Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Luminar Neo?

    Have you ever wanted to achieve more with your images? Luminar Neo is an innovative image editor powered by AI technologies of the future that simplifies complex editing routines and enables creators to bring their boldest ideas to life. And enjoy it.


    • Get speed and flexibility in your editing with our brand-new core engine and layers workflow.
    • The new engine we built for Luminar Neo is based on all the best solutions from our combined and evolved experience for maximum performance and creativity and is developed for achieving complex creative results.
    • Adjust the light in your photo for creative control over the lighting in a scene. You can control the exposure of an image based on the distance from the lens to independently adjust the background and foreground exposure.
    • Automatically remove spots on your images caused by dust and dirt on your lens and sensor.
    • Clean up unwanted power lines from the skies in your cityscapes.
    • Experiment with infinite creative possibilities by effortlessly combining two or more images in a shot.

    ...And much more.


    The new technologies and innovative user experience in Luminar Neo make creative image editing simple and fun.


    Luminar Neo comes out this winter, but you can preorder it today and invest in your photography success.


  • What’s new in Luminar Neo?

    We are pleased to announce Luminar Neo and will be revealing its full feature set in the coming months. Luminar Neo is a giant leap forward to more innovative, AI-based editing that targets the pains of photographers. Its goal is high-quality, fast, easy, and enjoyable results for anyone who wants to edit their images and channel their creativity in new ways.

    The collection of AI-powered tools take a significant jump forward in function and performance with Luminar Neo. The application expands its toolbox with more groundbreaking AI-powered tools. The new tools are joined by additional options to solve even more problems and unleash creativity.


    • Speed up your editing workflow with our new fast core engine. It’s based on unique technologies developed by Skylum and works on a module system, which means that different parts of the application can now be optimized separately for the best results. Thanks to the independent modules engine, Luminar Neo will be updated more frequently. Luminar Neo has a more flexible editing process, which means less memory is required to edit photos. The new engine has many small background optimizations of memory use, which increases the speed of all processes inside the application, from uploading to applying editing effects, using layers, and exporting.
    • Completely transform your photos with new relighting options. Luminar Neo analyzes each image to recognize the depth of a scene and its subject allowing for unique control over exposure and tone.
    • Easily remove distracting image blemishes caused by a dirty camera sensor or lens. There are also new tools to clean up unwanted elements in the background of a photo.
    • Explore creativity with an effortless layers workflow and combine a photograph with other visual elements. Discover a collection of textures, overlays, and visual effects to add creativity to an image and personalize it. This addition unlocks new creative options for compositing images and visuals to create a custom style. You can add an infinite number of Layers, move Layers on top of each other, use blending modes and masking modes, make collages, add double exposure effects, and do more on each layer.
    • Skylum is also excited to announce that a new mobile app is in development. It will allow easy transfer of photos between a mobile device and a computer. This will make it easier to add pictures captured on a mobile device to your Luminar library. Once edited in Luminar Neo, results can be sent back to the portable device for easy social sharing or viewing on the go.

    The powerful AI tools and the convenient and fresh design that helps photographers effortlessly access all the features give anyone the ability to transform photos easily and achieve satisfying results. We'll treat you to even more cutting-edge features that will ship as free updates after the official release.

    Stay tuned — we will continue to reveal more details about Luminar Neo during the Fall and Winter of 2021.

  • How do I get Luminar Neo?

    If you want to order Luminar Neo, you can do so here. Luminar Neo will be available this winter for macOS and Windows as an application and plug-in.

  • When will Luminar Neo be available?

    Luminar Neo is expected to be available this winter for macOS and Windows. As we get closer to release, an expected shipping date will be announced.

  • Is Luminar Neo the next version of LuminarAI?

    We’ve been collecting your invaluable feedback over the past years and created Luminar Neo to shape your artistic vision into reality.


    Luminar Neo is a new image editor that unlocks an imaginative level of creativity and innovation. It is a quintessence of all our applications released to date. The software will retain almost all Luminar AI’s features and offer a great variety of innovations permeating the entire workflow for the best experience with the product inspired by you. 


