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Luminar Neo Extension Pack Review – What We Know So Far

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The Luminar Neo Extension Pack is a suite of premium add-ons for Luminar Neo. So far, these extensions include HDR Merge, Noiseless AI, Upscale AI, and AI Background Removal, with three more extensions to be announced before 2023.

This Luminar Neo Extension Pack review looks at what we know so far, and I will continue to update this article as things unfold. Read Luminar Neo Review


Get the Luminar Neo Extension Pack

EARLY BIRD DEALS

Deals are valid until September 26th

PAY MONTHLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$14.95

PAY YEARLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$119 $99

BUY OUTRIGHT

Own all 6 2022 Luminar Neo Extension Outright. It does not include Luminar Neo

$299 $229

Existing Luminar or Aurora Customer? Click here for Special Prices.


Table of Contents

What is the Luminar Neo Extension Pack

The Luminar Neo Extension Pack brings new functionality to Luminar Neo in the form of seven premium features. So far, Skylum Software has released two extensions, HDR Merge and Noiseless AI.

Also in the pipe are Upscale AI and AI Background Removal, with 3 more extensions being revealed in September and October.

Please note that you must have Luminar Neo to run the extension pack. Read my Luminar Neo Review for more information

What is the Luminar Neo Extension Pack

The Luminar Neo extension pack features two premium extensions, with five more arriving before 2023. So far, the Luminar Neo Extension Pack includes,

  1. HDR Merge
  2. Noiseless AI
  3. Upscale AI
  4. AI Background Removal

1. HDR Merge

HDR Merge enables you to combine multiple exposures of a high contrast scene to produce a single high dynamic range (HDR) photograph. Overall, I liked HDR merge a lot. HDR Merge is not only straightforward to use but also produces attractive results.

Balanced Exposure
HDR Luminar Neo

Unfortunately, HDR merge lacks the creative freedom of its predecessor, Aurora HDR. For instance, there are no HDR-orientated Presets nor adjustments for the likes of Tonal Compression. This means you cannot really lean into the HDR aesthetic like you can with other HDR applications.

That being said, HDR Merge gets the essentials right. It aligns the image stack better than most and handles motion (ghosting) very well. Overall, it’s well worth a look. Read Luminar Neo HDR Merge Review

2. Noiseless AI

Noiseless AI is an AI-powered photo denoiser. Unlike traditional noise reduction applications, which remove noise and detail, AI-based noise reduction removes noise while enhancing detail.

Overall, Noiseless AI is a good noise-reduction application. But if you can tolerate the inconvenience of a separate app, NoNoise AI and Denoise AI are better still. Read Luminar Noiseless AI Review.

Noiseless AI control panel – Read Noiseless AI for Luminar Neo review

3. Upscale AI

As the name suggests, Upscale AI in Luminar Neo will upscale your images to larger sizes. Details are thin on the ground, but I expect Upscale AI to be similar to products such as Gigapixel AI and ON1 Resize AI.

Gigapixel AI – Read Gigapixel AI Review

Unlike traditional upscaling, which blindly multiplies one pixel into many, AI Upscalers read the image and anticipate new detail. As a result, an AI-upscaled image can look more detailed than its smaller iteration. Read Upscale AI Review in progress for more information.

4. AI Background Removal

It’s not just a clever name; AI Background Removal does remove backgrounds. However, it should not be confused with Luminar Neo’s Portrait Background Removal tool, as AI Background Removal in Luminar Neo isn’t just limited to portraits. Read AI Background Removal Review in progress for more information

Portrait Background Removal in Luminar Neo

How much does the Luminar Neo Extension Pack cost

The Luminar Neo Extension Pack is now on sale. Plus, you can save a little more if you’ve previously bought Luminar products.


Get the Luminar Neo Extension Pack

EARLY BIRD DEALS

Deals are valid until September 26th

PAY MONTHLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$14.95

PAY YEARLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$119 $99

BUY OUTRIGHT

Own all 6 2022 Luminar Neo Extension Outright. It does not include Luminar Neo

$299 $229

Existing Luminar or Aurora Customer? Click here for Special Prices.


Existing Luminar Neo Customers

Current Luminar Neo customers can switch to a yearly subscription for $59 during the first year; the subscription will cost $89. Upon switching to a yearly subscription, customers will instantly get the HDR Merge feature, and on August 30, they’ll receive the second extension – Noiseless AI. Lifetime Luminar Neo 2022 Extensions Pack for this audience will be priced at $149.

More info

Existing HDR Merge Customers

Luminar Neo customers who purchased the HDR Merge extension can switch to a yearly subscription at $39 during their first year and $89 in the following years. Lifetime Luminar Neo 2022 Extensions Pack for this audience will be priced at $99.

More info

Existing Skylum Software Customers

Owners of Luminar AI, Luminar 4, and Aurora HDR will have the following options:

  • Yearly subscription – $69 during their first year and $89 in the following years.
  • Luminar Neo One time purchase – $89
  • Lifetime Luminar Neo 2022 Extensions Pack – $149

More info


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Conclusion

The Luminar Neo Extension Pack got off to a great start with the HDR Merge Pack. And Noiseless AI is pretty good too. Then there’s Upscale AI and AI Background Removal to look forward to.

However, the nature of the final three extensions will remain a mystery until Skylum Software announce them in September and October. As a result, it’s difficult to compose a recommendation.

As for Luminar Neo, it remains one of my favorite photo editors and perhaps the best of all photo editing apps for beginners and experts in a rush. For more information, a promo code, and a free trial, visit my comprehensive Luminar Neo Review.


Get the Luminar Neo Extension Pack

EARLY BIRD DEALS

Deals are valid until September 26th

PAY MONTHLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$14.95

PAY YEARLY

Includes Luminar Neo Photo Editor, All Present and Future Extensions, and Upgrades.

$119 $99

BUY OUTRIGHT

Own all 6 2022 Luminar Neo Extension Outright. It does not include Luminar Neo

$299 $229

Existing Luminar or Aurora Customer? Click here for Special Prices.


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