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Skylum Luminar 4.3 – The change is coming

Hey everyone, for this week’s article we are going to talk about the newly update Skylum Luminar 4.3. But is not just it. I’m also going to show the most recent updates since the version 3 and how this updates can change the way we going to edit our images from now on. 

Skylum Luminar 4.3 – The change is coming 

Splash screen

Since the first version of Skylum Luminar the software change dramatically, in a good way, new tools were added, old tools was retired but most importantly they app evolved, not just in visuals and user interface but also in usability and new ideas. 

If you follow the log you probably have already heard of Luminar, I have made videos and posts about it, and for the most part Luminar works worked well in the past iderations, but at least for me that was always something that would be a little better.

Things like speed, support to some RAW files, support to camera profiles and the big one a image library were added through the way until we get at version 4.3. I have to say Luminar is still not perfect, but is getting there real quick, and the best part is the company never stop hearing us, user, and implement some of our suggestions, so the future of this software is bright if they keep dropping good updates like this one. 

Skylum Luminar Latest update 

Luminar 4.3 is packed with new things under the hood, and some new great additions, like a waited way to sear for you photos, which now can be done with the new search tool on the top of the program.

Search bar

Under the hood is where the real magic happened, we have a great evolution on the performance side of things, which was one of my big complains since version 3, which improvements in areas like filters workflow, looks implementations and previews, support to new cameras and so on, if you want to see complete list of the improvements check the Skylum Luminar blog post.

Using Skylum Luminar for the first time 

If you decide to go to this new new root and chose Lunimar as your new DAM and editing software there are some thing you need to know before you start. Coming from the Lightroom school you will probably feel a little lost because of the simplicity of Luminar 4. 

You can choose if you going to create a Catalog or if you want to edit just one photo, which is nice for those who uses other softwares to manage their libraries, like Photo Mechanic.  but if you want you can create an image library inside Luminar 4 and use it as you DAM, keep in mind that if are accustomed with Lightroom tools to make your mananing you will find that right now Luminar doesn’t have all the tools that we have inside Lightroom. 

Let’s say you will start to use the Luminar Library the first thing the software will ask you when you open it is to create a new catalog, just chose a name and a location where your catalog will live and you are done. After that you are ready to start importing all you photos inside luminar and ready to edit them. 

Catalog Luminar

Just click im the plus sign and chose your photo folder, or folders, and wait until luminar import their location and create the image previews.

After all this process you can start culling your images, giving then stars, flags ou color labels, super easy. Right click in the image and choose your preferred option or just use the shortcut keys. 

Images culling Luminar

One sad thing that I always miss inside Skylum Luminar 4 are the ability to search photos by  keywords or metadata, but maybe it will be an implantation in the future. Other option like create collections, which inside Luminar 4 are called Albuns are pretty nice and easy to make, this way we can take the organization game to a good level. 

Image albuns Luminar

Just select all photos that you want to make part in the same albuns right click it and chose create a new a new Album give it a name and it will appear on the right side painel, easy peasy. After you create your Library system you can star to have fun with all the edits possibilities that Skylum Luminar 4.3 brings to your game. 

Editing with Skylum Luminar 4.3

Just jump on to the Edit tab and star to have fun, if you are here for the first time you will find that Luminar is a lot different of Lightroom. And this is a good thing, because it will make you to think a differently to get your images done., But once you start editing your photos your workflow will developed a lot like Lightroom, just the mane of the filter and tabs that will change compared with Lightroom.

Edit Modules

I am going to start with the most useful section to me, the portrait one, this part of the program is where I spend most of my time. Even if Luminar is recognized for most photographer as a great piece of software for those who love landscape photography, I think this app can do much more with fewer click compared with Lightroom or even Photoshop. 

You can star on the Essential tabs to adjust thing like exposure, white balance, shadows and highlight and so on. In this tab we also can change the camera profile to control the overall look of the image. 

