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How to use Plugins with the New Lightroom CC

Adobe just released two new versions of Lightroom (be sure to read our write-up here).  Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) fully supports third-party plugins like Perfectly Clear Complete or Perfectly Clear Essentials. But the new Lightroom CC is a bit different.

What is Lightroom CC?

Adobe has released a whole new Lightroom, called Lightroom CC.  It is a cloud-based photo editing tool.  All (and we mean all) your images are stored online; there is no selective syncing. All pictures you take on mobile devices or imported on your computer are added to a master library.

No Direct Plugin Support (for Now)

Lightroom CC is a simplified version of Lightroom Classic, but it doesn’t match Lightroom Classic feature for feature.  Adobe says they still have more features to add to the tool, but that they prioritized features based on customer needs.

One of those features missing is the ability to use third-party plugins.  That feature may eventually come back, but it is missing for now.  However, if you have a version of Photoshop on your computer, you can make plugins work. Your license includes a Photoshop plugin.

Take a Round Trip

You can send your photos from Lightroom CC to Photoshop so you can easily edit them.

  1. Select a photo in your Lightroom CC library.
  2. Click the Edit button in the right-hand toolbar.
  3. Choose Edit in Photoshop.
    Photoshop launches and the image opens as a 16-bit TIFF file. Lightroom Classic gives you the ability to send the file as an embedded raw file,
  4. In Photoshop, select the image layer.
  5. Choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters to make any applied filters re-editable.
  6. Choose Filter > Athentech Imaging > Perfectly Clear v3.
  7. Adjust the image to taste then click OK to apply the filter.
  8. Close and save your document. The file is returned to Lightroom and stacked with the original in your Lightroom CC library.
  9. If you need to return and edit with the plugin, just repeat steps 1 through 3.
    The smart object remains editable and you can modify the filter by double-clicking.

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This page lists my Lightroom-related plugins and posts.

Note: everything here is for Adobe's venerable photo-workflow desktop application started in 2006, named at various times “Lightroom”,“Lightroom CC”, and now “Lightroom Classic”.

Nothing here applies to Adobe's new desktop app, debuted in Oct 2017 and given the original application's “Lightroom CC” name.

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Best Lightroom Plugins (FREE & Paid)

If you’re in the world of photography you probably know about or use Adobe Lightroom Classic.

It’s the photo editor of choice for many pros and enthusiasts, not only for its simple yet powerful post-processing workflow, but also because of the many excellent plugins made for it.

There’s a whole host of Lightroom plugins out there, both free and premium.

There are so many, in fact, that finding the best Lightroom plugins for your photography style and editing workflow could take forever (especially if you take advantage of all the free trials out there).

To that end, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the 25 best and most useful Lightroom plugins we’ve found so far.

We’ll start with a brief explanation of what plugins are and why to use them and then dive right in.

Please note that the plugins on this page are intended for Lightroom Classic. See also: plugins for Photoshop.

Best Paid Lightroom Plugins in 2021

Most of the best Lightroom plugins today offer much more than a single function.

In fact, there’s a whole slew of plugins that are standalone editing programs in their own right.

Most of these evolved with the intention of replacing Lightroom when Adobe went to a subscription model, but for those of us who use Lightroom as our post-processing tool of choice, they also offered a plugin option.

Lucky for us, many of these premium Lightroom plugins have presets, filters, and effects you just can’t find elsewhere.

1. Luminar 4

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Luminar is by far our favorite Lightroom plugin available in 2021.

It does just about everything you could want in the world of photo enhancement, with many of its filters using artificial intelligence to analyze and adjust photos.

While Luminar 4 has everything a pro needs for image adjustment, the best part is that you don’t need to be a pro to do pro-level edits with it.

It’s designed to streamline your editing, especially when it comes to tone and color correction. It’s superbly easy to use.

It also comes with numerous presets (called Looks) and more that you can download (both free and paid). Luminar’s Looks are also much easier to adjust than Lightroom presets.

All of Luminar’s filters can be adjusted with layers and layer masks, and there’s even a fancy sky replacement tool for those who like compositing.

Luminar comes both as a standalone and as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. If you buy it through Shotkit using the button above, right now you get a discount making it less than US$70. For all that it offers, it’s excellent value!

For more information about Luminar 4, check out our in-depth review here.

2. Nik Collection by DxO

Best lightroom plug ins Nik by DxO

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Like Topaz filters, Nik filters have been the go-to of pros for years.

They’ve gone through a number of iterations and were free for a while. Now, though, DxO has bought them and began developing them again. (That’s a good thing, even if we do have to pay for them.)

The suite includes a new Perspective Efex, as well as the well-known (and loved!) HDR Efex Pro, DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and Analog Efex Pro. Each one of these comes with a number of filters, presets, effects, and adjustments that are simply spectacular.

While I did switch from Nik’s HDR Efex pro to Aurora, I’d still never be caught dead without the other filters here. They’re more than worth the $149 (check latest price here).

Want to learn more? Check out our in-depth Nik Collection 3 review.

3. Topaz Labs Studio 2

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Most long-term Adobe Lightroom users have at least one or two plugins from Topaz labs installed. They’ve been making excellent Lightroom plug ins almost as long as Lightroom’s been around.

(Check out our reviews for Gigapixel, DeNoise, Sharpen and JPEGtoRAW for more info.)

Topaz’s Studio 2 is their most recent creative editing platform. Studio 2 is not focused at all on correcting images. It’s built from the bottom up for creatives and was designed for making each and every image a unique masterpiece.

The UI is easy to use, and like many programs, Studio 2 now has non-destructive editing, layer support, excellent masking options, and plenty of presets to start with.

The price tag of US$99.99 isn’t cheap, but if creating images that truly stand out from the rest is your goal, this is the Lightroom plugin to get.

