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Is Luminar AI Good For Beginners

Is Luminar AI good for Beginners

With its effects-orientated tools and simple interface, Luminar AI is good for beginners indeed. However, since writing this post, Luminar AI has been replaced by Luminar Neo. Therefore, I recommend you buy Luminar Neo instead.

Fortunately, Luminar Neo is absurdly good for beginners and you can learn much more by reading my Luminar Neo Review. But if you would like to know more about Luminar AI then read one. Jump to Conclusion | Read Luminar AI review

Table of Contents

  1. Luminar AI for Portraiture
  2. Luminar AI for Landscape Photography
  3. Templates
  4. Conclusion
  5. Honesty is good

Luminar AI for Portraiture

For editing portraits, Luminar AI is good for beginners and anyone else who doesn’t want to spend hours doing selective editing.

If you are unaware, selective editing is where you target certain areas of a photo by manually brushing over it. Suffice to say, selective editing can be a rather dull and time-consuming process. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Thanks to Luminar’s artificial intelligence, Luminar AI automatically identifies personal features such as eyes, lips, teeth, and faces, and as a result, no selective editing is required. Simply drag a slider until you reach your desired effect.

Luminar AI for Landscape Photography

Skylum Luminar AI is good for beginners wishing to polish their landscape photos. Unlike other tool-focused photo editors, Luminar AI is built to deliver the effect.

To elaborate, with most photo editors, you must muddle your way to a perfect photo by fondling tools with abstract names such a tone curves, white balance, LUTs, and split tones. That’s fine for me and others with too much time on their hand’s but what if you are a normal person and don’t know what the hell any of that means?

Well, Skylum Software feels your pain. Instead, Luminar AI gets straight to the point with tools such as landscape and Foliage Enhancer. And not only are they well named, but they work too. However, the best is yet to come.

Luminar AI Sky Replacement Tool

Once upon a time, switching a photo’s sky for another required careful removal of one sky and the delicate insertion of another. In other words, sky replacement was a technique reserved to photo editing enthusiasts and professionals. But not anymore.

In Luminar AI, Skylum Software has handed sky replacement to the people. Simply choose the sky you like and Luminar AI does the heavy lifting. In addition, Luminar AI automatically adjusts ambient lighting and tone so the old landscape and new sky match.


Luminar AI’s large catalog of templates makes Luminar AI good for beginners looking to avoid manual adjustments entirely.

Luminar AI Templates
Choosing a template from the Sunsets Collection

A single click on the template of your choice and Luminar AI will sharpen, enhance, and transform your photo and if you don’t like the effect of one template, you can always try another.

Alternatively, you can use a template as a starting point to add your own manual adjustments and save results to a new template for application to future photos.

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Luminar AI is good for beginners and experts in a rush. It’s also a lot of fun to use.

Unlike other tool-focused photo editors, Luminar AI does not require you to master low-level adjustments such as white balance, tone curves, and selective editing.

Instead, Luminar AI gets straight to the point and offers you adjustments such as teeth whitener, landscape enhancer, and sky replacement. All you have to do is decide how much of an effect you want.

If sliding a slider still seems like too much work, simply choose from one of Luminar AI’s templates and watch your photo transform with a single click.

In fact, it would all seem a bit dumbed down if it didn’t work so well. But it does. And not only is it effortless, it’s also a lot of fun.

Overall, I have used plenty of photo editors such as Capture One Pro, Lightroom, ACDSee Ultimate, and Affinity Photo. Whilst all of these applications cater to a particular audience, none are as simple to use or fun as Luminar AI.

Therefore, Luminar AI is my go-to recommendation for beginners and experts in a rush. Back to start.

Honesty is good

I am a Luminar AI affiliate which means I earn a little money if you choose to buy Luminar AI using the links on this site.

However, I am an affiliate because I love the software and wholly believe Luminar AI to be the best photo editor for beginners.

Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, you can try it for yourself, and share your experience with Luminar AI in the comments below. All the best, Richard.

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