Skylum brings home Visual 1st Best Technology award

October 23

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With Luminar 4 less than a month away, we’re thrilled to announce that Skylum is the recipient of the Visual 1st Best Technology award! Presented in October, Visual 1st is a conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem.

Visual 1st made note of Skylum’s technologies specifically with Luminar 3, such as Accent AI 2.0, AI Sky Replacement, Foliage Enhancer and Sunrays. With November’s release of Luminar 4, Skylum will make additional machine-learning editing possible, with AI tools like AI Sky Replacement, AI Structure, AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer. The tools help to bring professional results to photographers in an approachable and accessible way that anyone can use.

“We were very impressed by Skylum demoing how to change an image background through a few clicks, which everybody knows can be incredibly difficult to do in a program like Photoshop,” said Robert Blumberg, Awards Judge and Managing Director of the Soquel Group. “We look forward to seeing what other easy but powerful features they will add to the next version of their Luminar software!”

In addition to the AI-centric tools being introduced with Luminar 4, we’ll also debut a new interface. This focuses on giving photographers a creative, purpose-based approach, so they can spend less time editing and more time creating. You no longer have to worry about how to achieve a certain look or effect, or the order in which you’re editing. Now, Luminar’s editing tools are presented in an organized, simple, easy-to-use interface.

“We’re so excited for our users to try out Luminar 4 for the first time, which will be our biggest release yet,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “By focusing on the creative purpose of photo editing, photographers can spend more time creating and capturing that special moment, and less time tweaking or experimenting with post-production tools. Luminar 4 will deliver professional results faster and easier than ever before.”

While Luminar 4 will be available as a standalone application, it will also be available as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Elements, as well as Apple Photos for macOS and Aperture. By offering users a variety of ways to edit photos, Luminar 4 can fit into any photographers’ workflow.

Luminar 4 is now available for pre-orders, and will be released November 18, 2019. Pre-orders include a bonus one-year plan to SmugMug (worth $180) and costs $79 for a new purchase and $69 for an upgrade. When released on November 18, the price will jump to $89 new and $69 for an upgrade.

For more information on Luminar 4 and to pre-order your copy, visit

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