Want to know more? Take a look at our in-depth review of Topaz’s Studio 2.

4. Exposure X6

Exposure X5 is one of the best paid Lightroom plug ins

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Like Luminar 4, Exposure X5 is a full-fledged photo editing program that functions both as a standalone and a plugin. What makes it special, however, is its focus on analog film effects, which are some of the best in the industry.

As far as editing tools beyond Lightroom are concerned, Exposure X5 comes with layer effects, LUT support, bokeh, presets and lens effects, tilt-shift effects, and 3D color masking.

Exposure X5 also provides much more control over any of the adjustments you make than Lightroom does.

Still, even with all of this, it’s Exposure X5’s extensive catalogue of simply fantastic film presets that makes it unique.

It’s pricey at US$119 for the basic package (see latest pricing here), but if you’re willing to bump up to US$149 you also get the Snap Art and Blow Up plug-ins, which are fantastic in and of themselves.

Want to learn more? Take a look at our full Exposure X5 review.

5. DxO PhotoLab 3.2

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DxO’s original Photo Lab was best known for its extraordinary Raw processing engine. Now that it’s branched out into a complete image editing solution, its fantastic optical corrections and Raw processing still make it stand out from the rest of the pack.

Other strengths include its excellent global and local adjustment controls, and if you buy the Elite Pack, the anti-moire, de-noising, sharpening, and Clearview tools really make this a Lightroom plugin worth having.

The Elite edition is pricey though – just short of US$200. The Essential edition, meanwhile, is US$129. (You can check up-to-date pricing on both here.)

Another thing to note is that DXO PhotoLab doesn’t work with Fujifilm Raw files – read more about this omission in our full DxO PhotoLab review.

6. Aurora HDR

Aurora HDR - best lightroom plug ins for HDR photos

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As an avid HDR shooter, Aurora HDR is definitely the best HDR plugin I’ve ever used. I started with Photomatrix and then moved to Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, but once I tried Aurora HDR I never looked back.

While Aurora HDR offers professional denoising, layers and masking, plenty of advanced features for pros, and over 80 unique color effects, it’s the ease at which it turns out spectacular natural-looking images that really gets me.

If you’re new to HDR, there are plenty of Looks (presets) to get you started.

At just under US$100 it’s definitely not cheap, but at this point, I wouldn’t go with any other option for HDR.

You can check out Shotkit’s in-depth review here.

7. ON1 Photo Raw

ON1 Photo comes with lots of functions and presets

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ON1 Photo Raw is a full-fledged professional photo editor much like Luminar.

Its features are pretty similar, but its UI and many of its effects are unique. AI-powered adjustments, layers, an excellent portrait-editing feature, and lots of unique presets – all of these are included.

(Generally folks prefer either Luminar or On1, but not usually both.)

One thing ON1 Photo Raw has that Luminar doesn’t have, however, is photo merging. If you’re into focus stacking in particular, this might be the app for you. You can also add text to images.

Currently, you can buy it outright for less than US$70 or as a monthly subscription with On1 360.

As a Lightroom plugin, it adds a ton more functionality, so if you don’t vibe with Luminar, this is definitely the closest thing to it.

For a more detailed description, check out our review here.

8. Portraiture 3

Portraiture 3 Plug In makes skin retouching easy

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Imagenomic’s Portraiture 3 has long been the professional portrait maker’s Lightroom plugin of choice. It makes skin smoothing and portrait retouching quick and easy, removing the need to use time-consuming selective masking.

While a lot of programs are adding in portrait retouching as part of their enhancement suite, Portraiture does only that – and therefore far exceeds anything you’ll find elsewhere.

That being said, if you’re not looking to do pro work, at just under US$200, it’s probably not worth it.

9. LRTimelapse

LRTimelapse Pro Lightroom plug in for photos

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If you’re into the art of the time lapse, LR Timelapse has long been the industry standard.

LR Timelapse allows you to do high-end time lapse editing, grading, keyframing, and rendering, all without ever leaving Lightroom. You don’t even need to convert from your Raw files.

LR Timelapse works seamlessly on both Windows and Mac, regardless of the camera you’re using.

The cheaper Private license comes in at just under US$115. Still, if you want to make time lapses from within Lightroom, this is really the best plugin available.

10. HashtagIA

If metadata is important to you, you might want to look into HashtagIA. It uses artificial intelligence to create keywords for you, so you don’t have to wrack your brain for them – something especially useful if you’re into marketing and/or stock photography.

It’s pretty effective and works well with Google, as its custom API was built on the Google Vision algorithm.

The only downside to this handy little plugin is that you pay per image. That can be useful if you don’t use it a lot (you don’t pay for what you don’t use), but annoying otherwise.

Still, if you have a lot of similar images and just need keyword help now again, HashtagIA can save the day.

11. Imagga’s Wordroom

Wordroom helps you tag your library of images

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Another great keywording plugin for Lightroom is Imagga’s Wordroom. It uses AI to ‘see’ the content in photos and then recommends up to 30 keywords based on what it finds in the image.

The pricing of Imagga’s Wordroom might work better for some than HashtagIA, as it’s free to use as long as you auto-tag fewer than 2,000 images a month.

More than that and they ask for just US$14 for up to 12,000 images a month. More than affordable, especially if you’re a stock photographer.

12. Blow Up 3

Blog Up 3 is a great tool for lossless photo enlargement

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If you frequently need to enlarge photos, Blow Up 3 by Exposure software is a particularly handy plugin for Lightroom.

This software addon effectively maintains sharpness while creating large prints for a huge amount of different paper sizes and even billboards.

It comes with the Exposure X6 Bundle, but you can also buy it separately for US$79.

