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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's new in Luminar 3.1.3?

    MAC VERSION:

    Lost Edits Album. No more frustration over unsaved changes. With the latest version of Luminar, your hard editing work won’t go to waste even if you can’t find your edited photos in the folder you expected. If under creative impulses you rename, move, or change a processed image, simply go to the Lost Edits Album in Shortcuts and locate it there.

    Add photos from SSD to Library faster. With the latest Luminar improvements, images are added to the Library from an SSD significantly faster. Don’t stare at your screen and yawn while images are imported to the Library. From now on, thousands are added in a moment.

    Fixed RAW file opening. Users of Luminar on MacOS 10.11 can now work with RAW files in the Single Image View. Our aim at Luminar is to provide photographers with a tool that works for everyone, so it’s important to make sure your images are supported on all platforms.

    New splash screen by Jeffrey Moreau. In the latest version, when you launch Luminar you get to enjoy stunning images by Jeffrey Moreau, an avid Luminar user and the winner of the Luminar Featured Artist contest.


    WINDOWS VERSION:

    Lost Edits Album. No more frustration over unsaved changes. With the latest version of Luminar, your hard editing work won’t go to waste even if you can’t find your edited photos in the folder you expected. If under creative impulses you rename, move, or change a processed image, simply go to the Lost Edits Album in Shortcuts and locate it there.

    Fixed crash issues. Our developers have resolved system crashes so you can enjoy an even smoother experience when browsing through the Gallery, editing, and exporting images.

    Сan’t find a catalog? Create a new one or choose an existing one. If you can’t find the catalog you’re trying to access, don’t let it interfere with your workflow. In case the catalog you are looking for has been deleted, choose Create New Catalog and start editing. And if the catalog you’d like to work with has been renamed or moved to another folder, just hit Choose a Different Catalog.

    Faster scrolling in Gallery and Stripe. For this update, we focused on performance improvements. This has resulted in faster and smoother Gallery and Stripe scrolling. Spin the mouse wheel and enjoy a seamless scroll.  

    Added hotkeys. Working with Luminar on your PC has become faster and more convenient. Now you can access the same hotkeys whether you work on Mac or Windows.

    New splash screen by Jeffrey Moreau. In the latest version, when you launch Luminar you get to enjoy stunning images by Jeffrey Moreau, an avid Luminar user and the winner of the Luminar Featured Artist contest.

  • When I try to install the update 3.1.3 and click Update, after installing it asks to update again. What should I do?

    Please, use this offline installer in this case, it should resolve the issue: https://downloads.skylum.com/luminar/win/Luminar3_Setup_offline.exe

  • What is Luminar?

    Luminar 3 is a full-featured photo editor for Mac and PC. It brings over 300 robust tools and features, including fast RAW support, layers, custom brush for selective editing, masking, dozens of photo filters with custom adjustments, Luminar Looks and much more. Luminar features advanced controls that are easy to use. Intelligent filters like Accent AI make it easy to get a great looking image in seconds. With Luminar’s Library your photos will be the center of attention. A beautiful Interface offers a sleek canvas to enjoy all your images without extra distractions.


  • What is Luminar 4?

    Luminar 4 is the next generation of our all-in-one image editing and photo management software. Luminar 4 is designed to deliver professional results in less time and to help photographers unlock their best images.


    Luminar 4 can be used in three different ways:

    • as a comprehensive photo library catalog to help organize and view your images

    • as an image editing plug-in for other photo editing tools from Adobe and Apple

    • as a standalone image editing application

  • When is Luminar 4 available?

    Luminar 4 is expected to ship in late Fall in 2019 for Mac and Windows. As we get closer to release, an expected date will be announced.

  • What about previous versions of the Luminar application?

    Luminar 4 is an upgrade to all previous versions of the Luminar application.

    It is perfect for both users of Luminar 3 with Libraries and older versions of Luminar such as Luminar 2018. Users can choose to use the photo editing features with or without the photo library. 


  • I use Luminar as a plug-in/extension. What can I expect?

    Luminar 4 is also a giant upgrade for those who use Luminar with Adobe and Apple software.