Luminar Camera profiles

It is possible to choose a different camera profile that is not baked into your camera settings which is really useful for those trying to achieve different looks for their photos. On the Essential tab you can also use Curves, AI Enhancer, Colors, B&W Conversion, Denoise and Vignetting. Just using this tab you can completely edit you photos. 

I use is to create a base edit for mine. Try to experience at first with all the slider, I feel that they have much more latitude compared with Lightroom, so it’s easy to go over the border.

After that, if I am working on a portrait, I tend to go to the Portrait tab and do some retouching and other adjustments. The portrait module is the third, top to bottom, on the edit modules sections. I count with more than one filter, but the most impressive ones are the filter which uses IA to edit the photos.

Portrait TAB

Accessing the AI Portrait Enhancer you will be presented with a lot of good stuff that can be transform your photos completely. You can adjust with just one slider o lot of complicated parts of your edits.

We have dedicated sliders to enhance the colour and contrast eyes, dark circle removal, to improve eyebrows and all sort of things. Is all pretty easy and self explanatory. 

Luminar Ai Portrait enhancer

You can also use mask to limit this adjusts only to parts of the photo where they are needed, you can use a brush, a gradient filter or a luminosity mask to create your masks. 

In the screenshot below we can see how just a few slider can change you photos in a super simple way and you will never thing to go back to other editing software. My preferred slider in this section is the Eye Enhancer, the contrast and the bump in highlight and color are magical, and you don’t need to create a mask for it the AI takes care of it for you. 

Woman face
Before
Ai portrait enchancer
After

For portraits we also have 2 more awesome tools AI skin Enhancer and a dedicated Dodge and Burn tool. The first one uses AI to identify areas of the skin that need to be treated and intelligently uses a automagically frequency separation to preserve the areas that need to be treated and boy it does a good job, this is the easiest way to make this kind of job easy and simple. 

Portrait without edits

Just two slider and boom! Job mostly done. If you can achieve a new level of skin retouching you can also use the clone stamp tools present on the Canvas tab, second icon on the top right corner.

The Dodge and burn tools are super useful, and you can control the amount of affect you ant in your photo with just one slider, after you locally have painted the areas you want it to affect. 

Girl face blue eyes

Normally here you are mostly done with all the retouching and basics edits for your photo, in some cases the image here is done just waiting to be exported. But you if want to thing to go a little further you can use the Creative tab, and put your creativity to the test.

In this tab we have tons of options to get a more stylized image. Some of then works very well in portraits other are intended to work in other types of photography. 

Creative tab Luminar

For portraits my preferred section of the Creative tab is the Color Styles where you can choose from LUTs (lookup tables) to make great changes to the colour of your images with just a reference file and 3 slider, easy. Even if Skylum had put some LUTs available inside Luminar 4.3 you can also choose your preferred LUT and make the edit. This way you can change the vibe of the picture without have to change color per color in you image.

The other option on the Creative tab are very useful if you editing landscapes or other type of scenery photography.

Once you image is done is time to export it and it can be really simple using Luminar, just click on the Export button on the top bar, and chose your file name, location, sizing and you are done. You can also use the integration with third party services like SmugMug or 500px and export the images directly to those services. Or you can take the normal path and export your image to your hard drive. I just miss the option to export the files as DNG, but I think given how Luminar process the images this is a feature that I will not see soon, but I’ll take the TIF or PSD export, no problem.

Syklum Luminar 4.3 export menu

Using Luminar with Lightroom. 

Even though you can rely just on Luminar to edit your photos is good to know that we have a great integration between Lightroom / Photoshop and Luminar. If you are locked for some reason in your Lightroom workflow you can still take full advantage of all the oceans inside Luminar.  When installing Luminar on your machine check the boxes to install Luminar as a Plugins for Adobe product and you are good to go. 

We can access Luminar via Lightroom the same way we call Photoshop to work work in parallel with Lightroom.

