Here Is A List Of The 25 Best Lightroom Plugins of 2023


Ok, so here we are going to take a look at the best Lightroom plugins for 2023. 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.

Not all programs come with the feature or compatibility to support plugins, but fortunately, Lightroom supports the use of plugins. 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.

working in Lightroom
Photo by Jye B

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 it 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 from the plugin developer, follow them.
  • 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 for 2023:

1. Luminar AI

Luminar is one of the most complex Lightroom plugins for Mac and PC users. The main function of this plugin is to make the most difficult editing processes more digestible and 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. Besides, there are exclusive tools with more than 20 photo effects and editing features that can enhance landscapes, retouch portraits, remove unwanted details and even change skies with complete scene relighting.

You can download Luminar here.

Luminar AI
Image via Luminar

2. Snapheal

Snapheal is a very specific plugin that helps its users easily erase unwanted elements. It behaves similarly to the healing brush in Photoshop. In Snapheal, you 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
Image via Skylum

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 toward adding drama, colors, and impressions. It is great for fixing dull and plain images because it offers quite bold changes and helps reveal hidden details without adding artifacts or noise.

Intensify contains different groups of presets that you can adjust easily 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
Image via Skylum

4. Noiseless

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

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. It is automatic and supports most image formats.

Noiseless is available for download here.

Image via Skylum

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 RAW format. This means you can work on high-resolution files and create top-quality images.

Color EFex Pro has over 55 creative filters comparable to Lightroom’s settings for color correction, retouching, and various original image recipes. The easy-to-use interface will help you to create a limitless palette of special effects and moods.

You can download Color EFex Pro here.

Color EFex Pro
Image via NikCollection by DxO

6.DxO PhotoLab ELITE Edition

DxO PhotoLab is a 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 great additional tools, such as sharpening and clear view. The 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.

The demosaicing and denoising features have been redefined by the new version of DeepPRIME and have 4 times faster processing times. It is also the leading authority in lens correction features.

DxO PhotoLab is available for download here.

DxO PhotoLab
Image via DxO

7. LR/Enfuse

LR/Enfuse might not be the most helpful 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.

lr enfuse
Image via Photographers-toolbox

8. Hypertyle

Hypertyle is a plugin that allows users to apply multiple filters simultaneously. 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.

Image via thepluginsite

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. With one click, Adjust AI takes advantage of artificial intelligence's power to transform your photos into something incredible.

You can download Topaz Adjust plugin here.

topaz adjust
Image via TopazLabs

10. Exposure X7

Exposure X7 is a different 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.

Regarding filters, Exposure X7 is well-known as the master of film grain emulators. It gives the most realistic grain effects, which is important for all those film enthusiasts. There are not many Lightroom plugins that are as successful as Exposure X7 in emulating grain.

It also comes with flexible masking and layers that enable you to blend effects in a way you can imagine.

The exposure X7 plugin is available for download here.

exposure x7
Image via Exposure Software

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.

The Quantum HDR engine powered by AI helps get the highest quality of bracket merging, with amazing color enhancement and no halos, artifacts, or chromatic aberration. Aurora HDR is available to download here.

aurora hdr
Image via Skylum

12. ON1 Photo Raw

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

There is a plugin bundle for anyone interested that includes NoNoise AI, Effects, Resize, Portrait AI, and HDR. On1 Photo Raw is available to download here.

ON1 PhotoRaw
Image by On1

13. Imagenomic Portraiture

Portraiture is a perfect plugin for anyone who does a lot of portrait work. This plugin is versatile in that it automatically selects the skin and does the smoothening and blemish removal for you. If you want to set the skin selection manually, 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
Image via Imagenomic

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 the bodies without making any changes or distortion to the background. Besides portraiture work, Portraitpro Body Studio allows for adjusting the 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. Here is some knowledge base on getting the plugin into Lightroom.

portraitpro body studio
Image via PortraitProBody

15. EyeQ’s Perfectly Clear

EyeQ’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 make it a perfect plugin for all photographers and photography styles. Download the plugin here. There is also a business version for business imagery.

eyeq's perfectly clear
Image via EyeQ

16. Topaz Gigapixel AI

Topaz Gigapixel AI uses deep learning to get better-quality photos by enhancing details and resolution by 600%. This AI-powered plugin naturally increases image resolution instead of just enlarging the pixels. The resulting images look like they were captured with a higher-resolution camera.

The softwares neural networks have been trained on images like landscapes, portraits, architecture, wildlife, etc., to know what photo details should look like in the final image. Gigapixel resolves edges sharply for more natural results with fewer artifacts. Topaz Gigapixel AI can be downloaded here.

topaz gigapixel ai
Image via Topazlabs

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 on their website.

capture monkey's fader
Image via CaptureMonkey

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. This set of plugins is 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 with fine hair detail, etc.

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

digital film tools
Image via DigitalFilmTools

19. Excire Search 2

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

Excire Search 2 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.

excire search 2
Image via Excire

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 it can be an indication that the image is acceptably sharp and help with choosing the best shots. You can use this plugin on a single image or a selection of images. The current number of images is restricted to 32.

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

capture monkey's focus mask
Image via Capturemonkey

21. LRTimelapse

LRTimelapse is for anyone who frequently makes time-lapse videos and is looking for an easier way to batch-edit the images. This plugin allows for key-framing 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 is 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.

Image via LRTimelapse

22. Topaz Sharpen AI

Topaz Sharpen AI is one of the best sharpening plugins and is the only AI-powered image-sharpening software currently on the market. The results this plugin can produce are extremely good, where you can fix blurry images in a few clicks with no artifacts.

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.

topaz sharpen ai
Image via Topazlabs

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

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

blow up 3
Image via BlowUp

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 use if you are into black-and-white photography. It comes with a range of darkroom-inspired controls to 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.

silver efex pro
Image via Nik Collection by DxO

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 detail as 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.

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

topaz denoise ai
Image via Topazlabs

Adobe Lightroom is surely one of the best post-production tools available to photographers. Making the software more functional with plugins is a great strategy for anyone looking to learn more about 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 the camera is what you begin with, but after that, 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 crucial to your photography success.

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 judge accurately and correct color problems.
  • Recognize the different types of digital noise are… and how to fix each one specifically.
  • 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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Jasenka is a photographer with a background in web design. You can find out more about her on her website, see some of her newest images at 500px or get to know her better here.

Hello JasenkaG,

thanks for this compilation of plugins for Lightroom. I’d like to note, that you use a screenshot of an older Photomatix Pro version for the #7 LR/Enfuse plugin.


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