Macphun did it again. Luminar is in my opinion, another editing tool that will help thousands of photographers of all levels. The interface is easy to use and also has very advanced features that will please avid post processing photographers. I spent one week exploring the new and slick Macphun software and here is what I have to share with you.
Luminar can work as a stand alone application or can be run as a plugin with Photos, Lightroom and Photoshop. I personally will use it as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. There are so many features and ways to enhance an image that it just makes sense to easily send a file straight to Luminar to create a little POP. Luminar works seamlessly between other Macphun applications like the new Aurora 2017 or the creative suite. You can watch my video on how to work between Luminar and MAC Photos.
Luminar has over 300 + features. Take a look at the Luminar Comparison Chart vs Lightroom and Aperture . There are a good amount of presets and effects ready to use and you can download some more or create your own. It is also very easy to customize your working environment to tailor your needs. The algorithm in this software is great. For example, the noise reduction tool is very efficient, standing out against competitors. Macphun really nailed it with new and improved filters like micro structure, a type of detail enhancer that you won’t find anywhere else.
It is a layer based environment. This is a major game changer in the editing world at that price range. Like Photoshop, Luminar gives you the option to do some digital blending. There are a few masking as well as blending options for layers. So far I managed to create some very interesting images from two or more different photos. You can watch a video about my Luminar workflow with layers and filters.
I hope I intrigued your curiosity about this new and solid editing tool!