaded a pack of photos for editing, you’ll see a gallery of miniatures featuring all images. At this stage, you can double-click any image and adjust the settings for each photograph separately. Once you’ve made the adjustments, you don’t need to save anything, you can just return to the gallery and the Photolemur will remember your changes.
When you’re changing the parameters of a single image, you can right-click and choose “Apply these parameters to all images.” This is convenient to do when you’re working with images taken in the same style.
The paid version of the Photolemur can be used as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
In the image editor, press the main central button and select “Install plug-ins”. The program will find Photoshop or Lightroom automatically. Once you’re finished installing the plug-in, it will appear in the “Filters” section in Photoshop.
Skylum developer offers one free and 2 paid versions of this software. Photolemur 3 free doesn’t have an expiration date but is limited in functions as it lacks batch editing and plug-ins, has a max size of 1200px (longer side) for exported images, and adds a watermark. If you want to use Photolemur for batch editing, pick one of the paid licenses.
Single License can be purchased for $35 a year. This option is for you if you are the only one using the program and will only install it on a single device.
The Family License was created for working from 5 different devices and costs $55 for 2 years.
If you already have Photolemur installed, but the version was outdated, the developers offer you to update it for $15.
Additionally, on the official website, you can purchase Photolemur styles for the software for $12 each. The Rich style is meant for fashion, wedding, and lifestyle photographers. Fusion was designed for city, night, and party photography in mind, and Impress is best suited for sunrise images, twilight scenes, and all sorts of landscapes.
If you’ve read this Photolemur review and want to use this program as a Lightroom plug-in, then you should definitely try these free presets. They’ll make your photos brighter and more eye-catching in a matter of seconds.
This preset adds matte tones to a black-and-white color scheme. It’s perfect for portraits as it improves the skin texture’s lighting blemishes and hides harsh shadows.
A great tool for creating retro photos. The preset will help you create an old movie look, add noise and change the color scheme.
For fans of bright photographs with rich colors. Thanks to the increased contrast, the images also gain a pinkish tone.
This preset for party images adds shadows, bright halftones, and glares. The tool also colors the photos in blue tones.
This preset for dark photos is great for editing fashion images of all types and styles. After applying the filter, you’ll notice that the images became clearer and more contrast.