Luminar Photo Editor

Developer: MacPhun LLC

Current Version: 1.2.1

Last Updated: 27 days ago

Download Size: 155.1 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:

Luminar. Version 1.2.1.
Inspired by DJI and Aerial photographers.

Luminar is the first photo editor for the Mac that offers dedicated tools to help you make the most beautiful aerial photos. Over the last few weeks, we worked hard with some of the world's best aerial photographers, including Romeo Durscher, Director of Education at DJI.

Here's what's new:
New "Aerial Workspace" gives instant access to the core editing tools for drone photos.
New "Aerial Presets" will help you give your aerial photos amazing results in just one click.
New "Whites & Blacks" filter is essential for enhancing aerial photos. Now you have it!

Plus a number of performance improvements and bug fixes reported by awesome Luminar users like yourself.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to email at ​[email protected]


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 44 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.1
Review by F/16 Review

Luminar Photo Editor - Excellent program. All of the professional editing tools that are missing from iPhoto, with many grouped as presets that can easily be used by amateurs to get much more out of their photos than they can with iPhoto’s rudimentary tools. For those like myself who consider themselves advanced amateurs, I think this app more than fills the void left by Apple’s abandonment of Aperture.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by mineyoursmineeeeeeeeeee

IT WONT OPEN!!!!!! - after editing 4 pictures its shuts down!!!!!!!! i have to keep trying to open a picture to edit and luminar quits unexpectedly, I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people