    To make the editing process smoother, we’ve built a powerful module-based engine that provides an overall better performance and convenience. It allows users to apply lots of different tools to an image without significant performance loss. The software will also enjoy ample opportunities for future optimization. Thanks to the new architecture, the app will be updated regularly. We’ll get more opportunities to incorporate new technologies, give you more editing possibilities, and allow Luminar Neo to advance faster in our creative journey.


    This version will have even more editing power under the hood. Channeling your inspiration into mind-blowing photos has never been easier with all-new cutting-edge AI-powered tools that will add up to the already existing go-to collection of Luminar AI. Intelligent tools such as AccentAI, SkyAI (replaces the sky automatically and adds water reflections), SkinAI, Sky EnhancerAI, StructureAI (adjusts detail and clarity), BodyAI, AtmosphereAI(adds weather effects based on image depth reconstruction), Portrait BokehAI, and Supercontrast, as well as the upcoming virtual light source emulation, automated removal of power lines and dust spots, and many more, are industry-leading and are designed to provide satisfying results effortlessly. You’ll always retain complete control over your photos thanks to the convenient interface.


    This release will expand the room for creativity even more with the introduction of a completely reworked layer system that will allow you to stack however many images you need, blend and mask them together for the most stunning results. The new design also provides endless possibilities to expand layers with texts, stickers, and other vector graphic elements in future releases of Luminar Neo.


    Once your photo is edited, you can streamline export with a new mobile assistant that allows Luminar Creatives to wirelessly transfer photos from desktop to mobile devices with Android and iOS (and vice versa). Luminar Neo packs a convenient design, faster speed, and even more unique and helpful tools so you can achieve spectacular results. It’s time to fulfill your ideas for incredible images. Create more.

  • Will you continue to support LuminarAI?

    At Skylum, we love to provide you with a variety of options that suit your workflow best. That is why LuminarAI and Luminar Neo are designed to serve two different purposes.


    LuminarAI is the easiest-to-use image editor fully powered by artificial intelligence for those who prefer a time-saving Template-driven workflow for quick results. The app can swiftly guide you to the best outcomes while still preserving editing flexibility. Moreover, it’s a compact and easy-to-navigate application that already packs the core tools that one needs for great results. 


    In its turn, Luminar Neo is for those who want more editing options and more creative control. The application provides the ability to build detailed and expressive images with an advanced layer-based workflow and flexible tools that can be applied in any order. It also boasts a high-speed core engine that will help accelerate more complex tasks.


    Both applications will be available on the market so that you can choose the software according to your preferred workflow and the desired outcome. 


    LuminarAI is a complete set of tools that will not grow in complexity. You can continue to expand its template-driven workflow with new additions from the Luminar marketplace or with Luminar X. We will ensure, however, that it receives updates to its performance and camera support, so it provides an excellent experience for those who rely on it. We’ll also ship updates for things like the forthcoming Windows 11 from Microsoft.


    We do encourage you to give Luminar Neo a try, though, if you want to experience a new level of creativity and innovation. In it, you will find all the core functionality of LuminarAI plus much more. You’ll also be able to migrate your LuminarAI templates to Luminar Neo. We think you’ll find Luminar Neo easy to use as it packs a convenient design, faster speed, and even more unique and helpful tools so you can achieve spectacular results.

  • 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 Luminar or Aurora HDR version. It’s our thank you to you. We hope this makes it easier to switch to the revolutionary Luminar Neo for a more satisfying price. To unlock your special offer, just enter your registration email and click the Verify Account button here.

  • 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, including the M1 chip.
    • 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
  • Will I be able to migrate my catalog from Luminar 4 and LuminarAI to Luminar Neo?
    What differentiates Luminar Neo from all the programs we’ve created before is its engine. The software boasts an all-new core designed from scratch for faster image processing and seamless integration of all innovations we plan to add. As a result, the image processing pipeline will be significantly renovated under the hood. Because of the updated architecture, it will take some time for our engineers to make the migration process possible. We’ve added it to the roadmap and it will be available in future updates of Luminar Neo.
  • Will Luminar Neo work on Macs powered by the M1 chip?

    Yes. Luminar Neo will be fully optimized for the M1 chip.

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