    It is an upgrade to users of Luminar Flex and older versions of the Luminar plug-in. New AI-powered filters will unlock useful creative and time-saving workflows.


    Luminar 4 will work as a plug-in for:

    • Adobe Photoshop (macOS & Windows)
    • Adobe Lightroom Classic (macOS & Windows)
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements (macOS & Windows)
    • Photos for macOS 
    • Apple Aperture (note that Aperture no longer runs in macOS 10.15 or later)

  • How can I buy Luminar 4?

    There are several ways to pre-order Luminar 4.

    • Existing owners of Luminar 3, Luminar 2018, or Luminar Flex can click here.
    • New buyers can purchase a special bundle of the Luminar 3 application now and get a copy of Luminar 4 when it ships, click here.
    • New buyers can purchase a special bundle of the Luminar Flex plug-in now and get a copy of Luminar 4 when it ships,  click here.

  • I’m nervous about pre-ordering, what happens if I don’t like it?

    All of our software features 30-day money-back guarantee.

    You will have 30 days from when we ship the software to decide if you like it. We also offer free training and support to help you succeed.

    If for any reason you aren’t happy, we’ll refund your money for Luminar 4.


  • What’s new in Luminar 4?

    We’re rolling out the new features every few weeks leading up to a release in late Fall 2019.  

    • Read an interview with our CTO Dima Sytnik here
    • Learn about our new AI Sky Replacement here
    • Many more feature announcements to come

  • I recently bought Luminar. Why do I need to pay for an upgrade?

    With each major release of Luminar, we provide multiple free updates. These add compatibility and speed fixes and a few additional features. However, we also release significant upgrades from time to time that add significant improvements and innovations.

    Luminar 4 is a brand new application and plug-in. It features several innovative AI features which bring your editing process to the next level. Researching the market of photo-editing tools, we developed unique technologies to enhance your images like never before. 

    We hope you see the value in this new version. Nevertheless, the upgrade is optional. It is up to you whether to stick to your current version or to go ahead with Luminar 4. We always extend a discount on the upgrade to previous owners as our way of saying thank you.


  • Are Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex no longer supported?

    We can assure you that we will continue to support Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex in terms of performance and compatibility.

    For instance, we recently shipped an update for Luminar Flex and have another update for Luminar 3 to be released within a few weeks. In both cases, the updates contain speed improvements and new functionality.

  • What about Digital Asset Manager features?

    We previously committed to adding more advanced tools to our image library. These include the ability to search through your library to easily find the perfect image. We’re also developing the ability to edit the IPTC metadata of your files so you can update information about your pictures.

    These features will come as a free update in 2020 to both Luminar 3 and Luminar 4 users. We’ve spent a great deal of time researching what our customers want on this front.  We are developing a solution that makes it even easier to organize and search for large image libraries. These new features will be added in a free update to Luminar 3 and Luminar 4 next year.

  • What is Skylum’s focus?

    We’ve been collecting and processing artists’ feedback and feature requests for quite some time, and came up with a conclusion that people love easy-to-use tools and automatic enhancements.

    We decided to make the development of new AI features our top priority. These tools will save you time and make complex tasks more manageable. However, you remain in complete control with easy to use sliders.  

    As a Luminar 4 user, you will have lots of tools that allow you to create beautiful photos more easily. Luminar 4 is going to be more intuitive, logical, and concise. Please stay tuned to know more about the upcoming features.

  • What's new in Luminar Flex 1.1.0?

    1. Accent 2.0.  Enhance your photos in seconds with the power of Artificial Intelligence and let Luminar Flex do all the heavy lifting. Accent 2.0 is human aware and the perfect adjustment for EVERY photo.

    2. Filters catalog. With this new update, whenever you open your Luminar Flex plugin, the Filters catalog will be open by default.  It’s perfect to find your favorite filters, fast.  It’s also searchable by keywords and tasks, automatically learns from you with the Recent feature, and you can even mark your favorites!

    3. Improved Looks. Looks are one of the best things about Luminar Flex. Install them right from the plugin or extension and transform your images into works of art in minutes. You can check them out in the Looks browser, and you can download even more Look packs from our marketplace.

