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  • 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
  • Luminar 2018 November Update - What's New?

    Windows New & Improved Features

    NEW AI Sky Enhancer. The AI Sky Enhancer allows you to get beautiful skies almost instantly with artificial intelligence and a single slider. Luminar analyzes and detects the sky in an image to improve the texture, tone, and colors of the sky itself. The filter can recognize sky in most photos as well as distinguish between water and other elements in a photograph.  It also detects the objects in the foreground and their edges for perfect masking. 

    Note: if the controls are grayed out after applying the filter, the artificial intelligence couldn’t recognize the sky in the photo.  Skies that are very out of focus or blurred may not be detected automatically. It may also be grayed out if the filter determines that the sky does not need enhancement.  If you want to stylize the sky, explore filters such as Golden Hour, Polarizer, Vibrancy, and HSL.

    IMPROVED Luminosity Masks. Improved performance when opening up existing documents with Luminosity masks.

    IMPROVED TIFF Files. Increased stability exporting TIFF files with 8 bits per channel bit depth.

    IMPROVED Crop Tool. Properly see a gridview while changing the angle of the image in Crop tool.

    CHANGED Sharing to Facebook and Twitter. Due to the recent changes in personal security with Facebook and Twitter, the ability to post directly to a social network from Luminar has been temporarily removed for users on Windows.


    Macintosh New & Improved Features

    NEW AI Sky Enhancer. The AI Sky Enhancer allows you to get beautiful skies almost instantly with artificial intelligence and a single slider. Luminar analyzes and detects the sky in an image to improve the texture, tone, and colors of the sky itself. The filter can recognize sky in most photos as well as distinguish between water and other elements in a photograph.  It also detects the objects in the foreground and their edges for perfect masking. 

    Note: if the controls are grayed out after applying the filter, the artificial intelligence couldn’t recognize the sky in the photo.  Skies that are very out of focus or blurred may not be detected automatically. It may also be grayed out if the filter determines that the sky does not need enhancement.  If you want to stylize the sky, explore filters such as Golden Hour, Polarizer, Vibrancy, and HSL.

    IMPROVED Luminosity Masks. Improved performance when opening up existing documents with Luminosity masks.

    IMPROVED TIFF Files. Increased stability exporting TIFF files with 8 bits per channel bit depth.

    IMPROVED Filters B&W Conversion, Bi-Color Toning, Photo Filter. The controls Luminance and Saturation are available when these filters are added a second time.

    IMPROVED Grain effect. All filters and Looks which include Grain effect work properly.

    IMPROVED Speed of sliders.

    IMPROVED Crop tool in Photos Extension.

    IMPROVED Crop Tool. Properly see a gridview while changing the angle of the image in Crop tool.

    CHANGED Sharing to Facebook and Twitter. Due to the recent changes in personal security with Facebook and Twitter, the ability to post directly to a social network from Luminar has been temporarily removed for users on MacOS Mojave

  • What is Luminar?

    Luminar 2018 is a full-featured photo editor for Mac and PC. It brings over 300 robust tools and features, including fast RAW support, layers, custom brush for selective editing, masking, dozens of photo filters with custom adjustments, presets and a lot more.  And, in 2018 we’ll introduce an image organzation tool and browser that will let you fully manage your photo library.


    Luminar 2018 also brings an innovative user interface, that photographers can adjust/customize based on the style of their photography, skill level and preferences. This makes Luminar a highly personalized photo software tool, suitable for photographers of all skill levels.

  • What’s new in Luminar 2018?

    Here is the list of new & improved features of Luminar 2018:


    New and Improved UI

    UX improvements

       Expand/Collapse for Filter

       Better Masking Tools for filters

       Ability to set precise amounts for sliders

       Sliders fine-tune ability

    Improved RAW engine

    Lens Corrections

    Transform Tool

    Better Color handling

    Better RAW noise reductions

    Improved RAW sharpness

    Perfomance improvements

    New Filters

       Brilliance / Warmth

       Hue Shift

       Sun Rays

       Dodge & Burn

       LUT Mapping

    Old filters Improvements

       Split Toning

       Structure

       Microstructure

       Bi-Color Toning

       High Key

       Image Radiance

    Real Time Denoise Filter

    Export Sharpness enhanced

    Ability to save filter masks into the preset

    Plugins from Adobe Photoshop Support

  • What makes Luminar so special?

