Skylum Luminar 4 review

Luminar 4 champions AI enhancements and creativity for everyone, but it's very different to the last version

Luminar 4 review
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re coming to Luminar 4 for the first time, you’ll be impressed by its fresh, modern interface, its easy image organization, one-click ‘Looks’, nice portrait enhancement tools and jaw-dropping AI Sky Replacement feature. If you’re an existing Luminar 3 (or earlier) user, however, you’re more likely to be floored by the new interface and another dramatic shift in direction. For long-term users, Luminar is proving a bit of a roller-coaster ride.


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    Integrated image catalog

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    Non-destructive editing

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    AI Sky Replacement

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    Includes plug-in version


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    Drastic interface change from v3

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    ‘Looks’ lack subtlety

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    Still no virtual copies

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Update: Luminar 4 has now been updated with Skylum's Luminar AI. See our full review on Luminar AI for details of this more recent version of this photo-editing software.

Luminar 4 has been making the news quite a bit, and Skylum Software's constant innovation means every major version upgrade brings surprises, innovations and perhaps a bit of controversy – and Luminar 4 has all three. 

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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