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The Library View is where you explore your images. This canvas is designed to be enjoyable for browsing. It also makes it easy to rate and sort your images. Use the Library View to organize your images or to select photos for further editing.
As you work with an image, the Top Toolbar contains many commands that you’ll frequently use. These are grouped logically for easier use.
The first button controls how files are opened, processed, and exported. Clicking the Open button reveals two choices.
These buttons control how you can navigate folders in your library. As your library gets bigger, you’ll likely find yourself using folder more and more to keep images better organized.
This controls the opening and closing the Side panel. You can make it visible to see your folder structure and shortcuts or hide it to have more room for browsing.
These next three buttons are used for changing your view of the image size in the canvas. If you go from left to right the buttons do the following.
The next three buttons control the layout of the Luminar application window. You will switch depending on the task at hand.
The last button in the top Toolbar is used to share an image from the application to other applications. The same image can also be shared with other editing software from Skylum (and others) or uploaded directly to social networks and other online services.
The Side Panel gives you access to important controls for browsing and navigating your photo library. Shortcuts give you quick access to your images based on predetermined criteria. Use Albums to organize images with a virtual collection, images can be added from multiple folders or removed without any effect on master files. However, Folders are the way to control the images on your hard drives and work with your data directly.
The use of Shortcuts offers quick access to your library with a series of predetermined shortcuts.
Place your photos into virtual collections. You can choose images from any location or folder. Adding and removing has no effect on your actual files on the hard drive, rather use an album like you would a playlist to organize music.
Folders tie directly to folders on your hard drive. Luminar works with the real-world folder structure of your hard drive(s).