Chapter 19: Batch Processing Photos

If you have several images from one photo shoot, you can often save time by applying the same develop settings to multiple photos.  This is particularly helpful to those who shoot events, sports, and other types of photography where a lot of images are shot under similar conditions. The Batch Processing feature is very versatile and contains many options that you can conveniently apply to a large set of images. 


Getting Started with Batch Processing

Let’s start the batch process.


  1. The first step is to load the photos you want to develop.  This can be done a few ways:
    • Choose File > Batch process.
    • Press Cmd + B.
    • Choose Batch Process in the welcome screen. A new window opens.  
  2. You must now load the images you want to batch process. To do so you can:
    • Drag files or folders into the Batch Process window
    • Click the Browse button.If the “Include Subfolders” option is checked and you’ve added folders, then Luminar 3 will search for all images in every subfolder of the added folders.  Give the application a little time to analyze the images.
  3. After the images you wish to process have been selected, press the Continue button to reveal options and settings for Batch Processing.

Batch Processing Settings

The Batch Processing feature is very versatile and contains many options that you can conveniently apply to a large set of images. 


Here are the options you have available: 

Default Settings

In the upper left corner of the dialog are useful presets to configure how the batch process will run.  These change all of the options for what type of files are generated (however you should still specify a destination).  Bundled preset include:

  • Web JPEG. Creates files ready to post to websites.
  • For Email. Creates smaller files optimized for email.
  • Last Use.  The settings from the previous time using the Batch Process command.

User Settings

This section contains any custom workflows you’ve created.  These can be made using the settings on the right.  To store the Batch Process settings for later click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the window. Be sure to give the preset a descriptive name.

Batch Settings

When you ready to configure the batch process, there are several useful settings to choose from.

  • Luminar Look. The preset controls let you choose from any Luminar Look.  This includes all bundled Luminar Looks, installed Luminar Looks, and user-generated ones. First, choose the Category and then the individual Luminar Look. You can use the Amount slider to refine the Luminar Look’s strength.
  • Save to. This option lets you choose where processed files will be saved. You can save them in their current location or browse to select another folder. When you’ve made a choice, the file “path” will be displayed. Note: Because it is possible to overwrite your original files, it is a good practice to save your batch-processed files into a new folder separate from the original files.
  • Naming. Luminar 3 has very flexible file naming options. You can add a prefix and suffix, choose from a variety of base names and even select the case of the letters. This gives you tremendous flexibility to organize your files as part of the batch processing operation.
  • Format. Choose what type of file should be created.   You can make a JPEG, PNG, TIFF or PSD file during the batch processing.
  • Color Profile. This controls how the colors are interpreted.  Options include sRGB, Adobe RGB, and ProPhoto RGB
  • Resize. Easily choose a dimension for the new files.

Running the Batch

After selecting your desired Batch Processing options, click the Process button in the lower right of the window to begin the operation. This will display a processing window showing progress.


  • To return to the Image Selection window and select different images prior to beginning a Batch Processing operation, click the Back button in the lower left of the window. 
  • To cancel Batch Processing altogether, click the “X” in the upper-left corner of the window.

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