Luminar AI officially launched – Skylum’s AI powered photo editor is live!

Skylum Luminar AI
(Image credit: Skylum)

Skylum is keen to tap into a whole new market of photographers who just want great-looking pictures without time-consuming technicalities and manual adjustments.

• Read our Luminar AI review

It still has regular photo enhancing and effects tools for those who need them, but uses the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify the objects and scenes in your photos, and suggests ‘templates’ for editing looks that will work particularly well for those subjects.

All the adjustments are carried out automatically, but you can also change them yourself or create effects (templates) of your own.

Skylum is pitching Luminar AI as a whole new product and not simply an update to Luminar 4. It says that Luminar 4 will continue to be supported, but no longer developed.

Skylum Luminar AI

Skylum's new software can automatically identify subjects and scenes in your photos and suggest suitable templates (image 'looks'). (Image credit: Skylum)

Luminar AI's Sky filter can replace the sky in your photo with another, automatically, and without any manual masking or blending. (Image credit: Skylum)

What's special about Luminar AI?

Luminar AI builds on the AI technologies in Luminar 4, and builds on the impressive Sky Replacement tool (now Sky AI), Augmented Sky tool and portrait enhancement features we’ve already seen to put AI at the heart of the software.

Portrait enhancement now uses both BodyAI and FaceAI to “gently sculpt and refine a portrait”.  The software can automatically detect, isolate and enhance individual features with IrisAI, for example, and SkinAI. 

Landscape photographers now have AtmosphereAI and Sky Enhancer tools, and SkyAI can substitute an existing sky with a new one. 

Did you miss the golden hour? Well now you can create a Golden Hour effect later, and even add Sunrays. 

Other AI tools include StructureAI for increasing detail and definition only in areas that will be improved by it, CompositionAI for automatic image straightening and cropping and AccentAI for automatic image enhancements.

AI powered portrait enhancement is just one of the artificial intelligence technologies in Luminar AI. (Image credit: Skylum)

Where to get Luminar AI

You can buy Luminar AI direct from the Skylum website. The price for new users is $69/£69 and with upgrade pricing for previous Luminar users. We are not aware of any trial version, but Skylum is offering a "30-day money back guarantee".

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at