13. Excire Search Pro

Excire Search Pro helps you tag images

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Probably one of the best photo searcher plugins for Lightroom available, Excire Search Pro uses AI to analyze the contents of your Lightroom catalog and find the photos you’re looking for. It even has a people finder.

As a bonus, it doesn’t require an internet connection to function.

At US$99, it’s fairly expensive, but if you have an extensive catalog and need help finding your photos, this could be the plugin for you.


Evlaa photos gallery lightroom plug in

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For professional photographers who want to streamline their workflow with their clients there’s Evlaa, one of the best collaboration Lightroom plugins.

Evlaa allows you to create private proofing galleries to share with your client. Once your client selects their photos (complete with ratings and comments), the feedback is immediately available to you in Lightroom.

From there, your client can directly download the agreed-upon photos, paying you through the plugin as well.

Pricing starts at $7 per month, but given that it can save you around an hour of time per shoot, it’s definitely worth it.

15. Photo Caption Filler

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If you tend to add captions to your Lightroom images, Photo Caption Filler might save you some time.

With it you can fill in captions by using available metadata – like with extended information camera model, date, time of capture, lens, etc.

It costs a mere US$5 and is available through the Adobe Exchange.

16. Photo Upload

Photo Upload add on

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Do you often upload photos to services like Dropbox, Google Photos, Flickr, SmugMug, WordPress, or the like? If so, Photo Upload can definitely make your life a lot easier.

It’s not quite free – US$15 per platform at the time of writing, but it definitely streamlines the process.

Photo Upload is free to try and works with just about every popular social media platform.

Best Free Lightroom Plugins in 2021

Not every Adobe Lightroom plugin has to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of free ones out there, both in terms of presets and in terms of utilities. I’ll be focusing mostly on utilities in this list.

17. The Fader

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The Fader is a super useful Lightroom plugin that gives you full control over the intensity of any Lightroom preset. You can go from 0% to 150%, without modifying anything but the level to which the preset is applied.

So if not being able to adjust presets internally in Lightroom has you going elsewhere for looks, give this little plugin a try. It’s free to use, but requires registration at a cost of US$10 for full capacity.

18. Focus Mask

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Focus Mask creates a mask that shows you which parts of your image are in focus and how much. Super helpful when you have a large number of images but are not sure which one has the best focus.

The free version available is still in beta testing but works fine.


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These days most of us have Instagram accounts. If you’re like me and don’t like uploading from your phone, then you’ll probably find LR/Instagram invaluable.

As its name suggests, you can upload your images directly to Instagram from Lightroom. You can also choose the most ideal cropping ratio for Instagram, and upload to any number of accounts at once.

LR/Instagram is free to use, but eventually, you’ll need to register via the Lightroom plug in manager. The fee is only US$10.

Note: Instagram has recently changed its protocol and the LR/Instagram plugin is currently undergoing updating. You might want to wait a while before trying it.

20. LR/Enfuse

Adobe Lightroom has a rather limited capacity for working with multiple exposures, so if you want to blend different images together without leaving Lightroom LR/Enfuse just might do the trick.

You can use LR/Enfuse to create a more natural-looking image with a greater dynamic range than a single exposure offers. You can also use it for focus stacking, or to blend a number of night photography images together to get a long exposure look and feel.

LR/Enfuse is free to use, but for full functionality, the developer asks for a donation to support the plugin’s development.

21. Geoencoding Support

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One of the many excellent Lightroom plugins made by Jeffrey Friedl, the Geoencoding (GPS) Plugin for Lightroom is far superior to anything that Lightroom itself offers regarding instilling GPS location information into the metadata.

You can use GPS data from a device or use a mapping program like Google Maps.

22. Bulk Develop

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If you’re looking for a sophisticated way to manage noise during batch processing, Bulk Develop is fantastic.

You can bulk adjust both color and luminance noise reduction, as well as contrast and clarity. You can even manage the sharpening mask.

It has a bit of a learning curve to get all the settings just right, but once you master it, it’ll save you a lot of time.

Another great plug in from Jeffrey Friedl. Free, though donations are always appreciated.

23. Crop for iPad and Other Devices

LR plug in Crop for iPad and Other Devices


For help in cropping an image to a device’s specific dimensions, try Jeffrey’s Crop for iPad and Other Devices Lightroom plugin.

This handy little export filter lets you create images that fit your device perfectly, whether it be a smartphone, tablet, digital picture frame, or TV.

This one is donation-ware.

24. PhotoSafe

PhotoSafe free plugin


Every prolific photographer has to cull their photos sometime, and that means there’s always a risk of making a mistake and deleting photos we want to keep. PhotoSafe prevents this.

With the PhotoSafe plugin, you can create special collections in your Lightroom library where your images are protected – they simply cannot be removed from the library. All editing and import/export options remain the same.

Another of the many Lightroom plugins made by Jeffrey Friedl, PhotoSafe is donation-ware. The functionality goes down after 6 weeks if you don’t make at least a nominal donation.

25. Timelapse Support

If you’re looking for a free Adobe Lightroom time lapse plugin, Timelapse Support might do the trick. It allows you to gradually change (ramp) the settings over a series of photos.

All you have to do is choose the first and last photo, run the plugin, and then watch the magic happen.

Like all of Jeffrey’s Lightroom plugins, Timelapse Support is donation-ware – free to use for a while but if you like it a donation is requested later on.

26. Smart Collection Sync

By far my favourite free Lightroom plugin available is this one by Jeffrey Friedl, which enables the use of smart collections with Lightroom CC.

Smart Collection Sync ensures that your cloud-based Lr CC catalog is kept in sync with your desktop-based Lr Classic catalog, with virtually no manual action necessary (you just need to click a Sync button every now and then, but that’s it!)

