4 Reasons to get excited about Luminar Neo

Create More with Luminar Neo

Skylum just shared new details about the upcoming Luminar Neo, and I think we have good reason to be excited! Here are a few of the just-announced features we have to look forward to:

  • Layers
  • RelightAI
  • Portrait Background RemovalAI
  • MaskAI


Layers are BACK in Luminar Neo!

Layers in Luminar Neo

If you’re the kind of photographer who likes creative control, you probably love (or will love) layers! The lack of layers in Luminar AI was disappointing. Thankfully, Skylum listened to their customers and is bringing it back. Not only do layers give photographers the ability to control every area of a photo and apply multiple tools, but it also opens up opportunities for creating mind-blowing composites.

Depth-aware lighting control with RelightAI

Relight AI in Neo

For RelightAI, Skylum is drawing on their existing depth-mapping technology (AtmosphereAI & Portrait BokehAI) to identify the foreground, midground, and background. This allows RelightAI to independently adjust the lighting where it is needed with advanced controls that let the artist naturally reposition and blend the lighting effect.

MaskAI (coming to Luminar Neo early 2022)

Mask AI in Luminar Neo

MaskAI is the feature/tool I’m most excited about in Luminar Neo! Masking allows you, as the artist, to apply adjustments selectively rather than to every pixel. Brushing in a mask, especially a highly detailed one is tedious, but with the help of AI, this is about to get a lot easier. MaskAI will be able to identify and isolate hundreds of items such as skies, briges, people, flowers, and more!


Portrait Background RemovalAI (coming early 2022 to Luminar Neo)

Portrait Background Removal AI in Neo

Luminar Neo takes Skylum’s human-aware technology to the next level with Portrait Background RemovalAI. You’ll be able to remove the background of a portrait with one click, refine the edges as necessary, and then with the help of layers create any number of composite images – your imagination is the only limit.

Pricing and Availability

Luminar Neo is expected to ship during the winter of 2021 with Layers, RelightAI, and other exciting tools.

Portrait Background RemovalAI and MaskAI are planned for the first free update to Luminar Neo in the first quarter of 2022.

Luminar Neo is currently available for pre-order. Prices start at $44 for those who own any other Skylum application (Luminar AI, Aurora HDR, etc.) and at $65 for new customers.


Pre-order prices are subject to change, but this is the lowest price you will ever see!

Pre-Order with Confidence

Skylum offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all purchases. With pre-orders, the 30-day countdown starts the day the software is released which gives you ample time to ensure the new application is a good fit for your creative workflow.


I know there are still a lot of questions about this new application, but I’ll do my best to keep you informed. If you have questions, please share them in the comments below or contact me directly. I’ll do my best to find answers for you.

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