Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's new in Luminar 3.1.0?

    MAC VERSION:

    New Features

    ACCENT AI 2.0. An improved algorithm that makes this a go-to filer. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

    RAW + JPEG PAIRS. When you import Raw and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see. View just Raw or JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference as you edit. Edits to each file are independent but can be easily synced. Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.

    SELECTIVE SYNC FOR SYNC ADJUSTMENTS. Once you’ve created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync. You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click. Filters and Looks are transferred instantly, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.

    BETTER SORTING. When you choose to sort your images using another method (such as File Type or Color Label) they are also sorted by Capture Day.


    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

    PROGRESS BAR. Keep better track of what’s happening when working with Luminar. You’ll see a progress bar when using tools like Erase or when running Luminar as a third-party filter.


    WINDOWS VERSION:

    New Features

    ACCENT AI 2.0. An improved algorithm that makes this a go-to filer. New "human-aware" technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

    RAW + JPEG PAIRS. When you import Raw and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see.  View just Raw or JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference as you edit. Edits to each file are independent but can be easily synced.  Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.

    IMPORT IMAGES. You can now import images from a memory card or hard drive and copy them to a folder. You can also choose to include subfolders when importing

    SELECTIVE SYNC FOR SYNC ADJUSTMENTS. Once you've created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync.  You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click.  Filters and Looks are transferred instantly, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.

    SMUGMUG SHARING. The ability to post images to SmugMug has now been added to Luminar for Windows.

    SHORTCUTS. Folders and user albums can be added to the Shortcuts list.  Just right-click for a context menu or drag & drop them into the list.

    IMPROVED SELECTIONS. Want to choose a range of photos in the Gallery view?  Try the Shift or Ctrl key to select a range or group of images.  You can also deselect images from a multiselection by Ctrl+clicking on an image.

    BETTER SORTING. When you choose to sort your images using another method (such as File Type or Color Label) they are also sorted by Capture Day.

    ROTATE IN GALLERY. Images selected in the gallery can be quickly rotated left or right by 90ÌŠ increments with no need to switch to edit view.  Just use the Image > Rotate menu or just right-click.

    PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SUPPORT. We've added Photoshop Elements support to the Windows platform.  Just choose the Install Plugins command if you want to load Luminar as a plugin.  For future versions of Luminar, plugin users should switch to Luminar Flex.


    Performance Improvements

    Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update.

    IMPROVED HISTORY. Undo a Sync/Copy/Paste adjustments with one step in the History list.

    HIDDEN FILES. Luminar does a better job of filtering hidden folders and photo.  Additionally, unwanted items like Backups, History, Previews, and Caches won't be shown when opening Luminar Catalogs.

    STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

  • What is the Luminar Flex plugin?

    The Luminar Flex plugin helps photographers and designers of all skill levels create better looking images in far less time. Thanks to its unique artificial intelligence and image aware filters, great images are easier than ever.


    The Luminar Flex plugin allows you to take advantage of our powerful photo enhancement and styling filters while still being able to use your existing photo software.


    We know that there are plenty of Adobe and Apple users who want to use Luminar in their workflow. So we’ve come up with a solution that will provide the easiest way of using Luminar as a plugin to the most popular apps.

  • What’s the difference between Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex?

    Luminar 3 is meant to be used as a standalone application. It offers three different editing workflows:


    • Library – Add folders that you want to track to your library for organizing and editing.  Easily sync adjustments between multiple images.
    • Quick Edit – The Quick Edit command is perfect to open individual images or a group of images for editing.  You can work with these images without adding the parent folder to your library.
    • Batch Processing – You can target multiple images or folders for quick batch processing.  Easily apply smart Luminar Looks based on Accent AI for automatic image enhancement

    If you ever want to use Luminar as a plugin, we recommend installing the Luminar Flex plugin. Luminar Flex is designed to work as a plugin with applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Apple Aperture and Photos for macOS.


    Remember: If you have purchased Luminar 2018 or Luminar 3 before April 5, you get a free version of Luminar Flex in your Skylum Account when it ships 
  • I get an 'OpenGL 3.3' version error.

    Luminar 3 requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.3. If you’re using a laptop, make sure you run Luminar on a discrete card. Refer to the laptop’s manufacturer for detailed instructions. If your card supports OpenGL 3.3, try fully reinstalling drivers for all graphics cards on your computer. Make sure to download drivers from the card manufacturer’s website.


  • Can I add folders and photos from Cloud Storage?

    Luminar lets you add folders from cloud storage locations that are synced to your computer.  In this case, synced means that a physical copy of the photo resides on either your internal or external hard drive.  If only a reference copy of the photo is located in the cloud storage photo, Luminar will not be able to create a thumbnail or be able to edit the image.  

    Adding folders from synced cloud storage is very useful in situations where a client or family member adds images remotely to a cloud service server. Once these images are synced locally to your computer, Luminar automatically adds them to your Library. 


  • How do I import my Apple Photos library into Luminar 3?

    Check out this video for instructions on how to import your Apple Photos library into Luminar 3.

  • I ran Luminar for the first time and there's no Next button in the welcome screen (Windows)

    On Windows 8 / 10:

    1. Close Luminar.
    2. Right-click any empty space on your desktop > Display settings.
    3. In the window that opens, set the Change the size of text, apps, and other items dropdown to 100%.
    4. Start Luminar 3 and finish the setup wizard. You can safely change the display scaling back to its initial value after this.

    On Windows 7:

    1. Close Luminar.
    2. Click the Start button.
    3. Type Display in the Search box.
    4. Click Display in the Control Panel section of the results.
    5. In a window that opens, set the scaling value to 100% and check if you can see all the controls in Luminar.

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