What is LuminarAI?
LuminarAI is an all-new application and plug-in that will be released during the holiday season. It is the first fully AI-powered image editing software in the world.
While Skylum is well-known for building software that taps into artificial intelligence for great results, LuminarAI is entirely different.
We built LuminarAI with artificial intelligence at its core. Artificial intelligence saves you time and effort. Before, traditional editing software was outdated. It was time-consuming and hard to learn. It required effort and skills to get satisfying results. With LuminarAI, you can create great-looking photos much faster. It’s perfect for anyone, of any skill level.
While other companies use artificial intelligence as a catchphrase, LuminarAI is packed full of truly smart technology. LuminarAI features many AI tools that allow you to get more done in less time. Innovations like SkyAI, FaceAI, BodyAI, IrisAI, AtmosphereAI and more give your images a memorable style and a competitive edge. Without sacrificing quality, speed or creative options.
Who is LuminarAI for?
When you use LuminarAI, the experience is totally different from any traditional photo editor. You will quickly discover it is unlike any other tool you ever used. You will immediately experience results.
- If you want amazing photos quickly, without extra complexity or wasted time, LuminarAI is for you.
- If you want to solve problems, LuminarAI is for you.
- If you care more about the results created, than the process used, LuminarAI is for you.
LuminarAI helps you create high-quality photo content. It’s the perfect tool to help you create photos to tell your story in an engaging way. You can create pro-quality results without the need to hire a professional retoucher. You’ll find inspiration and creative guidance when editing your images. LuminarAI is an affordable way to get amazing photos.
Why are you doing this? What’s the purpose?
As the Skylum team, we want to help communicators and creative professionals be more successful with the content you create. We know that a traditional approach to photo editing is complex, outdated and time consuming.
We created LuminarAI to give you a smart, innovative tool to help save the time you spend on routine image editing tasks, instead giving you more creative inspiration to turn your photos into engaging stories.
LuminarAI is the culmination of more than a decade of innovation focused on improving your photos. We know that for you, a great image is just a starting point. It is the way you communicate your ideas, values and personal brand; it’s the way to promote your products and services. A great image will help your success — but it shouldn’t take hours and days to make those images happen.
We know that artificial intelligence can help create great images, in less time, every time. You’ll feel inspired and creative thanks to LuminarAI. And that’s why we are doing this.
How do I get LuminarAI?
If you want to order LuminarAI you can do so here. LuminarAI will be available for macOS and Windows as an application and plug-in.
Who’s an early bird?
An early bird is one of just 30,000 customers who preorder LuminarAI first. If you’re an early bird purchaser, the app will be available to you earlier than to anyone else on the planet. You’ll also be invited into the LuminarAI Insider program.
Those who order early receive LuminarAI at the lowest price. If you own a previous version of Luminar or Aurora HDR, we also will extend a loyalty discount. Click here to purchase if you are a current customer.
When will LuminarAI be available?
How does LuminarAI use artificial intelligence?
Unlike most other photo software companies, Skylum doesn’t use artificial intelligence as a marketing catchphrase. We put real innovation at the core of the product. We use deep convolutional neural networks to solve real problems and make creators live easier. These are based on state-of-the-art research to ensure speed and accuracy and make photo editing easier.
LuminarAI can recognize the content of an image as well as choose adjustments based on the content of a photo. It also applies semantic segmentation. This allows it to identify and adjust individual elements in a photo — objects like sky, water, skin, faces and background detection. This allows for easier adjustments when enhancing faces, adjusting the depth of field in an image, replacing a sky and more.
Does AI mean the full-automation of photo editing?
Not exactly. The main purpose of Artificial Intelligence is to make your image editing more creative and enjoyable. LuminarAI achieves this by automating the most complex and routine tasks. But you always maintain complete control over the process.
When you first open a photo, LuminarAI will suggest editing templates. You now have three choices.
- Choose one of the options as presented.
- Customize the strength of the Template with one slider.
- Click the Edit button and see all the tools in use. You can now modify, customize and add whatever you want with our extensive editing toolset.
The bottom line, artificial intelligence solves problems and offers new opportunities for creativity. But you retain complete control. Choose when you want to rely on AI and when you want to forge your own path. LuminarAI conforms to your style and way of editing.
We don’t believe that there’s only one way to create a beautiful photo. Our Artificial Intelligence recommendation engine and AI-powered tools make image editing much easier and enjoyable. But LuminarAI offers tools and controls that adapt to beginners (as well as the most advanced users).
They’re your photos. LuminarAI makes it easier to get the results you want. But you’re in control.
What are the benefits of LuminarAI Templates?
The Templates feature AI technologies that are content-aware. Templates adjust their edits based on the unique image content, while maintaining a visual style. LuminarAI reviews your image and recommends multiple templates that are well-suited. These will automatically adapt to your pictures.
