The new Macphun Luminar photo editing software is now available

Luminar, the new all-in-one photo editor, is now shipping. Luminar has an interface "built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too". Users can choose from pre-built user interface configurations that match their editing style and needs, or create their own. A free trial is available here.

See also how Luminar compares to Aperture and Lightroom on this page.

Additional information after the break:


  • Retail Price: $69
  • Launch Price for Macphun Users: $49
  • Launch Price for New User Price:  $59

Luminar Key Features

  • Adaptive User Interface
    • Multiple Modes: From basic to advanced
    • One-click switch between modes
    • Change modes anytime
  • All-in-one photo editing tool set
    • Includes essential editing tools for different photography styles
    • Live editing, live processing, live previews
    • Non-destructive editing
    • Works as a standalone app or plug-in
    • RAW converter & processor
    • History Panel

Your questions about Luminar answered:

Is Luminar an alternative to Aperture?

Luminar introduces a wide selection of more powerful and adaptive photo editing tools to fit in with the skills and needs of any type of photographer, alongside an innovation in photo editing software - workspaces, which act as personal digital darkrooms. Currently, Luminar does not have photo asset management features similar to Aperture, but users can plug into Aperture and match up Luminar’s superior editing tools with Aperture’s file library. With updates expected in early 2017, Luminar will soon replace any other photo editor that you currently use.

See how Luminar compares to Aperture and Lightroom.

How does Luminar complement Aurora HDR?

Aurora’s advanced HDR capability and Luminar’s extensive photo-editing options can be seamlessly combined. Aurora is unbeatable for creating stunning HDR images, and Luminar takes mastering these images to the next level with the introduction of even more editing tools including; filter masking on a single layer, a transform tool, an eraser brush for spot and object removal, and clone & stamp capability. From those small extra tweaks to dramatic edits such as sky replacement, Luminar is the ideal tool to finalise Aurora HDR creations.

Find out more about Luminar’s relationship with Aurora.

Does Luminar complement Creative Kit?

Creative Kit is a collection of plug-ins dedicated to specific tasks, whereas Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo editor. Luminar is a combination of the best bits of Creative Kit, all-new capabilities and innovative tools, and a brand new user interface.

Find out more about using Creative Kit and Luminar in your editing workflow here.

Does Luminar support batch processing?

Soon! The current version of Luminar does not have built-in batch processing, but this feature will be introduced in the December update, and will be available for free for all current users of Luminar.

Will there be a Windows version of Luminar?

Currently all Macphun software is Mac-only. However, Macphun have started working on the Windows version of Luminar. The plan is to make Luminar for Windows available late Spring 2017.

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