If you take advantage of the Creative Cloud’s excellent mobile workflow, this plugin is worth its weight in gold – be sure to give Jeffrey a nice donation for all his hard work in making it work so seamlessly.

Lightroom Plugin FAQs

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  • What is a Lightroom Plugin?

Plugins are programs that have been designed to work within another program. Sometimes referred to as add-ons, tools or extensions, plugins increase the functionality of whatever program(s) they were designed for – in this case, Adobe Lightroom.

Lightroom plugins come in all flavors, from nearly complete editing software that can function on its own (i.e. Luminar, On1, Photo Raw, etc.) to programs that just target a single function.

The best Lightroom plugins will make your photography post-processing flow more smoothly and save you time, since you won’t have to leave Lightroom to get the desired features, effects or changes.

Before we have a look first at the top premium options here in 2021, let’s answer a few common questions.

  • Where are plugins in Lightroom?

In the File Menu, select ‘Plug-in Manager’ and you’ll see a list of them all.

  • How do I add plugins to Lightroom Classic CC?

Many of software applications will install the plugins for you. For example, in Luminar you would simply go to the Luminar drop-down menu on the top tool bar and select the “install plugins” option.

Alternatively, you can install a plugin through Lightroom itself. Simply go to File -> Plugin Manager and then click Add. Navigate to the folder with the plugin and then click on it. Restart Lightroom.

  • What’s the difference between a Lightroom plugin and Lightroom presets?

Lightroom presets are shortcuts that apply Lightroom settings to your photography. Develop presets for Lightroom, for example, change the develop settings of an image.

Sometimes, presets offer simple color correction. Other times presets might offer something as complicated as a complete look for a photo.

Plugins, on the other hand, are software add-ons that allow you to add new features to Lightroom or use other programs through Lightroom.

Both presets and plugins add to Adobe Lightroom’s tools, features and functionality.

  • Does Adobe Lightroom CC Support Plugins?

Yes, it supports many plugins, including those on this page.

Final Words

Not all Adobe Lightroom plugins are the best choice for each individual – many are very specific to your particular workflow and how you manage your photos.

Once you find the right Lightroom plugins for you, however, they’ll definitely make your post-processing life a lot easier.

Hopefully, this list of the best plugins for Lightroom will get you started and save you time in the search.

Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.


Plugin lightroom cc

I keep hearing the question, can I use plugins with the new Lightroom (aka Lightroom CC). While Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) fully supports third-party plugins like Perfectly Clear Complete or Macphun Luminar, the new Lightroom CC is a bit different.

NOTE: We’ve got 3 specials for plugins

No Direct Plugin Support (for Now)

By design, Lightroom CC is a simplified version of Lightroom Classic.  It currently does not match Lightroom Classic feature for feature.  Adobe says they will keep adding missing features, but that it will take time.  They expressed that they prioritized features based on customer needs.

A big missing feature for many users is the ability to use third-party plugins.  That feature may eventually return but is currently missing.  Fortunately, if you have a version of Photoshop on your computer, you can make plugins work.  Tools like Luminar, Aurora HDR, and Perfectly Clearall include photoshop plugins as well as standalone apps.

Take a Round Trip

Lightroom CC supports sending to Photoshop so you can easily edit them.  Unfortunately, the raw files are converted to 16-bit TIFFs (instead of the advanced option that Lightroom Classic offers of opening them as a smart object in Photoshop).  But the workflow is still quite easy and mostly non-destructive.

  1. Adjust a photo to taste in Lightroom CC
  2. With the photo selected in the Library, click the Edit button in the right-hand toolbar.
  3. Choose Edit in Photoshop.
    Photoshop launches and the image opens as a 16-bit TIFF file.
  4. In Photoshop, select the image layer.
  5. Choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters to make any applied filters re-editable.
  6. Choose the Photoshop filter you want to run.
  7. Adjust the image to taste then click OK to apply the filter.
  8. Close and save your document, the fie is returned to Lightroom and stacked with the original in your Lightroom CC library.
  9. If you need to return and edit with the plugin, just repeat steps 1 through 3.
    The smart object remains editable and you can modify the filter by double-clicking.


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THETA Z1 Plug-in Installation Tutorial(Step #1)

Ok so here we are going to take a look at the best Lightroom plugins for 2021. For those who aren’t that tech savvy, a little reminder – plugins are programs coded to fit in with another program, in our case Lightroom, and are often referred to as add-ons or extensions as well.

Not all programs come with the feature or compatibility to support plugins, but fortunately, Lightroom supports the use of plugins and there are some amazing plugins available in the market that are aimed at photographers looking to do more with their photographs from within Lightroom.

When it comes to choosing Lightroom plugins, they are very popular since they add specific features not built into the original system and they also enable various customizations. The following collection of plugins for Lightroom will make your photo editing experience a lot easier because these useful programs can help you save a lot of time during your editing routine.

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How To Install Lightroom Plugins?

Before looking at the list of Lightroom plugins, let us quickly run you through how to install plugins in Lightroom. Installing lightroom plugins is very easy and straightforward. Here are the steps:

  • Download the plugin and unzip if it is a zip file.
  • Open up Lightroom.
  • Navigate to File -> Plug-in Manager
  • In the Window that opens, click “Add”
  • Browse through to the location where you have downloaded the plugin.
  • Select the plugin
  • Click “Add Plugin”
  • If there are any special instructions by the plugin developer, follow it.
  • Click “Done” and then restart Lightroom
  • To use the plugin you installed, go to “File” -> “Plug-in Extras” and you should see the installed plugins in the list. Choose the desired one and work with it.

So here is our list of 25 Lightroom plugins of 2021:

1. Luminar 4

Luminar is one of the most complex Lightroom plugins geared towards Mac users. The main function of this plugin is to make the most difficult editing processes more digestible and more fun.