Lightroom external edit menu

Just right click your on the image inside the Develop module in lIghtroom and chose Edit in and after that Luminar 4. Done. Luminar is gonna open a copy (.TIF) of you image with all your edits done so far, this file is gonna sit on the same directory where the original file is.

Once inside Luminar the sky’s the limit. You can take full advantage and do all you edit inside Luminar or you can do some back and forward between Lightroom and Luminar to edit the image as you intended to be.

Let’s a take as an example her ehow easy is to replace the sky of your photos using the AI Sky Replacement on Luminar. With just a fell clicks you can transform the a photo with a boring sky to a photo with gorgeous clouds or sunsets.

Boring Sky on the beach

Basically only you have to do is to choose which sky you and to put in you image, this can be done using the menu Sky selection, and choose from one of the options that comes with Luminar or you can choose your own. You can even buy some skies on Skylum market place. 

Beach with cloud sky

The best part here is the AI does almost everything for you and if you need to make fine adjust it is totally possible using the sliders. The AI even adjust the lighting on the scene to blend the new sky with you scene more realistic, GOLDEN!!!!

After you finished all your edits inside Luminar just click apply on the top left corner and the image will return to Lightroom with all the edits done, simple like that. And if you wish you can continue edit it inside Lightroom with you normal workflow.

Integration Lightroom and Syklum Luminar 4.3

What now?

I have to say, I have just touch the tip of the iceberg here, because we have much more packed inside Skylum Luminar 4.3. The best part for in all this history Luminar vs Lightroom is that you can buy Luminar and not just “rent it” which is the case with all Adobe products.

In the version 4.3 I can see a lot of improvements inside Skylum Luminar 4.3 and the future of AI image edit is being written by these guys probably in the future will become an invaluable tools for those who have to edit tons of images each day and don’t have the time to rely just on Lightroom presets. 

If you are curious about Skylum Luminar go grab your copy here and start this revolution on your photos, because the future is here. If you use the coupon code RIXMASCA you will have USD 10,00 off of you purchase. 

And that it for know if you want more articles about what Skylum Luminar 4.3 can do leave here in the comments and I will gladly written about it!

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Luminar AI Sky Enhancer – It Changes Everything

As always, Skylum doesn’t let it go, and today they just launched a new filter for the Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

Imagine that with just one control you can totally change the sky of your photos, and when I say change, I’m not talking about replacing, but editing.

As with other Luminar filters, the AI ​​Sky Enhancer is an intelligent filter that will work contrast, highlights, shadows and exposure all at once, and intelligently.

So you don’t have to work hours for your photos to have the perfect sky colors, just a little adjustment in AI Sky Enhancer and the job is done.

Ai Sky Enhancer

But this is not the whole story, because this is just one of the first filters with the new AI technology that Skylum has been implementing.

It is quite possible that in the future we will see new filters with the same concept of just one control to do all the work.

AI Sky Enhancer in action!

This control is very simple, as simple as its older siblings, Accent AI and Sun Rays. It counts for just one control and even works perfectly well, almost witchcraft.

Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

As we can see in the photos the big difference that AI Sky Enhance makes in the photos and how much life it helps bring to the sky of the photos.

 AI Sky Enhancer
Before AI Sky Enhancer

 AI Sky Enhancer
After AI Sky Enhancer

It can also be combined with any other of the filters available in Luminar and this is wonderful because the possibilities are endless. I’ve been using Luminar every time and the more I use this program the more I fall in love with it.

Not only for reasons I have already mentioned in past posts and videos, but also because Skylum is really listening to its customers.

I can’t wait to get the version with the image library so I can put all its potential to the test. If you are like me and like to test everything new in the image editing market, don’t forget that you can download and test Luminar for free, just click here.

Ai Sky Enhancer

And if you like it and want to buy Luminar, with the new AI Sky Enhancer filter, I’ll give you a help of US$10.00, just use the discount coupon RIXMASCA when closing your purchase.

