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IndustrySoftware development
GenrePhoto editing
Founded2008, Ukraine
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington
Key people
Alex Tsepko (CEO)
Scott Bourne (President of US Operations)
Number of employees

Skylum (formerly Macphun) is a software developing company based in Bellevue, Washington. It is most known for its photo editing software Aurora HDR and Luminar.[1] Skylum is also the developer of Snapheal, Focus, Tonality, Intensify, Noiseless and FX Photo Studio.[2]

Founded as Macphun in 2008, the company decided to change its name to Skylum in 2017, following the decision to develop its Mac only software for Windows as well.[3]


Skylum was founded as Macphun in 2008 by two gaming developers and amateur photographers. Initially the company developed applications for iOS. One of its first applications was Vintage Video Maker, which was later named Vintagio. In 2009, Apple named Vintagio among Best iPhone apps of the year.[4][5] In 2010, Alex Tsepko joined the team. In total, the company released over 60 applications in the first three years. However, it saw the greatest number of downloads in the photography applications. Skylum thus decided to develop the same photography applications for MacOS.[6]

In early 2010, Skylum launched its first MacOS application, FX Photo Studio Pro, which was earlier available for iOS only.[7] Several other applications were also developed for MacOS including Snapheal.[8]

In order to tap the North Americas, the company moved its headquarters to San Diego, United States in 2013.[6] A great number of employees came from the Nik Collection, which was earlier acquired by Google.[9] Later that year, the company launched Intensify, a fully featured photo editing software, that was named among 2013 Best Mac App Store apps. In 2014, Skylum launched Tonality, a black-and-white photo editor software, that won Apple’s Editors’ Choice of the year.[10] The same year, Skylum hired a team in Europe to develop localized versions of its software and start European expansion.[6]

In 2015, Skylum released a new image noise reduction application called Noiseless.[11] Same year Skylum partnered with Trey Ratcliff to develop an HDR program. Through the collaboration Aurora HDR, a High Dynamic Range editing and processing tool, was released in November.[12] A year later, Skylum developed Luminar, an all-in-one photo editing software as an alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom. Both the software became the most known applications by the company. [13]

In 2017, the company released Aurora HDR and Luminar for Windows - software that previously was available for MacOS only.[14] At the same time, it was also announced that Macphun would change its name to Skylum.[15]


Skylum is most known for its photo editing software, Aurora HDR launched in 2015, and Luminar launched in 2016. Other notable software by the company include: Snapheal, Focus, Tonality, Intensify, Noiseless and FX Photo Studio.


  1. ^ Thurston, Anthony (June 16, 2017). "Macphun brings AI tech to photo editing with Luminar Neptune Skylum".
  2. ^ Pierini, David (May 24, 2017). "Macphun to offer software for Windows-based photogs".
  4. ^ "iPhoneで撮った動画を8ミリやサイレント映画風にする「Vintage Video Maker」". November 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "MacPhun LLC Company Profile" (PDF). Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Laurinavicius, Tomas (November 21, 2016). "An In-Depth Look At The Future Of Digital Photography With Alex Tsepko Of Macphun".
  7. ^ "Review: FX Photo Studio Pro for Mac, fun photo editing done right". May 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Chang, Alexandra (December 16, 2011). "Snapheal removes unwanted objects from photos, and more".>
  9. ^ Freeman, Mike (November 29, 2013). "Photo software firm Macphun comes to San Diego".
  10. ^ Dove, Jackie (July 31, 2014). "Review: Macphun's Tonality brings out your inner Ansel Adams".
  11. ^ Carlson, Jeff (October 9, 2015). "Noiseless and Noiseless Pro review: Clean up your photos shot in low-light conditions".
  12. ^ Mathies, Daven (May 24, 2017). "Macphun's highly lauded photo software are coming to Windows for the first time".
  13. ^ Lawton, Rod (November 17, 2016). "Both products became the most known applications by the company. MacPhun Luminar 1.0 review".
  14. ^ Lestoc, Costea (June 10, 2017). "Macphun's Luminar and Aurora HDR apps come to Windows 10 this fall".
  15. ^ Zhang, Michael (October 27, 2017). "Macphun Renaming Itself Skylum as its Photo Apps Land on Windows".