In Luminar you can browse through various filters and layers, as well as many masking options and different workspace arrangements that can fit any photographer’s needs.

You can download Luminar here.

2. Snapheal

Snapheal is a very specific plugin which helps its users easily erase unwanted elements. It behaves similarly to the healing brush in Photoshop. In Snapheal you just need to highlight the objects you want to remove and click Erase.

In addition to removing unwanted objects, you can also use Retouch and Adjust modes in Snapheal. These modes allow you to play around with color, contrast, tone and sharpness settings.

Snapheal is available for download here.

snapheal lightroom plugin

3. Intensify

Intensify is one of those Lightroom plugins that can help your photos get that additional ’’punch’’ which makes them more memorable. This plugin is geared towards adding drama, colors, and impressions. It is great for fixing dull and plain images because it offers quite bold changes.

Intensify contains different groups of presets that you can adjust easily in order to get exactly what you want. These groups are divided into Architecture, Black & White, Creative, Detail Enhancement, Image Tune and Soft.

You can download Intensify here.

intensify for lightroom

4. Noiseless

Noise is one of the most common problems in photography, especially in low light images. Noiseless is a plugin that helps you gets rid of sometimes annoying grain. This plugin enlarges the photo to 200% and gives you a side-by-side comparison so you can see the results immediately.

Just like in Photoshop, in Noiseless you can adjust the level of denoise from soft to extreme, depending on the type of photos you’re working on.

Noiseless is available for download here.


5. Color EFex Pro

Color Efex Pro belongs to the Nik Collection by DxO and it is a series of renowned creative plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Lightroom. Color EFex Pro was owned by Google and then acquired by DXO and it can handle photos in their RAW format. This means you can work high resolution and top quality.

Color EFex Pro has filters that are comparable to Lightroom’s settings for color correction, retouching, and various filters.

You can download Color EFex Pro here.

6.DxO PhotoLab

DxO PhotoLab is a very useful Lightroom plugin that is flexible and offers many specialized 1-click fixes. This program has some of the best processing and correction tools, excels in separating the shadows from the light and it helps you with targeting areas that you should dodge or burn.

DxO PhotoLab has some really great additional tools, such as sharpening and clear view. Sharpening tool helps you sharpen the blurred edges, while the clear view tool accentuates your subject and cuts out all the background atmosphere around it.

DxO PhotoLab is available for download here.

7. LR/Enfuse

LR/Enfuse might not be the most useful plugin around, but its scope is rather specific and it can be indispensable for anyone interested in multiple exposures. This plug-in allows you to combine multiple exposures into one single image.

This is particularly useful in night photography because Enfuse lets you merge multiple night photos into one that mimics the long exposure. In this case, you don’t have to worry about high ISO and potential noise in the final photo.

You can download LR/Enfuse here.

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8. Hypertyle

Hypertyle is a plugin that allows users to apply multiple filters at the same time. With Hypertyle it’s possible to apply more than twenty filters to a single photograph.

It’s important to mention that these filters are not as simple as Instagram filters or others offered in various free programs. This plug-in gives you much more control over the intensity of filters, which results in higher quality of edited photos.

Hypertyle is available for download here.

9. Topaz Adjust AI

Topaz Adjust plug-in is all about color manipulation and correction. It concentrates on recovering those subtle nuances that are lost in digital imaging and it helps your images fully reflect your photographic vision.

Topaz Adjust focuses on 3 main details to bring the images back to life: contrast, detail, and color.

You can download Topaz Adjust plugin here.

topaz adjust

10. Exposure X6

Exposure X6 is a different kind of plugin that isn't only about different filters. Instead, it can be used alongside Lightroom to improve mass functionality. It helps its users create a better workflow and improve overall organization.

When it comes to filters, Exposure X6 is well-known as the master of the film grain emulators. It gives the most realistic grain effects, which is important for all those film enthusiasts. There are not many Lightroom plugins which are as successful as Exposure X6 in emulating grain.

Exposure X6 plugin is available for download here.

11. Aurora HDR

Aurora HDR is for photographers who love creating high dynamic range images because Adobe Lightroom does not offer much control over HDR processing. So, you may want to use something out of Lightroom as edits in Lightroom tend to be more realistic and this is where Aurora HDR comes in as a lifesaver.

Aurora HDR comes as a plugin for Lightroom and has quite a lot of controls over HDR files within Lightroom. Moreover, there are also Aurora presets for HDR that can be used to give your photos a quick edit and make other fine adjustments if required. Aurora HDR is available to download here.

12. ON1 Photo Raw

ON1 Photo Raw although has its own raw processing engine, still works with Lightroom as a plugin. The advantages of using ON1 is the LUTs, ability to use layers and masking. Besides, for anyone interested in textures and borders, ON1 has a library with a good collection that can be used to add character to your images.

On1 Photo Raw is available to download here.

13. Imagenomic Portraiture

Portraiture is a perfect plugin for anyone who does a lot of portrait works and this plugin is very versatile that it automatically selects the skin and does the smoothening and blemish removal for you. If you want to manually set the skin selection, you can do that as well along with other manual settings so you decide how each area of the skin is affected.

Download Imagenomic Portraiture plugin here.

imagenomic portraiture

14. Anthropics Portraitpro Body Studio

Portraitpro Body Studio uses image recognition technologies and provides tools to make automatic body selections even for unusual poses, in a fraction of the time it would normally take to select them manually. The warp fixer lets one adjust just the bodies without making any changes or distortion to the background. Besides portraiture work, Portraitpro Body Studio allows for adjusting height, build and even shape of the body.

Portraitpro Body Studio can be used as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom and can be downloaded here.

anthropics portraitpro body studio

15. Athentech’s Perfectly Clear

Athentech’s Perfectly Clear works with automatic image correction algorithms where edits and fixes can be quickly applied to photos to breathe life into them. It also uses intelligent image analysis to find and fix flaws so you can fine tune minor details and spend more time behind the camera.

