New Luminar AI Official Launch

Photo Editor Luminar AI – Ready for 2021


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Luminar AI Evolutionary Photo Editor

Let’s face it, not every brilliant photographer, is a brilliant “Photoshop” editing whiz kid too.

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Finally, December the 15th 2020 we see the launch of the new Luminar AI. And I’ve only just installed my updated version as I write.

So what’s new? Good and Bad? you must be thinking – read on to find out more…

Luminar AI – Professional Photo Editing Assistant

Luminar AI – First Public Release

First of all, and as always, existing users of Luminar are well looked after, with a special upgrade discount applied. Just follow the instructions for existing users*. 

For, new users, you can use my code below for at least a tenner off.

Luminar AI First Impressions

Now what is overall impressive about Luminar AI as an intelligent photo-editing assistant, start with its clean and simple to navigate interface, which is ideal for the busy professional photographer avoiding overwhelming software solutions.

Using Luminar AI’s intuitively organised Toolsets, each arranged in order of relevance. Anyone can immediately start editing photos with no experience of ever having used Luminar AI before.

New users might find that Luminar AI lacks the level of user control necessary with other photo editors. But don’t be fooled, the familiar editing methods and tools are still available, it’s just that Luminar AI prioritises simplicity

And therefore we have features such as Templates, which, by first analysing your photo and then providing the most optimised editing suggestions, is perhaps the fastest photo enhancing tool available. Where you still always have access and  control of how you image looks. Which why some Luminar 4 users may not see a need for upgrading.

Is a Luminar AI upgrade worth it?

In spite not having any issues with Luminar 4, you may feel that upgrading to Luminar AI may not be worth it. Well, the first thing you should know is that Luminar AI is a newly built photo-editing app that employs a simplified approach to photo editing.

You can’t always tell which photos have been ‘kissed’ by Luminar AI. But you’ll know when you have a great looking photo when you ‘feel’ the results…


Luminar AI Focuses on Results First.

Yes, Luminar can almost sound like some kind of marketing tool that focuses on results above everything else. However, let’s face it, not every brilliant photographer, is a brilliant “Photoshop” whiz kid too. 

Which is why it’s a relief to be able to say that Luminar Templates is hands-down one of the most simple and innovative set of editing tools most recently developed for photo artists and photographers I have seen yet. 

If you are a busy professional photographer you will inevitably value all the time you have available for each project. So where you can save time on the somewhat superfluous tasks all the better.

Which Features to Watch For?

Templates set the precedence for an entirely new way of editing professional photos without the technical preparatory work. This is where AI really kicks into gear by providing the less “Photoshop” savvy photographer with a quick and simple editing solution. Seriously, it makes a lot of sense especially if you are a professional photographer that often hires photo editing and retouching skills

Portrait Tools in our opinion, provides a toolset that every portrait photographer will love and appreciate, especially where editing people comes into the fray.

Body AI

Accentuate figures with realistic and stunning effect with Body AI. Make bodies appear lighter or add weight where needed.

Iris AI

Really explore and bring out the beauty of eyes. Edit without stumbling through intricate masking and layers.

Face AI

Effortlessly remove unwanted dark circles, enhance lips, teeth, and generally improve faces naturally.

Skin AI

Effortlessly remove blemishes while preserving pores, texture and hair. 

Accent AI

With a single “magic” slider achieve natural lighting and life-like colour…

Bokeh AI

Let your subject stand out and emulate the stunning background haziness of a high-quality lens…

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Atmosphere AI  is one the most technically complex feature found with the debut version of Luminar AI. It allows users to quickly add realistic atmospheric effects with 3D depth.

“ Create a magical mood without masks and layers…”

Composition AI  cropping can be an art, and it’s one you’ll not need to worry about. With the expertise of the world’s best photographers, allow Composition AI to help apply the golden rules of composition with you… (read more)

Sky Replacement and Augmented Sky  Luminar 4 users will be familiar with these two awesome and widely welcomed features. Replacing sky backgrounds in photos can easily be achieved without worrying about masks, layers and editing fiddly details.

As an existing user and early-adopter, if you haven’t already checked your Skylum account for upgrading options. You should log into your account and see if your download is available. For all other parties and the general public, Luminar AI will be available as from the December 15th 2020.


Luminar AI System Requirements


MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, early 2010 or newer


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or better

OS version

macOS 10.13.6 or higher.


Memory 8 GB RAM or more (16+ GB RAM is recommended)

Disk space

Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance


1280×768 size or better



Windows-based hardware PC with mouse or similar input device


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or better, AMD Ryzen™ 5 or better

OS version

10 (only 64-bit OS).


Memory 8 GB RAM or more (16+ GB RAM is recommended)

Disk space

Hard disk 10 GB free space; SSD for best performance


1280×768 size or better


Open GL 3.3 or later compatible graphics card




* Existing users apply to individuals who have purchased Luminar 4.

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