    Well...many things actually. Luminar is built around the idea that all photographers are different, but everyone wants the same - to make beautiful photos. That's why Luminar combines powerful tools and innovative approach to organizing the photo editing workflow.  Everyone can adjust Luminar to his/her liking, and make it as powerful as he/she needs.

    The Luminar UI brings several modes, designed for basic image fixing, photo enhancement with presets, advanced editing with histogram and layers, and more.

    The workspaces in Luminar allow users to get quick access to the tools suitable for a certain type of photography. For example there are B&W, Portrait and Street Workspaces, that feature color controls and adjustments that are best for B&W, Portrait and Street Photography.


    The key photo tools include:

      Over 50 one-click presets and the possibility to create custom presets

      Over 38 image enhancement filters suitable for all photo styles

      Batch processing

      Lens Correction tool

      Powerful, stackable layers with blend modes

      Extensive brushes and selective masking system

      Texture overlays

      Raw and PSD support

      Noise reduction and Object removal tools

      Plug-in and Extension support


      Luminar brings both the power to create beautiful photos, and the simplicity to inspire you to experiment more with the post-processing. It is designed to adjust to your style and satisfy your needs, and this what makes it so special.

    • Luminar 2018 Mid-April Update - What's New?

      WINDOWS USERS

      • Work faster. We’ve dramatically increased the speed of editing for our Windows users. We want you to be able to work faster on your favorite images.
      • Improved Raw Engine. We’ve improved the de-mosaic process for even cleaner image conversion. Plus even more raw formats can be edited natively with our RAW Develop filter.
      • Automatic Lens Corrections. Our RAW Develop and Develop filters analyze your image and its metadata to calculate an Automatic Lens Distortion fix that you can apply in one-click.  Additionally it can detect color and detail issues and automatically fix Chromatic Aberration and Defringe an image to remove halos.
      • Batch processing. Want to apply the same preset to a group of photos from the same shoot? The powerful Batch Processing workflow saves you time and effort.
      • Easy transformations. You can easily transform the shape of an image with the Free Transform tool–scale and position an object as needed.  Plus you can easily Flip an image and Rotate an image using menu commands.
      • Preview mode. Want to check out your photo free from any distractions?  Press the F key to invoke a Full Screen Preview.  This is a great way to really study an image in detail.
      • Localization support. It’s even easier to use Luminar in a different language.  We’ve improved the localizations for greater accuracy and have also added the ability to change localization language in the application main menu.
      • Better masking controls. Users can create masks more easily when painting masks.  Just hold down the spacebar and drag with the cursor to pan and move around the image when masking. with faster masking tools.
      • Improved workflow with other applications. When using Luminar as a plugin with other applications, color profiles are properly included.  This change also improves image exporting with attached profiles.
      • Increased stability and ease of use. We’ve made numerous interface and user experience improvements based on your feedback for an improved editing experience.  We’ve also made several improvements to application stability to improve performance on editing even the largest of images.

      MAC USERS

      • Work faster. We’ve dramatically increased the speed of editing for our Mac users. We want you to be able to work faster on your favorite images.
      • Improved Raw Engine. We’ve improved the de-mosaic process for even cleaner image conversion. You can also use DCP camera profiles with your raw files for more options on interpreting color. Plus even more raw formats can be edited natively with our RAW Develop filter.
      • Automatic Lens Corrections. Our RAW Develop and Develop filters analyze your image and its metadata to calculate an Automatic Lens Distortion fix that you can apply in one-click.  Additionally it can detect color and detail issues and automatically fix Chromatic Aberration and Defringe an image to remove halos.
      • Increased stability and ease of use. We’ve made numerous interface and user experience improvements based on your feedback for an improved editing experience.  We’ve also made several improvements to application stability to improve performance on editing even the largest of images.
    • What's the difference between the previous versions of Luminar and new Luminar 2018?

      Luminar 2018 is the latest version of Luminar. For a feature-by-feature comparison, please visit: https://skylum.com/luminar/versions

    • I have PC and Mac. Can I install Luminar 2018 on both devices?

      We know that a lot of people have several computers in use, so Luminar 2018 may be installed on up to 5 devices (both Mac and PC) owned by the same person. You’ll simply need to use a single email and a single activation code.

    • What is the difference between Luminar 2018 for Mac and PC?

      At the time of launch, there will be several features and tools that will differ between the Mac and PC versions. The Mac version will contain the most complete feature set available in Luminar 2018. For a feature-by-feature comparison, please visit: https://skylum.com/luminar/pc-mac

    • What are the system requirements for Luminar 2018?