That’s it for now !!

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Luminar 3 with image library

Let’s talk about Luminar 3. How can things change that fast?

1 year ago I was here talking so much about Lightroom and how good it is, and it still has its advantages, and complaining about having to pay the monthly fee for Creative Cloud.

Until major competitors for the post of professional editing program for photographers emerged, The Luminar 3 and On1 Photo Raw 2018 are good examples.

But the day is coming when the Lightroom hegemony is going to fall apart! Look at that.

New Luminar 3 with image library

Skylum, formerly Mcphun, which produces large programs for image editing has just warned about the new Luminar update, which is likely to come out by December.

And in this update we will gain an extremely awaited feature for those who use Luminar, the image library.

Now we will be organizing, cataloging, placing keywords and everything else that we are entitled to.

A summary of what’s coming to Luminar

  • The new Luminar 3 with image libraries will come in December this year.
  • This update is free for all Luminar 2018 users.
  • There will be NO paid update for Luminar 2019.
  • Instead, you will get the new tools and features as free updates for your current version of Luminar.
  • More tools with AI technology will arrive at Luminar soon.
  • We’ve improved to keep you updated on what’s to come.
  • Some of you will have a chance to become part of the development of Luminar.
  • More users will have early access to the beta versions of Luminar.
  • For new users, Luminar is available for a limited time discount price.
Luminar com biblioteca de imagens

This is something I have been waiting for for some time, after all Luminar is one of my favorite image editing programs.

And now being able to count on the image library I believe it is another step to be able to drop Adobe’s Creative Cloud once and for all.

Just to give you a taste, see the library in action in the video below.

How to get Luminar 3?

Luminar exists for both MacOS and Windows and you can download the 2019 version to test it by clicking here.

I advise you to download the trial version and test it before you buy, it’s 14 days free to test.

Anyone who likes Luminar and wants to embark on the new wave, and enjoy the new Luminar 3 with image library at the end of this one with free update, I have a surprise!

Use the discount code RIXMASCA when completing your purchase and get $ 10 off!

Ah Rix, but is it really worth it?

Look to be totally honest with you I believe that one of the biggest advantages of Lightroom was the image library.

And today this is no longer exclusive to Adobe, not even by far. So in terms of program functions as soon as Luminar 2019 comes out, I think it will be much better than Lightroom is today.

If the conversation is just money, let’s do some math. Adobe’s Creative Cloud costs R $ 35.00 per month in the photography plan, you can buy here.

If you multiply by 12, one year of registration, you get R $ 420.00 and you have the following benefits:

  • Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom Classic CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • 20GB of cloud storage

Luminar 2018 costs US $ 69.00, currently it is on sale and costs US $ 59.00 and if you use the discount code I gave you the cost is US $ 49.00.

If you divide the 49 dollars in 12 months you will give about 4 dollars more or less per month. Look at half the price to have practically the same features as the Adobe package, with the advantage of not having to pay every month.

So I say that monetarily it is also very worthwhile. Luminar can replace both Lightroom and Photoshop for professional photo editing.

If you want to buy Luminar and not worry about updates and monthly fees just click here.

And this is it for now! For those who use Luminar 3 already leave it in the comments if you want collections of presets for Luminar 3

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Aurora HDR 2019 – The Best HDR image EDITOR

In today’s video we will talk about the Aurora HDR 2019 from Skylum.

If you like HDR photos, photos with high dynamic range, you need to know the new version of Aurora HDR 2019, one of the most complete editors for HDR photos.

Aurora HDR 2019

Aurora HDR 2019 is produced by Skylum, the same company that makes one of my favorite software at the moment, Luminar.

Aurora is intended for HDR photo treatments and does this job very well. It can work photos in bracketing or simulate HDR editing with just a single exposure. It has a new image processing engine, the Quantum HDR Engine, which took about 3 years to develop and finally shows the faces at Aurora HDR 2019.