    4. Install custom workspaces. Now you have the option of using your own workspaces in the plugin or extension. Simply go to File > Show Workspaces Folder… and add your custom workspaces to this folder. Make Luminar Flex even more comfortable.

    5. Performance updates. We love our users and try to fulfill your requests in the best way possible. We’re constantly working to improve the overall performance of Luminar Flex with every update. Enjoy the best version of Luminar Flex ever.

  • What’s new in Luminar 3?

    Luminar 3 provides both pro photographers and casual shooters a way to organize their images inside of Luminar itself. Libraries, which load with lightning speed, allow Luminar users to manage their database of photos efficiently, find specific images faster than before, or simply view their photos easier. It lets users color label, tag, and rate their shots, and automatically organizes those shots by date, month, and year.

    Here is a list of some of the new features and improvements in Luminar 3 to help you create fantastic images in less time. 

    NEW: A fully non-destructive workflow for editing your photos
    NEW: Luminar Library Panel for viewing and editing multiple photos
    NEW: Single Image View, Gallery View, and Filmstrip View
    NEW: Quickly sync adjustments between multiple images
    NEW: Rate Images with stars & mark them with color labels
    NEW: Flag Images as Favorites or Rejected
    NEW: Referenced folders always stay in sync
    NEW: Filtering and sorting on some criteria
    NEW: Smart Shortcuts for automatically organizing your photos
    NEW: Luminar Photos Trash to clean up media and drives
    NEW: Quick Edits for editing single images
    NEW: All New Luminar Looks with AI
    IMPROVED: Info Panel
    IMPROVED: Custom Color Profiles (Windows)
    IMPROVED: Speed improvements
    IMPROVED: Export performance (Windows)
    IMPROVED: Filter Controls (Windows)
    IMPROVED: Plug-in performance (Windows) 
    IMPROVED: Help menu and Support area
  • What's new in Luminar 3.1.1?

    MAC VERSION:

    Change the language. Now you can set the language in Luminar regardless of your system settings. Simply go to Main menu > Language and choose one from the list.


    Easier navigation. Want to quickly find the folder that contains a specific photo but have too many folders to go through? Now all you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library and you’re there!


    Improved launch time. Now, starting from the second launch, the average launch time for Luminar is significantly faster. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of photos in your Library.


    Faster album creation. In this update, we’ve boosted the speed of Luminar when creating new albums with large numbers of photos.


    WIN VERSION:

    Easier navigation. Want to quickly find the folder that contains a specific photo but have too many folders to go through? Now all you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library and you’re there! You can even find all photos from the same date by right-clicking and selecting Go to > Images from the same date.


    Improved launch time. Now, starting from the second launch, the average launch time for Luminar is significantly faster. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of photos in your Library.


    Masking Brush. With this update, the masking brush becomes even smoother and more pleasant to use – and almost 2.5 times faster!

  • What's new in Luminar 3.1.0?

    MAC VERSION:

    New Features

    ACCENT AI 2.0. An improved algorithm that makes this a go-to filer. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

    RAW + JPEG PAIRS. When you import Raw and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see. View just Raw or JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference as you edit. Edits to each file are independent but can be easily synced. Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.

    SELECTIVE SYNC FOR SYNC ADJUSTMENTS. Once you’ve created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync. You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click. Filters and Looks are transferred instantly, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.

    BETTER SORTING. When you choose to sort your images using another method (such as File Type or Color Label) they are also sorted by Capture Day.


    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

    PROGRESS BAR. Keep better track of what’s happening when working with Luminar. You’ll see a progress bar when using tools like Erase or when running Luminar as a third-party filter.


    WINDOWS VERSION:

    New Features

    ACCENT AI 2.0. An improved algorithm that makes this a go-to filer. New "human-aware" technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

    RAW + JPEG PAIRS. When you import Raw and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see.  View just Raw or JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference as you edit. Edits to each file are independent but can be easily synced.  Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.

    IMPORT IMAGES. You can now import images from a memory card or hard drive and copy them to a folder. You can also choose to include subfolders when importing

    SELECTIVE SYNC FOR SYNC ADJUSTMENTS. Once you've created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync.  You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click.  Filters and Looks are transferred instantly, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.