      Luminar 2018 Mac Recommended Technical Requirements


      • Apple Mac devices: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini

      • Processor: Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better from early 2010 or newer

      • Memory: 8 Gb RAM or more

      • OS X: High Sierra 10.13, Sierra 10.12.6, El Capitan 10.11.5, Yosemite 10.10.5

      • Hard disk: 2 Gb free space, SSD for best performance

      • Display: 1280x768 size or better


      Luminar 2018 Windows Recommended Technical Requirements


      • Windows-based hardware

      • PC with mouse or similar input device

      • Open GL 3.3 or later compatible Graphics Cards

      • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better

      • Memory: 8 Gb RAM or more

      • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)

      • Hard disk: 2 Gb free space, SSD for best performance

      • Display: 1280x768 size or better

    • Does it handle RAW files?

      Luminar 2018 RAW processing is based on our own powerful RAW engine. We regularly update our library and make our own improvements to provide perfect support for new cameras.

      You can check the full list of supported cameras here: https://macphun.us/luminar2018-supported-cameras  


    • Does Luminar 2018 have a DAM platform?

      We're working on a fantastic digital asset manager ("DAM") which will work like magic with the hard drives you already own and with any cloud storage platform you want to use. You’ll even be able to run it along with your LR library to compare both DAMs side by side and choose the one that works best for you.


      This feature will be added to Luminar in 2018, and will be a free update to everyone who owns Luminar 2018. We know that there are many companies who try to convince you to move from Lightroom, but we want to ensure we get it right and provide you with a tool that you’ll enjoy and use every day. We'll be releasing more details soon.

    • Does Luminar 2018 have a Lens Correction tool?

      Yes, a powerful Lens Correction tool is available in the Mac and PC versions of Luminar 2018.

    • Will Luminar 2018 work as a plug-in?

      Yes, the Mac version of Luminar 2018 will work as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements and Apple Photos and Aperture. It will also let you export images to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr; share photos to gallery sites like SmugMug and 500px and export to Photos for Mac and other Skylum applications that are part of Creative Kit 2016.


      The PC version of Luminar 2018 will work as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photoshop Elements support will be added in an upcoming update. Also, you will be able to export images to Facebook and Twitter. More social media outlets will be added soon.

    • What languages are supported?
      Luminar 2018 is available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. More languages are coming soon.
    • What is a LUT? Can I use LUT files in Luminar 2018?

      A LUT (Look Up Table) is, in essence, is like a preset. It is a modifier based on a mathematical formula between two images – the original image and the displayed image. A LUT can also be used creatively to impose a specific ‘look’ on a source image, such as creating a high contrast or bleach-bypass look.

      Yes, you will be able to use LUT files in a brand new Luminar 2018 on Mac and Windows.

    • What is the difference between Luminar & Creative Kit?

      Creative Kit is a collection of plug-ins that are dedicated to specific tasks: Tonality - B&W processing, Snapheal - object removal, etc. At the same time Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo editor, that takes the best from Creative Kit and other software, and adds new tools and technologies.

      Luminar was created to become a one stop solution for a wide range of photographers. Eventually, Luminar should replace your Creative Kit or any other photo editor that you currently use.


      At the same time Luminar is fully integrated with Creative Kit apps, so you can easily export your picture from Luminar directly to any of the Creative Kit plug-ins. And we are also working on adding a support for external plug-ins to Luminar.  

    • What is the difference between Aurora HDR and Luminar?

      Aurora HDR is dedicated to only one photography style - HDR photography. And it is the world’s most advanced photo software for this kind of photography. Luminar is a universal photo editor, designed to perform a wide variety of image editing tasks.


      Luminar might look familiar to Aurora HDR but offers everything else you need in one app. So if you want perfect HDR results, then nothing beats Aurora HDR. And if you want to get perfect portraits, landscapes, aerial photos and more - you should get Luminar 2018.

    • I have a previous version of Luminar. Do I qualify for a special upgrade price?

      Sure! All current owners of Luminar can upgrade to Luminar 2018 for an exclusive upgrade price.

      Here is the link to the upgrade page: https://skylum.com/luminar-discount

    • Is there a money back guarantee?

      If you purchase Luminar 2018 from https://skylum.com/luminar, you can return the software within 45 days and get a full refund. You must present proof of purchase and any other materials as requested by the Skylum Team.


      If you purchase Luminar 2018 through one of the partners or authorized resellers, you must obey the terms and conditions of that partner or authorized reseller. In this case, refunds are made through the partner or an authorized reseller.

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