Skylum has added two new portrait retouching tools that are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to its mobile photo editing app, imgmi.
The two new tools, Skin AI and Body AI, are designed to help editors adjust skin and body shape in portraits through the editing app. The ethics of such changes aside, Skylum says the features make it easier to enhance a subject’s beauty — assuming the user’s concept of “beauty” corresponds to however the AI model was trained.
Skulum says that the Skin AI tool in imgmi analyzes an image and detects up to five people within it, then automatically “enhances and retouches” their skin while also providing the editor with control over how those adjustments are applied. The company says it can also smooth sin while “making sure small details like hair and eyelashes are sharp.”
Eventually, Skylum says that Skin AI will also be able to get rid of “skin imperfections” including acne, freckles, and moles. Especially since this is a mobile application, Skylum’s goal is to make these changes extremely easy to execute and quick as well. The company says that the “time-consuming masking routine” has been automated and can instead be accomplished in a few clicks.
To achieve even more extreme results, Skylum has added a Body AI tool that allows the editor to shape a subject’s torso and abdomen.
“It has two sliders: Shape slims or adds volume to a subject’s torso, while Abdomen pinches in a subject’s abdomen to remove volume,” Skylum says. “Results are instant and precise, highlighting the people in the photo.”
These kinds of changes that go to these lengths to alter a person’s look are, generally, considered to be an ethically gray area. While there is certainly a spectrum of what is considered “okay” for editing a person’s appearance, going so far as to remove freckles and moles and change the shape of a body likely teeter over the line of what is considered truthful and honest. Professional photo editors, generally, frown heavily on such wholesale edits.
These updates are, at least, in line with the original goal of imgmi. The app, launched last September, debuted with the promise that it would help editors eliminate “undesirable” elements in photos and make them more attractive to a wider audience.
If none of that is a concern, the updates to Skylum imgmi roll out today and are available on Android and iOS devices.
Image credits: Skylum