Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Luminar?

    Luminar is the full-featured photo editor for Mac. It brings over 300 robust tools and features, including fast RAW support, layers, custom brush for selective editing, masking, dozens of photo filters with custom adjustments, presets and a lot more. 

    Luminar also brings an innovative user interface, that photographers can adjust/customize based on the style of their photography, skill level and preferences. This makes Luminar for Mac a highly personalized photo software, that is suitable for photographers of all skill levels. 

  • What makes Luminar so special?

    Well...many things actually. Luminar for Mac is built around the idea that all photographers are different, but everyone wants the same - to make beautiful photos. That's why Luminar combines powerful tools and innovative approach to organizing the photo editing workflow.  Everyone can adjust Luminar to his/her liking, and make it as powerful as he/she needs. 

    The Luminar UI brings several modes, designed for basic image fixing, photo enhancement with presets, advanced editing with histogram and layers, and more. 

    The workspaces in Luminar allow users to get quick access to the tools suitable for a certain type of photography. For example there are B&W, Portrait and Street Workspaces, that feature color controls and adjustments that are best for B&W, Portrait and Street Photography. 

    The key photo tools include:

    • Over 50 one-click presets and the possibility to create custom presets
    • Over 35 image enhancement filters suitable for all photo styles
    • Powerful, stackable layers with blend modes
    • Extensive brushes and selective masking system
    • Texture overlays
    • Raw and PSD support
    • Noise reduction and Object removal tools
    • Plug-in and Extension support

    Luminar for Mac brings both the power to create beautiful photos, and the simplicity to inspire you to experiment more with the post-processing. It is designed to adjust to your style and satisfy your needs, and this what makes it so special. 

  • I didn’t get my download link. Where can I download Luminar?

    No worries. You can simply download a free trial from our web-site at and activate it with your license code. You’ll then have a complete and activated version.

  • What are the system requirements for Luminar?

    Minimum system requirements for Luminar:

    • Processor Core 2 Duo from late 2009 or newer
    • Minimum 4 GB RAM
    • OS X 10.10.5 or newer
    • 2 GB free space on hard drive
    • Display resolution 1280 x 800 or higher
    • Retina displays supported

    Recommended for the best experience:

    • Mac late 2012 or newer with Core i5+ processor
    • 8 GB RAM
    • OS X 10.12
    • 15 GB free space on SSD drive
  • Does it handle RAW files?

    Of course! Luminar is powered by the latest stable version of the Libraw Library plus the Apple Digital Camera RAW Library in order support native RAW files. Our developers are keeping track of the updates to those Libraries in order to implement support of new Cameras into Luminar as soon as they are available and stable. Among the newest popular cameras which are supported in Luminar are:

    • Canon PowerShot A550, G7 X Mark II, IXUS 160, A3300 IS, G1 X Mark II, G7 X, SD950, SX60 HS, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 20Da, EOS 60Da, EOS 1200D, EOS-1D C, 5DS, 5DS R, 750D, 760D, M2, M3, G3 X, EOS 70D, C500, S120, G16, 5D Mark IV
    • FujiFilm E505, E550, S1, S205EXR, HS10, HS11, HS22EXR, HS33EXR, HS35EXR, F505EXR, F605EXR, F775EXR, F900EXR, X100T, X30, X-T1, X-T1 Graphite Silver, X-T2, XQ2, X-A2, X-T10, X-M1, X-A1, XE2, XQ1, X Pro-2.
    • Nikon D5200, P7800, D5300, D610, Df, 1 AW1, D4s, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D3300, D3400, D5500, Df, 1 J4, 1 S2, 1 V3, Coolpix P340, Coolscan NEF, D7200, 1 J5,D810A
    • Sony A7, A7 II, A7S, A7R, ILCA-77M2 (A77-II), ILCE-3000, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, ILCE-QX1, DSC-RX100III, DSC-RX100V, DSLR-A560, NEX-VG20, NEX-VG30, NEX-VG900, IMX135-mipi 13mp, IMX135-QCOM, IMX072-mipi, IMX214, IMX219, IMX230, RX100-IV, A7R-II, RX10-II, RX100II, RX1R, NEX-3N, NEX-5T, RX10, A3000 (ILCE-3000)

    You can check the full list of supported cameras here:

  • Will there be a Windows version of Luminar?

    We have already started working on the Windows version of the software, but there are no confirmed launch dates yet. Our plan is to make Luminar for Windows available sometime in 2017. 

  • Is it an Aperture alternative?

    There is no doubt that Aperture is a great photo editing and management software solution that includes lots of adjustment tools and possibilities.

    In contrast, Luminar is an all-in-one photo editing solution that is created for people of all skill levels with a set of different features, filters and presets. It`s designed to meet users' specific editing needs and adds the ability of creating personalized workspaces that contain your desired adjustments and effects. It does not have image management features.

    If you are using Aperture today, you can use Luminar as a plug-in, matching Apertures image management features with Luminar’s superior editing tools.

  • Is it a Lightroom alternative?

    It really depends on the types of images you are producing and your individual preferences. The capabilities of Lightroom are very good and many enthusiasts and professionals already have an established workflow using Lightroom. 

    Luminar will “plug-in” nicely to that process. It already brings a number of tools that are not available in LR, and allows you to perform complex edits that CC users currently perform in Photoshop. Our plan is to add new tools and features every 1-2 months to make Luminar more powerful than any other software in terms of photo editing features. 

    Truth to be told, at this moment Luminar doesn't include an image library or any kind of photo browsing experience. So Luminar for Mac can not be considered a LR alternative for those who host photos with LR, or have an established workflow with Adobe CC. But in the future we plan to add the browsing and asset management capabilities to Luminar. 

  • Will Luminar work as the plug-in?

    Luminar will work as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture. It will also let you export images to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr; share photos to gallery sites like SmugMug and 500px.

  • What is the difference between Luminar & Creative Kit?

    Creative Kit is a collection of plug-ins, that are dedicated to specific tasks: Tonality - B&W processing, Snapheal - object removal, etc. At the same time Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo editor, that takes the best from Creative Kit and other software, and adds new tools and technologies. 

    Luminar is created to become a one stop solution for a wide range of photographers. Eventually, Luminar should replace your Creative Kit or any other photo editor that you currently use. 

    At the same time Luminar is fully integrated with Creative Kit apps, so you can easily export your picture from Luminar directly to any of the Creative Kit plug-ins. And we are also working on adding a support for external plug-ins to Luminar.  

  • What is the difference between Aurora HDR and Luminar?

    Aurora HDR is dedicated to only one photography style - HDR photography. And it is the world’s most advanced photo software for this kind of photography. Luminar is a universal photo editor, designed to perform a wide variety of image editing tasks. 

    So if you want perfect HDR results, then nothing beats Aurora HDR. And if you want to get perfect portraits, landscapes, aerial photos and more - you should get Luminar for Mac.

  • Can I install Luminar on more than 1 Mac?

    Yes! We know that a lot of people have several Macs in use, so Luminar may be installed on up to 5 computers owned by the same person. You’ll simply need to use a single email and a single activation code.

  • What languages are supported?

    Luminar is available in English, German, and Japanese. More languages are coming soon.


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