Luminar 4 review: The pros and cons

I have been working with Luminar 4 for the past month now and I think I have finally gotten a hold on the ins and outs of Luminar 4. For this reason, I believe that I am ready to give you a review of the software. My review concentrates on what I see as the pros and cons for the software and lets you decide if it is right for you.


Interface is streamlined. Workflow is really nice

Quick lever like edits and surprisingly in-depth customization

Excellent AI doing what most pros would do to make an image nice (Results are not tacky)

Stand alone and plug in modes (smart object or flattened layer export)

New features like ERASE, Portrait modes and sky editing have become my go to fixes



AI seems to eat up processing power. One feels a delay when working in it (RAWs kinda dont like Luminar)

Library functions still are not great

Would like to see some of the Anthropics feature set for stuff like portraits (Face thinning and others)

Needs a mobile version

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4 Responses to Luminar 4 review: The pros and cons

  1. Stephen Rudolph

    i have this and ON1
    i use luminar for sky replacement and b&w conversion and quck adjustments . lots of edits makes it slow
    i use On1 2020 for when i need to do some stuff which need fancier masks its also slow

    • ahh ! tu reste en Montreal ?? j’avais beaucoup de temps de voir tes videos aujourd’hui because ALL the stores are closed today on sunday .. i just moved from west island to Laval . thankfully alot less covid cases here than montreal

    • admin

      Its funny because I really do use Luminar for the same things as you. The BW conversion is great but yes, it is indeed slower. This is especially true when you start looking at using the Luminar library functions. I would strongly advise you to update to the 4.2 version as they seemed to have adressed that problem. Let me know the results.

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