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Luminar Now Available for Windows – How Does It Compare To The Mac Version?

Macphun today has released a public beta for Windows of it’s award-winning adaptive all-in-one photo editing program Luminar which was originally released for Mac computers in November of 2016. Countless people have been patiently waiting for a Windows version of Luminar (in addition to Aurora HDR) and now Windows users get a first-hand look at what all the Mac people have been so excited about lately.

So how does this first public beta compare to the current Mac version?

What is Luminar?

Before we get into comparisons let’s take a look at Luminar.

It is an all-in-one photo editor and RAW processor that lets you enhance your photos with over 40 photo filters, numerous presets, custom workspaces, layers, masking brushes, gradient masks, radial masks, luminosity masks, layer blending modes, and so much more. Additional tools include transform, clone & stamp, erase, denoise, and crop tools and it runs the other Macphun plugins from the Creative Kit as well as Aurora HDR.

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Luminar is designed for any photographer – from those just starting out with photo processing all the way to professionals.

The interface adapts to you, allowing for custom workspaces that only include the specific filters you want, providing you with a workspace free of clutter. You can export your files direct to your computer, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, SmugMug, and 500px and batch processing is also available.

Now all of these features are only relevant if the image quality is good, and I am pleased to report that I have found image quality to be excellent. Luminar has become one of my necessary tools in my digital darkroom for a large number of my photos.


Luminar for Windows

Macphun has set out to make Luminar cross-platform. Both the Windows and Mac versions will look alike, and workspaces as well as presets from each platform will be compatible with each other.

However, not just yet…

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The First Public Beta of Luminar for Windows

While Windows users now get a chance to see first-hand what Luminar is, I need to mention that you really are getting just a peak of the full Mac version right now. Something to wet your appetite with. There is much more coming for Windows users, and Macphun will be updating the beta version from time to time until the full release later this fall.

You also need to know that along with any beta, the interface, functionality of the tools, algorithms of sliders, and more is subject to change in the shipping version and bugs may appear.

First Public Beta Luminar for Windows

With all that said, how about computer specs?

Macphun is recommending Windows 10, a Core i5 2.2 or equal processor, 8GB of RAM or more, 1GB of GPU or more, and a SSD drive with 20+ GB free.

I haven’t owned a Windows computer since 2001 so my girlfriend Whitney Hall dusted off her old Dell computer that had Windows 7 on it (she has been Mac only for a while now too). Luminar wouldn’t run until we upgraded it to Windows 10. And Luminar is now running on it, although this computer is far from the spec’s Macphun recommends. The computer I am testing Luminar on is a Core i3 with only 4GB of RAM. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend these specs for anyone as the computer is almost unbearably slow, but Luminar actually does seem to run pretty decently on it.

What Features are Available Currently in this First Public Beta of Luminar for Windows?

The core functionality is here.

It supports most popular image formats (not PSD right now) and RAW formats. It includes over 50 presets, over 40 image enhancement filters, masking with a brush and gradient mask, a history menu, preview, histogram, side-by-side comparison, layers, and cropping. It is currently limited to exporting JPG files.

This is enough right now to allow one to get some great looking images while testing out Luminar and getting used to the program. It also includes the most talked about filter, the Accent AI Filter.

First Public Beta Luminar for Windows

This Artificial Intelligence filter is something. It has only one slider – a Boost slider – and the filter works by analyzing your photo and making what it thinks are the best adjustments to make. It will brighten, darken your image, open shadows and knock down highlights, darken blue skies, increase saturation & clarity, and more. All at once, all specific to each photo. It is quite amazing on many photos!

What Features are Still Missing?

Perhaps the most obvious thing missing is the file menu. Beyond that there is yet none of the following: radial mask, transform tool, clone & stamp tool, eraser tool, denoise tool, plugin support, stamped layers, layer blending, luminosity masking, other masking features like invert and fill, layer blending modes, layer options, workspaces, sharing options, exporting in other formats besides jpg, batch processing, and multi-colored histogram with clipping. Also some things currently are simplified, such as the crop tool – it is more advanced in the Mac version right now. And some things just aren’t working, like the Curves filter for one.

First Public Beta Luminar for Windows

The good news is that all of this is eventually coming to the Windows version. As I mentioned before, you are getting just a taste of things to come right now in this first public beta.

Conclusion

If you are on a Windows computer you definitely have to give the public beta a try. Even though it is far from complete, there is still enough here at present to start creating great images with an entirely new toolset at your disposal. And it will only get better.

If you are on a Mac and haven’t tried it out yet – what are you waiting for? Get it here today!

Let me know what you think of it too by commenting in my own Learn Macphun’s Luminar & Aurora HDR Facebook Group as well as in my own brand new Photo Forums on my site.

Start Mastering Luminar Today with a Special Limited Time Savings

I want to welcome all the Windows users to Luminar and help you get up to speed with using it by providing you with my Mastering Luminar Online Training Video Course with a special 25% off coupon code. This course is the most complete Luminar training course available and features over 8.5 hours of content.

It was produced using the Mac version so you will notice many features not yet available in the current Windows beta but that won’t stop you from learning and being ready for when those features eventually get enabled in the Windows version.

Use coupon code LUMINARPC when checking out here to apply the 25% savings. And please feel free to share this code with anyone!!

 

My Mastering Luminar Online Course Now Available for Pre-Order

I am excited to announce that my newest online course, Mastering Luminar, is now out of pre-order status and is available for purchase here!!


