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Luminar AI Beta

Advanced Photo Editing

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Luminar AI Beta Update:

Results without the ‘Gymnastics’.

Since the release of the Luminar AI Beta in 2020, Skylum Software has continuously delivered innovative image editing solutions for professional photographers and artists.

From the magical erase tool to sky replacement and the augmented sky tool, we’ve witnessed the technology behind Skylum’s application advance to surpass expectations.

While Luminar AI was still under development (as software development is an ongoing process), I had the opportunity to preview and experiment with a beta version of the software. I must say, as always, I was thoroughly impressed with the simplicity and sleekness of the Luminar interface.

Unlike many previous photo editing software, Luminar AI offers an uncluttered experience, focusing on delivering results without the need for complex maneuvers.

Currently, Skylum’s primary focus is on Luminar Neo. However, they have also released Luminar for iPad, along with generative AI tools and extensions.

To learn more about the developments since the 2020 Luminar AI Beta, please continue reading.

2019 - 2020
Luminar AI 35%

Luminar AI.

Layers, the best of Luminar 4?

From memory, Luminar 4 was a significant version of the softwares journey thus far and at least before fully embracing the Generative AI route. 

With “Layers” being a high demand feature from the days of Luminar 4, its return in the early versions of Luminar Neo has been well received. 

Now, just in case you didn’t know, “Layers” combine multiple images as layers on a single canvas, including RAW images for maximum control over color and light. 

Blending, masking and opacity can be used to create collages, double exposure effects and other powerfully creative interactions between layered photos. 

PNG images with transparency can be added to layers, allowing artists to move beyond strictly photographic compositions. Textures and other graphic elements can add additional flourishes to the final work. 

Once these elements are on a layer, they can be easily moved, rotated, and flipped to place them precisely within the composition. 

By the 4th update of Luminar AI we were amazed with the introduction of Bokeh AI. A tool use for achieving the effect of a shallow focal depth with a blurry background. 

This typical but effective technique used especially for portrait photography is emulated with the Bokeh AI tool. With Bokeh AI you have far more control and possibilities. 

The following is an overview of a few of the more notable Luminar AI tools at the time: 


1. Portraits take on new life.

  • Use BodyAI and FaceAI to gently sculpt and refine a portrait.
  • Create eyes that are rich and expressive with IrisAI.
  • Remove blemishes and imperfections naturally with SkinAI.

2. Landscape photography has never looked better.

  • Add depth and detail to skies with AtmosphereAI and Sky Enhancer.
  • Transform a photo and add an all-new sky in seconds with SkyAI.
  • Bring warmth with Golden Hour or even enhance the sun with Sunrays.

3. Professional finishing with less hassle.

  • Looking for more detail and texture? Then StructureAI is the perfect addition.
  • Get the perfect crop with CompositionAI and fix crooked images.
  • With AccentAI, a photo has perfect exposure and color. 
2020 - 2021
Luminar AI / Neo 55%

Neo, the redesign...

Introducing Luminar Neo.

Released in during September 2021 and carrying on from our previous version of Luminar AI, Luminar Neo includes built-in overlays and object libraries which allow artists to start creating layered compositions right out of the box. 

Portrait Bokeh AI.

Also carrying on from the previous Luminar AI, is the Portrait Bokeh AI and other Portrait tools in a neatly organized toolset.

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Luminar Tools and Extensions.

Water Enhancer: Designed to bring out the best in aquatic scenes’ water features, this adds visual impact to landscape photos.

Studio Light: An innovative tool for portrait photographers, it accurately duplicates the lightning effects typically obtained in the studio with pricey technical equipment and revitalizes older images. Artists can effortlessly give portrait photographs a completely new depth with Studio Light.

Neon & Glow: Add striking lighting effects to your creations to elevate them. With the help of this tool, photographers will be able to get past obstacles like poor lighting and expertly incorporate eye-catching neon elements into their compositions to make them even more captivating.

The first Luminar Neo Extensions were introduced in August 2023 and beyond. Some of the them include: HDR Merge, Focus Stacking, Upscale and Panorama Stitching.

I get the feeling the Extensions’ names give away what each of them does.

For example: Noiseless AI, Supersharp AI, Magic Light AI.

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2021 - 2023...
Luminar Neo and GenTech 65%

Generative AI Technology.

Here is a list of the first batch of Luminar Neo Generative AI Editing Tools.

Now, here’s where the real action begins. Luminar Neo speeds up the development and readily accommodates the release of new features in the future thanks to its redesigned, modular engine. 

The introduction of Luminar Neo opens up new avenues for artistic expression and expands the capabilities of the Luminar image editing suite.

GenErase: To maintain the beauty of your composition, use GenErase to remove items such as trash, street signs, cars, graffiti, and more with ease.

SceneExpand: This tool lets users expand beyond their images original boundaries, giving compositions a fresh perspective. SceneExpand gives you the freedom to stray from conventional aspect ratios and explore new creative possibilities, whether you’re making panoramic landscapes or giving your best photos more room.

SceneSwap: This allows users to swap out particular elements (like the sky or foreground) with beautifully rendered AI-generated images that blend in perfectly with the overall image. See a gorgeous sunset in place of your photos’ gloomy pond or a clear, azure seascape in place of the drab, overcast sky.