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Migrating your catalogs from Luminar 4 to Luminar AI

Luminar AI is the new flagship product from Skylum and does an incredible job of adding amazing effects to your images in a very intuitive way. It walks in the footsteps of its great predecessor, Luminar 4, which introduced such amazing features as Sky Replacement AI, Face AI and Skin AI. These AI-powered filters let you create amazing skies or retouch portraits in super easy ways. Luminar 4 and AI are really packed with features.

Both applications support cataloging your images. Unfortunately, Skylum did not provide a way to open a Luminar 4 catalog in Luminar AI, making it impossible to smoothly transition from Luminar 4 (to be discontinued) to Luminar AI.

At CYME, we decided to look more closely at this scenario, and we are happy to announce that a free upgrade to our Avalanche for Luminar and Avalanche Unlimited will soon support:

  • Migrating your catalogs from Aperture, Lightroom to the new Luminar AI while preserving
  • Migrating your Luminar 4 catalogs to Luminar AI


In this article, we want to give you a sneak peak of this capability (2) and show some early results. It is indeed a bit different from the traditional way of working in Avalanche, since the migration between unrelated products (for example, Aperture and Luminar) was restricted to migrating adjustments that were comparable (light, color, black and white, vignette, curves). In the case of Luminar 4 ➡︎ Luminar AI, the challenge was to migrate as much as possible of the native enrichments applied in Luminar 4. For example, an image with a replaced sky in Luminar 4 should appear with the same replaced sky in Luminar AI.

This is exactly what we did, and we are happy to share the results.

With this migration software it will be easier to identify the converted effects and will ease the edits of those

Here is the Avalanche user interface when selecting a Luminar 4 catalog. Note how Luminar AI appears as a target.

Before the photo migration, check all the info of the catalogs and easely manage your migration preferences

Here is a landscape image (credits: @vagamazz) in Luminar 4 with its sky replaced (see the “After” portion of the image on the right).

This software is not copying edits but translates them, you will see different values for the presets but the results will remains very accurate

After migration by Avalanche, here is how the image shows up in Luminar AI:

Luminar AI sky replacement interface before and after after the migration by Avalanche
After the Avalanche migration

Here is a similar example using a combination of Skin AI and Face AI.

The conversion's accuracy can be checked on the sky replacement, but also with Skin AI and Face AI
Face AI and Skin AI after conversion by Avalanche

Both effects are accurately migrated to Luminar AI.

Avalanche also adds some entries in the Luminar AI history for the edited image to make it easy to identify which effects were migrated, and to give the option to edit this history.

Avalanche migrates all the edits when converting of the photo catalog
History in Luminar AI after conversion

Here is a list of the effects that will be fully supported when Avalanche for Luminar v1.3 (including Luminar AI support) will be released: Light, AI Enhance, AI Structure, Color, BW Conversion, Details Enhancer, Denoise, Landscape Enhancer, Vignette, Sky Replacement AI, Augmented Sky AI, Sunrays, Dramatic, Matte Look, Mystical, Glow, Film Grain, Face AI, Skin AI, High Key and Advanced Contrast. More effects and options might be added later following user feedback.

The support for masks (brush-based, gradients-based) will not be available at the time of release.  Layers will not be supported in Avalanche.

Avalanche for Luminar v1.3 will be available in early February as a free upgrade to Avalanche for Luminar.