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Luminar Neo Review

Luminar Neo Review

Luminar Neo is Skylum Software’s latest photo editor and the true follow-up to Luminar 4. Like Luminar 4, Luminar Neo has been designed for photo enthusiasts, thus features tools such as layer-based editing, Portrait Background Removal AI, Relight AI, and Mask AI.

But despite its enthusiast-friendly feature set, Luminar Neo is no more difficult to use than the beginner-orientated Luminar AI. Furthermore, Luminar Neo shares Luminar AI’s interface and almost all of its features including crowd-pleasers such as Sky AI, Portrait Bokeh AI, and Face AI. So, is Luminar Neo all things to all people? To find out, I get hands-on with the latest pre-release version of Luminar Neo. Jump to Conclusion.


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Table of Contents

  1. What is Luminar Neo
  2. Luminar Neo Release Date
  3. Luminar Neo Price
  4. What can Luminar Neo do
    1. Relight AI
    2. Erase Tool
    3. Portrait Background Removal AI
    4. Layer-based photo editing
    5. Mask AI
  5. Luminar Neo vs Luminar AI
  6. How much does Luminar Neo cost
  7. Luminar Neo Discounts
  8. Conclusion
  9. Recent Posts
  10. You might like?
  11. Luminar Neo FAQs

What is Luminar Neo

Skylum Software’s Luminar Neo is an AI-powered photo editor desinged to meet the needs of photo enthusiasts. And since Luminar Neo is Skylum’s latest photo editor, it features all-new tools such as Relight AI, Portrait Background Remover, and Erase AI.

Yet despite Luminar Neo being designed for enthusiasts, it is remarkably similar to the beginner-orientated Luminar AI and just as easy to use.

Not only does Luminar Neo inherit Luminar’s AI interface, but has also borrowed most of its feature-set. This means Neo gets AI’s absurdly fun Sky AI, Portrait Bokeh AI, and Face AI. As a result, Luminar Neo serves as a one-stop shop for all of Skylum’s greatest hits. Except one.

Sky Replacement with Luminar Neo

The one thing missing from Luminar Neo is Templates. If you have never used Luminar AI, Templates are like Presets on steroids and enable you to process your photos in just a few clicks. Since Luminar Neo lacks Templates, Luminar AI may still be your best route towards quick results.

Structure AI with Luminar Neo

Overall, Luminar Neo looks like an exceptional photo. And given its bargain price, it deserves a place on you desktop.

Luminar Neo Release Date

Luminar Neo is scheduled to be released in February 2022. However, you can preorder Luminar Neo now.

Luminar Neo Price

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What can Luminar Neo do

Luminar Neo features many new tools such as Relight AI, Portrait Background Removal AI, and Layer-based editing. It also includes a rather wonderful erase tool which is demonstrated below. Here are the 5 best features of Luminar Neo

Relight AI

Because Relight AI automatically recognizes your photo’s foreground from its background, you can adjust the brightness and white balance of either without the need to mask. I got hands-on with Relight AI and I am impressed, to say the least.

If you like to shoot portraiture, Relight AI could save you a lot of time. In the video below, I use Relight AI to rebalance a portrait of a subject with an overly bright background.

Overall, I am very impressed with Relight AI. And unlike some of Skylum’s more outrageous (but fun) AI tricks, Relight AI is one I will use a lot.

Erase Tool

I’m just going to get straight to the point. Luminar Neo’s Erase Tool is impressive stuff. In the video below, you will see how I can erase both Sealions without leaving a mark.

If annihilating sealions from existence is not your thing, Luminar Neo Erase also has a couple of pre-set features. One removes blemishes caused by dust on your lens and sensor. Whilst the second removes powerlines. Sadly, I found the Powerline removal tool somewhat flakey but perhaps it will get better when Lumianr Neo is officially released.


Portrait Background Removal AI

Luminar Neo features a background removal tool. If this background replacement tool works as well as Sky AI in Luminar AI, then we’re in for a treat.

The sample below was provided by Skylum Software.


If you would like to know more about Luminar Neo’s background removal tool, check out more samples, take a look at Background Replacement with Luminar Neo.

Layer-based photo editing

Luminar 4 had layers but its successor, Luminar AI did not. But guess what, Luminar Neo has layers. If you don’t know, layer-based editors allow you to commit your adjustments to layers that are stacked on top of the original image.

This enables you to preserve your image in its original state and blend different layers to create compound effects not possible with non-layer-based editors such as Luminar AI.

Mask AI

For me, applying masks is one of the most tedious tasks in photo editing. Therefore, I am delighted to hear about Luminar Neo’s automated masking tool called, wait for it, Mask AI.

In one click, Luminar Neo will automatically mask your element-of-interest saving you a whole lot of time in the process. If this works, I’ll be one happy photographer.


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Luminar Neo vs Luminar AI

The pre-release version of Luminar Neo is almost identical to Luminar AI. Specifically, Luminar Neo shares an almost identical interface and feature set.

However, Luminar Neo does lack Luminar AI’s Templates which is a shame. On the other hand, Luminar Neo does have several features not found in Luminar AI. For more info, check out Luminar Neo vs Luminar AI

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How much does Luminar Neo cost

Luminar Neo costs around US$90. However, there are plenty of deals to be had.

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Conclusion

Luminar Neo is shaping up very well. Relight AI is supremely able to enhance portraits taken under poor lighting and Erase AI is very impressive indeed.

Skylum Software says Luminar Neo is aimed towards enthusiasts and professionals and this is apparent in its feature set. For instance, we have the return of Layer-based editing, and tools such as Mask AI and Erase offer the kind of selective editing advanced photo editors crave.

Yet, based on my first impressions, Luminar Neo is no more difficult to use than the beginner-orientated Luminar AI. Both share a very similar user interface. Furthermore, Skylum Software has continued its mission to boil down once-complex photo editing processes into just a few clicks.

As a result, Luminar Neo offers an enthusiast/professional-grade feature set that a beginner could use. This is great news for anyone, particularly those of us who spend far too much time selectively enhancing and cleaning our photos to perfection.

Sky Replacement in Luminar Neo

As for Luminar AI, it remains an outstanding option. However, Luminar Neo does almost every Luminar AI does and more besides. Of course, the big exception is Templates that remain exclusive to Luminar AI. For this reason, Luminar AI may be the better choice if you are looking for the easiest route towards a well-processed photo.

In some ways, it’s a shame that Luminar Neo and Luminar AI must exist as two separate products as there is a decent amount of overlap. I expect a few years of updates will close the gap between them like they did with Luminar 4 and Luminar AI.

But until then, sign up to my weekly email for news and discounts on Luminar and other photography products. I’ll also give you a nudge once I’ve tested the full, officially released version of Luminar Neo. Back to Intro

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Luminar Neo FAQs

Luminar Neo Release Date

The release date for Luminar Neo is February 2022.

Is Luminar Neo better than Luminar AI

Luminar Neo has several exciting features that are not present in Luminar AI such as Portrait Background Removal AI, Relight AI, and Layer-based photo editing.

Can you get Luminar Neo for Free?

Luminar Neo is yet to be released as is a free trial

Is Luminar Neo Standalone

Yes – it is an independent photo editor for Windows 10

Does Luminar Neo have Layers

Yes. Luminar Neo enables you to edit your photos using layers.

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