Luminar AI - How To Organize Your Images

Before you decide how best to organize your image library using Luminar, it is worth understanding how Luminar image organization works.


Folders in Luminar, are all references to physical locations on your hard drive. When you import images, Luminar creates a Folder in your Catalog. This Folder includes any sub-folders that were present during the import. If you subsequently start moving images between folders, you are also changing the image’s physical location on your hard drive. Likewise, if you create new Folders or even sub-folders, these will appear as physical locations on your hard drive too.


Albums in Luminar, are all virtual locations within the Luminar Ecosystem. Thus, a single image in a Folder can appear in multiple Albums. Also, when you delete an image in an Album, you are not deleting the image itself; only the presence of that image in the Album.

Creating Albums & Folders

Regardless of whether you are creating a Folder or an Album, the principle is the same. selecting the ‘+‘ symbol next to the Folder or Album text; will create a new Folder or Album respectively, and prompt you to add a name. In this example, I have created an Album called “Mountains”.

Adding Images to Albums

This process is as simple as selecting a Folder, then left-clicking and dragging an image or multiple images from your Catalog into an Album.

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Moving Images around Folders

The principle is exactly the same as adding images to albums. selecting and dragging from one Folder onto another will move them. Noting that in this case, you are physically moving the location of the file on your hard drive.

Renaming Folders & Albums

This is achieved by double-clicking the Album or Folder you want to rename, changing the name, and pressing Return to enact the change.

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