Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Will I be able to access my Luminar Neo Extensions in the plugin mode?

    All Extensions that work with a single image (such as Noiseless AI) will be accessible when you use Luminar Neo as a plugin.


    The extensions that involve processing more than one photo at once (such as HDR Merge) can now be used only in the standalone mode. However, we’ve already added the ability to open several files in the plugin mode to our roadmap and are exploring its implementation. 


    Moreover, please keep in mind that if you invoke Luminar Neo from Photoshop or select the “Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments” option in Lightroom Classic, you’ll get a TIFF file in the Luminar plugin. 

    Therefore, if you need to work with the RAW file in Luminar, you need to upload it in standalone mode. 

    Alternatively, if you use Lightroom Classic, you can choose ‘Edit Original’ among the transfer options in the Photo > Edit in > Luminar Neo menu, or you can right-click the photo > Export > Luminar Neo > Open Source Files. 

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  • What is HDR Merge extension?

    HDR Merge is 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.



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  • What is the Noiseless AI Extension? How is it different from the Denoise tool in Luminar Neo?

    Noiseless AI is an AI-based pro-level Extension for Luminar Neo that reduces noise in your images. It works with raw and non-raw image formats, but the best results can be achieved with raw photos.

    Thanks to Noiseless AI, you no longer have to compromise on ISO when capturing photos. Based on deep photo analysis, Noiseless AI determines an image’s noise level and suggests one of three noise reduction presets – low, middle, or high. Now there’s no need for meticulous close-ups to evenly mask a noisy area, as one click gets rid of noise throughout the photo. 

    Additionally, you can change noise reduction levels manually with three sliders at your disposal: Luminosity, Color, and Details.

    The algorithms built into Noiseless AI open the door to higher-quality results while leaving you in full control.

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  • When will I get the Noiseless AI Extension?

    The Noiseless AI Extension will be released on August 30, 2022. 

  • What are the advantages of HDR Merge over Aurora HDR?

    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.



  • What is the 2022 Extensions Pack? What Extensions will it include?

    At Skylum, we are committed to developing Luminar Neo as a one-stop platform for creative photo editing. Extensions are a natural result of our company’s vision for this product. 


    By the end of 2022, we plan to release seven Extensions for Luminar Neo, including HDR Merge (already released in July) and the upcoming Noiseless AI (to be released on August 30), with an additional five Extensions planned for the following months.

    The next four Extensions will be unveiled soon, and an extra special Extension will be announced and delivered in December.

    You’ll find out more about them with each reveal. Here is an approximate schedule:

    • HDR Merge has been available since July

    • Noiseless AI is scheduled for release on August 30, 2022

    • Extensions #3, #4, #5, and #6 will be revealed soon and delivered in November 2022

    • Extension #7 will be announced and delivered in December 2022

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  • What purchase options do I have?

    We love to offer Luminar artists the greatest flexibility in pricing for our products.  

    You can now purchase Luminar Neo with a one-time payment (along with a paid Extensions Pack) or as a subscription.

    With a one-time purchase, you get Luminar Neo and all maintenance and feature updates shipped for this product version. You can also expand Neo’s feature set with the paid 2022 Extensions Pack. 

    The Pro Monthly and Yearly subscriptions, available starting August 16, 2022, include the Luminar Neo app plus all Extensions that are currently available and those that come out during the subscription period. You will also be entitled to all major Luminar app updates or new versions released during your subscription period. Thus, you’re guaranteed access to all Luminar functionality. 

    We provide a range of offers for the best value:

    • Luminar Neo owners that have received HDR Merge for free can check out this exclusive offer. Choose the Pro Yearly Luminar Neo Updates and Extensions subscription (for the best value!) or get the 2022 Extensions Pack as a one-time purchase.

    • Luminar Neo owners that bought the HDR Merge Extension can check out this exclusive offer. Choose the Pro Yearly Luminar Neo Updates and Extensions subscription (for the best value!) or buy the 2022 Extensions Pack as a one-time purchase.

    • Owners of previous Luminar and Aurora HDR versions can choose the Pro Yearly Luminar Neo with Extensions subscription or purchase a lifetime license for Luminar Neo together with the 2022 Extensions Pack with this exclusive offer.

    We encourage you to give our subscription plan a try, as it’s an easy and convenient way to secure all the latest releases. 

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  • Can I purchase the Extensions separately?

    Our 2022 Extensions pack contains seven niche pro-level tools meeting various editing needs and artistic styles.

    Right now, you can take advantage of the lowest pre-order prices and get all of the Extensions in the 2022 Extensions Pack with a substantial discount. You can also obtain all 2022 Extensions as part of the Pro Yearly subscription plan. You’ll receive all the Extensions released during your subscription period, plus all major app updates and new versions. 


