The first corrections that most photographers use are called global adjustments. These are corrections that affect the entire photo and are generally done before any spot/localized corrections are applied. They’re also the filters you should save first to your “basic” workflow, as you’re likely to use most of them on every image you work with.
- Color Temperature
- Color Balance
- Crop / Straighten
- Saturation / Vibrance
1. Color Temperature:
This allows you to correct your white balance, temperature and tint. (use the dropper and select the closest tone to pure white, pure black or 18% neutral gray to get the most accurate white balance.)
2. Color Balance:
If your photo needs color correction, this is the time to do it. Simply adjust the sliders in the tonal areas that need it until the photo looks right.
This is one of the most power filters for standard editing and photo correction. It allows you to adjust the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks, as well as providing a “smart tone” slider that adjusts the overall brightness of the image without over-brightening individual areas that might be natively brighter than others. (More advanced users might choose to do a curves adjustment here instead or or in addition to tone.)
4. Crop / Straighten:
Unless you’re a perfectionist, odds are that most of your photos won’t turn out perfectly straight or composed exactly as you’d like them to be. Luminar’s crop tool is the scissors icon on the right-hand tool panel. With it you can choose what sort of framing you like and perhaps even more importantly, straighten out your landscape’s horizon.
5. Saturation / Vibrance:
If you want to bump up (or down) the overall saturation or vibrance, this is a great place in the workflow to it.
Now’s a good time to save this filter set as a “custom” workspace.
After you’ve made all of the global corrections it’s time to move on to fixing issues that only affect a certain part of the photo.
1. Artifact Removal (spots, dirt, blemishes, power lines, etc.): Luminar has two tools for removing unwanted elements. The first is the Erase tool, which is great for removing elements in areas where the contrast is fairly uniform. For areas with that have high contrast, the Clone Stamp will often be the tool of choice. Both of these can be found on the right-hand tool bar.
2. Now’s the time for any other local corrections you’d like to make. Maybe you’d like to lighten up an area of the photo to bring more attention to it, or sharpen the eyes of a portrait. Simply choose the filter that will need your need and go from there. (Often you’ll need a separate layer with a layer mask to really isolate an area.)
Once these two steps are finished your image is now ready to go, either “as is” or with added stylized effects you’d like to apply from Luminar’s filter list.