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. 

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

    We've created My Macphun to let you conveniently manage your software by having permanent access to your download links and license keys. With My Macphun account you will also be able to get special discounts, watch exclusive videos from top photographers, show off your photos in premium contests and much more.

    Register for free to access all the benefits here: 

    Haven't purchased Luminar yet?

    No worries. You can still simply download a free 15-days trial from our web-site at 

  • 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 38 image enhancement filters suitable for all photo styles

    Batch processing

    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. 

  • 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?

    Luminar RAW processing is based on the latest stable version of the Libraw Library in order to support native RAW files. We are keeping track of the updates to the Library and make our own improvements to provide perfect support for new cameras. 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?

    Macphun plans to introduce a Windows version of Luminar by the fall of 2017. A public Beta of the Windows version will be available sometime in July.

    To get the news first and participate in beta testing of Macphun's PC software, follow this link and fill in the form: 

  • Is it an Aperture alternative?

    Yes, Luminar is quite a capable photo editor, far more powerful than Aperture. It should be noted that Aperture has been officially discontinued by Apple so unlike Aperture, Luminar is regularly updated. This ensures perfect compatibility with the latest versions of MacOS, plus a commitment to support the RAW file formats for newer cameras as they become available.  

    Although Luminar doesn't have a photo library management tool yet, you can use Luminar as an Aperture plug-in, matching Aperture's 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 can also be used as an extension for Photos for Mac. Luminar's sharing options will  let you export images to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, or 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.  

    You can find a detailed feature comparison chart of Luminar and Creative Kit on the following page:

  • 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. 

    Luminar looks familiar to Aurora HDR but offers everything else you need in one app. 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 the same email and activation code that Luminar is registered with.

  • What languages are supported?

    Luminar is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. More languages are coming soon.


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