The German startup Neurapix has taken photo and image editing to a new speed level with its AI-powered software for learning from a user’s previous editing choices.
As you use the platform more, it learns and applies your tendencies to automate photo editing up to a rapid-fire speed of 600 images per minute.
According to the startup, photographers can reduce the quantity of their Lightroom or Photoshop editing by as much as 80% simply by using Neurapix for a while.
Basically, the software acts as a sort of “personal image editing assistant” according to Neurapix, and the company asserts that its software will use AI to effectively learn a person’s specific photographic and editing style.
What the software learns about this can then be processed through a specific Lightroom plugin that lets photographers process their photos semi-automatically in a way that imitates previous photo editing sessions.
Neurapix doesn’t simply copy and paste adjustment settings from your own previous editing sessions. Instead, the software adapts itself to editing images so that they contextually look “correct” based on your overall preferences, regardless of the photo subject.
The startup calls this software feature “SmartPreset” and claims that its platform has been used on more than 20 million photos so far in 2022 and early 2023.
According to the platform, “The SmartPreset, as opposed to a traditional static preset for Lightroom, is powered by artificial intelligence.
“This allows the SmartPreset to understand and learn from a photographer’s individual editing style through his/her past edits.
Neurapix also adds, “As a result, it can consistently apply the learned style to future images in Lightroom, especially in various lighting situations. This capability was previously only achievable through tedious manual slider adjustments.”
Overall, Neurapix claims that its software lets photographers save a lot of time because it auto-sets all of the sliders that they prefer for their specific editing style.
One noteworthy detail about the startup’s claims is that they’ve been vague about photo editing speed. In some cases, Neurapix has claimed 600 images per minute and in others roughly 1000 images in five minutes, which means “only” 200 per minute.
Even the lowest of these specs is pretty fast and definitely beats what a human photographer could achieve manually in just a few minutes.
For beginner photographers who aren’t sure about the style they want to start with, Neurapix even has a SmartPreset store that it has filled with preset styles already used by other pro photographers.
The software platform promises that despite all the automation, its AI auto-editing software doesn’t affect a photographer’s ability to fully control the style of their workflow.
According to Neurapix, “despite this automation, photographers still maintain full control over the editing process and have the ability to fine-tune the slider values as needed for their RAW files,”
The startup also explains that its SmartPreset software continuously reviews a photographer’s post-processing adjustments to refine its understanding of how a user wants their images to look once edited.
This particular brand isn’t the first or only company to offer a service like this. To name one example, ImagenAI, launched in April of 2022, offered something very similar, though at a price of $0.05 a photo with no limit, and drops in price if a customer upgrades to an annual plan.
Neurapix undercuts this competitor’s price scheme by charging just $0.03 per photo up to 1000 images, at which point it reduces the per-photo price down to $0.02 for any quantity beyond that.
Basically, a photographer using Neurapix would pay roughly $30 for their first AI-edited 1000 photos with the platform and $20 per 1000 photos after that. How well this AI-powered editing process handles its job is something that we’ll leave open for debate.
Though Neurapix is a cloud-based editing platform, the startup claims that “Data security is a top priority for Neurapix,”
They further elaborate, “The photos that are transferred for AI training and editing are processed exclusively on the company’s own servers in Germany, allowing Neurapix to ensure the security of all customer data. All processes are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”
Despite this, Neurapix claims that it soon plans on letting users handle edits locally on their devices with the platform’s AI tools. The platform also wants to introduce a subscription model in addition to its current tiered piecemeal pricing model.
With the proliferation of AI photo-generating tools such as Midjourney and others, it should be no surprise that augmented photo editing with AI is becoming ever more popular.
In the near future, we can expect to see more of these tools taking over an increasingly complex portion of photographers’ personal photo editing needs.