What’s New in Luminar Flex 1.1?

Luminar Flex 1.1 Cover Image

The much-anticipated Luminar Flex 1.1. update is here with Accent AI 2.0 – FINALLY!

What is Luminar Flex?

In case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about – Luminar Flex is the a pretty recent addition to the Skylum lineup of photo processing tools. It is built for plugin workflows, so those using apps such as Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, and others can integrate the power of Luminar’s tools without messing with the library/catalog features present in Luminar 3.

Luminar Flex vs Luminar 3

Luminar 3 is a standalone photo organizer and editing application. It is intended to be a photographer’s editing home base – the place where you import, organize, and edit.

Luminar Flex is for plugin workflows. If you already have an established method for organizing your images (i.e. Lightroom Classic, Aperture, Apple Photos, etc.) you can add Flex as a plugin to expand your photo editing toolbox. It also works brilliantly as a plugin for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Before and After Accent AI 2.0 in Luminar Flex 1.1
Before/After Accent AI 2.0

Who is Luminar Flex for?

Luminar Flex is an excellent option for photographers who already have an established workflow with applications such as Lightroom Classic, Apple Photos, Aperture, etc. Flex automatically installs as a plugin giving you access to a huge variety of creative tools.

For those who use Photoshop – Flex is an exciting addition. In addition to adding all of Luminar’s creative tools, Luminar Flex also supports Smart Object Workflows. This makes Flex’s edits completely non-destructive and re-editable.

PRO TIP: If you are currently using Luminar 2018 or Luminar 3 as a plugin, you’ll need to switch to Luminar Flex. Future versions of Luminar 3 will not be able to run as a plugin.

Anyone who currently owns Luminar 2018 or who bought Luminar 3 prior to April 2019 can download Luminar Flex from the My Software section of their Skylum account for free.

For those who purchased Luminar 3 after April 2019, please contact Skylum Support to switch your license from Luminar 3 to Luminar Flex.

Before and After Global Colors Sao Paulo Look in Luminar Flex 1.1
Before/After Global Colors > Sao Paulo Look in Luminar Flex 1.1

New in Luminar Flex 1.1

  • NEW Accent AI 2.0 Filter – Make dozens of adjustments FAST with just one slider, now with “human-aware” technology.
  • The Filter Catalog is open by default to make browsing and searching for filters easier and faster. (Quickly show/hide the filters list and all toolbars with the TAB key)
  • Easier Management for Luminar Looks – Add a new Looks pack or access your custom Looks to backup/share/etc. via the File menu.
  • Custom Workspaces – Create a custom workspace with your most frequently used filters or download new workspaces from the Luminar Marketplace.
  • Performance Improvements & Bug Fixes

Updating to v1.1

Mac – Launch Luminar Flex from your applications folder and click on the Luminar Flex menu > Check for Updates.

Windows – Launch Luminar Flex from your Start menu and click on the Help menu > Check for Updates.

Add Luminar Flex To Your Workflow

New Users can get Luminar Flex for just $70 + save an additional $10 when you enter my coupon code ANGANDRIEUX at checkout.

Skylum offers a 60-day money back guarantee, but if you prefer to try Flex before you buy, they also offer a free, fully functional trial version.


If you already own Luminar 2018 or purchased Luminar 3 prior to April 2019, you can download Luminar Flex for free from the My Software section of your Skylum account.

Users who purchased Luminar 3 after April 2019 can contact Skylum Support and swap your Luminar 3 license for a Luminar Flex license at no charge.


If you have questions about Luminar Flex or any of the Skylum apps please let me know if the comments below, or reach out to me directly.

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  1. Kevin La Rue on July 12, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Nice post, Angela! One thing I’m really liking is the way that Accent AI 2.0 does a waaayyyyy better job of dealing with skin tones on photos with people. I know you mention “human-aware” above but the double-click is that the Skylum engineers did a whole lotta work on teaching the AI to recognize people and apply adjustments more selectively.

    • Angela Andrieux on July 12, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Thanks, Kev! I really like the examples I’ve seen with Accent AI 2.0 on Portraits. It is pretty amazing! I’ll see if I can dig up some portraits for my next article. I don’t shoot many of them :-)

  2. JOHN on July 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    is it possible to do multiple simultaneous ‘exports’ to flex from LR and process them?

    • Angela Andrieux on July 17, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Hi John – Theoretically, yes. BUT I’ve been told the process is buggy at the moment. The procedure is to go into the full Export dialog (File > Export), and click on either Edit a copy with Lightroom adjustments or Open Source Files in the Luminar Flex dropdown on the left. From there you can customize the Export settings by choosing a preset (Look) that you’d like to have applied. When it works, this method only allows for applying a Look (preset), not for individually editing each photo.

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