    However, we understand that depending on your workflow, you may resort to a specific tool more frequently than the rest. Therefore, we’re introducing an option to buy the Extensions separately. 


    After all Extensions planned for 2022 are released, they will become available for individual purchase, starting at 49 USD each. Such orders will be subject to our 30-day money-back guarantee.


    If you’re looking for the best price for each Extension, we recommend taking advantage of the Luminar Neo subscription or the full Extensions bundle.  Besides, if you’re not 100% satisfied with your one-time purchase, you can request a refund for the entire pack (not for individual Extensions) no later than December 31, 2022.


    Pre-ordering the entire 2022 Extensions Pack or subscribing to Luminar Neo guarantees the best value for your money and instant access to all new Extensions once they’re available. 

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  • How can I convert my lifetime license to a subscription?

    For all current owners of a Luminar Neo lifetime license, we offer the biggest discount on the first year of a subscription plan. 

    During your subscription period, you will get immediate access to all updates or new Luminar app versions. You will also gain access to all currently available Extensions as well as Extensions released during your subscription period. 


    If you’ve received HDR Merge for free, you can redeem your subscription discount here. 


    Luminar Neo owners that bought the HDR Merge Extension can benefit from our exclusive offer here.

  • Who’s entitled to a free HDR Merge extension?

    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.



  • Am I eligible for a discount on the 2022 Extensions Pack if I’ve already purchased HDR Merge?

    If you already purchased the HDR Merge Extension before August 16, 2022, you can get 6 more Extensions (including Noiseless AI) in the 2022 Extensions Pack with a special discount on top of the preorder deal. Grab your offer here. 


    Those who received the HDR Merge Extension for free can take advantage of an exclusive offer here.

  • What if I already have a Luminar Neo subscription? Will I get all the Extensions for free?

    We are honoring our commitments to current Luminar Neo subscribers. 

    All artists who purchased a Luminar Neo subscription before August 16, 2022, will receive access to all Extensions released during their subscription period for free.

  • What happens to my Luminar Neo and Extensions if I cancel the subscription?

    Canceling your subscription means you won’t be charged at the beginning of the next billing cycle. You’ll be able to keep using Luminar Neo and its Extensions for the duration of the paid period.


    If you owned a lifetime license to Luminar Neo and any Extensions before subscribing, you will be able to use Luminar Neo and those Extensions for which you have a lifetime license after your subscription period ends. However, you will not get access to new Extensions and will lose access to any Extensions that were available to you during the subscription period but for which you do not own a lifetime license. You will also not have access to possible future new versions of the Luminar app.

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  • Where can I download HDR Merge once it is released?

    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.

    1. Go to the Skylum account login page here.

    2. Sign in with your Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Apple account, or sign in with your email and password.

    3. If you purchased HDR Merge using an email address not tied to it, you can merge your accounts in the My Products > App isn’t showing? section of your Skylum account.

    4. In your account, you will see a My Products tab with all of your Skylum programs and extensions. 

    5. Navigate to the Extensions menu under Luminar Neo and сlick on the Run in Luminar Neo button. 

    6. You’ll get redirected to Luminar Neo’s in-app extension store. Click Install under HDR Merge to start the installation process. 


    Once the installation is complete, you can access HDR Merge in the right panel of Luminar Neo’s Catalog tab. 



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  • What’s the difference between Luminar X Membership and the Luminar Neo Pro Subscription?

    Luminar Neo’s Pro Monthly and Yearly Subscription plans give you access to the Luminar Neo app, all updates or new versions, as well as all Extensions available during the subscription period. 



    Luminar X Membership is a paid subscription for those who already own or subscribe to Luminar and want to take their creativity to the next level. Luminar X members enjoy monthly delivery of creative assets, including Luminar Presets, LUTs, and Sky textures. Luminar X members who opt for the Luminar X Membership Pro plan will also receive four Luminar tutorials and four photography tutorials per year. 


    Important: Luminar X Membership Pro and Basic plans don’t include the Luminar app or its Extensions. 

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  • Will batch processing be available in HDR Merge?

    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:

    1. Apply the necessary edits to one of the images.
    2. Right-click it and select Adjustments>Copy Adjustments.
    3. While holding CTRL (on Windows)/CMD (on macOS) key on your keyboard, multi-select the images which you would like to edit in the same way.
    4. Right-click one of the selected images and choose Adjustments > Sync/Paste Adjustments.
    5. Finish by using the Export command to batch export multiple photos



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  • Will owners of a Luminar Neo lifetime license get more updates?

    In 2022, Luminar Neo is reaching its full potential and becoming a platform. Therefore, we’re not releasing a new version but will keep bringing improvements to the existing product. 

    Luminar Neo will continue seeing regular free performance, compatibility, and feature updates, as we’re committed to delivering the best editing experience to our artists. 

    You can add even more creative superpowers to your software with the pro-level 2022 Extensions Pack.

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