Does your landscape need a sunset? Would your cityscape look better with a dramatic sky? Normally, you’d have to resort to Photoshop or another image-editor which supports image layers and masks and then add one in manually, but the new AI Sky Replacement tool in Luminar 4 will do it all for you (don't worry, it's not compulsory).• Take a look at the Luminar 4 teaser … [Read more...] about Coming soon: how the Luminar 4 AI Sky Replacement tool can change your skies
Luminar is a comparatively new image-editing software that offers instant effects presets made with a range of different filters and tools which you can combine and adjust manually. It offers easily-customised ‘workspaces’ which contain only the tools you need and which makes the interface as straightforward as possible.
Verdict: 9/10Luminar 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
So what's wrong with Lightroom?Lightroom is probably the automatic go-to program for enthusiasts and experts looking for an all-in-one photo organising and editing program, but it's not necessarily the best and it's not popular with everyone, so many will be looking for Lightroom alternatives.One problem is Adobe's subscription system for its software. The Adobe … [Read more...] about Lightroom alternatives: which is best?
Verdict: 8/10For 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 reviewSkylum Luminar for Windows new featuresFirst, 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 offersThe 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 offersI’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