    SMUGMUG SHARING. The ability to post images to SmugMug has now been added to Luminar for Windows.

    SHORTCUTS. Folders and user albums can be added to the Shortcuts list.  Just right-click for a context menu or drag & drop them into the list.

    IMPROVED SELECTIONS. Want to choose a range of photos in the Gallery view?  Try the Shift or Ctrl key to select a range or group of images.  You can also deselect images from a multiselection by Ctrl+clicking on an image.

    BETTER SORTING. When you choose to sort your images using another method (such as File Type or Color Label) they are also sorted by Capture Day.

    ROTATE IN GALLERY. Images selected in the gallery can be quickly rotated left or right by 90ÌŠ increments with no need to switch to edit view.  Just use the Image > Rotate menu or just right-click.

    PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SUPPORT. We've added Photoshop Elements support to the Windows platform.  Just choose the Install Plugins command if you want to load Luminar as a plugin.  For future versions of Luminar, plugin users should switch to Luminar Flex.


    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update.

    IMPROVED HISTORY. Undo a Sync/Copy/Paste adjustments with one step in the History list.

    HIDDEN FILES. Luminar does a better job of filtering hidden folders and photo.  Additionally, unwanted items like Backups, History, Previews, and Caches won't be shown when opening Luminar Catalogs.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

  • Is Luminar 3 free for all Luminar 2018 owners?

    Yes, it is. 


  • What is the Luminar Flex plugin?

    The Luminar Flex plugin helps photographers and designers of all skill levels create better looking images in far less time. Thanks to its unique artificial intelligence and image aware filters, great images are easier than ever.


    The Luminar Flex plugin allows you to take advantage of our powerful photo enhancement and styling filters while still being able to use your existing photo software.


    We know that there are plenty of Adobe and Apple users who want to use Luminar in their workflow. So we’ve come up with a solution that will provide the easiest way of using Luminar as a plugin to the most popular apps.

  • I use Luminar 3 / Luminar 2018, how do I get Luminar Flex?

    The Luminar Flex plugin will be delivered free of charge to all current owners of Luminar 3/Luminar 2018.

    You’ll be able to download your free copy of Luminar Flex from your Skylum Account when it ships. 


    Note: After the official Luminar Flex plugin release (April 5), new users will be able to choose the best option for their workflow:


    • Buy Luminar 3 with Libraries.
    • Buy Luminar Flex and embed it into the host application of their choice.

  • Can I use my Luminar 2018 license key to activate Luminar 3?

    Yes, you’ll simply need to use the same email with your activation code.

  • I already own of Luminar 3/Luminar 2018, do I have to pay for Luminar Flex?

    The Luminar Flex plugin will be delivered free of charge to all current owners of Luminar 3/Luminar 2018.

    After the official Luminar Flex plugin release (April 5), new users will be able to choose the best option for their workflow:


    • Buy Luminar 3 with Libraries.
    • Buy Luminar Flex and embed it into the host application of their choice.

  • What’s new in Luminar Flex?

    The goal of the Luminar Flex plugin is to help those who want easy integration with their current photo editing software. Here are the key benefits of Luminar Flex:


    • An easier installer for plugins.
    • An updated install path for improved compatibility with Adobe software.
    • Support for Photoshop Elements on Windows.
    • Support for re-editing smart objects and picking up where you left off.
    • Support for Photoshop Actions.
    • A faster workflow, optimized for plugin users.
    • New Luminar looks 
    • New workspaces for designed for task-based workflows
  • What’s the difference between Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex?

    Luminar 3 is meant to be used as a standalone application. It offers three different editing workflows:


    • Library – Add folders that you want to track to your library for organizing and editing.  Easily sync adjustments between multiple images.
    • Quick Edit – The Quick Edit command is perfect to open individual images or a group of images for editing.  You can work with these images without adding the parent folder to your library.
    • Batch Processing – You can target multiple images or folders for quick batch processing.  Easily apply smart Luminar Looks based on Accent AI for automatic image enhancement

    If you ever want to use Luminar as a plugin, we recommend installing the Luminar Flex plugin. Luminar Flex is designed to work as a plugin with applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Apple Aperture and Photos for macOS.