The Templates in LuminarAI can also guide and inspire you. Choose from the recommended Templates or browse the full offering. Any template can be customized easily. For fastest results you can use the Strength slider to dial it in. But all Templates are fully editable. You can customize the results of the Templates with the robust Edit module.
To truly save time, be sure to Sync a template with multiple photos. This allows you to apply the same visual style to several images. You can even create your own templates with the AI powered tools in LuminarAI for custom results applied to multiple photos at once.
Templates in LuminarAI were created together with professional photographers and retouchers. They were built to provide useful visual styles that encompass both visual trends and classic looks. Templates are an excellent way to save time and produce impressive results, making images look fresh and engaging.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy the convenience of Templates and the stunning results they produce.
Who are LuminarAI Insiders?
We have a private community just for those who preorder LuminarAI. You'll be able to learn about the amazing new things we’re working on. It offers exclusive access to our team, plus new tutorials, special events, and a few surprises. You will receive an invitation after your purchase to join. There is no additional charge for this access.
I already own Luminar 4. Do I need LuminarAI?
How you edit photos is a personal choice. LuminarAI is a completely different way to create amazing photos. Ask yourself a few questions to figure out if LuminarAI and you are a great match for each other.
Why do you edit images?
Whether you’re looking to express an idea, drive engagement or tell a story, LuminarAI empowers you in new and creative ways to bring photos to life.
Do you care about results and speed?
LuminarAI is all about results, meaning you can solve problems quickly and explore new outcomes. Focus on executing your creative vision, wasting less time on tedious tasks. Utilizing artificial intelligence, LuminarAI can take an editing style and apply corrections to a batch of photos with speed and precision.
Do you feel you need creative inspiration from time to time?
One of the most challenging things when editing photos is where to start. With LuminarAI, you can get instant recommendations with creative Templates that are based on the contents of your photo. Want to customize further? Our Edit module lets you refine the image or even build your own Templates.
Do you like innovative technology?
LuminarAI has unique tools found nowhere else. The use of artificial intelligence lets you control every aspect of a photo. Whether you want to adjust a sky or change it altogether. Control every aspect of a portrait from teeth whitening, to blemish removal, to eye enhancement. Add details in just the right places while controlling shallow depth of field. You’re in control of virtually everything (and it’s never been easier).
Would you like to get something truly new and amazing this holiday season?
This holiday season, give yourself a gift. LuminarAI lets you create the images you’ve always wanted. Bring out perfect details in your photos and add creativity to every image. You’ll be proud to share your photos with friends and family. And the best part, you’ll have lots of time left over and be stress-free to catch up with everyone.
Are you ready?
Did you answer YES to some of the questions above? If so, LuminarAI should be a great match for your photos.
To get your copy of LuminarAI you can preorder it here and be first to enjoy it when it ships. Your happiness is guaranteed! You can explore LuminarAI yourself and make sure it’s the perfect match for your photos and style.
Will it work on my computer? What are the system requirements for LuminarAI?
LuminarAI should work on your computer as long as it meets the following minimum system requirements.
- MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, early 2010 or newer
- CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or better
- Memory 8 GB RAM or more (16+ GB RAM is recommended)
- macOS 10.13.6 or higher. IMPORTANT: macOS 10.12 is not supported.
- Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance
- Display 1280x768 size or better
- Windows-based hardware PC with mouse or similar input device
- CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or better, AMD Ryzen™ 5 or better
- Open GL 3.3 or later compatible Graphics Cards
- Memory 8 GB RAM or more (16+ GB RAM is recommended)
- Operating System Windows 10 (only 64-bit OS). IMPORTANT: Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are not supported.
- Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance
- Display 1280x768 size or better
Is LuminarAI the next version of Luminar 4?
LuminarAI is a brand new product. It is not an upgrade to Luminar 4.
LuminarAI is an alternative to traditional photo editors in general.
We offer a new approach to editing your images, powered by artificial intelligence. We believe that traditional photo editing is outdated and slow. It takes too much energy and time. Photo editing doesn’t have to be complex (even if you want professional results).
LuminarAI changes everything. When you first open a picture, your image is analyzed instantly. Choose from recommendations to improve your image. High-quality Templates offer suggestions from top photographers and retouchers. These can produce the results you want in just one or two clicks.
But you retain complete control thanks to the beautiful Interface and useful AI-powered tools. Solve problems and unlock new creativity to create a beautiful photo faster. LuminarAI is built from the perfect combination of artificial intelligence and expertise. LuminarAI has a lot of editing power and fun under the hood.
We know that you’ll enjoy it. We can’t wait to start using it ourselves.
Will LuminarAI work on Macs powered by Apple Silicon processors?
