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We Just Improved Luminar 2018

January 26

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Another free update to Luminar 2018 is here! Explore the new improvements.

We’re excited to bring you another free update to Luminar 2018 that adds new functionality and speed to both the Windows and Mac platforms.

Thanks for being part of the Skylum/Skylum family - we’re glad you’re here!

We Just Improved Luminar 2018

How to Update

  • Mac – Please, launch Luminar 2018, on the Top Menu Bar choose Luminar 2018 > Check for updates.

  • Windows  – Please, launch Luminar 2018, on the Top Toolbar choose Help > Check for updates.

We hope you enjoy these improvements.  We’re hard at work on more as well as the new digital asset manager for later this year.

What’s New?

This free update brings the following new and improved features to improve your Luminar editing experience:


  • Language support: You can now enjoy Luminar in many more languages.  The latest version has been localized to support the following languages:

    • English

    • German

    • Spanish

    • French

    • Portuguese

    • Chinese

    • Korean

    • Russian

    • Japanese

  • Brush Size: Use the left and right bracket keys ([ and ]) to adjust the size of your brush.  Add the shift key (Shift+ [ or ]) to adjust the Softness.  It’s now easier than ever to mask.

  • Curves: The Curves filter is  improved for better results

  • Merge Layers: Permanently merge two or more layers with Merge layers feature.

  • Improved Sidebar: The sidebar controls are even easier to use and navigate.

  • Cropping improvements: The cropped state of an image is now correctly captured in the native Luminar file.

  • Adobe plug-in improvements: The plugins for Adobe products have been performance tuned.


  • Improved Raw Support: We’ve improved RAW Develop support and added Leica Monochrom .DNG , HEIC formats.  We’ve also improved support for Hasselblad and several other cameras.

  • Photos for Mac: Luminar works even better as an extension for Photos for Mac.

  • Adobe plug-in improvements: The plugins for Adobe products have been performance tuned.

  • Improved cross platform files: We’ve fixed issue with Dodge & Burn filter masks for documents created on Windows.

  For a complete list of supported cameras – click here.


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Written by

Richard Harrington

Pro Photographer

Richard Harrington regularly explores the fusion of photography and video. He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. and a well-known author. Rich has published over 150 courses on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, and Creating DSLR Video.

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