Frequently Asked Questions

  • Luminar 2018 July Update - What's New?

    WINDOWS USERS

    • NEW Faster opening of RAW-files. You can now open raw files much faster thanks to improvements in our RAW engine. 
    • NEW White Balance Tool. A new White Balance functionality and eyedropper tool have been added to the Raw Develop, Develop, and Color Temperature filters.
    • NEW Image History. To better keep track of your changes, now History will be saved automatically when you save a document. It’s also easy to see the White Balance presets as they’re now displayed in the image history with the preset name when using Develop and RAW Develop filters.
    • NEW Layer Renaming. For all new layers, you add to a document (except for the original image) you can choose to assign a custom name. Just double-click on a layer’s name to edit it. This is a great way to organize adjustment and image overlay layers in your project.
    • IMPROVED Filter Performance. You can now add or subtract filters more quickly to an image. 
    • IMPROVED Blending Modes. When you choose a blending mode for an Adjustment or Image Layer, the experience is even easier. Just hover your mouse over a blending mode and it updates in real-time. This is an easy way to simply mouse-over the list to find the perfect blending mode.
    • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter. 
    • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers seven improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
    • NEW Canvas Color. You can now set the Canvas background color to White. Choose View > Background > White to set the working Canvas to White or choose from other shades of gray or black.
    • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate. As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.
    • NEW DNG Camera Profiles (DCP). Are you looking for truly professional control over your raw files? Then give DNG Camera Profiles a try. Luminar recognizes the industry standard DCP files that you may already have on your computer (or have bought from third parties).
    • IMPROVED Batch Processing. Windows users gain the useful Batch Processing improvements. These include the ability to “Replace or Skip Files” when saving the file with the same name when Batch Processing. Additional options include the ability to create JPEG and TIFF files as well as improved reliability when renaming and numbering files on export.
    • NEW Image Transformation Controls. You can quickly access new controls directly with buttons when using the Free Transform tool. You can now flip a layer on its horizontal or vertical axis. Layers can also be rotated 90˚ as needed for compensating for camera rotation. Changes made are also stored in the file’s History.


    MAC USERS

    • IMPROVED Raw Develop. The Raw Develop filter has improved handling of the Lens and Transform effects. Effects are not shown on the left side (Before) when using the Compare option. The effects are also not blended with original when using the Filters Amount slider.
    • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate. As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.
    • IMPROVED Batch Processing. You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.
    • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter. Just hover your mouse over a LUT and it updates in real-time.
    • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers eight Improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
    • IMPROVED Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file with the “Windows Compatible” option. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop and Develop filters.
    • NEW Plugin Support. The following third-party plugins can now be used via the Plugins menu: Imagenomic Noiseware 5, Imagenomic Portraiture 3, Imagenomic Realgrain 2, and DxO FilmPack 5.
    • IMPROVED Filter Controls. To save you time, all filter checkboxes can be enabled or disabled by clicking on the control name or the checkbox. Additionally, be sure to try scrubbable number sliders. Just mouse over the value for a filter and then click and drag left or right to move the slider.
    • IMPROVED JPEG Controls. Take precise control over JPEG and JPEG-2000 compression. You can see a numeric value for the Quality slider. You can also click on the number and enter a precise value.

    New Camera Support

    This recent update supports the following new cameras:

    • Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D
    • FujiFilm X-H1
    • FujiFilm X-A20
    • FujiFilm X-A5
    • FujiFilm X-E3
    • Olympus E-PL9
    • Pentax K-1 II
    • Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90
    • Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3
    • Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2
    • Sony A7 III
  • I get an 'OpenGL 3.3' version error.

    If you are receiving the “OpenGL 3.3 and later is required for this application to run” error message when launching Luminar 2018, please make sure your machine meets the minimum requirements listed here

    If you are not sure whether or not your GPU supports Open GL 3.3 or above, please refer to its manufacturer's website. If your model does support Open GL 3.3 and above, updating your graphics driver will fix this issue.

    Update Intel Graphics Drivers

    Automatically update AMD Graphics Drivers

    Automatically update NVIDIA Graphics Drivers

    After you have updated your GPU Driver from the manufacturer’s website, make sure you set your discrete adapter to run Luminar 2018 by default. Refer to your card's manufacturer's website if you need help with that.

    If your computer is 5 or more years old, there is a possibility that your GPU does not support Open GL 3.3

    If none of the steps above helped, your GPU supports OpenGL 3.3 and you still receive the error message after updating your drivers, please do the following:

    * Press the Windows logo key + R.

    * Type msinfo32 in the dialog box that opens and hit Enter on your keyboard.

    * In the window that opens, make sure you have System Summary highlighted on the left.

    * Click File > Export.

    * Type the name of the file and save it somewhere where you can easily find it and attach this text file to your reply to support@skylum.com.

  • I’ve purchased Luminar 2018. However, it is not showed in my Skylum Account.

    Please note that Luminar 2018 will appear in My Software section of your Skylum Account only after you activate it with your license key and the e-mail you’ve used to create your Skylum Account. If that is not the case, you’re welcome to reach our support team: https://skylum.com/support

  • How do I open a LUT file in Luminar 2018 on Windows?

    Launch the app and open any image. Click on the Add Filters button and locate the LUT Mapping filter from the list. Click on it to add it to the current Workspace, then click on the Choose LUT > Load Custom LUT file..  in the filter and select the LUT you’d like to use.




  • How to change Luminar 2018 language?

    To change the language used in Luminar just click the File menu and choose Language.  You can now easily switch which language is used for the user interface and dialog boxes.

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