At this time, the exact timing of Macs with the new Apple Silicon processors is unknown. However the first machines are expected to ship near the end of 2020. Apple has stated that this transition to new hardware will take approximately two years for them to release.
Skylum is a member of the Apple Developer program. Once Apple provides us with the prototype hardware, we will start working with it and ensure that LuminarAI will be compatible with these new processors. We have a long history of developing for the Mac platform and will ensure that all our technologies are perfectly adapted for the new hardware.
We will announce an estimated timeframe for compatibility with new chips after the first Macs ship at the end of 2020. We need to thoroughly test LuminarAI on these new machines before we release it.
Will LuminarAI be compatible with macOS Big Sur?
Will third-party plug-ins be supported? (including Aurora HDR and Luminar 4)
In our other applications, third-party plug-ins are supported and send back the processed image as a new layer.
One of the changes in LuminarAI is the switch from layers to a Local Adjustments tool and smart segmentation of our AI-powered tools. This is why there will be no third-party plugin support in LuminarAI. If you need to merge bracketed photos, we suggest using Aurora HDR in its standalone mode.
Can I invoke LuminarAI as a plug-in for Aurora HDR?
No, LuminarAI and Aurora HDR will work as two separate applications. However both applications can access your photos easily. Plus any edited images that are exported from Aurora HDR can be placed in the same folder as the source images added to your LuminarAI catalog. These will automatically be scanned and uploaded to your LuminarAI.
Will Luminar 4 be able to use LuminarAI as a plug-in?
No. LuminarAI is its own application. While you can use it with photo editors from Apple and Adobe, it is not designed to work as a plugin to other Skylum software. You are able to keep both programs on your machine and use them alongside each other.
Do you have educational and military discounts?
The educational and military discounts will be available starting from the official release date, and will be calculated from the regular price.
During preorder, we offer the best deals with the greatest discounts. Right now, you have a chance to reserve LuminarAI at the lowest price and join our LuminarAI Insiders program.
Will you continue to support Luminar 4?
We plan to ship compatibility and performance updates for Luminar 4 for another year after LuminarAI is released. We won’t charge anything for these updates.
Luminar 4 will continue to run for many years beyond that (as long as your computer meets Luminar 4’s system requirements).
We encourage you to switch to LuminarAI, though, for its revolutionary approach to photo editing. We think you’ll truly enjoy the innovative editing tools, creative inspiration. and time-saving options.
Will LuminarAI overwrite my copy of Luminar 4 once I install it?
LuminarAI will be installed separately as a brand new application and will not overwrite Luminar 4 or any other software.
What is a Luminar X Membership?
If you’d like to get exclusive creative assets delivered to your inbox on a regular basis, the Luminar X Membership is a great choice. Expand your knowledge of all things photography. Create authentic images that stand out from the crowd.
Once you become a member, you’ll enjoy a monthly delivery of creative assets including Luminar looks and Sky textures. Luminar X members will also receive four Luminar tutorials per year, and four photography tutorials per year. A Luminar X Membership is a paid annual subscription service for Luminar owners that will help you boost your creativity.
I’m a fan of your products. Do you have any loyalty discounts?
Yes, we provide a loyalty discount to anyone who purchased any previous version of Luminar or Aurora HDR. It’s our thank you to you. We hope this makes it easier to switch to the revolutionary LuminarAI for a more satisfying price.
To unlock your special offer just enter your activation code or registration email and click the Verify button.
How do I activate LuminarAI once it is released?
On how many devices can I use LuminarAI?
LuminarAI lets you use the program on one device — either Mac or Windows. This one seat lets you use LuminarAI as a standalone application and as a plug-in.
You can choose to purchase a license to use LuminarAI on two devices. This is perfect if you have a laptop and a desktop. Or if you have a computer at work and at home.
Need even more devices? It’s not a problem. You can purchase even more seats in your Skylum Account if you have multiple computers.
Change computers or upgrade your device? You can free up a license from your old machine at no cost. Just login to your Skylum account to reset the activation counter for LuminarAI.
LuminarAI is also perfect for small and medium businesses. Its speed, efficiency and creativity are helpful to any business that needs great photos. The ability to create custom templates and share them with your team, means a consistent style. Powerful batch processing means that even large jobs get done quickly. The intuitive interface and one-time purchase makes it an easy tool to deploy for the entire team. If you need volume licenses with special pricing, just contact us.
I’m nervous about preordering LuminarAI.
We provide LuminarAI with your happiness guaranteed. You’ll have full 30 days after the product ships to try out LuminarAI and see if it suits your needs.
In case you’re not 100% satisfied with LuminarAI (we understand that anything can happen!), you can request the full amount back by contacting support here. Preordering now is risk-free and guarantees you the best price.