    Remember: If you have purchased Luminar 2018 or Luminar 3 before April 5, you get a free version of Luminar Flex in your Skylum Account when it ships 
  • I have installed Luminar but my LR/PS doesn’t see it as a plug-in.

    On Windows:

    Right-click the Luminar  icon > Run As Administrator.

    Click File > Install Plugins.

    Click Install next to the host app of your choice.


    If there's a message “You have to install this software first”, click Browse and navigate to where the .exe file of your host application is. After you’ve shown Luminar where the host app is, you will be able to install the plugin for the host.


    On Mac:

    Start Luminar.

    Click Luminar in the upper left of your screen > Install Plugins.

    Click Install next to the host application of your choice.


  • What’s the difference between Add folders and Import images options on Mac?

    Adding folders leaves your photos exactly where they are on your hard drives. Adding a folder of images to your library allows you to quickly access, organize, and work with photos located on your hard drive, on external hard drives, and even synced cloud storage.  When you add a folder, none of your photos are moved. Luminar scans the folder and any subfolders and creates a thumbnail and link to the images inside. If there are folders inside the folder being added, Luminar will keep the folder structure.   Folders tie directly to folders on your hard drive. Luminar works with the real-world folder structure of your hard drive(s).

    Import images (Mac only) moves or copies your images to a new location.


  • I use Luminar 3 as a plugin, should I switch to Luminar Flex?

    You’ll see no major functionality differences between Luminar 3 and the Luminar Flex plugin when it comes to editing images.  We do recommend adding the Luminar Flex workflow if you like to use Luminar as a plugin or extension.


    • More host application support.
    • A cleaner user interface without the Info and Library tabs.
    • Performance optimized software that’s specifically made to run as a plugin or extension.
    • Multiple benefits for Photoshop users with improved support for Photoshop Smart Objects and Actions.


    We encourage you to use Luminar Flex for workflows that requires a plugin. 

    However, you can still use Luminar 3 as a plugin as well.


    Note: Any Luminar Looks you make in Luminar 3 or Luminar 2018  are compatible with Luminar Plugin.  You can install custom Looks packs, or manually copy items between the Luminar Looks folder.  


    To manage Looks for plugins, use the launch the Luminar Flex application. This application is only provided to help you manage Looks and Workpsaces and is not support for use as a standalone image editor.


    Note: At this time, Luminar 3 with Libraries offer a plugin options for popular photography software.  With the next major version of Luminar, you’ll find plugins available only with the Luminar Flex plugin. The plugins workflow will be removed from Luminar with Libraries.

  • Why are you releasing Luminar Flex?

    We’re fully committed to our desktop editing and organizing platform in Luminar 3.  But we’ve heard from many current customers and several others that they want just our editing tools for enhancing their images when working in other apps.  


    Our goal is to develop Luminar as a comprehensive platform which will become your go-to photography tool. We feel that Luminar is for every photographer.  We’ve even heard that many graphic and web designers find the creative filters in Luminar Flex help them create better photos too!


    Remember: If you have purchased Luminar 2018 or Luminar 3 before April 5, you get a free version of Luminar Flex in your Skylum Account when it ships 


  • I have PC and Mac. Can I install Luminar 3 on both devices?

    We know that a lot of people have several computers in use, so Luminar 3 may be installed on up to 5 devices (both Mac and PC) owned by the same person. You’ll simply need to use a single email and a single activation code.

  • What languages are supported?

    Luminar currently supports English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Russian and Japanese.

    We're constantly working on adding support for more languages. If yours isn't on the list yet, check back later!


  • Is there a money back guarantee?

    If you purchase Luminar 3 from https://skylum.com/luminar, you can return the software within 30 days and get a full refund. You must present proof of purchase and any other materials as requested by the Skylum Team.

    If you purchase Luminar 3 through one of the partners or authorized resellers, you must obey the terms and conditions of that partner or authorized reseller. In this case, refunds are made through the partner or an authorized reseller.


  • I get an 'OpenGL 3.3' version error.

