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Skylum Today Announces Luminar 4 – What Now Happens to Luminar 3?

Today Skylum has announced Luminar 4, a paid upgrade to Luminar 3, shipping this fall. Details however are still vague as to what new features Luminar 4 will have outside of the one new feature being mentioned at today’s announcement, even though Luminar 4 is now available for pre-order.

What is that new feature, and what now happens with Luminar 3? Let’s take a look.

New Luminar 4 with Sky Replacement

As I just mentioned, outside of the new Sky Replacement feature I will discuss, Skylum is not mentioning any other new features coming to Luminar 4 at this time. This is a real curious marketing strategy for a number of reasons, but first I’ll talk about this new feature.

For years I as well as many other photographers have been requesting and waiting for Skylum to give us a content-aware smart brush for those of us who need to to cutouts or to do sky replacement. Something like what ON1 Photo RAW has as well as other programs.

Well for those looking for such a brush, it isn’t looking like this is it.

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Luminar Flex from Skylum Updated to v1.1 – What is Flex and What About this Update

Skylum today has released a free update to Luminar Flex bringing it to version 1.1.

What is Luminar Flex? Don’t they have Luminar 3 too?

For those not familiar with Flex, think of all the great photo editing filters and tools from Luminar 3, minus the not-ready-for-primetime catalog features that Luminar 3 has. If you don’t want to use the “DAM” (digital asset manager) of Luminar 3 (and I can’t blame you as it has been a big disappointment from day 1) but still want to use Luminar’s filters to enhance your photos, then Flex might be for you.

Luminar Flex v1.1 running as a plugin inside Photoshop

I say “might be for you” because this is where things get a little confusing. And bear with me for a moment as I discuss Flex, as I never posted a review of it when it first came out. If you just want to see what’s new with Flex, scroll down to the New Features.

A Little History

Luminar 3 arrived back on December 18, 2018 and was initially marketed by Skylum as a Lightroom replacement, even though it barely had any more organizational power than Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows. I was not a fan, and apparently I wasn’t alone as the majority of people in my Learn Skylum’s Luminar & Aurora HDR Facebook Group who voted in a poll I conducted just last month still couldn’t use the DAM because of missing features and/or performance issues. Only a small percentage were happy with Luminar 3 at the time. In fact, one of my most popular YouTube videos I have is a video I recorded showing how to use Luminar 3 without the catalog.

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FREE Webinars this Saturday and Monday on Luminar 3

Join me this Saturday, December 15 at noon Mountain or Monday, December 17, at 3:00pm Mountain for the last 2 sessions of my Super Important Photo Organizing Strategies with Luminar 3 online webinar events!!

There are some very important things you need to consider before adding all your photos into the new and upcoming Luminar 3. I will show you what they are!​​​​​​​

BONUS MATERIAL COVERED: If you work with Image Adjustment Layers, you DO NOT want to miss my super important tips on using them in Luminar 3.

You can find out more info and register for the event here.

My previous 2 webinars went 20 minutes over the scheduled time so I could get to all of your questions. I’ll do the same for these webinars if needed. Make sure you are ready for Luminar 3 which comes out December 18th!!

 

The New Luminar 3 with Libraries – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

On December 18, 2018 Skylum will be releasing their long awaited DAM (Digital Asset Manager) for Luminar. Called Luminar 3 with Libraries, this will be a free update for everyone who currently owns Luminar 2018 on Mac and Windows.

Originally, it was first talked about being released in 2017. Once that didn’t happen it was next anticipated to be released in early 2018. That didn’t happen either, but now here it finally arrives a couple weeks shy of the end of 2018.

Has the long wait been worth it? Let us find out.

 


Quick Note Before We Get Started

I will be doing a number of free webinars showing off the new Luminar 3 with Libraries between now and December 22. I will update this blog post here once I confirm the dates and I will also be posting it on my Facebook Page as well as in my free-to-join Luminar/Aurora Facebook Group. These will be my own webinars, put on by yours truly 🙂

Join me in one of these webinars to see what is new and to ask any questions you have!!

Two New Webinars have been added, for Saturday, December 15, and Monday, December 17, 2018.

The Good

Since it’s arrival in 2017 Luminar quickly started replacing ON1 as my #1 goto program for enhancing my photographs. At the time, I was still using Capture One Pro and, to a much lesser extent, Lightroom for my RAW files. After some initial adjustments to my RAW file I would send a 16-bit Tiff file to Luminar to finish it off and give it my signature look.

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Luminar 2018 Update v1.1.0 for Windows

Skylum’s Luminar 2018 received an update for Windows today, bringing the current version to v1.1.0 (1235).

In this video I will show you all the new improvements.

Be sure to download my free Luminar presets & workspaces.

Save 10% on Luminar with coupon code mattsuess.

Learn all about Luminar 2018 by purchasing my Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Course

Here are the updates in today’s release that I discuss:

Work faster. Luminar can now launch more quickly. Plus you’ll see a faster-editing performance and better RAM usage.

Save Native files. Be sure to save your editing projects in the new native Luminar format. This makes it easy to come back and edit later. Plus files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.

Clone & Stamp released. Remove objects and blemishes with ease!
LUT Mapping. Any LUT you’ve chosen can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file.

More export control. You can choose to export to the Adobe RGB wide color profile or the ProPhoto space on export. You can also sharpen an exported file which is great for printing.

Better masking controls. Users can adjust both the feather and density controls on a mask to refine the blending of layers. When editing a mask, a user can also press the X hotkey to toggle between Paint/Erase brush mode.

More editing control. Now even more raw formats can be edited natively with our RAW Develop filter. All filters also support advanced blending mode options as well.

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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