Can I use LuminarAI in a standalone mode and as a plug-in?
LuminarAI is a universal solution that can function both as a standalone editor and a plug-in.
Will I be able to migrate my Luminar 4 looks to LuminarAI?
We understand that you’d love to use your previously created looks in LuminarAI. Therefore, we’ll take care of the migration process — you’ll be able to transfer your Luminar 4 looks to LuminarAI and convert them to Templates.
However, please do keep in mind that since LuminarAI is a brand new product (not a Luminar 4 upgrade) with an entirely new core engine, new workflow and features, the results obtained with your Luminar 4 looks may be a bit different in LuminarAI. For best results, you can update and save looks after migrating them.
I want to use LuminarAI as a plug-in. What should I expect?
Using LuminarAI as a plug-in, you’ll be able to bring creative and timesaving workflow to your host application. LuminarAI allows you to revolutionize the way you enhance photos but conveniently fits into your current workflow.
LuminarAI can be used as a plug-in or extension for:
- Lightroom Classic (starting from version 6)
- Photoshop (from version CS5)
- Photos for macOS
Here are just a few examples of the benefits you will get:
- Incredible portrait retouching tools that you retouch multiple areas of a photo with just one filter.
- The ability to quickly enhance landscape, real estate, and travel photographs with rich details and great skies.
- Creative color grading tools found nowhere else for a unique style and creative look.
- Highly adaptable presets that conform to each image thanks to artificial intelligence. This means that you can create one look and apply it to several photos with little to no adjustments as AI takes care of the variations.
Does LuminarAI handle RAW files?
Of course! LuminarAI RAW processing is based on our own powerful RAW engine. We regularly update our library and make our own improvements to provide perfect support for new cameras. You can check the full list of supported cameras here.
Is LuminarAI fast?
With LuminarAI, we’ve decided to focus on performance speed and ease of use. This means it creates great results in less time and there’s little to learn up front.
While many feel that layers, masks, and selections are the only way to work, they can really slow you down. Adding manual steps and extra processing time.
Most of our tools make selections for you thanks to artificial intelligence. While we offer masking for every tool, you won’t need it 95% of the time. AI perfectly handles the segmentation and application of tools to just the right areas.
We’ve added a new Local Masking tool that lets you solve the problems that many rely on layers for. With it, you can make specific adjustments for individual areas or people. You can overlay textures or make targeted adjustments. Local masks are also easier to sync with multiple photos and can be stored in a LuminarAI Template. The Local Masking tool eliminates the need for complex layers, bringing results and performance without clutter.
We’ve also reduced duplicated controls and streamlined all tools. You’ll find that controls are easy to find and feature names that clearly identify their purpose. We’ve removed the barriers of learning a new “language” when editing your photos.
LuminarAI is easy to learn. It focuses directly on getting results faster. We think you’ll love it.
Will I be able to migrate my Luminar 3 / Luminar 4 catalog to LuminarAI?
LuminarAI is a brand-new program, rebuilt from the ground up. It is not an upgrade to the previous version of Luminar. Moreover, we suggest to treat LuminarAI as an alternative to all traditional photo editors, including Luminar 4. Because of that, you will not be able to move your catalog directly to LuminarAI.
Can I use my own skies and objects in LuminarAI?
Yes, you can use your own sky textures and objects in LuminarAI.
SkyAI will work with your own photos if they are in one of the following formats: JPEG, PNG and TIFF. Here are guidelines on preparing skies for best results. Augmented SkyAI will work with your own objects if they are in PNG format with the Alpha channel or JPG format with a fully black background.
Will skies/textures/objects purchased for Luminar 4 work in LuminarAI?
Yes, your collection of skies, textures and objects will be compatible with LuminarAI.
How do I get my images into LuminarAI?
Editing your photos is truly easy. There’s no need to set up new libraries or move your photos around. You can open up single images or entire folders into LuminarAI. There’s no need to move images around as LuminarAI can access any hard drive or synced cloud storage.
You’re also safe to experiment. Your original image is never modified. Rather the adjustments are stored in the catalog. When you’re done editing, just export the new image. Need to come back in the future, pick up exactly where you left off or make an all new creation.
All the images you open are tracked and can be easily located. LuminarAI gives you easy ways to find and sort images you’ve edited and chosen to open.
Additionally, LuminarAI works with photo editing tools from Apple and Adobe. You can access cutting edge artificial intelligence tools from your traditional photo editing software thanks to the LuminarAI plug-ins.
Is LuminarAI translated into my language?
LuminarAI currently supports English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Russian, Japanese and Dutch. We're constantly working on adding support for more languages. If yours isn't on the list yet, check back later or drop us an email. We’ll make sure the product team gets your request for future development!