    Luminar 3 requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.3. If you’re using a laptop, make sure you run Luminar on a discrete card. Refer to the laptop’s manufacturer for detailed instructions. If your card supports OpenGL 3.3, try fully reinstalling drivers for all graphics cards on your computer. Make sure to download drivers from the card manufacturer’s website.


  • Luminar 3 February Update - What's New?

    Take advantage of these new features.

    ON WINDOWS:

    SUBFOLDER MANAGEMENT. Subfolders make it easy to further organize your image library. These are folders nested inside other folders in your catalog and directly tie back to real folders on your hard drive.

    Subfolder creation. You can create a new by right-clicking on an existing folder in your Library.

    Subfolder deletion. It is possible to delete a subfolder as well by right-clicking on it in your library.

    LOCATE FOLDER. Have you moved or copied media to a new location? You can right-click on an offline folder and choose Locate Folder to select and reconnect files.

    ADDING FOLDER IMPROVEMENTS. Change your mind when adding a folder? Just click Cancel to stop the current task.

    OFFLINE FILE ALERTS. See a visual alert indicating unavailable files and folders.

    IMPROVED NAVIGATION. Quickly switch between Gallery and Single Image view with dedicated toolbar buttons.

    SHORTCUT KEYS. Take advantage of new keyboard shortcuts for View, Looks Navigation, Masks, Tools, and Edit.

    NEW LANGUAGES SUPPORTED. Use Luminar 3 in more languages with new localizations:

    - Chinese Simplified

    - Chinese Traditional

    - Korean

    - Portuguese

    - Russian

    - Italian

    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar 3 update.

    FASTER ADDING. You’ll see much faster load times when adding new photos and folders to the Catalog.

    FASTER LAUNCHING. When you return to Luminar 3, launch times are improved when reloading your Catalog.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.


    ON MAC:

    DATABASE MANAGEMENT. Your Luminar 3 image catalog database is automatically backed up to preserve your edits and metadata. You can control the frequency of backups with the new Preference Panel.

    PREFERENCE PANEL. Take control of your preferences settings by choosing Luminar 3 > Preferences. You can specify options for Cache, Catalog, and Automatic Backup.

    IMPROVED HANDOFFS. If you’re working with raw file or 16-bit image and use the File > Open In command, a high-quality 16-bit files is exported.

    AURORA HDR INTEGRATION. Easily hand off bracketed photos to merge in Aurora HDR. Just select multiple photos in your library and choose File > Open In > Aurora HDR. Please note that when sending images, your original, unmodified photos are used.  When finished in Aurora HDR, be sure to save a TIFF or JPEG file back to the original folder to add it to your Luminar library.

    LOCATE FOLDER. Have you moved or copied media to a new location? You can right-click on an offline folder and choose Locate Folder to select and reconnect files.

    ADDING FOLDER IMPROVEMENTS. Change your mind when adding a folder? Just click Cancel to stop the current task.

    IMPROVED NAVIGATION. Quickly switch between Gallery and Single Image view with dedicated toolbar buttons.

    NEW LANGUAGES SUPPORTED. Use Luminar 3 in more languages with new localizations:

    - Chinese Simplified

    - Chinese Traditional

    - Korean

    - Portuguese

    - Russian

    - Italian

    SAFER IMPORTS & COPIES. Luminar 3 will alert you if you try to import or copy more files to a new destination when there’s not enough hard drive space.

    IMPROVED EXPORTS. If you try to export images that already exist in a location you’ll be prompted to control if the files are overwritten or renamed.

    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update.

    IMPROVED MOVING. When files are moved between an external and internal drive, the images are not duplicated multiple times in your library.

    IMPROVED FOLDER MANAGEMENT. Are you done with a folder? You can now remove the parent (root folders) from your library and delete it from your hard drive too.

    IMPROVED sRGB EXPORTS. Some cameras showed color shifts when exporting with the sRGB profile. This has been addressed.

    IMPROVED LUMINAR 2018 PROJECT FILES. Opening native Luminar files (.lmnr files) created on Windows platform is improved.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.


