New Macphun Luminar Neptune Walkthrough

Macphun today has released a new free update to Luminar, now called Luminar Neptune, and it has a few awesome new features!!

I have been using a beta version of it for about a week now and these new features are really cool.

Here are the New Feature Highlights:

  • Accent – AI-filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
  • Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Great for achieving fast results in a fun and easy way.
  • Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access Macphun’s other photo editing tools you own with Luminar as the host application
  • Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes deliver even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • Crop tool update – Added the ability to specify custom crop ratios.
  • Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.
  • Improvements to the Top & Bottom Lighting and Adjustable Gradient Filters

Rather than go through each of the new features here in blog format, I recorded some videos instead to better show them off!

Luminar Neptune Walkthrough:


Podcast with Photo Joseph:

Don’t have Luminar?

Head on over to Macphun’s website and download a FREE trial. If you decide to buy it, it currently costs $69. Current Macphun customers can get it for $59.

And if you use coupon code: mattsuess you get an additional 10% off Luminar and also Aurora HDR 2017.


  1. Elliott Cowand

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your Luminar Neptune walkthrough video tutorial.

    Regarding the adjustable gradient button which sets spin and rotation, I notice that the button can also be dragged horizontally. What is this for?

    Thanks again.


    1. Matt Suess Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, you can move the center point all over the place. Try doing an extreme darkening of top or bottom only, then drag and move it around to get an understanding of what is happening – that’s a good tip to use with all sliders and tools – max it out to really see what’s going on, then back off to fine-tune.

  2. Judy

    MacPhun isn’t recognizing my login info. This has happened before, but I can’t figure out how to login to get my free upgrade 🙁 How do i contact MacPhun to fix this?

  3. Judy

    Hey Matt, can’t figure out which link to click to get to the “Free” update 🙁 All seem to be to pay for Luminar, which I already have.

    1. Matt Suess Post author

      Open the standalone version of Luminar and in the file menu, go to Luminar/Check for Updates

  4. Frederic Landes

    Hi Matt,
    Thank you for the quick video and fun ending clip (quite a time consuming job, helping the community).

    MacPhun is definitely on top!

    One does get confused now with so many post-processing software and apps! The soonest a new version comes out, an update is not far away, thus making some of the courses obsolete. I have not yet finished your Aurora 2017 course!

    And you guys, the MacPhun, ON1, Adobe and whatsnot’s Ambassadors, are there to let us know instantly of the new awesome added features!


    1. Matt Suess Post author

      There is definitely a lot to stay on top of – glad you enjoyed the video 🙂

  5. john scratchley

    This is a great addition to Luminar. I have been using it a lot.

  6. Kim Austin

    Great Neptune video Matt. Now to do it!! Cheers. Kim.

  7. Joe Beard

    Hi Matt,
    Do you consider Luminar Neptune and its eventual Windows equivalent plus Aurora HDR 2018 can replace Adobe 6 CC Lightroom and Photoshop please? I have struggled with the latter for nearly 2 years, whereas Aurora HDR 2018 has proved much easier to learn. I am awaiting the full Luminar for Windows before deciding whether to stop leasing these 2 Adobe photo programs, hence my interest. Regards, Jo.

  8. Josh

    Hi Matt,

    Your tutorial video is excellent. Really reduced my learning curve.
    How do you turn on the mask so that you know exactly which area is being brushed/painted?
    Is there a tool similar to PS pen tool so that precision painting can be done?


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