Key Features and Benefits

  • A scalable and adaptive user interface that let’s you work the way that you want.
  • Powerful workspaces designed for specific types of photography such as Default, Black & White, Landscape, Portrait, or Street photography as well as the option to create your own custom workspaces
  • Over 60 powerful one-click presets to quickly enhance your images.
  • 50 image enhancement filters to refine your photos and solve image problems.
  • Layers, brushes and masking provide the ultimate in selective editing.
  • Customizable brushes plus a selective masking system to allow for precise control.
  • A History panel to track which adjustments have been made to an image as well as quickly perform multiple undos.
  • RAW, JPEG, TIFF and other popular files support for the greatest flexibility.
  • Workflow tailored to any style with support for using as a standalone application or as a plug-in to popular host applications.
  • Ability to host Photoshop plug-ins.
  • Batch processing of photos to quickly improve multiple images. 

Key New & Improved Benefits of Luminar 2018

There are several new features as well as improvement in Luminar 2018 to help you create fantastic images in less time.

User Interface/Performance

  • NEW: Quick Overlay Preset button
  • NEW: Expand / Collapse mode for filters
  • IMPROVED: Updated workspaces for increased efficiency
  • IMPROVED: Innovative adaptive user interface, based on user needs and skill
  • IMPROVED: up to 4x faster RAW image processing
  • IMPROVED: up to 2x faster masking performance
  • IMPROVED: Over 150% speed increase  


  • NEW: Dedicated Raw Develop filter
  • NEW: New brush modes in layers
  • NEW: Sun Rays filter
  • NEW: LUT Mapping filter
  • NEW: Dodge & Burn filter
  • NEW: Hue Shift filter
  • NEW: Matte Look filter
  • NEW: Brilliance/Warmth filter
  • NEW: Lens Correction tool
  • NEW: Transform Tool
  • NEW: Free Transform Tool
  • NEW: Image Flip & Rotate
  • NEW: Realtime noise reduction
  • IMPROVED: RAW file handling (reveals more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise)
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool
  • IMPROVED: Advanced masking with filters
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Bi-Color Toning
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Cross Processing
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Image Radiance
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Microstructure
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Split Toning
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Structure  


  • NEW: Support other Skylum apps as plugins
  • NEW: Apple HEIF files support
  • IMPROVED: Native RAW file support, including better DNG handling
  • IMPROVED: Sharpen on export

Download the full Luminar 2018 User Guide for Mac in PDF Format

Download the full Luminar Neptune User Guide for Mac in PDF Format

Luminar support.

Ask on Twitter.
Email the Team.

More ways to connect

Luminar 2018

Create perfect photos in less time.

Luminar 2018

Use Luminar 2018 for free for 14 days.

Editor Software Features review


Please check your inbox.
We've sent you a copy via email.

Software version review attention


Looks like you're subscribed already

Photo editor Software error


This is sad. Looks like you’ve earlier unsubscribed from Skylum emails. Please resubscribe here.

Please wait