Skylum Luminar Jupiter

Luminar ‘Jupiter’ announced with speed and RAW improvements

Skylum Luminar Jupiter

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.

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The speed increase is welcome, because although Luminar’s powerful portfolio of filters, workspaces and layers has made it a very versatile and effective tool, it did suffer from a bit of slow-down with more complex processes.

Luminar’s RAW conversions have also been improved in a number of important respects, including the introduction of automatic lens correction profiles. Lens corrections are now becoming a must-have tool for quality-conscious photographers so it’s great to see them appearing here too.

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Skylum has improved Luminar’s RAW conversions generally, with better initial exposure rendition, more closely matching the camera’s own output, cleaner gradations of tone with less noise, fewer edge halos with an improved Defringe feature and a new Auto Chromatic Aberration removal option. It also adds RAW support for new cameras as well as improved conversions for existing models.

Luminar ‘Jupiter’ also recognises DNG Camera Profiles, or DCPs. These are the profiles you find in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw for changing the way RAW images are rendered – Adobe has recently announced a major update which adds a whole new set of profiles and moves them out of their old slot in the Camera Calibration tab and puts them right up front in the Basic tab.

It’s the same in Luminar ‘Jupiter’, except that this time the Profile menus is in the RAW Develop panel. It didn’t offer the in-camera picture profiles for our Fujifilm X-T20 RAW files but it did have a full set for our Nikon D5600 RAW files. These profiles are a fast and effective way to get your RAW files looking exactly as the camera maker intended, giving you less work to do with manual adjustments.

Luminar started out as a Mac-only product, back when Skylum Software was called MacPhun, but now of course it’s available in a Windows version too. This hasn’t quite yet achieved full feature parity with the Mac version, but Luminar ‘Jupiter’ for Windows does come with a number of important enhancements to close the gap.

These include a new batch processing workflow, a Free Transform tool for easy layer scaling and positioning, flipping and rotating, and improved cloning with the ability to modify the softness, opacity and size of the brush.

The zooming performance has also been ‘accelerated’, with sharper results when zoomed in past 100%, and a cleaner ‘fit to screen’ preview – and with a full-screen option too.

The Luminar Jupiter update is available now. If you don’t get an automatic prompt when you launch the software, open the Luminar 2018 menu and choose Check for Updates.

Skylum Luminar 2018 review

We’ve figured it out, by the way. Luminar has started from the outer planets and is working its way back to Earth…

7 thoughts on “Luminar ‘Jupiter’ announced with speed and RAW improvements

  1. It may be “Life After photoshop” but it appears that some cannot live without a link to “Adobe” in the blurb. RAW editors such as DXO have an excellent set of lens/camera profiles right up front as well. I am concerned that this blog instead of looking forward to a life after photoshop keeps on referring back to a former existence.

    1. It’s Life after Photoshop, not Life after Adobe. Any news story or review that failed to mention Adobe when it was relevant to a new feature or product would also fail to give readers the context they need to assess the alternatives. Not everyone is anti-Adobe. Many readers use Adobe products but want to know what others are like; many others use non-Adobe products but want to keep checking they’ve made the right choice.

  2. It is a pity that the Windows version is still so much behind the Mac version. I really would like to give Luminar a second chance (in the first run it was simply unusable) as my workflow from Capture NX-D to CS5 with Color Efex Pro (or Silver Efex) is a bit complicated. Due to strange skin tones, I don’t use LR 5.7 anymore for my portaiture work, and the Adobe subscription plan is out of consideration. I hope that the Windows version will soon be equal to the Mac version you seem to like so much ☺

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t use Windows, so I can’t comment on the performance of the current version. If you downloaded the original Luminar trial, I guess this has expired now and it’s not possible to try the latest version. It sounds to me like Skylum should consider a special ‘second-chance’ trial for anyone who might be in this position!

  3. You don’t use Windows?
    how on earth can you afford performance?
    How do you do self-repair? Component upgrade?
    What about large screens?
    My 32 inch 4K screen is fantastic for photo editing (I spend so much less time in scrolling around).
    Mac: 5 K at 27 inch: only kids less than 20 years old have so good eyes that they see this resolution on such a small screen.
    But when above 50, you do have to take care of your eyes.
    So I stay with Windows and invest in good cameras/lenses
    By the way: prime lenses only, so that I have a fantastic resolution after treating my photos from A7 RII and 55 mm 1.8 Zeiss/Sony lens in DXO
    So my photos will be future proof when we do have the 100 M pixel cameras

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