Luminar 4 will bring an AI Sky Replacement tool that needs no manual masking and will even relight your scene to match the sky.
Skylum Luminar and Luminar Flex
Luminar is a clever and innovative photo-editing program that is constantly evolving in new and sometimes unexpected directions. Luminar 4, the latest version, is a radical departure from its predecessor.
The in-built Libraries feature for organizing and browsing your photos is the same, but the editing tools have had a major revamp. The multiple customisable workspaces have been slimmed down into four and the filters have been slimmed down too and locked into these specific workspaces.
It feels constrained and strange compared to the 'old' Luminar, but it's also more locked down and logical. What's more, Luminar Flex, the plug-in version sold briefly alongside Luminar 3, has now been rolled back into the main program and installed alongside Luminar 4 at no extra cost.
Luminar continues to be a strange, bold, exciting and high-value Photoshop alternative that offers instant 'Looks' and some new, out of this world AI augmented imaging technology that is potentially controversial but is also rather extraordinary.
Verdict: 4.5 stars Skylum Luminar Flex is the ‘plug-in’ version of Luminar 3, so why is it being sold separately? Find out why, and how this could be the better choice.
Luminar filters can be used in any combination, but did you know you can use the same filter twice? This is especially useful with the Accent AI 2.0 filter.
Tool tips: The Luminar Orton Effect is a way to combine an ethereal soft focus ‘glow’ with sharp detail in a way that goes beyond ordinary soft focus techniques. This is how it works in Skylum Luminar.
Experts may sneer at automatic ‘quick fix’ filters, but the new Luminar Accent AI 2.0 filter does seem to make some quite intelligent adjustments.
It’s Skylum’s first Luminar update of 2019 and demonstrates its commitment to free (and frequent) updates. Both the Mac and Windows versions have been improved, so let’s start with what’s new for Windows users. Skylum Luminar for Windows new features First, you can now organise your images into sub-folders within the Luminar library, creating real […]
Luminar is taking a pretty strange route round the solar system, but the latest version of this clever image-editor is really picking up speed. Indeed its publisher Skylum says it’s now three times faster than it was before, comes with new professional features and has over 300 other improvements. The speed increase is welcome, because […]
This tutorial shows how to use the powerful layers, blend modes and masking tools in Luminar 2018, but actually the same principles can be used in other image-editing programs which support image layers. I’m going to start with a perfectly pleasant lakeside travel shot and give it a more dramatic Game of Thrones look by […]
LUTs, or lookup tables, apply an instant ‘look’ to your photos by remapping the existing colours on to new ones.
MacPhun has announced a new version of its innovative photo-editing application Luminar. Called Luminar 2018, it’s available for pre-order in both Mac and PC versions, and brings new filters, RAW editing tools, lens distortion and perspective correction, LUT support (look up tables for colour adjustments) and, coming in 2018, a new digital asset management system […]