I'm in two minds about this feature. The AI Augmented Sky filter in Luminar 4.2 is spectacularly effective at blending in all sorts of other-worldly objects into regular outdoor skies, even supplying a range of ready-made objects like these twin planets via a drop-down menu. The AI technology merges these objects with your sky so seamlessly and subtly that you might never need … [Read more...] about Luminar 4.2 Augmented Skies: is this photography or illustration?
Skylum Luminar and Luminar Flex
Luminar is a clever and innovative photo-editing program that is constantly evolving in new and sometimes unexpected directions. Luminar 4, the latest version, is a radical departure from its predecessor.
The in-built Libraries feature for organizing and browsing your photos is the same, but the editing tools have had a major revamp. The multiple customisable workspaces have been slimmed down into four and the filters have been slimmed down too and locked into these specific workspaces.
It feels constrained and strange compared to the 'old' Luminar, but it's also more locked down and logical. What's more, Luminar Flex, the plug-in version sold briefly alongside Luminar 3, has now been rolled back into the main program and installed alongside Luminar 4 at no extra cost.
Luminar continues to be a strange, bold, exciting and high-value Photoshop alternative that offers instant 'Looks' and some new, out of this world AI augmented imaging technology that is potentially controversial but is also rather extraordinary.
Luminar does things very differently! Both new users and those used to Luminar 3 and earlier versions might wonder where such basic adjustments as levels and curves are hiding… Well they are there, but you need to know where to look. The Luminar 4 interface has four basic workspaces, accessed by buttons on the right side of the screen. These are ‘Essentials’, ‘Creative’, … [Read more...] about Levels and curves adjustments in Luminar 4
Verdict: 9/10 Luminar Flex is the latest version of the ‘old’ Luminar, and a terrific standalone photo editor and plug-in. It doesn’t have the built-in digital asset management (DAM) of its Luminar 3 stablemate, but it integrates much better with an established workflow. If you don't like the bundled Looks, you can always create your own or download more. In every other … [Read more...] about Luminar Flex 1.1 review
You can do a lot with filters in Luminar. If you've been using it for a while, you'll know you can combine any number of different filters and filter settings to achieve a practically infinite range of effects. But did you know you can use the same filter twice? So why would you want to do that? Well, sometimes a filter is just about perfect, but doesn't go quite far enough. … [Read more...] about How to double-up on filters in Luminar and get twice the effect
The Orton Effect was invented by photographer Michael Orton, who experimented by sandwiching two shots of the same subject, one with sharp detail and one blurred. This gives an image with a very atmospheric soft ‘glow’ but with sharp underlying detail. This can now be carried out digitally with a lot more control, and the result can be soft and dreamy or dark and surreal, … [Read more...] about Tool tips: Luminar Orton Effect filter
Skylum has released a free Luminar 3.1.0 update. One of the key new features is an update to its Accent AI filter, designed to offer instant image enhancement via a series of automatic AI (artificial intelligence) powered adjustments based on object recognition and selective content aware adjustments. The new Accent AI 2.0 filter is said to be far better at preserving and … [Read more...] about Skylum Luminar 3.1.0 update adds upgraded Accent AI 2.0 filter
Verdict: 8/10 For value for money, features, power and the sheer innovation in its editing tools, Luminar 3 is brilliant, the new 3.0.2 update has fixed a couple of early frustrations in the Libraries feature and Luminar has come a long way in a short time. Pros + Integrated organisation+ Great filter effects and presets+ Support for layers and masks+ Value for … [Read more...] about Luminar 3.0.2 with Libraries review
It’s Skylum’s first Luminar update of 2019 and demonstrates its commitment to free (and frequent) updates. Both the Mac and Windows versions have been improved, so let’s start with what’s new for Windows users. Skylum Luminar for Windows new features First, you can now organise your images into sub-folders within the Luminar library, creating real sub-folders on your … [Read more...] about Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 free update brings important improvements and bug fixes
Luminar is taking a pretty strange route round the solar system, but the latest version of this clever image-editor is really picking up speed. Indeed its publisher Skylum says it’s now three times faster than it was before, comes with new professional features and has over 300 other improvements. The speed increase is welcome, because although Luminar’s powerful … [Read more...] about Luminar ‘Jupiter’ announced with speed and RAW improvements
This tutorial shows how to use the powerful layers, blend modes and masking tools in Luminar 2018, but actually the same principles can be used in other image-editing programs which support image layers. Skylum Luminar downloads and offers I’m going to start with a perfectly pleasant lakeside travel shot and give it a more dramatic Game of Thrones look by adding in a … [Read more...] about How to use layers in Luminar