If you liked Luminar I assure you that Aurora HDR will not disappoint you at all. Aurora HDR will be launched on the next 4th and until then Skylum has a promotion where you will get a $ 10 discount on the Aurora HDR 2019 advance purchase.

Take a look at the video at the top of the page to see a little bit of what is possible with this software. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss any news!

High Dynamic Range photos are a really cool thing that we are going to talk about today. For those who don’t know what HDR photos are, take a look below:

HDR photos are high dynamic range photos. High dynamic range is nothing more than the difference in light and shadows within a photo.

As we are not always able to have the same lighting throughout the photo, so we make more than one exposure for the same photo. There are usually between 3 and 5 exhibitions. Using this technique you can create an exposure for dark regions, another for light regions and a correct exposure for your photo. That way you can increase the amount of information you have in the photo.

But we are not always able to handle an hdr image in a simple way, and we need dedicated software for this.

Doing this treatment, which is actually a mix between all your exposures, is relatively easy to do in Photoshop. But no software I’ve tested to date does this as well as Skylum’s Aurora.

In its latest version Aurora HDR 2019 is just fantastic. With this tool just select the photos you want to mix and the job is practically done.

It doesn’t matter if you use WIndows or Mac, Aurora HDR is available for both systems and keeps its promise. Comparing Aurora HDR to previous versions, you will come across a new interface, and a completely redesigned engine.

To see Aurora 2019 in operation take a look at the video at the top of the page.

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Luminar Intermediate level

As promised here is another video about Luminar 2018, this time a slightly more complicated photo edit on Luminar Intermediate level.

Luminar Intermediate level

Luminar 2018 is a competitor image editing software Adobe Lightroom which has many advantages over Adobe program.

Today at Luminar, yes, that good alternative for Lightroom , let’s make editing a little more complicated using more than one feature available in the program.

In addition to being able to edit images in a simple way, the program can also work with masks and layers. All of this makes this tool much more powerful and capable of doing almost all types of editing.

For those who still don’t know what Luminar is, it is a good alternative for those who don’t want to use Lightroom anymore.

The program has a super cool image editing engine and is capable of editing both jpeg and Raw images. Even if you use Lightroom it’s interesting to have Luminar in your arsenal, as it’s a great plug-in for Adobe’s image editing programs.

This video is part of a series where I’m going to talk about most of Luminar’s features. And for those who already visit the blog, you know how much I like this program.

For now it does not completely replace Lightroom in mine, but in time and you will see, it will be one of the best options to get rid of Adobe chains.To see the other videos on Luminar just click here

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Skylum Luminar 2018 Overview and Simple Photo Editing!

Today we’re going to talk about Skylum Luminar 2018, we’ll have an overview of the program and see how to make a simple photo edit. In order not to miss the next videos subscribe to the channel here.

Skylum Luminar 2018 Overview and Simple Photo Editing!

Skylum Luminar 2018 is one of the best photo editing tools, a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom. And it has enormous potential to grow and take its place on the market as a great alternative to Adobe programs.

It has a large number of filters that can be adjusted and combined in any way you want and thereby create complicated adjustments using just a few clicks. In addition, Luminar 2018 is also capable of working with image layers and masks just like Photoshop in order to create localized adjustments or more complex adjustments based on the brightness of the photo. See more about Luminar 2018 in the video below which is just the introduction to this super useful app available for both PC and OS X.

If you want to know more about the program or even try it before you buy, download the fully functional trial version or buy Skylum Luminar 2018 , you will have 14 days to try Luminar completely free! And if you decide to buy it use the discount code RIXMASCA and get 10 dollars discount.

Want to learn more about photography? Want to know how to take better pictures? What to understand everything about types of cameras, lenses and light? See how here .

Besides me, who else is using Luminar? leave it here in the comments.