Skylum software has been teasing the release of its Luminar 4 image editing package for quite some time now, we've seen previews of a number of machine-learning tool, including the AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer filters, the AI Sky Replacement filter and the AI Structure filter which selectively enhances textures and detail in images.

Now the company has announced Luminar 4 will be shipping on November 18, 2019. Apart from the tools mentioned above the new version comes with a refreshed user interface and updated workflow. Luminar says the new software will make for a shorter learning process and 'While the software incorporates complex tools, they’re completely customizable and easy to use, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional.'

In the user interface filters are now called 'tools' and are organized into six tabs:

  • Tools: Basic tools, including Crop, Transform and Erase.
  • Essentials: Everything for basic Color and Tone Correction.
  • Creative: Photo processing tools for enhancing images creatively, including AI Sky Replacement.
  • Portrait: Tools oriented for processing portraits, including AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer.
  • Pro: More complex tools for advanced photo processing.
  • Deprecated: Tools left for compatibility of presets that have been created within earlier versions of Luminar.

Luminar 4 is available as a standalone application but also works as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Elements, as well as Apple Photos for macOS and Aperture.

The new software will be released on November 18 and set you back $89 for the full version or $69 for an upgrade. If you pre-order before the 18th you get the full version for $10 less and receive a one-year plan to SmugMug as a bonus. More information is available on the Skylum website.