Macphun company (recently renamed to "Skylum") introduced Luminar 2018: digital photo editor, RAW-Converter and cataloger. The tool is believed to be the only competitor Adobe Lightroom takes seriously. Skylum products are currently some of the most convenient photography editing software, for both: amateurs and professional photographers, on the market. How good is their newly updated tool? Let's look at its detailed features.
What is so special about Luminar
Luminar 2018 is available for Mac and Windows. Also, this program has become significantly faster in comparison with previous versions.
"We heed the comments of photographers. They all want a high-quality product with faster speed. The less they sit towards the PC editing and enhancing photos, the more time they spend shooting and creating. We have filled Luminar with the tools a photographer needs. Our goal is simple: give you an opportunity to create successful images with minimal effort", says the Director of Macphun - Alex Tsepko.
It has filters based on artificial intelligence that allow achieving the effect of, literally, "cool pictures". In addition to real-time noise reduction, these filters are very easy to operate. But if they are not enough, the program has about 100 presets with 40 additional filters. New processor RAW Luminar 2018 has become faster with high-resolution photos. The program can remove distortion, vignetting and aberration.
A wide array of filters and all sorts of additional tools inspires confidence. But most importantly all local features are not a trick - they DO work and show fantastic results in enhancing and restoring the pictures. Click on the “add filters” button and select for example “sunrays” from the creative section. Just in a moment the whole photo becomes illuminated with the brightest lights making it possible to adjust the radius location length of the rays the level of illumination and much more.
If you don’t have time to optimize the photo manually you can use ready-made presets. There is a limited number of them but we hope there will be more of them in the nearest future and the missing templates can be downloaded from the developer's website. Do not forget about Luminar’s basic functions: cropping, undoing and viewing “before and after” implemented in the form of a horizontal movable dividing strip.
Luminar makes working with layers, brushes, and masks easy. There is a Clone Stamp function.
You can also use LUTs to quickly convert to a black and white photo and apply creative color splash and effects in one click. All Lightroom presets can be converted to LUTs for Luminar using a third-party program.
The free asset Manager for Luminar 2018 will be released later and it will also support Lightroom catalogs.
Luminar can work as a separate program, extension for Lightroom or Photoshop, Apple Photos.
The program is available for pre-order at $59 on the Skylum website. The support of LUTs and AI-filters can be called attractive. More details of the recent program update can be found at the official website. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the successful release of DAM (digital asset manager) for Luminar 2018, which was announced back in March of this year. This update will lead to the formation of Luminar from a simple plug-in to an independent photo editor, and of course will become key features critical for keeping your content organized from beginning to end. Well, we hope it will be released any day.