AI Photo Editing: Skylum Luminar AI Tips
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 9 min read


  1. What is Luminar AI?
  2. How to install and setup Luminar AI
  3. How to use templates in Luminar AI
  4. Editing photos using Luminar AI tools
  5. Tips for using Sky AI in Luminar AI
  6. How to use Structure AI in Luminar AI
  7. Using Face AI and Skin AI for portraits
  8. Tips for using Mood AI in Luminar AI
  9. How to use Bokeh AI in Luminar AI
  10. How to export photos in Luminar AI

Imagine having a personal assistant who knows your photo editing style better than you do. That's what you get when you experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI. This blog post will dive into the world of Luminar AI, giving you the lowdown on how to make the most of its features. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or a newbie in the world of photo editing, this guide will help you navigate Luminar AI like a pro.

What is Luminar AI?

Luminar AI is a revolutionary photo editing software from Skylum. What sets it apart is the AI (Artificial Intelligence) element. It's like having a smart robot who understands your editing needs and helps you get the job done faster and more efficiently. When you experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI, you can say goodbye to tedious manual tasks. Here are some key points to understand about Luminar AI:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Luminar AI uses smart algorithms to analyze your photos and suggest edits. It understands the content of your photo—whether it's a landscape, a portrait, or a food shot—and provides suitable editing tools.
  • Templates: Luminar AI comes with a wide range of templates that you can apply to your photos. These are not your average one-size-fits-all filters, but intelligent presets that adapt to the specifics of your photo.
  • Customizable: While Luminar AI makes smart suggestions, you always have the final say. You can tweak every edit to your liking, making sure your photos reflect your unique style.
  • Easy to use: Don't let the AI part intimidate you. Luminar AI has a user-friendly interface that makes photo editing a breeze, even for beginners. You can experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI without needing a degree in rocket science!

Now that you know what Luminar AI is, let's move on to the how-to part. Buckle up and get ready to take your photo editing skills to the next level with Luminar AI.

How to install and setup Luminar AI

Like any other software, the first step to experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI is to download and install the program. Here's how:

  1. Visit the Skylum website and purchase Luminar AI. Don't worry, it's a one-time purchase and there are no monthly fees. You'll then receive a download link and activation key in your email.
  2. Click the download link to start the installation. Follow the on-screen instructions—accept the terms, choose the destination folder, and click install. It's that simple!
  3. Once installed, open Luminar AI and enter your activation key.

Now that you've successfully installed the software, it's time to set it up to match your editing style. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Firstly, import your photos. You can do this by clicking on the '+' button at the top of the screen and choosing 'Add Folder with Images'.
  2. Next, explore the templates. Luminar AI will suggest some for you based on your photo, but feel free to browse through all the options. When you see one you like, click on it to apply it to your photo.
  3. Now, personalise your edit. Use the sliders on the right to adjust the intensity of the template or to tweak individual parameters like exposure, contrast, and saturation.
  4. Finally, save your edit. You can do this by clicking on the 'Apply' button at the top. Don't forget to also save your project, so you can always return to it later.

And voila! You're now ready to experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI. It's time to let your creativity flow and transform your photos into masterpieces!

How to use templates in Luminar AI

Now that you're all set up, let's dive into one of the coolest features of Skylum Luminar AI—templates. These aren't just your regular old filters, but AI-powered suggestions tailored to your specific photo. So, how do you use them? Let's break it down:

  1. Firstly, select a photo. Once you do, Luminar AI will automatically suggest a collection of templates under the 'For This Photo' section. How convenient is that?
  2. Next, hover your cursor over each suggested template. You'll see a preview of how your photo will look with that template applied. Take your time to explore and choose one that suits your vision.
  3. Click on the template you've chosen to apply it. Notice how the 'Edit' tab lights up? That's where the magic happens!
  4. Under the 'Edit' tab, you'll see a bunch of sliders that control different parameters. Don't be shy, play around with them! Remember, the template is just a starting point, the final image is all up to you.
  5. Finally, once you're happy with your edits, hit 'Apply' to save your changes.