Perfectly Clear is available as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Paintshop Pro and its intelligent corrections makes it a perfect plugin for all photographers and photography styles. Download the plugin here.

16. PhotoLemur 3

PhotoLemur uses intelligent algorithms that analyze every pixel and remove flaws like haze, reveals details in shadow regions, boosts colors, etc. Its brilliant color recovery feature fixes color issues in photographs instantly making them pop and the brilliant sky enhancement feature brings out details and colors in the sky while still keeping the natural look. It's definitely one of exceptionally useful Lightroom plugins.

Besides the above, there are other features like smart dehaze, foliage enhancement, tint perfection, face retouching etc. PhotoLemur is available as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop and can be downloaded here.


17. Capture Monkey’s Fader

The Fader is a plugin by Capture Monkey that is free to download and use within Lightroom. This allows for more flexibility with the presets in Lightroom as the Fader acts as an opacity slider where you can choose the strength of the preset to be applied. If you do not like the looks of the presets, you can drag the slider to the left, to reduce the effect of the preset and if you want more of the preset’s effect you can do that as well as the slider goes up to 150%.

The Fader plugin is very easy to use and does not make any changes to your original presets. The most recent version of the plugin can be downloaded here at their website.

18. Digital Film Tools

Digital Film Tools now part of Boris FX is a set of optical filters, film stocks, light ray effects, light scene effects, etc. These set of plugins are for anyone looking to add some visual effects or magic to their images. It also has an interactive masking tool that can selectively edit areas of the image even in areas that have fine hair detail, etc.

Digital Film Tools plugins are available for a variety of hosts like Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, etc. It is available to download here.

19. Excire Search 2 Pro

Excire Search 2 Pro is a plugin for your image library in the sense once it is installed, it can scan through your collection using deep learning technologies, face recognition technology and keyword the images in your library using a database of up to 500 tags. So, if you have a huge collection of images that you need to be key-worded then, excite search pro can be used to keyword them after which your images will be searchable using keywords.

Excire Search Pro is available as a plugin for Lightroom and the keyword transfer tool lets you move the keywords created by Excire into the Lightroom catalog. Download the plugin here.

20. Capture Monkey’s Focus Mask

Focus Mask is a Lightroom plugin that indicates areas with more detail with a red mask – more like how focus peaking works in cameras. This doesn’t mean that the masked areas are perfectly sharp, but can be an indication that the image is acceptably sharp and that way help with choosing the best shots. You can use this plugin on a single image or on a selection of images. The current number of images is restricted to 32.

Focus Mask plugin works only on the image previews and hence it is essential for you to create standard previews of your images before using the plugin. The plugin can be downloaded here.

21. LRTimelapse

LRTimelapse is for anyone who makes time-lapse videos quite frequently and are looking for an easier way to batch edit the images. This plugin allows for keyframing and grading of time-lapse sequences in an “all raw file” based workflow. Also creating day to night and night to day time-lapse transitions are done easily and perfectly with the “holy grail” wizard.

LR Time-lapse is available as a plugin for Lightroom and it can be downloaded here.


22. Topaz Sharpen AI

Topaz Sharpen AI is one of the best noise reduction plugins out there and is the only AI powered image sharpening software currently in the market. The results this plugin can produce are extremely good where you can fix blurry images in a few clicks.

Sharpen AI can fix blur caused due to slight camera shake, slight focus issues and generally soft images. Each task has a separate module and you can choose the one that suits your need.

Topaz Sharpen AI is a paid plugin and can be purchased here.

23. Blow Up 3

Blow Up is a plugin that allows crystal clear photo enlargement without causing unwanted artifacts. The edges are naturally sharper and all you need to do is set your paper size and a crop region if required.

Blow Up allows to resize up to 300,000 pixels per side, can handle CMYK images, has presets for common paper sizes and it sharpens to the right amount to compensate for ink diffusion.

Blow Up can be purchased here and can be tried for free.

24. Silver Efex Pro

Silver Efex pro is another plugin from the Nik Collection by DxO and it is truly one of the best plugins you should look to use if you are into black and white photography. It comes with a range of darkroom-inspired controls so you can create stunning monochrome images.

Silver Efex pro includes a range of effects and filters that can emulate classic films like Ilford, Tri-X, Fuji, Kodak, etc., and Nik Collection's exclusive U point technology allows you to make adjustments exactly where you want, using control points.

Silver Efex Pro can be downloaded here and a free trial is also available.

25. Topaz DeNoise AI

Topaz Denoise AI examines an image and determines the difference between noise and details in that photo. It then goes on to recover as much details possible from the available noise in the image.

Denoise AI also allows you to selectively apply noise reduction to parts of the image so you can work without reducing the details in the textures or other specific areas in the image.

Topaz Denoise AI can be downloaded here and can be tried for free.

Adobe Lightroom is surely one of the best post-production tools available to photographers. Making the software even more functional with plugins is a great strategy for anyone looking to learn more on the latest photo editing trends.

We hope you've enjoyed our list of best Lightroom plugins. If you have a favorite Lightroom plugin, please share it with us in the comments below.

Further Resources:

Further Learning:

Of course, shooting in RAW and getting your image right in camera is what you begin with, but after that, it's time you hone your post-production skills. For that, it's worth looking at the guide, Fundamental Editing.

Getting a strong, practical understanding of post-processing is absolutely crucial to your success as a photographer.

