October 18 2021

Luminar Neo — innovatively solving problems for the modern creative

Skylum solves major workflow challenges with cutting - edge AI tools that free up time for creativity

NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2021 — Professionals or hobbyists, visual storytellers are often challenged by boring routine tasks and the complexity of sharing their final results online. In the fast-moving era of social media and mobile photography, routine editing and multi-step sharing can hinder the goal of any artist: creating work that fulfills their creative vision. 

Today, Skylum reveals more details about Luminar Neo, a creative image editor which ships this winter. Featuring a full suite of tools for visual storyteller, Luminar Neo solves common problems and allows artists to focus on being creative.

New tools solve common frustration

The Luminar family is well known for providing AI-guided tools that gives artists powerful ways to explore their creative muse. But no image is perfect right out of the camera. Many of the existing tools like AccentAI solve common capture problems with exposure and colour balance. AccentAI removes blemishes from portraits while Portrait Background RemovalAI allows artists to completely isolate their subjects from the background and make them pop.

Still, right out of the camera, many images are plagued with visual distractions, some in the scene captured and others from within the camera itself. Luminar Neo introduces new tools which leverage AI to deal with these  distractions easily. 

Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.

Luminar Neo — innovatively solving problems for the modern creative

Line RemovalAI — Used separately or part of SkyAI , this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Wheter editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.

Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing

Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI , two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expressions. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.

To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.

Luminar Share 

After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist`s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.

A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR Code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced-messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:

  • A completely secure and private connection
  • Automatic, round-trip synchronization of photos and edits
  • Direct sharing from Luminar Neo to social networks (e.g. Instagram)
  • No additional cost for cloud storage

Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.


Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin is available here and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. Luminar Neo will also be carried in both the Microsoft Store and macOS App Store.

To learn more about Luminar Neo and sign up for updates, 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. Skylum’s Luminar platform 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.

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