Skylum, the creators of Luminar AI and Aurora HDR have just announced their latest photo editing tool; Luminar Neo. This photo editor is the latest release from Luminar and is an addition to the Skylum family of products which includes Aurora HDR, and Luminar AI.

Whilst the announcement has just been made, and more information will be released in the near future the aim of Luminar Neo is different to that of Luminar AI. It is not designed to be an upgrade but a very different photo editor, where Luminar AI was designed for people who need to edit but would rather focus on the results (either because they want quick results, or maybe they are intimidated by photo editing), Luminar Neo is a more advanced editor for those who love to edit, and want to explore layering and far more complex edits than were available in Luminar AI.

Whilst not all of the features have been announced yet, Skylum has provided the following information:


Transform photos with new relighting options. Luminar Neo analyzes each image to recognize the depth of a scene and its subject which allows precise control over exposure and tone.

Remove blemishes and distracting elements. Luminar Neo automatically recognizes and removes artifacts caused by a dirty camera sensor or lens. New tools make removing unwanted background elements easier than ever before.

Powerful background replacement. Take full control of the background for portrait photos by quickly replacing it with an all-new image or background.

Round-trip mobile image management. Our new companion mobile app makes it simple to add pictures captured on a mobile device to your Luminar Catalog. Once edited in Luminar Neo, results can be sent back to the mobile device for easy social sharing or viewing on the go.

Precise control with flexible editing

We designed Luminar Neo with input from working photographers, artists, and colorists. With this guidance, we built Luminar Neo to help artists break new creative ground with an image editor that allows precise control over every aspect of the final image while providing artists a flexible toolset that can be tailored to their unique creative workflow. These capabilities include:

AI-Driven Compositing

  • Smart, AI-based masking easily isolates elements in individual images.
  • Add numerous images as layers to create entirely new art.
  • Apply any tool and any mask … to any layer, in any order, multiple times.
  • Use creative blending modes, guided by AI, to achieve clean, precise, composite images.

Improved Ease of Use

  • Users can save their photos as well as presets for easy reuse.
  • All editing steps remain editable for complete control over the final image.
  • With a minimalist user interface, the whole process is enjoyable and easy.

High performance

An all-new editing engine drives Luminar Neo, making it possible to apply multiple tools to an image without significant performance loss. Luminar Neo allows for complex layering of several raw images. Our new Luminar engine enables Skylum to further optimize and refine the entire image-processing pipeline.

While built atop an efficient new engine, Luminar Neo inherits the proven, AI-driven technologies which made LuminarAI a ground-breaking image editor.

“The goal of Luminar has always been to help everyone create images they truly love. With Luminar Neo, we empower even more artists and photographers to achieve their full creative vision,” said Ivan Kutanin, CEO of Skylum. “With new tools and a flexible editing workflow, they’ll find powerful new ways to create while being inspired to explore new ways to do so. We can’t wait to see what our creative community comes up with.”



Luminar Neo is available for pre-order, Early bird pricing will be available for the first 30,000 customers worldwide to pre-order Luminar Neo. Once these copies are sold, the price will go up. Customers who buy a license during an Early bird stage will be the first ones to receive Luminar Neo. Purchasing is risk free as Skylum are offering a 30 day money back guarantee from the release of the software.

For artists making a new purchase:
$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo 
$59 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo 

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$98 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI

For artists who own Luminar or Aurora:
$34 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo 
$49 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo 

$63 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI 
$88 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI 

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