May 27 2021

Luminar AI Update 3 — Greater Control & Compatibility

With the third update to Luminar AI, Skylum adds simple but important enhancements to its groundbreaking, AI-guided photo editing software.

NEW YORK, NY - May 27, 2021 — Today, Skylum released LuminarAI Update 3, which brings new benefits to the AI powered editing tool. With this update, Skylum continues to deliver on its commitment to make it easier for artists of every skill level to achieve incredible results with their photos.

“Skylum is built around the concept of continuous improvement. Our goal is to improve the quality and speed of Luminar. Even more important though is inspiring creativity and control for amazing photos. We constantly listen to our community to discover ways to add to their photography. Luminar is all about creativity and making photo editing easier. Update 3 reflects this ethos." — Ivan Kutanin, CEO

Create compelling skies for travel, landscape, and outdoor portraits

With new enhancements to our algorithms, SkyAI now produces even more photorealistic results with greater control and accuracy.

Better Sky Detection — Once a new sky is selected, SkyAI now uses improved horizon detection to more accurately place it in the scene. Refined edge detection and masking are used to better integrate the new sky for a more organic effect.

Better Reflections — The improved sky position is then used to create more realistic reflections in water. Haze, Warmth, Brightness and Water Blur sliders give users more precise control over reflections.

Better Relighting — Improvements in color accuracy create a more natural effect when the new sky is used to automatically relight the entire scene, including reflections. Three relighting controls allow users to dial in the lighting to fit their creative vision.

New support for Apple hardware and image formats

As Apple continues to push the hardware envelope, Skylum matches them.

Apple M1 Support — LuminarAI now runs on Apple’s next generation M1 machines. With the native M1 support in Update 3, macOS users can take full advantage of the faster processing of Apple’s M1 chips.

HEIC Support — Update 3 also adds support for HEIC image format, so Windows users can now open and edit photos taken on iPhones and other iOS devices.

Great tools made more useful

Little things can make all the difference when building better workflows.

Augmented SkyAI — Now, sky objects you add to the custom folder are instantly available for preview. Speaking of previews, you can now select any sky object in the visual browser to instantly preview it in your scene. To help you explore this new feature, we’ve provided three Augmented Sky Objects — free of charge — in the marketplace.

Dodge & Burn Tool — Easily paint highlights and shadows into your photo to enhance the mood. With the new Softness slider, subtly refine the edges of the area for a more natural effect.


LuminarAI Update 3 is a free update for current LuminarAI users. To update:

macOS: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Check for updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab.

Windows: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Help > Check for Updates.

If you are running LuminarAI as a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer.

The LuminarAI user manual has also been expanded to make it easier than ever for users to search and find answers to questions they might have about LuminarAI.

To purchase LuminarAI, visit

About Skylum Software
Skylum is a global imaging technology company focused on creating tools that make it easier for creatives to get things done. LuminarAI unleashes creativity through the innovative use of automated and intelligent image processing which still allows the artist complete control over the final product. Skylum has won the Red Dot Award, Apple’s Best of Year, “Best Imaging Software” by TIPA and EISA as well as several other top industry awards. To learn more about Skylum, visit 

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Luminar AI Update 3 — Greater Control & Compatibility

Anastasia Sliusarenko

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