Luminar Photo Editor

Developer: MacPhun LLC

Current Version: 1.2.2

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 151.5 MB - Download


Luminar is fast, powerful and user friendly photo editor that makes a great alternative to Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity Photo, Aperture and many other. It plugs in nicely to Apple Photos to give Photos a true photo editing power!

No subscription. No complex controls. Only innovative tools to make perfect photos.

NEW! ACCENT FILTER powered by the Artificial Intelligence.
Make beautiful photos with a single move of a slider. Forget the complexity and get mind-blowing results without extra efforts.

NEW! QUICK & AWESOME workspace.
Quickly access 3 essential tools to make your photos instantly great. You'll go from Raw to ready faster than ever. Make beautiful photos.

Only in Luminar. Add the Golden Hour look to your photos with a single swipe. No need to wait for that perfect hours. Your photos will always look their best.

Simply move a slider to make the sky and greenery on your shots more dramatic. Luminar will automatically detect objects and perform the necessary enhancement.

Download new analog presets inspired by the Instagram community. Plus more fantastic preset packs to give your photos a variety of fantastic looks.

Luminar gives you over 70 professional presets for instantly stunning results. Explore them all, then click the one you want to get an amazing image. If you want to go further, simply fine tune and easily adjust any preset to put more extra in the ordinary.

Luminar state-of-the-art technologies reduce noise, extract details and straighten images — allowing you to create that perfect shot, regardless of what camera you use.

Flawlessly remove unwanted objects with the erase and clone&stamp tools, get rid of skin imperfections with face retouching techniques, restore old scanned photos and perform other complex edits with just a click.

With an easy-to-use and beautiful interface that adapts to your own individual style, Luminar helps to unleash the unique artist within. From the Image Radiance and Fog filters to Split Toning and Blend Modes, fill your tool box with uncomplicated features that will inspire your editing and encourage your creativity.

Luminar takes the complexity out of photo editing and replaces it with simple satisfaction. Perform advanced tasks faster than in Photoshop, Lightroom or any other software — with ease. From textures and layers to brushes and masking, become a polished pro in no time. Plus, a proprietary RAW convertor opens your RAW files with pixel-perfect care.

Share your photos and tell your story across broad social platforms with Luminar users from around the world. Explore the boundless freedom of creative collaboration.


• Fast RAW file support
• Scores of photo filters
• 1-click Presets for instant results
• Layers
• Blend modes
• Custom textures
• Workspaces
• Adaptive UI
• History menu
• B&W photo tools
• Noise reduction
• Object removal
• Face retouching
• Foliage enhancer
• Grain engine
• Polarize filter
• Crop & Transform
• Editing brush
• Luminosity masking
• Toning 
• Structure
• Sharpening
• Bi-Color
• Fog
• Gradient & Radial masking
• Clarity, Detail, Structure
• Soft Glow & Focus
• Orton effect
• Vignette
• Social sharing
• And much more

Please note: This version can't be used as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture. Plug-ins are not allowed to be sold on the Mac App Store. You can, however, use this version as a Photos for Mac extension.

If you have questions about Luminar, please email the Macphun Team: [email protected]


Release Notes:

Full High Sierra support (OS X 10.13)
Speed & performance improvements
Minor bug fixes, including the possibility to save the mask in the document

Thank you for using Luminar


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.1
Review by ChrisYesYesYes

So Far the Best - Excellent RAW rendition. The de-noising is amazing. I’ve been working on 50MB RAW files from a Nikon D810 with no issues, not one crash or bug noticed so far and the underexposed photos are coming out great! This is also the first real Photos extension app that I’ve seen. The extension is a full featured version of Luminar, so for all those folks complaining about not having a library, you do have one. It’s called Photos. Luminar opens RAW from Photos beautifully. It automatically de-noises, but if you want more you’ll have to use the stand alone (or I just haven’t figure out how to do it from the extension). I am really enjoying going back through my Photos library and bringing new life to old raw files. I previously used lightroom (too expensive and clunky) and affinity (too confusing) and this blows them away. I am producing much better and more lively edits than I did with those apps. Very happy!

Found helpful by 19 out of 20 people
Version 1.0.1
Review by Xxyzmtz

Luminar should tell all potential buyers it makes file Huge! - The filters and edits look cool until you realize that there’s no practical use to all the edits because a file that starts out less 170k will become at least 1.3MB when you apply even one filter or edit and export/save with that change. So, unless it is to admire your own work on only your own screen, there is practically no use creating any of the edits becaUSE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO DAVE AND USE FOR WEB OR SHARE BECAUSE ITS TOO LARGE! Yikes! They should declare this up front. Maybe fine for print but this is a huge drawback!

Found helpful by 11 out of 46 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.2
Review by ijr1968

dont bother... - it okay, not my favorite - slow when editing or processing RAW images - batch processing does not work. freezes all the the time - its okay, got a lot of features but does not work for me My search continues to find software that works and doesnt have to cost me a fortune ...

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 1.2.2
Review by ywvideopro

Why bother with photoshop?! - Quick, efficient and powerful software, why even bother with other softwares? I was sceptical at first, but blown away. I hardly use my photoshop anymore! Try it you will never regret. Btw, it is cheap; less than $60, you just got your X-Mass gift in October.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people
Version 1.2.2
Review by Not for Adobe

CAUTION: Read Full Description BEFORE Purchasing - The full version of Luminar, available from Macphun, is able to be used as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. The version of Luminar available through the Apple’s App Store does NOT offer this option. This detail is not revealed until the last sentence of the product description. Unfortunately, I did not learn this detail until after I’d commited the money to purchase. I would request a refund were it an option.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people