    New Cameras Added

    The following new cameras are supported by this recent update:

    NIKON

    • Nikon D3500
    • Nikon P1000
    • Nikon Z6
    • Nikon Z7

    PANASONIC

    • Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

    FUJIFILM

    • Fujifilm GFX 50R
    • Fujifilm X-T3

    SONY

    • Sony RX100VA
    • Sony RX100VI
    • Sony DSC-HX99
    • Sony DSC-HX95

    LEICA

    • Leica M10-D
    • Leica M10-P
    • Leica D-Lux 7
  • Can I add folders and photos from an External Hard Drive?

    Yes, you can, as well as from a NAS volume.

  • I can’t get Luminar Flex to install in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

    If you’ve purchased Photoshop Elements from the Mac App store, it does not support the use of third-party plugins.  Please contact Adobe and request to convert to the version of Photoshop Elements that they sell directly.

  • How do I install and use the Luminar Flex Plugin?
  • What's new in Luminar 3.1.2?

    MAC VERSION:

    “On this day” feature. Photographs are all about memories. With the latest update, we let you see what pictures you took on this day in past years. To walk down memory lane with Luminar, simply click “On this day” in the Shortcuts panel. Please note that the "On This Day" feature will only show up if you have photos in your Library taken on the current month and day in previous years.


    Improved Import from flash card. Luminar 3 now brings you the fastest importing from your flash card ever. Less time waiting and more time for creativity!


    Support for Nik Collection plugins. Now you can easily add plugins from the Nik Collection to your workflow and fully enjoy what they offer alongside all the tools in Luminar 3.


    Overall performance and stability improvements. Improving Luminar’s performance is one of our team’s top priorities. With every new update, we try our best to make Luminar faster and more seamless so you can have amazing potential to express your creativity.


    WINDOWS VERSION:

    “On this day” feature. Photographs are all about memories.With the latest update, we let you see what pictures you took on this day in past years. To walk down memory lane with Luminar, simply click “On this day” in the Shortcuts panel. Please note that the "On This Day" feature will only show up if you have photos in your Library taken on the current month and day in previous years.


    Faster scrolling. With this version of Luminar 3, we’ve tried our best to make this simple yet important action as seamless as possible. Now you can go through all the photos in your Library as fast as you like even in Single Image view!


    Improved switching between Single and Gallery views. It shouldn’t take long to switch between these two views while editing. And we know that. With this update, you’ll definitely notice a significant improvement.


    Fixed crash with Japanese calendar. For our Japanese users, we fixed the issue with the system calendar. So no more crashes.


    Overall performance and stability improvements. Improving Luminar’s performance is one of our team’s top priorities. With every new update, we try our best to make Luminar faster and more seamless so you can have amazing potential to express your creativity.

  • What are the system requirements for Luminar 3?

    For Mac:

    • MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini
    • Processor Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better
    • Mac from early 2010 or newer
    • Memory 8 Gb RAM or more
    • macOS Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13.1, Sierra 10.12.6, El Capitan 10.11.5
    • 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
    • Open GL 3.3 or later compatible Graphics Cards
    • Processor Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory 8 Gb RAM or more
    • Operating System Windows 7 (only 64-bit OS), Windows 8.1 (only 64-bit OS), Windows 10 (only 64-bit OS)
    • Hard disk 10 Gb free space, SSD for best performance
    • Display 1280x768 size or better

  • Does it handle RAW files?

    Luminar 3 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.

  • What is the difference between Aurora HDR and Luminar?

    Aurora HDR is dedicated to only one photography style - HDR photography. It is the world’s most advanced photo software for HDR. Luminar is a universal photo editor designed to perform a wide variety of image editing and organization tasks.

    Luminar may look familiar to Aurora HDR but offers everything else you need in one app. Besides powerful editing tools, Luminar 3 also offers Libraries to organize and view your photos. If you want perfect HDR results, then nothing beats Aurora HDR. If you want to get perfect portraits, landscapes, aerial photos and more - and easily organize every shot - you should get Luminar 3.


  • I’ve purchased Luminar 3. However, it doesn’t show in my Skylum Account.

    Your purchased applications will appear after you've activated the software with the email address associated with your Skylum account. If you have already activated your license key with another email, use the Link my licenses block in My Software tab of your Skylum account to add a secondary email to your account. This will link all apps that are associated with the secondary email to your account.


