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  • 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 for Mac is available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. Luminar 2018 for Windows is available in English only. 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

    • I am a beta tester of Luminar for Windows. Do I qualify for an additional discount?

      Sure! All beta testers of Luminar for Windows can get an additional discount during the pre-order.

      Follow this link to get your special price: https://skylum.com/luminar-discount

    • What's the difference between the Public Beta version of Luminar for Windows and new Luminar 2018?

      The Public Beta version you used was in the final stages of development. The final product includes many more features and functions than what you saw in this test version.

      Here is the list of new & improved features of Luminar 2018 in comparison to the Public Beta version:


      New & better RAW processing engine

      Advanced real-time noise reduction

      Advanced Structure

      Brilliance filter

      Dodge & Burn

      Dedicated Raw Develop filter

      Lens correction

      LUT (Lookup tables) support

      Matte filter

      New brush modes in layers

      New user interface for faster workflow

      Sun Light Rays filter

      Adaptive User Interface

      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic plugin support

      Adobe Photoshop plugin support

      Eraser (Object removal)

      Blend modes for layers

      Noise reduction tool

      Whites & Blacks adjustment

      Dedicated presets for DJI drone photos

      Improved user experience


    • Is there a money back guarantee?

      If you purchase Luminar 2018 from https://skylum.com/luminar, you can return the software within 30 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.

    • What will happen to Luminar Neptune?

      No worries! We will continue to support Luminar Neptune and make sure it will be compatible with new Mac operating systems.

    • Will I be able to use my presets from Luminar Neptune in the new version?

      Yes, you will! You can find a plenty of presets here: https://skylum.com/luminar/new-presets

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