About Skylum Luminar

As a leading provider of quality software, Skylum is sought after by professional photographers, audio experts, and more. Turn your black and white photos into priceless pics with the Tonality photo editing software, or edit your audio files to a professional standard with the Noiseless app.
For a while now, editing photos has been about more than just Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. A number of other companies have popped up in recent years like mushrooms after the rain. One that you may have heard about is the company Skylum, with its Luminar Neo software. Does the inclusion of AI in its algorithms mean a revolution in photo editing?

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Skylum Luminar Pros & Cons


  • Value for your money
  • It saves a lot of time
  • Easy to use
  • Great integration capabilities


  • No keyword tagging
  • No metadata management
  • Takes time to export photos

If you are okay with the software, go ahead and purchase the one-user Luminar 4 (for one computer ) for a one-time fee of $79. But you will be better off purchasing the multiple-user Luminar 4  for about $99. Make sure you check out discounted offers from independent dealers.

The New Features and Benefits In Luminar 4

Whether you are starting on Luminar or you have used Luminar 3 before, below are a  host of new features and tools that you will find in Luminar 4.

1. AI Sky Replacement
With AI sky replacement tools, the possibilities are endless; you can now switch out the sky in just about any image with the touch of a button. Forget about the tedious task of cutting out, masking, and blending skies in Photoshop. With this amazing feature, you can quickly edit your pics within seconds.
If you have second thoughts about these simple sky replacements, that perhaps they aren’t good enough, just compare your finished outcome with a Photoshop version and see the difference. The AI sky swapped photo looks authentic and fresh, and that’s why we love Luminar

2. AI Skin & Portrait Enhancer
If you are a portrait photographer, the AI skin and portrait enhancer will change your life forever.
The Skin Enhancer tool conveniently smoothens out your skin and erases any skin blemishes in all your photo snapshots within minutes— You do not require further manual adjustments once you’ve used this amazing feature.
The AI Portrait enhancer goes a little further by taking care of issues such as teeth whitening, eliminating red eyes, lip reddening, sliming faces, and lifting dark skin on your eyes.
If you spend a lot of time agonizing about how natural or polished your portrait looks, then this is without a doubt the perfect software for you. It greatly reduces the retouching time, producing that perfect shot, with perfect facial features and all.

3. AI Structure  
For landscape photographers, you will love using this AI structure feature. You can now easily magnify details in your images while breathing life into some of the blurry backgrounds. All you have to do is play around with the Amount and Boost sliders until you get the desired effect.
The AI structure is a fantastic tool to help you draw more focus to specific areas of your photos. Additionally, you can use it to append a soft glow to your landscapes as well as animal photos.

4. AI Smart Contrast
Although this feature isn’t prominently used in Luminar, it’s a great tool that greatly improves pictures with simple clicks. If using other editing software, you need to be extremely cautious with your contrast editing; otherwise, you ruin everything.
But with Smart Contrast, you don’t have to worry because instead of applying the contrast evenly on your photos, this tool is a bit selective while adjusting the contrast.

5. Seamless Editing Between Luminar & Lightroom
As an Adobe enthusiast, you don’t have to buy new software. All you need is to integrate the Luminar plugin to Lightroom, and there you have it.
You can quickly move your photos to Luminar, edit them to your satisfaction then save them back to Lightroom. Take advantage of this integration feature; you will hardly notice the difference.

6. LUT Mapping
It’s amazing how quickly you can adjust the different color tones with one click using the LUT mapping tool (similar to preset and color palette in other software). Luminar 4 has numerous un-built color options, and you are likely to get something that suits your style.
If you do not get the desired end result, simply import your own LUTs into the software.