In Fundamental Editing you will:

  • Learn how to accurately set your saturation levels in Lightroom without overdoing it.
  • Gain the knowledge to fix Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom (that you may not even know existed in your images).
  • Discover why the “Exposure” slider in Lightroom should not be your go-to adjustment!
  • Learn how to improve your composition with a few fundamental edits.
  • Train yourself to accurately judge and correct color problems.
  • Recognize what the different types of digital noise are… and how to specifically fix each one.
  • Discover why you MUST control the contrast in your images.
  • Learn how to master that mysterious setting in Lightroom called “Clarity”.
  • And much more…



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22 Best Lightroom Plugins 2021

Adobe Lightroom is a great program for photographers, You can find many Lightroom presets. But Lightroom has a lot of limits that can slow you down significantly. This is the kind of situation when Lightroom plugins come in handy.

You can use Lightroom plugins to improve your workflow, enhance your photos, and collaborate with other people. And you don’t even need to leave the program to do all of this!

22 Best Lightroom Plugins

22. Exposure X5

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Exposure X5 is a program of its own, but you can also use its features in Lightroom and Photoshop. It offers 3D colour masking, layer effects, bokeh tools, and more. Many of its features are similar to Lightroom’s, but it offers much more control.

This is a great program for photographers who want to experiment with different artistic tools and have more control over the details in their pictures.

Exposure X5 is quite pricey, but it comes with a lot of interesting photo editing features. The X5 Bundle will give you access to photo enlargement, artistic tools, and many other Lightroom plugins.

21. Photosafe

A screenshot of Photosafe


Photosafe is one of many Lightroom plugins made by Jeffrey Friedl. It’s a simple but effective tool for photographers with thousands of images.

If you take lots of wedding or event photos that look similar, you might accidentally delete your favourite pictures. This can also be the case if you have a complicated rating system in Lightroom.

To prevent this, you can use Photosafe. This plugin will let you select your favourite photos and lock them.

Photosafe is free to use, but its functionality will get worse 6 weeks after you download it. You can prevent this by sending Jeffrey any amount of money.

20. Luminar Flex

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Luminar is a complicated photo editing tool that offers many advanced editing features.

It has professional AI tools that can quickly enhance any photo. Luminar can also make skies stand out more, improve tones, and apply color correction for images. All of this can be done within only a few seconds.

Luminar is one of the pricier options on this list, but it offers an advanced plugin and over 300 photo styles. This might make it a worthy investment if you want to experiment with different styles and editing tools.

19. The Fader

Screenshot of The Fader


The Fader is one of the most popular Adobe Lightroom plugins out there. If your Lightroom presets are too intense, you can use Fader to change their opacity. This is in fact very similar to the Layer Opacity tool in Photoshop.

The Fader is completely free to use. Like Photosafe, it will lose its functionality with time. You can prevent this (and gains access to more controls) by paying a small fee.

18. Topaz Studio 2

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Topaz Studio 2 is all about high-quality editing. The creators’ goal was to make every photographer’s workflow easier and faster.

This Lightroom plugin is a whole new program of its own. You can control every detail in your image without compromising its quality. You can also use layers, AI-powered tools, and masking to enhance your pictures.

Like the other paid programs on this list, Topaz Studio 2 is pricy. However, it can be a great investment for photographers who want to take Lightroom’s features to the next level.

17. Topaz Lens Effects

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If you like Lightroom’s features and want to experiment with new filters, Topaz Lens Effects is for you. Made by the same company as Topaz Studio 2, it offers 29 lens effects. This includes motion blur, fake bokeh blur, and the tilt-shift lens effect.

These effects are meant to look realistic and give your pictures a more defined look.

The plugin is cheaper than its studio version. This makes it great for photographers who want to focus more on the creative side of editing.

16. Focus Mask

Close-up photo of the feet of a cat


Focus Mask highlights the sharpest parts of your photo using red streaks. This is an easy way to sort through hundreds of similar-looking photos that may or may not be blurred.

Keep in mind that the plugin may highlight sharpness even in blurred images. However, it’s likely that the more redness you see in your image, the sharper it is.

15. Film Stocks

Portrait photo of a woman at a park


Film Stocks offers a huge collection of film presets which can be modified using the Lightroom plugins unique controls. You can also add different textures to your pictures, such as dust.

The aim of the plugin is to make photos and videos look like they were shot on film. You can choose from a variety of looks, including Polaroid, Fuji, and Kodak.

The photo editing plugin is much cheaper than the other Adobe Lightroom plugins on this list.

The version that comes with video editing features is a little more expensive, but it can be the perfect choice for filmmakers who want to enhance their videos.

14. LRTimelapse

Photo of the Niagara waterfall at sunset


LRTimelapse is one of the most popular time-lapse tools out there. If you want to enhance your time-lapses without leaving Lightroom, this program is perfect for you. This plugin for Lightroom promises to help you achieve smooth transitions without ruining the quality of your files.

Photographers can choose between a Pro and a Private license. The Private license is the cheaper option.

13. Portraiture 3

Portrait photo of a woman with yellow glasses and braided hair


Portraiture 3 is all about skin retouching. If you’re a portrait photographer who wants to save time without making your models look unnatural, you will definitely enjoy using this plugin.

This Lightroom plugins controls are fast and easy to use. You can smooth and enhance even the most problematic skin.

Portraiture 3 is one of the most expensive Adobe Lightroom plugins on this list. However, given its strong reputation and advanced retouching features, many portrait photographers might find the price quite reasonable.

12. Aurora HDR

Landscape photo at sunset


Aurora HDR is considered one of the best HDR programs in the world. This Lightroom plugin can effortlessly merge brackets to create vibrant landscape pictures. It can also enhance individual photos that don’t have brackets.

Aurora HDR offers professional denoising, over 80 unique colour effects, and advanced features for professionals. It promises to make any landscape photo look amazing in seconds.

The plugin is pricy, but it might be a worthy investment for aspiring landscape photographers.

