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
Skylum Luminar and Luminar Flex
Luminar is a clever and innovative photo-editing program that now comes in two versions: Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex.
Luminar 3 (or Luminar with Libraries) is an all-in-one photo organising and non-destructive editing program designed to be used as a standalone application. It's relatively new and still being developed, but it works a lot like other all-in-one effects and editing tools like Alien Skin Exposure X and ON1 Photo RAW. Some consider it a Lightroom rival, though it feels like it's aimed at a different sort of user.
Luminar Flex is sold separately. It's both a plug-in and a standalone photo-editor that works more like the 'old' Luminar. Its editing tools are mostly the same as Luminar's but it's better for users who want to use Luminar as part of a workflow with other software, not as their one and only editing tool.
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. Update: Luminar 3 review Skylum Luminar for Windows new features First, you can now organise your images into sub-folders within the Luminar library, creating … [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. • Luminar downloads and offers The speed increase is welcome, because although … [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
Luminar’s new LUT Mapping filter might sound complicated, but it’s actually very straightforward to use. It applies a pre-designed film or cinematic look to your photos by converting or translating the colour values using a LUT, or lookup table. That’s really what a LUT file is – a table which the image-editing software uses to look up an existing colour to find the colour it … [Read more...] about How to use Luminar LUTs
Verdict: 4 stars ★★★★ Luminar's innovative approach to image-editing, its presets, workspaces and filters, are a fresh new take on the photo editing experience, and underneath is a surprisingly powerful image-editor with layers, masks and blending tools. It's not that fast, though, and really needs the integrated DAM (digital asset management) tools coming later in … [Read more...] about Skylum Luminar 2018 review