Luminar Neo automatically creates a Catalog when you first install it. A Catalog contains all information about your files, including metadata on flags and edits you make.

Remember that edits you make in Luminar Neo are always non-destructive and are saved in your current Catalog. This means you aren’t changing the actual files but rather are capturing instructions in a database. When you’re ready to share or use your files elsewhere, you can export images with your edits applied.

You can back up your photos by exporting them.

  • JPEG files are smaller and easier to manage, but you will lose some quality due to compression.
  • TIFF files are archival-quality but much larger than JPEGs.

By default, the Luminar Neo Catalog is created in your Pictures folder. Just make sure you don’t include the Catalog folder when adding images to Luminar Neo. Doing so will add all of Luminar Neo’s preview images to your Catalog, resulting in duplicate photos in your Luminar Catalog.

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