Luminar is professional photo editor that allows you to make incredible photos in less time. Enjoy professional tools, innovative filters powered by AI, speed, flawless Raw processing and other features to help you quickly make wonderful images.


Accent - AI: Automatic image enhancement powered by artificial intelligence
Black & White Conversion: Create a monochrome masterpiece
Saturation / Vibrance: Make your colors pop with intensity
Structure: Increase contrast and subtle details to bring out surface texture
Tone: Correct overall brightness and contrast for a balanced image
Vignette: Make your subject the center of attention

Clarity: Easily reveal subtle details and texture in your image
Dehaze: Get rid of unwanted fog and haze
Details Enhancer: Make your photos sharp and crystal-clear
Foliage Enhancer: Enhance landscapes by changing the color of the foliage
Polarizing Filter: Give your photos depth and enhance blue skies
Remove Color Cast: Get rid of unwanted color casts in your image
Sharpening: Improve the clarity and focus of your image

Cross Processing: Give your photo a vintage or off-colored spin
Dramatic: Achieve a gritty and unique cinematic look
Fog: Increase the mood of your photos by adding a bit of fog
Golden Hour: Get the magic golden hour look any time of the day
Grain: Add realistic film grain to your images
High Key: Turn your images into bright, high-contrast photos
Image Radiance: Add a creative glow to your photos for a dreamy, fantasy look

Orton Effect: Give your photos a unique look that sharpens and blurs at the same time
Soft Focus: Add a creative glow for perfect portraits and landscapes
Soft Glow: Create beautiful lighting effects on bright areas with this filter
Split Toning: Create two different colors for the highlights and shadows of your image
Texture Overlay: Add a texture to your image

Advanced Contrast: Gain control over contrast by tonal range
Channel Mixer: Mix and fine-tune your Red, Green and Blue color information
Color Balance: Correct colors and creative control within different tone regions
Color Contrast: Adjust contrast based on the selected hue
Curves: Precisely fine-tune tonal adjustments with this powerful tool
HSL: Selectively adjust hue, saturation and luminance to specific colors
Micro Structure: Sharpen areas of fine-details and textures
Photo Filter: Warm or cool your images and add creative toning
Split Color Warmth: Selectively enhance warm and cool tones

Adjustable Gradient: Separately adjust the top and bottom sections of your image
Bi-Color Toning: Apply two different colors to tone various parts of your photo
Brightness / Contrast: Increase or decrease the brightness and contrast of your image
Color Temperature: Modify the color temperature and white balance in your picture
Exposure: Adjust the brightness of your photos
Highlights / Shadows: Easily adjust light and dark areas of your photos
Top & Bottom Lighting: Flexibly adjust the lighting of your photo


Basic category: universal presets for all types of photos
Street category: great presets to enhance your street shots
Outdoor: a collection of presets that are well-suited for outdoor lighting
Portrait: ideal for portraits and family photos
Travel: evoke a mood and stylize your photos from different places
Dramatic: Use these presets to create images that offer a dramatic flair
Aerial Inspired by DJI: presets for photos taken from your drone.
Custom Presets: Create and save your own custom presets

There are even more incredible features in Luminar, including Layers, Lens Correction, Blending Modes, Masking, Powerful Raw develop module and much more.

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What's New

Version 1.3.0

IMPROVED Raw Develop. The Raw Develop filter has improved handling of the Lens and Transform effects. Effects are not shown on the left side (Before) when using the Compare option. The effects are also not blended with original when using the Filters Amount slider.
IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate. As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.
IMPROVED Batch Processing. You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.
IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter. Just hover your mouse over a LUT and it updates in real-time.
IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers eight Improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
IMPROVED Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file with the “Windows Compatible” option. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop and Develop filters.
IMPROVED Filter Controls. To save you time, all filter checkboxes can be enabled or disabled by clicking on the control name or the checkbox. Additionally, be sure to try scrubbable number sliders. Just mouse over the value for a filter and then click and drag left or right to move the slider.
IMPROVED JPEG Controls. Take precise control over JPEG and JPEG-2000 compression. You can see a numeric value for the Quality slider. You can also click on the number and enter a precise value.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings

Buyer Beware

***Update to Original Review****

As mentioned below, you can not use Luminar as a plugin if you purchase from the App Store. I contacted customer service and they were extremely quick to resolve the issue by provding me the version of the applcation that will allow the use of a plugin. VERY Quick customer service (thank you Julia). As stated below, the software is great and I cannot wait to try out all of the features.

Original review:
I like the application but please be advised that if you purchase the application through the App Store, you will loose the ability to install Luminar 2018 as a plug-in for Lightroom, Photshop etc. You can only install the plug-in if you purchase from the MacPhun site. Wouldn’t normally be a big deal however, since a library or catalog option is not available in Luminar (yet) you have to export the photos then open them in Luminar then reimport them into Lightroom. Can be a bit frustrating doing this over and over again. Not cool. I only wish I knew this before I purchased the software through the App Store.

On the positive side, the application does what it says and does it beautifully! I like all the presets and the LUTs features (I am new to LUTs) have to offter to bring my photo processing to the next level.

No Full Disclosure

Crippled Version-Should be labeled Trialware


I cannot believe that this is being sold as a complete solution. IT CANNOT ACCEPT PLUGINS! How can a serious user be expected to export photos from Photo or Aperture, import into Luminar, then re-export/import into photo manager? With 14,000 plus photos, there is no way this is usable without the plugins that are described in Help. Turns out that they are onlly available if you have the program purchased from Skylum’s website.

"While Luminar is a full featured stand-alone application, some users also choose to install and run it as a plug-in for other popular photo editing software. If you installed after downloading from our website, you should be prompted to install the plug-ins for detected software you already have installed.” That “Help" does not apply to this version.

For serious users, this is at most “trial ware” for the workflow usable version on developer’s website—Oh, for an additional $69.

This version is a rip-off, and I blame Apple almost as much as developer. They should demand clear warnings that such versions are incomplete vs developer site versions.

If I could get a refund, I would, but….

Developer Response

Hi there! Please note that due to the App Store restrictions, all the apps that are available here can't be used in a plug-in mode. If you want to use Luminar 2018 in a plug-in mode, drop us a message at and we will gladly assist you. Thanks!


Lots of filters. Somewhat slow.

In the beginning, I was excited to use this app because of the amount of filters included. Especially the “sunrays” filter, it’s really amazing. However, when I try to use the most common filters, the application process is a bit slow. There’s always the “Image processing” pop-up displayed. (Note: I do have an iMac Pro, 4Ghz, with 32Gb RAM, and I use Photoshop and Lightroom with no issues). In addition, I can't use the “option” key when selecting the shadows and higlights to avoid clipping, eventhough I saw a video online where you could, just like in Adobe Lightroom.

I purchase this App with the idea of replacing Adobe Lightroom.
Although this app has a lot of great features, I’m going to hold on to Lightroom. Hope that updates in the future will encourage me to switch.

I e-mailed MacPhun with the “options” key issue, and all I got was an automated e-mail reply instructing me to research their website. I did the research with no answer.
I will give MacPhun customer care a one star.

Developer Response

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Could you please be more specific regarding the filters that seem to be slow? Does it happen with all images or particular ones? Make sure you're using the latest version of the app. Every single question we receive gets answered within 24 hours. Would you be so kind to re-send your request to Thank you in advance.


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196.1 MB
OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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