A new update of Darkroom app introduces a significant upgrade to its already great iPhone photo editor. It now includes AI-generated masks that can, for example, allow instant selection of a person’s hair, skin, and teeth. Users can also select other elements of the scene, such as foreground and background, with a single touch. Many features are free, and a trial subscription unlocks even more. A hands-on test confirms that the stunning new mask selections work as advertised, reliably isolating elements for quick and easy adjustments to perfect a shot.
RAW photography was once the domain of expensive DSLR cameras, high-end computer systems, and specialty software. Users needed it to enjoy the higher quality possible with this format. However, this has changed drastically over the past few years as smartphones have started gaining the ability to capture and even edit RAW photos. In 2020, Apple took the improvements even further with its ProRAW format that retains uncompressed image quality while applying AI enhancements that give smartphone cameras the ability to compete with dedicated cameras.
dark room has long been recognized as an excellent RAW photo editor, but the latest update makes it more useful than ever. New AI-powered masks create a three-dimensional map of the scene in a photo, enabling depth-based color and exposure adjustments to correct and refine in difficult lighting conditions. Even more remarkable is the AI-enhanced subject masking that automatically creates masks for hair, skin, glasses, teeth, and a general mask around the subject. A ProRAW image or a photo with portrait blur can be quickly and easily captured and refined directly on an iPhone without the need to transfer it to a computer. If everything looks good, but the skin tone is off, pressing on the skin mask adjusts it separately from the rest of the image. Users can lighten hair highlights and refine details without affecting the face. This is breakthrough technology that improves the semi-automated masking of competitive systems, and users can use these features for free. Additional options are available as a subscription or one-time purchase, providing lifetime access. Darkroom posted a demo video on Twitter, it sounds almost too good to be true, but it works, even on difficult topics.
Darkroom for iPad and Mac
Darkroom is available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers, and all three have this AI masking capability. A nice aspect of the app is that a lifetime subscription or purchase makes the app available on all three devices and even supports family sharing. A monthly subscription costs $5, while the annual subscription is 50% off at $30. If used for two and a half years or more, the best value is the “Unlock All Forever” option, which costs $75. For an app that’s updated every few weeks and new features several times a year, a Darkroom-Plus purchase is a great deal for anyone interested in the advanced features that can be unlocked.
Darkroom-Plus unlocks export with masks, more advanced color and curve tools, premium filters, watermark capability with text or image, and video processing. Being able to use Darkroom’s photo tools on video is somewhat incredible, allowing for a degree of control that’s hard to match. Even AI masks work on video when Darkroom-Plus is unlocked. Darkroom’s iPhone app is recognized as a serious competitor to Adobe Lightroom. This new update could tip the scales towards Darkroom appespecially since a Darkroom-Plus purchase works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers.
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