Luminar AI review

Luminar AI aims to take the tedium out of photo editing with its all-new AI-driven approach to image enhancement

Skylum Luminar AI review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Luminar AI’s results are often spectacular, particularly for sky replacement and portrait enhancement, though while the AI template suggestions are great, you only get a handful of suggestions and without previews you need to click to see what they look like. Nevertheless, Luminar AI does exactly what it sets out to do, by allowing novice photo editors to inject some magic into their images without the need for a lot of know how and time consuming manual editing. It is very easy to create ‘idealised’ reality with Luminar AI, which we suspect will be popular with content creators but perhaps controversial too.


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    Spectacular sky replacement

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    Subtle portrait enhancement

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    Effective automated tools


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    No support for layers

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    Templates not always exciting

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    No mobile version

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Luminar AI is designed to take the drudge out of photo editing, handling all the previously technical and time-consuming tasks of selecting and masking and manual sliders with its own automated machine learning AI.

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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