Luminar Neo review

This affordable photo editor is a great choice for beginners, with three excellent AI tools that even pros will like.

Skylum Neo interface showing tools menu
(Image: © Tom May)

Our Verdict

If you're new to photo editing on a desktop computer, but used to making tweaks in mobile apps like Instagram, Luminar Neo offers a great way to move to the next level. Its interface is beautifully intuitive and easy to use, making it much less intimidating than advanced software like Photoshop. Pros will still prefer the latter, but may find Luminar Neo worth buying alongside it, for its three best AI tools alone.

For

  • Easy interface
  • Fast performer
  • 3 great AI tools

Against

  • Lacks organisational features
  • Presets are limited

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For anyone editing photos for a living, either as a professional retoucher or as part of a broader design role, the question of what's the best photo editor is an easy one. It's Photoshop, dummy. And no, Adobe hasn't paid us to say that. It's just a fact that Photoshop is the most feature-rich photo editing software out there, and remains the industry standard. 

Photoshop is, however, highly expensive. And so for anyone who edits photos more occasionally than constantly in their work, or who just wants to edit photos for fun, there are a number of great Photoshop alternatives.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Luminar Neo

If you're new to photo editing on a desktop computer, but used to making tweaks in mobile apps like Instagram, Luminar Neo offers a great way to move to the next level. Its interface is beautifully intuitive and easy to use, making it much less intimidating than advanced software like Photoshop. Pros will still prefer the latter, but may find Luminar Neo worth buying alongside it, for its three best AI tools alone.

Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.