Luminar NEO: How to use Mood Tool

luminar neo Feb 01, 2024
Luminar NEO Mood Tool

The Mood tool in Luminar NEO is a handy feature that allows you to change the appearance of your photos quickly. This is achieved through the use of professional lookup tables (LUTs). With the Mood tool, you have the option to choose from various film stocks and black-and-white effects. Additionally, you can create a color grade to unveil fresh styles in no time. We have created a blog that goes into detail on all you need to know about the Mood tool.

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What is the Mood Tool

Lookup tables (LUTs) are a set of predefined color values used in photography to transform the colors in an image from one color space to another. LUTs are essentially mathematical formulas or tables that map input colors to output colors and enable color grading and correction. The Mood tool in Luminar NEO uses LUTs to quickly change the appearance of your photos.



Introducing Mood Tool sliders

Choose LUT

In this drop-down menu, you can choose a built-in LUT or a recently used LUT, or you can load your own.


This slider lets you reduce the intensity of the LUT.


This slider impacts the overall contrast of the image and can be used to refine the LUT’s appearance.


This slider impacts the overall saturation of the image and can also be used to refine a LUT’s appearance.



Getting started with Mood Tool

  1. Open your image and move it into the Edit module (E).
  2. Open the Mood tool located in the Creative section.
  3. Select the LUT you wish to apply to your photo using the Choose LUT drop-down box.
  4. Use the three sliders (Amount, Contrast and Saturation) to adjust the effect.
  5. At any time during the edit, click on the Eye icon to see the before and after results.



Mood Tool video tutorial

Watch the full video tutorial covering all controls in this tool.


Luminar NEO

Luminar Neo is the latest editing software from Skylum. It was announced back in September 2021 and has been highly anticipated.

Luminar Neo is an AI-powered photo editing software. Skylum has said that Neo isn’t replacing their previous release—Luminar AI. But Neo sets out to fix some of the issues users faced with Luminar AI.

We were impressed with the AI tools in Luminar AI. But like many others, we encountered performance issues. Luminar Neo uses the same AI tools, but the new high-speed core engine improves speed and performance.

Luminar Neo isn’t just more of the same. We’re happy to see Skylum has taken Neo in a different direction, adding layer and mask AI tools to the program. This broadens Neo’s appeal, taking it in an Adobe Photoshop direction.

Learn more about Luminar NEO here.

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