And there you have it—your first experience with AI-powered editing using templates in Skylum Luminar AI. It's that easy and intuitive. Remember, the beauty of Luminar AI is that it does all the heavy lifting for you, so you can focus on bringing your creative vision to life.

Editing photos using Luminar AI tools

With Skylum’s Luminar AI, the power of AI is at your fingertips, offering an array of tools to enhance your photos. Here's a quick walkthrough to get you started.

  1. Open your chosen photo in Luminar AI. You'll see the 'Edit' tab – that's your go-to spot for all the tools.
  2. Within the 'Edit' tab, you'll find 'Essentials', 'Creative', 'Portrait', and 'Pro'. Each of these categories has its own set of AI-powered tools.
  3. Start with the 'Essentials'. Here, you'll find tools like Light, Structure AI, and Color. They're perfect for basic tweaks to brightness, contrast, and color.
  4. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Head over to the 'Creative' tab. Play with tools like Sky AI, Atmosphere AI, and Sunrays for some truly eye-popping effects.
  5. If you're working on a portrait, 'Portrait' is your best friend. From Skin AI to Body AI, it makes touching up a breeze.
  6. For the pros out there, the 'Pro' tab provides advanced tools like Supercontrast and Dodge & Burn.
  7. As you work, remember to make use of the before/after slider to see your progress. It's a great way to visualize your edits.
  8. Once you're done, don't forget to hit 'Apply' to save your changes.

And that's it! You've now had a firsthand experience with AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI tools. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment. Happy editing!

Tips for using Sky AI in Luminar AI

There's something magical about a sky full of stars or a sunset painted with colors. With Sky AI in Luminar AI, you can bring that magic to your photos. Let's dive into some tips on how to use this feature effectively.

  1. Find Sky AI in the 'Creative' tab. Once you select it, you'll see a dropdown with a variety of skies. Choose one that matches the mood of your photo.
  2. Remember, less is often more. The 'Relight Scene' slider adjusts the lighting of your entire photo to match the new sky. Use it sparingly to maintain a natural look.
  3. Want to fine-tune the sky's position? Use the 'Horizon Position' slider. It allows you to lower or raise the sky, helping you achieve the perfect balance.
  4. Sometimes, the new sky might peek through solid objects in your photo. To fix this, use the 'Sky Local' tool. It helps in refining the edges and removing the unwanted sky.
  5. Finally, the 'Atmospheric Haze' slider can add a touch of realism. It adjusts the clarity of the sky, making it look more distant and natural.

With these tips, you can truly transform your photos. Give it a try and experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI's Sky AI.

How to use Structure AI in Luminar AI

We all love those crisp, clear photos where every detail pops. Guess what? Structure AI in Luminar AI is your secret weapon for achieving this. Here's your quick guide to using this tool.

  1. Look for the 'Structure AI' tool under the 'Essentials' tab. This is your main control center for all things clarity and detail.
  2. Use the 'Amount' slider to adjust the level of detail enhancement. Slide it to the right to make details pop, or to the left to soften them. Keep in mind, moderation is key.
  3. The 'Boost' slider is where the real magic happens. When you want to emphasize the finer details without affecting larger elements, this is your go-to tool. It's like a magnifying glass for your photo's textures!
  4. Having trouble with overly harsh or soft areas? The 'Structure AI' tool has a solution. Use the 'Remove Structure' and 'Add Structure' brushes to target specific areas of your photo.

That's it! With these steps, you're on your way to mastering Structure AI and experiencing AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI. Happy editing!

Using Face AI and Skin AI for Portraits

Ever wondered how professional photographers make their subjects look so flawless? Well, Skylum Luminar AI's Face AI and Skin AI tools are the secret ingredients. Let's uncover how to use these to enhance your portrait photos.

