Luminar Neo: User Guide

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  • Will it work on my computer? What are the system requirements for Luminar Neo?

    Luminar Neo should work on your computer as long as it meets the following minimum system requirements. 


    For Mac:

    • 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 10.14.6 or higher. IMPORTANT: macOS 10.13 is not supported.

    • Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance

    • Display 1280x768 size or better


    For Windows:

    • 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 version 1909 or higher (only 64-bit OS).

    • Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance

    • Display 1280x768 size or better

  • Where can I download Luminar Neo?

    Your download links will be waiting for you in your Skylum account. Please note that your Luminar Neo purchase is automatically linked to your billing email, so make sure to create a Skylum account with that email or log in to your existing Skylum account linked to that email.

    1. Go to the Skylum account login page here

    2. If you already have an account, sign in with your Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Apple account, or sign in with your email and password.

    3. If you don’t have a Skylum account, you can create one here. Make sure to choose the same email you used when purchasing Luminar Neo. 

    4. If you have a Skylum account but purchased Luminar Neo using an email address not tied to it, you can merge your accounts in the My Software > App isn’t showing? section of your Skylum account.

    5. In your account, you will see a My Software tab with all of your Skylum software, including Luminar Neo.

    6. Find the tab with Luminar Neo and download it by clicking the Download button. 



    NOTE: For those who have been using Luminar Neo Early Access, the release version will be available as an update. Here’s how you can ensure that your software is up to date:

    On macOS, click on Luminar Neo in the top menu bar and choose Check for updates.

    On Windows, click Luminar Neo in the top left-hand corner and choose Help > Check for updates.

  • Which cameras are supported?

    Luminar Neo RAW processing is based on our own powerful RAW engine. You can check the full list of supported cameras here.  Also, we regularly update our library and make our own improvements to provide excellent support for new cameras. 

  • I want to use Luminar Neo as a plug-in. What should I expect?

    Using Luminar Neo as a plug-in, you’ll be able to bring a creative and timesaving workflow to your host application. Luminar Neo allows you to revolutionize the way you enhance photos but conveniently fits into your current workflow. 


    Luminar Neo can be used as a plug-in or extension for: 

    • Lightroom Classic (starting from version 6)

    • Photoshop (from version CS5)

    • Photos for macOS

    • Microsoft Photos

  • Will I be able to access my Luminar Neo Extensions in the plugin mode?

    All Extensions that work with a single image (such as Noiseless AI) will be accessible when you use Luminar Neo as a plugin.


    The extensions that involve processing more than one photo at once (such as HDR Merge) can now be used only in the standalone mode. However, we’ve already added the ability to open several files in the plugin mode to our roadmap and are exploring its implementation. 


    Moreover, please keep in mind that if you invoke Luminar Neo from Photoshop or select the “Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments” option in Lightroom Classic, you’ll get a TIFF file in the Luminar plugin. 

    Therefore, if you need to work with the RAW file in Luminar, you need to upload it in standalone mode. 

    Alternatively, if you use Lightroom Classic, you can choose ‘Edit Original’ among the transfer options in the Photo > Edit in > Luminar Neo menu, or you can right-click the photo > Export > Luminar Neo > Open Source Files. 

  • What are the system requirements for Luminar?

    Minimum system requirements for Luminar:

    Processor Core 2 Duo from late 2009 or newer

    Minimum 4 GB RAM

    OS X 10.10.5 or newer

    2 GB free space on hard drive

    Display resolution 1280 x 800 or higher

    Retina displays supported

    Recommended for the best experience:

    Mac late 2012 or newer with Core i5+ processor

    8 GB RAM

    OS X 10.12

    15 GB free space on SSD drive

  • What is going to change in January 2024?

    Starting from January 2024, Luminar Neo will no longer offer separate Extensions nor the Extension Pack for sale as a one-time purchase. We will also no longer offer the 2023/24 Creative Journey Passes for lifetime customers wishing to access generative technologies.

    Our goal is to simplify the process of accessing all the latest technologies in Luminar Neo for all of our customers. The most convenient way to do that will be to purchase a Pro subscription.


    Instead of releasing individual Extensions throughout the year, Luminar Neo will have two major product updates per year with exciting new features and improvements, and regular minor updates addressing performance issues and bug fixes. All the Extensions you’ve already purchased will still be available to you.

    Are you the owner of a Lifetime license with/without CJP or Extensions? Learn more how these changes will affect you

  • What’s the difference between Luminar X Membership and the Luminar Neo Pro Subscription?

    Luminar Neo’s Pro Monthly and Yearly Subscription plans give you access to the Luminar Neo app, all updates or new versions, as well as all Extensions available during the subscription period. 



    Luminar X Membership is a paid subscription for those who already own or subscribe to Luminar and want to take their creativity to the next level. Luminar X members enjoy monthly delivery of creative assets, including Luminar Presets, LUTs, and Sky textures. Luminar X members who opt for the Luminar X Membership Pro plan will also receive four Luminar tutorials and four photography tutorials per year. 


    Important: Luminar X Membership Pro and Basic plans don’t include the Luminar app or its Extensions. 

  • Where do I find my Extensions after installation?

    Since HDR Merge, Focus Stacking, and Upscale AI require dragging the images to the tool from the catalog, they are available in the Catalog tab on the right-side panel.

    FAQ: Luminar for Mac | Skylum


    You can find Noiseless AI and Supersharp AI in the Edit tab > Tools panel:

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    Access the Background Removal AI Extension in the Edit panel > Layer Properties > Masking > Background Removal AI.

    FAQ: Luminar for Mac | Skylum (3)



  • What happens to my Luminar Neo and Extensions if I cancel the subscription?

    Canceling your subscription means you won’t be charged at the beginning of the next billing cycle. You’ll be able to keep using Luminar Neo and its Extensions for the duration of the paid period.


    If you owned a lifetime license to Luminar Neo and any Extensions before subscribing, you will be able to use Luminar Neo and those Extensions for which you have a lifetime license after your subscription period ends. However, you will not get access to new Extensions and will lose access to any Extensions that were available to you during the subscription period but for which you do not own a lifetime license. You will also not have access to possible future new versions of the Luminar app.

  • What is Luminar Share?

    Luminar Share is an app that allows Luminar Neo users to transfer photos from desktop to mobile (and in the opposite direction) wirelessly.

    It also makes it easy for users to share edited photos to their social media accounts.


    Features of Luminar Share include:

    • Wireless transfer of photos between the desktop Luminar Neo app and the Luminar Share mobile app
    • Mirroring of photos from Luminar Neo on a mobile device
    • Easy sharing of photos to social media


    The Luminar Share app is available on both Android and iOS and is free for all Luminar Neo users.

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  • Will I be able to migrate my LuminarAI Templates to Luminar Neo?

    We understand that you’d love to use your previously created Templates in Luminar Neo. Therefore, we’ll take care of the migration process. Our team will provide you with a special utility to convert your custom Templates into a Luminar Neo-compatible format. You'll be able to take your favorite settings with you when switching to the new software. 


    Moreover, the majority of the purchased Luminar AI Templates will be reworked so you could install them in Luminar Neo. After the release, you’ll be able to re-download the compatible files from the My Add-ons section of your Skylum account.

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