Luminar 3 for Windows

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 3.0
  • 3.3
  • (36)
  • Security Status

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The Easy Photo Editor You’ll Love

Luminar 3 is a powerful photography program that acts as both an intuitive photo editor and organizer. Developed by Skylum, Luminar was made to be a universal photo-editing software capable of high-end results. This program can work as a standalone app, as well as a plug-in if you prefer another software but would like to complement it with Luminar’s features. Luminar is focused on existing photographed images rather than original and drawn or painted art. Its main features consist of photo filters and effects, which can be used to edit and improve your images’ quality. It’s designed for photographers of all expertise, letting them have access to professional editing tools and a highly convenient place to organize their images and edit them with ease.

Slider Action

Luminar 3 has tons of features that will help you improve your photos and images without having to do so much work on the editing part. For one, it has upgraded AI sliders that simplifies photo editing using various filters and effects. It also has Accent AI Filter 2.0 that lets you make adjustments on your photos automatically. You don't have to manually input the changes that you want. More importantly, Luminar 3 now comes with a new human-aware technology that recognizes humans and other objects in the images and uses this data to make realistic adjustments for you. There is also the AI Sky Enhancer that gives the skies in your photo some more punch if it's looking a bit duller than what you saw when you first took the picture. 

If you don’t feel like customizing your edits much, you can also try using the Instant Looks feature. This function provides preset settings by other photographers that may tickle your fancy. You can always edit the intensity of the Looks with its slider, too. 

Lots of Choices

Other than cool sliders, Luminar 3 also has the classic photo-editing features that you can find in other similar programs. You can sharpen the details of your images and enhance them to make them pop with the Sharpening filter and the Details Enhancer. Erasing unnecessary or distracting objects in a photo can be done by just cutting them out. If your image is in low resolution and has some “noise” or fuzziness, you can get rid of them with the Denoise feature. Structure works the same way as Sharpening and Details Enhancer but uses contrast to bring out the details. If you want to bring in more atmosphere to your photos, there are various tools for that, too. The Sunrays feature lets you create and add volumetric lighting to show beautiful beams of sunlight. If you want a sunrise or sunset photo to have more grandiose colors, the Golden Hour tool can give a warm sunlight effect to your photos. Even the Soft Glow tool brings in the light to an otherwise average-looking picture. Other than these, Luminar 3 has a single main Library where all your work and unedited images are stored for easy access, which is greatly handy while you work.

You’ve Got Nothing to Lose

Overall, Luminar 3 doesn’t just boast for the show. It has over 50 powerful tools that can help you edit and process your photos to a higher quality. It has free photography tutorials inside the program itself, is a one-time purchase with free updates, and has an easy-to-use and intuitive interface that even beginners can easily master. There are still some kinks to be ironed, especially when compared against Adobe Lightroom. However, Luminar 3 is definitely a top competitor in this field.


  • Tons of presets
  • Edit via slider
  • Adjustable window workspace
  • One-time purchase


  • No metadata
  • Needs lots of processing power

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Luminar 3 for PC

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 3.0
  • 3.3
  • (36)
  • Security Status

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