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.
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.
You will be able to activate Luminar Neo by logging in to your Skylum account. No license key or activation code is required.
Luminar Neo launches in trial mode when you open it for the first time. When you start Luminar Neo, you’ll see a window that prompts you to log in to your Skylum account.
Please note that your Luminar Neo purchase is automatically linked to the billing email address you provided, so make sure to log in to your Skylum account connected to that email address or create a new Skylum account tied to your billing email address if needed.
To activate Luminar Neo:
Still don’t see Luminar Neo in your account? Our support team will help you with that.
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.
...And much more.
The new technologies and innovative user experience in Luminar Neo make creative image editing simple and fun.
We provide software with your happiness guaranteed.
You have full 30 days after the purchase to try out the product and see if it suits your needs. If you’re not 100% satisfied with it (we understand that anything can happen!), you can request the full amount back by contacting support here and choosing the Refund request category.
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.
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.
The Skylum Team has been working hard to bring you a satisfying editing experience with Luminar Neo.
Here’s what you can enjoy in the first official Luminar Neo version:
Luminar Neo will become even more powerful with future updates. In the upcoming updates, you’ll be able to enjoy such features as:
There are also a few known issues that will be resolved shortly. They include:
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:
HDR Merge is a custom-built technology in Luminar Neo for merging up to 10 exposure-bracketed images into a single HDR photo.
It is available as an extension and will appear as a separate module inside Luminar Neo.
HDR Merge delivers a spectacular level of color enhancement, making the final result look as close as possible to what the human eye can see.
If merging multiple images, you’ll also benefit from auto-alignment and ghost reduction features. They come in handy when one or more shots are misaligned or when there are moving objects in the frame.
You can also start with just one photo, and the built-in AI will increase its dynamic range by analyzing and adjusting multiple parameters, such as tone, contrast, and details.
Incorporating HDR Merge into Luminar Neo makes it a one-stop solution for stunning landscape and architecture photos.
Before you had to merge exposure brackets in Aurora HDR first, then switch to Luminar for post-processing.
Now you can create HDR photos directly in Luminar Neo and combine the power of the dynamic range improvements with Luminar’s most advanced AI-powered tools for rich-in-detail-and-color photos.
You can effortlessly select objects in an image with Mask AI and edit them selectively with our extensive feature set. Think of the splendid results you can achieve when gaining control over light and tone with Relight AI or bringing warmth, softness, and a golden glow to all your photos with Golden Hour. You can also experiment with setting the light source in Sunrays, improve the colors of foliage and greenery in Foliage Enhancer and enjoy content-aware and depth masking to place fog, mist, or haze in Atmosphere AI.
Not to mention our renowned Accent AI tool that will analyze your image and instantly correct it using over a dozen controls at once, yielding naturally beautiful results with one simple slider.
The HDR Merge extension streamlines the editing process and saves your time while providing vivid results.
If you’re a Skylum customer with a Luminar Neo subscription or an owner of both Luminar Neo and Aurora HDR (2019 and up), you’ll receive the HDR Merge extension for free. Starting from the release day (July 28, 2022), you can download it from your Skylum account.
Aurora HDR (2019 and up) users who don’t own Luminar Neo have an opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free.
Those who made a one-time purchase of Luminar Neo and don’t own Aurora HDR (2019 and above) can acquire HDR Merge here.
Owners of the previous Luminar (AI and below) and Aurora HDR versions (2018 and below) can buy Luminar Neo and the HDR Merge extension bundle for an enticing upgrade price here.
You’ll receive HDR Merge for free if you meet one of the following criteria:
you’re a Skylum customer with a Luminar Neo subscription;
you’re an owner of both Luminar Neo and Aurora HDR (2019 and up).
Aurora HDR (2019 and up) users who don’t own Luminar Neo have an opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free.
Starting from the release day (July 28, 2022), you can download the extension from your Skylum account.
The download process starts in your Skylum account.
Please note that your HDR Merge purchase is automatically linked to your billing email, so make sure to log in to a Skylum account associated with that email.
Once the installation is complete, you can access HDR Merge in the right panel of Luminar Neo’s Catalog tab.
HDR Merge is an extension built into Luminar Neo, so it uses Luminar Neo’s catalog and export window. Therefore, it cannot batch-process photos on its own.
However, you can easily sync adjustments applied to the already created HDR photos:
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.
