February 18 2019

Luminar 3 gains new features and performance improvements

Luminar 3.0.2 includes major performance improvements and addresses stability issues

BELLEVUE, WA - February 19, 2019 — Today, Skylum Software announced its latest update to the award-winning Luminar photo editing software, Luminar 3.0.2. Available immediately, this latest update includes performance and stability improvements, as well as some new features.

With Luminar 3.0.2, users will see increased performance when importing photos, and have further options to manage their photo library. Some of the performance improvements include:

  • Faster import (Windows): Experience faster load times when adding new photos and folders to the Catalog.
  • Faster launching (Windows): When returning to Luminar, launch times are improved when reloading a Catalog.
  • Improved moving (Mac): When files are moved between an external and internal drive, the images are not duplicated multiple times in your library.
  • Improved sRGB exports (Mac): Some cameras showed color shifts when exporting with the sRGB profile, which has been fixed.
  • Improved Luminar 2018 import (Mac): Importing and opening native Luminar files (.lmnr files) has been improved.
  • Stability (Windows and Mac): Luminar 3.0.2 offers greater stability improvements.

Luminar has enabled photographers to edit their photos in a more creative and effective way, through Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools like Accent AI and AI Sky Enhancer, new Looks and more. With the addition of libraries in Luminar, Luminar 3 is an all-in-one solution for both editing and managing photos.

“Building upon our tried and true AI photo editing tools, Luminar 3.0.2 will further enhance a photographer’s experience,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “With these updates, users will be able to manage and edit their photos more effectively and securely, allowing them to focus on being creative in their craft.”

Several improvements have been made across both the Windows and Mac platforms, including a new “Locate Folder” command, allowing users to find a misplaced or moved folder on their system, in addition to dedicated toolbar buttons for Gallery and Single Image views. Both platforms have also added additional language support, including Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

Looking ahead, Skylum has also revised its Luminar roadmap. Users can look forward to RAW+JPEG support coming in next updates, in addition to faster Luminar Look previews that will appear faster for single images. Other planned features for 2019 include Virtual Copies, IPTC editing, Lightroom migration, search and additional AI features.

“Skylum is committed to continually improving Luminar to better enhance our customers’ workflows with new, revolutionary features, and we can’t wait to show what we’ve been working on through the remainder of 2019,” said Tsepko.

Luminar 3 gains new features and performance improvements

What’s new: Additional tools, increased stability and performance

In addition to the updates above, Windows users will see several new features throughout the program to help them better organize and edit photos:

  • Subfolder management: Users can now create and delete nested folders inside their catalogs.
  • Offline file alerts: Users will see a visual alert indicating unavailable files and folders.
  • Shortcut keys: New keyboard shortcuts are available for View, Looks Navigation, Masks, Tools and Edit.
  • Adding folder improvements: Users can now cancel the addition of folders.

Mac users will also see several new features and improvements:

  • Database management: Luminar image catalog databases are now automatically backed up to preserve edits and metadata.
  • Preference panel: Users can control preferences for Cache, Catalog and Automatic Backup.
  • Improved handoffs: If users are working with RAW or 16-bit image files and use the File > Open In command, a high-quality 16-bit file is exported.
  • Aurora HDR integration: Users can now send their photos to Aurora HDR, allowing them to merge bracketed photos and take advantage of Aurora’s powerful HDR features.
  • Adding folder improvements: Users can now cancel the addition of folders.

What’s new: New camera support

In addition to the feature and stability updates mentioned above, Luminar has support for several new cameras:

  • Nikon: D3500, P1000, Z6, Z7
  • Panasonic: Lumix DC-LX100 II
  • Fujifilm: GFX 50R, X-T3
  • Sony: RX100VA, RX100VI, DSC-HX99, DSC-HX95
  • Leica: M10-D, M10-P, D-Lux 7

For a complete list of supported cameras, please visit

How to update

Users with Luminar 3 can update for free to version 3.0.2. Mac users can update by choosing Luminar 2018 in the top menu bar, and then clicking “Check for updates.” Windows users can choose Help > Check for updates on the top toolbar.


Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on 5 devices.

  • Standard pricing: $69/€69/£64 for all new users;
  • 30-day trial and 60-day money back guarantee.

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