Luminar NEO: How to use the Face AI Tool

luminar neo Oct 27, 2022
Luminar NEO Face AI

The Face AI tool is part of the Luminar NEO Portrait Tools designed to improve Portrait photos naturally. The Face AI tool allows you to selectively target a subject's face features and adjust them as per your need. It has over 15 sliders to create an unlimited amount of portrait looks.

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In this article:

  • What is Face AI
  • Introducing Face AI sliders
  • Getting started with Face AI
  • Video tutorial
  • Luminar NEO



What is Face AI

Using face recognition technology, the Face AI tool selectively targets a subject’s face, eyes, and mouth. It’s even intelligent enough to recognize a side profile portrait.



Introducing Face AI sliders



Face Light

Adjust the lighting of a face without impacting the rest of the scene. Emulate a flash or reflector aimed at the face.

Slim Face

This is a useful technology to realistically contour and shape a face. Make the face proportionally smaller and naturally slim, achieving more attractive results in your portraits. It’s also useful to correct lens distortion on a face.




This drop-down allows you to change the color or overall look of the iris. You can choose between Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Hazel, Honey, and Mint as well as exotic looks (Cat and Owl). The Original option leaves the iris color unchanged.

Iris Visibility

This slider allows you to adjust the intensity of the Iris setting. Increasing its value makes the Iris adjustments more intense while decreasing it allows more of the natural iris color to show through.

Iris Flare

This slider adds a flare to the lower portion of the iris. Adding flare can make darker irises brighter and more visible.

Enlarge Eyes

This slider makes squinting eyes more pronounced. To enlarge a subject’s eyes, increase the value of this slider.

Eye Whitening

Use this slider to whiten the pupils to enhance the eyes.

Eye Enhancer

Enhance a person’s eyes to make them sharper and more expressive.

Dark Circle Removal

Easily remove dark circles or shadows below the eye.

Red Eye Removal

Fix red-eye problems caused by flash.

Eyebrow Improve

Thicken and darken eyebrows for stronger framing of the eyes.



Lips Saturation

Enhance the color of the lips.

Lips Redness

Increase the redness of the lips.

Lips Darkening

Lower the luminosity of lips.

Teeth Whitening

Brighten all smiles in a portrait.



Getting started with Face AI

To use the Face AI Tool, simply open a portrait photo in Luminar NEO and adjust it with the 15 sliders available in the Face, Eyes and Mouth sections to create the desired look. The Face adjustments will allow you to add flash and reflector light and adjust the shape of the subject's face. The Eyes section will allow you to easily change the subject's eye color, apply eye whitening, remove red eyes and dark circles. Finally, the Mouth section will help you to adjust saturation, redness and darkening of the lips as well as apply some additional teeth whitening.

TIP 👍: The tool will be applied to all the subjects in the photo (all people). To edit subjects individually, use the Masking tool and a combination of multiple adjustments (more in the video below).

Face AI: 

  1. Open the portrait image in Luminar NEO using the Add Photos button (Cmd/Ctrl + O) in the Catalog module (L).
  2. Move to the Edit module (E).
  3. Open the Face AI tool in the Portrait section of the main toolbar.
  4. Work your way through the tool, starting from the top by adjusting the face. 



Face AI video tutorial

Watch the full video tutorial covering all sliders in this tool.




Luminar NEO

Luminar Neo is the latest editing software from Skylum. It was announced back in September 2021, and it's been highly anticipated since.

Luminar Neo is an AI-powered photo editing software. Skylum has said that Neo isn’t replacing their previous release—Luminar AI. But Neo sets out to fix some of the issues users faced with Luminar AI.

We were impressed with the AI tools in Luminar AI. But like many others, we encountered performance issues. Luminar Neo uses the same AI tools, but the new high-speed core engine improves speed and performance.

Luminar Neo isn’t just more of the same. We’re happy to see Skylum has taken Neo in a different direction, adding layer and mask AI tools to the program. This broadens Neo’s appeal, taking it in an Adobe Photoshop direction.

Learn more about Luminar NEO here.

Use one of our discount codes: CPNEO10 will give you a 10% discount - CP10 will give you a $10 discount.


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