Do you want to profit from the optimized engine that provides an immensely faster experience, uses less memory, and offers endless possibilities for future optimization?
Our new modular core engine is swift, less resource-intensive, and flexible. We know you’ll enjoy using it.
Do you want to receive even more powerful and intelligent tools to achieve high-quality results and turn your photos into engaging stories?
Luminar Neo keeps your favorite LuminarAI tools and expands your arsenal with more state-of-the-art technologies to control every aspect of your photo. You’ll benefit from automated dust and power lines removal, intelligent exposure adjustments based on image depth, smart masks, and more features that we’ll reveal later in the upcoming months.
Do you want to unleash your creativity while creating gorgeous composite images in an enhanced Layers module?
Now, working with them gives you far more control than ever. You can easily drag, move, place, rotate, and flip a texture or textures around the image, mask, and blend them.
Do you care about the speed of sharing images from your mobile phone to desktop and vice versa?
We’ve got you covered with our brand-new mobile application for quick transfer of images.
Luminar Neo is a culmination of all Luminar applications released to date. We’ve designed it to achieve your photography goals faster and more efficiently.
If you’ve answered YES to these questions, we’re looking forward to seeing you among Luminar Neo’s artists. Secure a special discount as a current owner here.
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.
Luminar Neo should work on your computer as long as it meets the following minimum system requirements.
With Luminar Neo, you can always find an option that suits your workflow best. The number of devices will always be stated on the checkout page so that you could make an informed decision. Usually, we offer a version for 1 or 2 devices ('seats').
Two seats allow you to install and activate the app on two devices, regardless of their OS. Therefore, you can use one seat to activate it on a Mac and the other one on Windows or use both seats for your Windows or macOS computers. Any combination works!
Moreover, you can always manage your activation in the Skylum account.
You'll be able to add even more seats in your Skylum Account if you have multiple computers or a family of people who need access.
Change computers or upgrade your device? You can free up a license from your old machine at no cost. Just log in to your Skylum account to reset the activation for Luminar Neo.
Luminar Neo is a universal solution that can function both as a standalone editor and a plug-in.
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:
Of course! Luminar Neo 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.
Luminar Neo currently supports English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Japanese, Ukrainian, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish 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!
We understand that you’d love to use your previously created Templates in Luminar Neo. Therefore, we’ll take care of the migration process. Later on, 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, starting from the official release, we will gradually convert your favorite Luminar AI Templates so you can install them in Luminar Neo. You’ll be able to download the compatible files from the My Add-ons section of your Skylum account.
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Yes, your collection of skies, textures, and objects will be compatible with Luminar Neo.
With the initial release of Luminar Neo, the use of Photoshop-style plugins is not expected to be included. However, we clearly understand the popularity of this request and are actively exploring its implementation.
Our brand-new Luminar Neo engine and layers workflow mean that support is possible. This will pave the way for smoother integrations with other specialized plugins.
We’re truly excited about the dramatic opportunities to improve performance and expand capabilities that the new Luminar Neo engine offers. We look forward to revealing more details in 2022.
No, Luminar Neo and Aurora HDR will work as two separate applications. However, both applications can access your photos easily. Plus, any edited images exported from Aurora HDR can be placed in the same folder as the source images added to your Luminar Neo catalog. These will automatically be scanned and uploaded to your Luminar Neo.
Luminar Neo will be installed separately as a brand new application and will not overwrite Luminar AI or other software.
Yes. Your original image files remain intact throughout the process.
Unlike in Luminar AI, where you could start with virtually any tool, our new core engine is organized as independent modules where edits will be stacked on top of one another with RAW development being the first one of them. This will help Luminar Neo calculate all the adjustments much faster and provide you with an overall more pleasant hitch-free experience. The app works more quickly than previous versions of Luminar when importing, viewing, and exporting images, and it uses less memory all around. Additionally, such a workflow will favor upcoming innovations: it will be much easier for us to integrate new creative features into the product seamlessly.
Once you’ve developed your RAW, you can use multiple files as image layers and apply any tool to any layer, in any order, multiple times, and with unique masks. At any point during the editing process, you’ll be able to return to the previous adjustments, tweak them and fast-forward to the latest edit, always retaining complete control over the image.
Yes. Luminar Neo will be fully optimized for the M1 chip.
The Portrait Background RemovalAI tool is specifically designed and trained to recognize humans in photos. In the future, we may consider enabling it for other subjects.