Luminar is a brand new program from Macphun that is the company’s first all-in-one photo editor.

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Learn how to edit and enhance your photos in this software that is full of features & options in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my preview on Luminar)

Course Features:

  • Over 80 videos
  • Over 7.5 hours of content
  • The Most Complete Luminar Online Course Available
  • Video available in HD 1080p
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Workflow options for using with other programs like Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Aurora HDR 2017, and the Creative Kit
  • Videos on using Layers & Masks and the tools to create them
  • Tips on how best to set up your Workspace
  • Videos explaining each of the 38 Filters in Luminar – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downladable Verions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Not only color photos will be shown & discussed but also black & white photos
  • And much, much more!

Check out this FREE VIDEO from Chapter 5 explaining how Filters work in Luminar to get an idea of the course.

 

Now Available For Purchase!

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My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video Now Available

I am excited to announce that I have just released my eagerly anticipated 7 hour Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course available in both a downloadable as well as a streaming-only version.

Featuring over 50 videos, 1080p recordings, 36 course photos, 14 FREE presets, tips on how to best shoot multiple exposures, videos showing how to use layers & masking, advanced black & white techniques, a discussion area to ask questions, and much more, it is the most complete course available for HDR & Aurora HDR 2017. Even if you use Aurora for single exposure photos you will benefit from my course!

Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course

 

Now Available with a Special Holiday Savings: Save 20% now for a limited time during checkout with coupon code “aurorahdr” and you will get instant access to the course.

Aurora HDR 2017 is the newest version of Macphun’s hugely popular HDR editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros.

Learn how to edit your photos in the best HDR program available in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my review on Aurora HDR 2017). This is the most complete HDR training video available for HDR photography and post processing with Aurora HDR 2017!

My Course Features:

  • Over 50 videos
  • 7 hours of content
  • Video is available in HD 1080p
  • 36 course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Videos explaining how to best photograph multiple exposures
  • Exclusive video interview with Kevin La Rue, the V.P. of Macphun
  • Tips on how to first process RAW photos in Lightroom and Capture One Pro
  • Videos explaining each of the Tools in Aurora – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of 14 FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Learn how to use Aurora for single exposures and multiple exposures
  • Find out how to use Layers and the new Zone System for Luminosity Masks
  • Learn how to create amazing black & white images using Aurora
  • And much, much more!

It doesn’t matter if you process single exposures or multiple exposures in Aurora HDR 2017 – if you want to know all about Aurora this is the course for you!

Take a look at the screenshots below and sign up for the Free Trial if you are unsure if this is the course for you. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

 

Video still showing pre-processing in Lightroom

 

Video still showing pre-processing in Capture One Pro

 

Video still showing layer masking

 

Video still during my Layers explanation 

 

Collection of Before & Afters from photos included in the course:

 

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FREE Webinar this Thursday October 6

Join me this Thursday, October 6 for a “Behind the Scenes” with Aurora HDR 2017 FREE live Webinar, brought to you by Macphun!

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Watch as I show you some of my favorite new features of Aurora HDR 2017, which was just released last week. This webinar will also include a questions and answers period!

The one-hour live webinar is scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT and you must register in advance to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

See you on Thursday!

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P.S. Be sure to check out my review on Aurora HDR 2017 here and take a look at my Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course.

Coming Soon: My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Downloadable Online Training Video

Learn all about Aurora HDR 2017, the newest editing program from Macphun, with my Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video Course. Featuring over 50 videos plus course photos & FREE presets, this will be the most comprehensive training video available on Aurora HDR 2017.

 

COURSE NOW AVAILABLE: Visit here for the details!!

 

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Find out more about my upcoming training video course here. And while you are there, be sure to sign up for my no-obligation pre-order list to be the first to know more about this course and to take advantage of special exclusive savings during the pre-order period happening soon.

2 FREE HDR Photography Classes Available Using Aurora HDR from Skillshare

Earlier this year Macphun Software contacted me to produce a FREE HDR class with Skillshare, a global learning community for creators that features thousands of online classes.

The result was 2 separate online courses. A 32 minute Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing High Dynamic Range course and a 43 minute HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail course using Aurora HDR.

 

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The courses are free to take. If you are not a member of Skillshare you will need to sign up with a credit card and you will have 90 days access to not only my courses but all of the courses on Skillshare. You can cancel any time before your card is charged.

 

“This class was very straight forward and not too technical. I have a DSLR, but do not know how to use it. The class helped me to understand and use aperture settings, f stops, ISO settings, AEB, etc. (really what happened is that when I heard these terminologies I read the manual and learned what they do!). Anyway, I followed the class instruction and produced a beautiful photo that is now on my desktop. Looking forward to an upcoming trip to Yosemite!” – David Senior

Here is a sample video of one of my courses:

 

For more info and to sign up be sure to check out my info page here!

Read more about my 2 HDR courses, check out testimonials, and sign up.

Get More Info On My FREE HDR Courses Here!

This course features Aurora HDR from Macphun. You can download a free trial here. It is Mac only right now but I hear they are working on a Windows version. Even if you use another HDR program I am sure you will benefit from these 2 free courses!

 

“Matt Suess is an excellent instructor who makes this AuroraHDR program seem so easy to use. I appreciate him sharing his expertise with us, and would highly recommend this class to any novice or professional photographer!” – Linda Ehlers

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