  • I have purchased Luminar 2018 via AppStore. How can I get my free Luminar 3?

    Create a Skylum Account and submit your App Store Luminar 2018 proof of purchase via special form (See the screenshot).

    If you already connected your app store purchase of Luminar 2018 - Luminar 3 will be available to download from your Skylum Account. 


  • Do you have a roadmap for Luminar 3?

    Yes, we do. You can find it here: https://skylum.com/luminar/roadmap 

  • Can I add folders and photos from Cloud Storage?

    Luminar lets you add folders from cloud storage locations that are synced to your computer.  In this case, synced means that a physical copy of the photo resides on either your internal or external hard drive.  If only a reference copy of the photo is located in the cloud storage photo, Luminar will not be able to create a thumbnail or be able to edit the image.  

    Adding folders from synced cloud storage is very useful in situations where a client or family member adds images remotely to a cloud service server. Once these images are synced locally to your computer, Luminar automatically adds them to your Library. 


  • Can I open Luminar 2018 project files in Luminar 3?

    Images that were edited in previous versions of Luminar and saved in the Luminar Project format are compatible with Luminar 3.

    Native Luminar Files can be added with a folder

    You can use the import command (currently Mac-only) to add a native Luminar file to your library.

    Native files can be opened with the Quick Edit command into Luminar 3.  


  • Can I use Luminar Flex as a standalone application?

    The Luminar Flex plugin is only meant to be used as a plugin.  It is not meant to be used as a standalone application. The application is only provided so you can manage the configuration of Luminar Looks and workspaces.  It can also be used to manually install or uninstall the plugin with additional hosts.


    Please use Luminar 3 or Luminar 2018 if you desire a standalone application workflow.  Luminar 3 supports three editing modes:


    • Libraries
    • Quick Edit
    • Batch Processing.
  • Will Accent 2.0 filter be added to Luminar Flex?

    YES, later this year.

  • Is Luminar color-managed?

    Yes, it is, on both Mac and Windows.


  • Can I import my Lightroom library into Luminar?

    We’re working on Lightroom library import tool right now. Refer to the roadmap for more information about this and other upcoming features: https://skylum.com/luminar/roadmap 

  • Can I import my Apple Photos library into Luminar?

    No. We recommend simply pointing Luminar to the folder(s) where your photos are and let Luminar catalog them for you.


  • Does Luminar 3 offer non-destructive editing?

    Yes, Luminar 3 offers a fully non-destructive editing workflow for your photos.


  • How do I activate Luminar 3?
  • How do I import my Apple Photos library into Luminar 3?

    Check out this video for instructions on how to import your Apple Photos library into Luminar 3.

  • Where can I download Luminar 3?

    If for some reason you didn’t receive an email with the download link, you can always download the trial version here and activate it with your e-mail address and activation code.

  • How do I install looks?
    1. Launch Luminar.
    2. Click File > Add Luminar Looks Collection.
    3. Point Luminar to the look pack file.
    4. Luminar should tell you that it has successfully installed the pack.
  • How do I save my picture in Luminar 3?

    Refer to User Guide for a detailed overview of saving adjustments and exporting images: https://skylum.com/luminar/user-guides/chapter-19-saving-adjustments-exporting-files  

  • I ran Luminar for the first time and there's no Next button in the welcome screen (Windows)

    On Windows 8 / 10:

    1. Close Luminar.
    2. Right-click any empty space on your desktop > Display settings.
    3. In the window that opens, set the Change the size of text, apps, and other items dropdown to 100%.
    4. Start Luminar 3 and finish the setup wizard. You can safely change the display scaling back to its initial value after this.

    On Windows 7:

    1. Close Luminar.
    2. Click the Start button.
    3. Type Display in the Search box.
    4. Click Display in the Control Panel section of the results.
    5. In a window that opens, set the scaling value to 100% and check if you can see all the controls in Luminar.
  • Installation freezes at 100% on my Mac

    Try installing Luminar from a user account on your Mac that has administrator privileges. The installation should work normally if your user account has all the necessary permissions. If this doesn't help, contact the support team.

  • Do I need to remove Luminar 2018 before I install Luminar 3?

    No, you can use both apps alongside each other.

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