New luminar AI wants to take over editing with an AI engine

Skylum has introduced Luminar AI, a new tool that aims to make professional photo editing much faster and available to more than photographers and retouchers. It’s designed for anyone who relies on photos to tell their story. It can be photographers, of course, but also bloggers, entrepreneurs, educators, business owners… you name it. As the name suggests, it relies heavily on artificial intelligence, and Skylum says that it’s focused on the result rather than the process of editing. So, let’s dive in and see what Luminar AI has to offer.

As you probably know, using AI isn’t at all new for Skylum. It was first introduced in Luminar 3, and Luminar 4 relies on it big time. However, artificial intelligence is the core of Luminar AI. It simplifies editing to the point that it removes manual work. Here are the features that you can expect in the new Luminar AI:

Portrait photography:

  • Body AI and Face AI for portrait editing.
  • Iris AI for eye enhancement.
  • Skin AI for removing blemishes and imperfections.

Landscape photography:

  • Atmosphere AI and Sky Enhancer to add depth and detail to the skies.
  • Sky AI for automatic sky replacement
  • Golden Hour for adding warm tones and Sunrays for enhancing the sun.


  • Structure AI for adding more detail and texture.
  • Composition AI for perfect crop and fixing crooked horizons.
  • Enhance exposure and color with Accent AI.

Luminar AI features Templates at its very core. The program recognizes the contents of a photo and suggests the best templates to speed up the editing process. These edits can be applied and refined instantly with AI guiding the way. Still, if you don’t feel comfortable with Ai taking over your control completely, it’s good to know that you can still adjust and refine each setting that you apply.

If you’d like to try out Luminar AI, it’s now available on Skylum’s website as both a stand-alone app and plug-in for macOS and Windows. The “early-birds” will be invited into the LuminarAI Insider program and of course,  get Luminar AI at the lowest price. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. If you own a previous version of Luminar or Aurora HDR, Skylum will also extend a loyalty discount. Here are the prices:

​For current customers:

  • Luminar AI 1 seat – $59
  • Luminar AI 2 seats – $69​

For new customers:

  • Luminar AI 1 seat – $69
  • Luminar AI 2 seats – $79​