11. Topaz Clean

Landscape photo of a beach an dawn


Topaz Clean focuses exclusively on texture. This can be human skin, water, or any other surface that you’d like to look smoother.

The plugin promises to remove sharp distractions without making your photos look unnatural. It’s recommended for portrait, landscape, and macro photographers.

It is also one of the cheapest Lightroom plugins on this list.

10. ON1 Photo Raw

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ON1 is a professional photo editor that comes with hundreds of interesting features. You can use it to organise your photos, process raw files, edit photos in layers, and experiment with special effects.

The plugin also has AI-powered features that can do all the work for you within seconds.

ON1’s price depends on the subscription you use. The cheapest version costs as much as most professional editing Lightroom plugins.

9. LR/Enfuse

Screenshot of Enfuse


LR/Enfuse is great for photographers who want to merge multiple photos without leaving Lightroom. This is a handy tool for all HDR, macro, and nighttime photographers.

One of its awesome features is that you can blend two images with different focus points to create a blurred background. You can also use this tool to create a stronger dynamic range in landscape photos.

The plugin is free, but it comes with limitations. If you want to take full advantage of its features, you have to make a donation to the owner.

8. Light

Blurry photo of the shadows of a palm tree


Invented by Digital Film Tools, Light creates virtual gobos for you.

You can think of gobos as light stencils. If you hold a stencil in front of a light, it will create a pattern. The plugin offers many different patterns you can use to create different atmospheres in your photos.

You can add light to areas without a light source and create your own stencils. Based on the examples, it seems that the plugin is great at creating realistic effects.

Light also offers masking tools, presets, and special light effects, such as fog.

Compared to the other Lightroom plugins on this list, Light is relatively affordable.

7. Excire Search

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Excire Search is an AI-powered plugin that will create automatic keywords for you. Its main feature is a search engine that can help you find any photo you need quickly. You don’t need to tag your photos manually.

The plugin doesn’t need an Internet connection to work and takes up very little space. You’ll need around 650MB for 100,000 photos.

Excire is also one of the cheapest Lightroom plugins on this list.

6. Hashtag AI

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If you want a program to do all the tagging for you, you might like Hashtag AI. This plugin uses a custom algorithm to automatically create keywords for images.

The only downside is that you need to pay for every image you work with. This means that you don’t need to subscribe or pay a large fee at once, which might be appealing to some photographers.

5. Evlaa

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Evlaa is a collaborative plugin that guarantees to save an hour for every photo shoot you have. Your clients can rate your photos, receive photos directly from Lightroom, and send you payments. You don’t even have to leave Lightroom to do any of these things.

Evlaa is free to download, but you’ll need to pay every month to use its advanced features. A monthly subscription gives you access to unlimited photos, galleries, and users.

4. LR/Instagram

Lightroom Publishing Manager


LR/Instagram is a simple plugin that can save you a lot of time. You can upload your photos directly to Instagram without leaving Lightroom.

You can also use the plugin to create hashtags, choose the best cropping ratios for Instagram, and publish to several accounts at once.

LR/Instagram is free to use, but you’ll need to register to use it for a long period of time. The registration fee is very small though.

3. Fashion Team

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Fashion Team is ideal for fashion photographers with large teams. It can help you keep track of members, tag photoshoots, and search for specific keywords.

This is great for photographers who want to better organise their work and don’t want to confuse team members.

If you’re working on a group project or submitting work to a magazine, you want to know exactly who you’re working with without wasting time. Fashion Team promises to do that work for you.

2. Blow Up 3

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Blow Up can enlarge photos without ruining their quality. Using simple tools, it will enlarge photos for prints, magazines, billboards, and more.

This plugin can also help you save money if you use stock photos often. You can download smaller ones and enlarge them without compromising their quality.

The latest version of Blow Up three is easier and faster to use. It automatically comes with the Exposure X5 bundle. (Mentioned at the beginning of this article.) You can also buy it separately for much cheaper.

1. Creative Kit

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Creative Kit was made by the same company that created Luminar and Focus. It offers 6 separate apps and over 500 tools.

Here are the apps:

  • Intensify: This will automatically improve every part of your image within seconds.
  • Tonality: This is a professional black & white editor. It comes with its own presets and tools, including authentic grain.
  • Snapheal: You can manually remove any object you like using this tool.
  • FX Photo Studio: This offers over 200 photo effects. You can combine different effects or use them individually.
  • Focus: This is meant to create realistic blurred backgrounds. The aim of Focus is to make your images look like they were taken using professional equipment, even if you used a very simple camera.
  • Noiseless: This is a professional noise-removing tool. It edits every pixel to ensure that your results look sharp and smooth.

Creative Kit is available for Mac users only and you have to purchase every app separately.

The individual prices of each app are almost the same and are much cheaper than other Lightroom plugins on this list.

Common Lightroom Plugin Questions

How Do I Use Lightroom Plugins?

Install your Lightroom plugin by going to File > Plug-In Manager and clicking on Add. Find your Lightroom plugin in your folders and click on it. Restart Lightroom. Your plugins for Lightroom will now be visible in the program, and you can start using them!

Does Lightroom CC Support Plugins?

Yes. Lightroom CC supports some Lightroom plugins, such as Luminar and Photolemur.

Where Are Lightroom Plugins Stored?

Lightroom plugins are stored in folders of your choosing. Once you install your Lightroom plugins, make sure you don’t delete the folder where they are stored. If you do, it will immediately remove the Lightroom plugins from Lightroom. Keep all of your Lightroom plugins in one neat folder before you install them.


Lightroom is great on its own, but it can be turned into an even more powerful program thanks to custom Lightroom plugins. You can use them to enhance your photos, communicate with clients, take advantage of AI-powered features, and much more.

With the right Lightroom plugins, your photography experience will be efficient and successful.


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