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An In-depth Overview of the Luminar Photo Editor

December 15th, 2017 | by Clare Louise
An In-depth Overview of the Luminar Photo Editor

Macphun does not carry a name that Adobe enjoys because they make significant apps like Aurora, Snapheal, and Tonality. Each of this software is designed to handle cloning, HDR processing, and monochrome conversion. The latest outing of Macphun breaks their single offering and seeks to be an application which appeals to an extensive range of users by pivoting around the concept of customization.

  • The user interface

The user interface is the make or break factor when it comes to the photo editing software for potential users. This software represents an interface which is exactly what you require it to be, based on the experience level and the photos you are working on. The application has a workspace from where you will get all adjustments needed to edit the photos.

The basic workplace tools you will get are clarity, saturation, color temperature, exposure, and much more. You are not confined to tools in the workspace only as you will come across other workspace presets under the drop-down menu for landscape, street photography, and portrait. Each workspace has adjustment tools which are usable for different types of images.

Under the workspace that is portrait, you will come across sliders for high key and soft glow effects. You will not find these effects in the landscape workspace as it includes the polarizing filter and foliage enhancer. When you need a personalized experience, you need to click the ‘add filter’ button to expand the workspace so that it includes detail enhancement, B&W conversion, split toning, and much more. You can mix these tools as you please.

  • Arrange the workspace

When the workspace of Luminar photo editor starts feeling cramped, you will have to remove filters, and it if starts feeling disorganized, you need to drag the filters so that they fit your workflow. After getting everything, you want them to be, you can save them as custom workspaces.

  • Presets for quick workflow

Less experienced users are not left out of the fun. Luminar uses the most basic configuration. It is reminiscent of Instagram. This application has thirty-five presets that populate on the bottom row of the interface. With a single click, you can transform dull images into a visually appealing item. While these presets are effective in the default state, each one has a strength slider and multiple adjustment points that allow you to customize the looks of the preset.

  • Editing quality

Things might run smoothly but you might be wondering how effective Luminar tools are functioning when compared to other software. Using luminar’s blending tools, layering, and selection to replace a sky, you will yield photoshop-level results. The difference here is that the tasks are quite easy to perform when using luminar.

  • Community

The website of Macphun offers a decent selection of video tutorials and user guides. They do not own a content library that is very rich as the one for Adobe, but when you are looking for help, you will not struggle to gain access to answers under the section offering education on the website. This application will serve you even when you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced photographer.

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