  1. First, click on the 'Face AI' option under the 'Portrait' tab. From here, you can make adjustments to features like eyes, lips, and teeth. Want to add a sparkle to the eyes or whiten your subject's teeth? This is where you do it.
  2. Next, navigate to 'Skin AI'. This is where you'll find the 'Amount' slider. Drag it to the right to smoothen skin imperfections and achieve a more polished look. But remember - everyone's unique, so keep it natural!
  3. Don't miss the 'Shine Removal' option. It's a fantastic tool to tone down those shiny spots on the face. Say goodbye to unwanted glare!
  4. Lastly, for a truly professional touch, use the 'Skin Defects Removal' tool. It's an easy way to remove blemishes and give your subjects flawless skin.

With these tips, you're all set to transform your portraits into professional-quality photos. Ready to experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI? Your journey starts here.

Tips for using Mood AI in Luminar AI

Now, let's dive into the world of Mood AI. This tool is all about enhancing the feel and atmosphere of your photos. Here's how you can use it to create visually striking images.

  1. First things first, you'll find the 'Mood AI' tab under the 'Creative' menu. Once there, you'll notice a range of LUTs (Look-up Tables). These are essentially filters that adjust the color and tone of your photos. Go ahead and play around until you find one that suits the mood you're aiming for.
  2. Next, there's the 'Amount' slider. This controls the intensity of the LUT. If you want a subtle effect, keep it on the lower side. But if you're after a more dramatic change, feel free to crank it up.
  3. Another cool feature is the 'Saturation' and 'Contrast' sliders. They let you tweak the color saturation and contrast of the LUTs. This gives you even more control over how the mood of your photo comes across.
  4. Remember, it's all about expressing the emotions captured in the moment. So don't be afraid to experiment!

With these tips in mind, you're ready to add a touch of magic to your images. So, why wait? Experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI and let your creativity shine.

How to use Bokeh AI in Luminar AI

Ever wonder how professional photographers get that beautiful, blurry background effect in their portraits? That's called bokeh, and with Luminar AI's Bokeh AI tool, you can replicate that effect in your own photos without needing an expensive camera or lens.

  1. Find Bokeh AI under the 'Portrait' menu. Don't let the name fool you, though. You can use this tool with any image, not just portraits!
  2. Start by adjusting the 'Amount' slider. This will control how blurry or sharp you want your background to be. Slide to the right for a more blurred effect, or to the left for a sharper focus.
  3. Next, play around with the 'Brush' tool. This lets you apply the bokeh effect to specific areas of your photo. You can adjust the size, softness and opacity of the brush to get the perfect look.
  4. Finally, don't forget to use the 'Mask' tool. This helps to keep your subject in focus while the background gets that dreamy bokeh effect.

And there you have it! With Bokeh AI, you can easily add a professional touch to your photos. So why not give it a try? Dive in and experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI today.

How to export photos in Luminar AI

After you've finished working your magic on your images, the final step is to export them. This may seem like a simple task, but with Luminar AI, you have a variety of options to customize the final result. Let's walk through how you can do this.

  1. Head over to the 'File' menu and click on 'Export'. You'll see a dialog box pop up with several options.
  2. First, you have the 'Save to' section. Here, you can choose the location where you want to save your edited photo.
  3. Next, you can choose the file format. Luminar AI supports a variety of formats, including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and more. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
  4. You can also adjust the 'Quality' slider. The higher the quality, the larger the file size, so keep that in mind if you're worried about storage space!
  5. Finally, you have the 'Color Space' and 'Sharpen' options. These are more advanced settings that you can play with to fine-tune your image.

Click 'Export' and voila, your masterpiece is ready to be shared with the world. Now that you've got the hang of it, you can experience AI-powered editing with Skylum Luminar AI like a pro. So go ahead, get creative and make your photos stand out!

If you're fascinated by AI photo editing and want to learn more about Skylum Luminar AI, we highly recommend checking out the workshop 'Augmented Photography' by Albertomaria. This workshop will provide you with in-depth insights and tips on how to make the most out of Skylum Luminar AI to enhance your photography skills.