What is the difference between Luminar 4, Luminar AI and Luminar Neo?

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    Jim Bochicchio

    Will the ai layer masks generated in NEO be exportable so they can be used in other software that supports layer masks or as a high resolution .tiff file?

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    Sam Walker

    Will you be offering a demo download? After paying for AI and it taking so long for the updates to make it useable, I'm leery of having another update I pay for being barely  useable for months.

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    Anastasia Davis

    Hi Sam! Sure, you will be able to download a trial once the software is released. 

    Hey Jim! The masks will not be exportable. I will forward your request to the person in charge. 

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    Jim Bochicchio

    Please do, thank you...

    The lack of importing and exporting masks limits AI's use in my workflow. It would keep me from moving to Neo.

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    Phil Knowles

    No difference as all the software sucks and is a complete rip off. Much better software out there that provides values for money and good support.

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    Wil IJpelaar

    I think it's outrageous bought Luminar 4 and immediately after that Luminar AI comes out, I also bought it again to keep up.
    But it's just outrageous that they now come out with the same photo editing program Neo.
    Why not build the new Luminar AI into a top photo editing program Luminar Ai 2.0 but no Skylum is fooling their consumers and just releases a new program Neo which also just edits photos.
    I'm completely done with it and switch back to PaintShop Pro, they now also have AI.

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    Elena Blum

    Hi Wil IJpelaar,

    I have also replied to your concerns here: https://community.skylum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4408256607378-No-Neo-for-me

     

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    Larry Ott

    For God's sake people.... please finally lock in on the NEO product and spend your effort developing and refining a single leading edge product instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every year and sell us yet one more splash in the pan product.  STICK WITH NEO, finally.  Spend you time on making it the best and invest a few pennies in the rather simple integrations with productivity tools like the loupedeck live and loupedeck CT.

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    Dixon Marshall

    I second the need for exportable layer masks. That is pretty important for my workflow.

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    Miguel Campos

    I am so totally confused. Too many options, not sure which one to choose. I agree instead of continuing to release a "new" product the company should just have one product and offer an upgrade path.

    I own Luminar 4, but I am stopping there until there is a clear upgrade path.

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    William Hanrahan

    This chart indicates that Luminar Neo will have all of the functionality Luminar 4 has plus more, but that is not true because you are not going to allow adjustment layers in Neo. There should be a row for image layers and a row for adjustment layers to indicate that Neo will not have adjustment layers like Luminar 4 does. Lack of adjustment layers is a big deal, and not in a good way.

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    Ivan Azure

    Hi William,

    In the first release, there won't be separate adjustment layers. However, in Luminar Neo, you can use the tools multiple times in any order. That way, you'll be able to create several masks for one tool. 

     

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    William Hanrahan

    Hi Ivan,

    Thank you for your reply. That's great, but why not allow adjustment layers? From a coding perspective, they would be exactly the same as image layers except there would be no image and the edits done on them would apply to all layers under them. Basically, just allow transparent image layers and an option to apply all tools used on a given layer to any layers under it.

    Using tools multiple times with multiple masks does not replace adjustment layer functionality. Say you manually focus stacked an image, so your image actually consists of multiple image layers. Editing it without adjustment layers is impracticable because you would have to apply each edit to each layer in order to see the effect of the edit on the image as you go. The same is true for any tweaks you make. In any event, the table is misleading because "layers" includes adjustment layers in Luminar 4, so Neo will not have layers like Luminar 4. At least that's how I interpreted it and was thus caught off guard by the lack of adjustment layers.

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    Ivan Azure

    Hi William,

    Thank you for sharing the detailed comments. We have answered you here: https://community.skylum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4414659716498-Will-Luminar-Neo-Have-Adjustment-Layers-?page=1#community_comment_4414871854226

     

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    Penny Dyer

    It seems Luminar Neo has most everything Luminar 4 has and more. Can I Uninstaller Luminar 4 then? Will it keep my folders?
    Thanks

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    Tim Hoover

    Guys, this is ridiculous. Luminar 4, Neo, AI, and let's not forget Flex that all do roughly the same thing. I feel like an idiot for owning ALL of them. Do you really think I, or anyone else, wants to try to figure out exactly what each one does and then use the appropriate one for the task at hand??? NO! It's really enough to make a person abandon Skylum altogether. Please just give us one program that does everything. We'll pay for it, just SIMPLIFY our lives. PLEASE!

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    Bob Shrader

    Tim Hoover

    I'm on a 2017 iMac and I don't use Luminar Neo as my primary editor, so my experience might not be the same as yours. Neo is great as a plugin in ON1 Photo RAW 2022.5 and PhotoLine, and its Apple extension makes it an editor within Apple Photos. I occasionally rely on the standalone for editing of problem raw files. I uninstalled the earlier Luminar products because they did not fit my workflow.

    The only major fault I find with Luminar Neo is that it will not run as a plugin within Affinity Photo. 

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