Luminar 2018 Review

The original retouching software Macphun has now been renamed to Luminar. Now they have launched the 2018 version, and they have designed Lightroom as a competing product for their functional development. First of all, I think it is more refined than LR. The first time you open the software, you will let You choose a work environment, if you just need intuitive and easy to use photo editing, you can choose the leftmost environment configuration, if you need to enhance the image optimization, you can choose the middle environment, and for the retouching master Layers, blends, and graphs are their favorites. Luminar pushes all advanced features to the panel. In fact, these three environments also correspond to the target users of the three levels of high, medium, and low, but unfortunately the developers. There is no interesting name for these three environments on the Environment Selection page.

Luminar 2018 is most proud of its significantly faster running speed, 300% performance growth experience, RAW image processing speed, polarizing filter, defogging filter, detail enhancement, dream soft focus, LUT, candle filter , sunset effects, adjustable gradients, HSL toning and other functions to double the processing speed from 4 times to 12 times.

Luminar 2018 test environment:

The layout of the entire interface gives a sense of high-level, precision and professionalism. The top of the screen is equipped with a picture resolution adjustment button. Compared with the traditional design, the correction effect button is turned to the right. The effect of the photo retouching, followed by the undo button and the operation history backtracking list as well as the traditional four major functions (cropping, eraser, stamp, deformation) hidden menu, and finally the preset preview toolbar button, tab button and photo sharing menu Button.

The core functions of Luminar 2018 are concentrated in the tab (side panel), where you can view the basic information of the image, layering of the operation image, filter selection, parameter adjustment, etc. The arranged image can be saved as preset. .

Presets Optional resources are very rich, there are basic, street, outdoor, portrait, travel, dramatic, aerial (DJI) different types of styles. In addition, you can go to the official preset market to buy a preset.

The RAW processing engine has been re-developed and optimized for professional-grade image processing. The import speed of RAW images has increased significantly, with a growth rate of 502%, including:

The noise repair speed is accelerated, and the automatic repair ability for lens distortion, chromatic aberration, ripple, etc. is increased.
The image sharpening rendering ability is enhanced, the RAW picture is demosaiced, the green balance ability is enhanced, and for the sky, the color reproduction ability of the shadow part is enhanced.
More accurate color translation in imported DCP files

The 2018 version lasted three months of fast-paced development, improved performance on more than 300 aspects, and supported the import of images into Luminar editing in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. However, the officially announced Luminar plug-in The form built into the three softwares is obviously a bit exaggerated.

More than 40 non-destructive filters are built in, with classic Accent AI (more on this later), black and white mode, saturation enhancement, architecture (for architectural images), tonal balance, vignetting and other classic filters There are also high-contrast adjustments, RGB channel mixing, professional-grade filters such as curves and macros.

What is its functional advantage compared to Lightroom?

The first is that Luminar supports artificial intelligence filters, which are based on their own Accent AI, which is made with artificial intelligence. The filter analyzes the photos that need to be processed by artificial intelligence and then determines which parts of the photo, such as shadows, highlights, contrast, hue, saturation, exposure, and other details, that need to be corrected. The adjustment process is very simple, just drag the filter over the photo and scan it again. The user can adjust the intensity of the scan. It can make a photo look more natural or emphasize its dramatic contrast.

In addition, Luminar supports adjustable layers, supports masking for specified filters, supports brightness/warm filter, channel blending filter, color contrast filter, etc. More than ten kinds of Lightroom unsupported filter functions, while Luminar targets DJI. The drone photo has a special preset.

In terms of price, Luminar’s advantage is lore. Lightroom is subscribed and pays $120 a year. Luminar pays only one-time purchase, and all the features are available with 69 knives and all updates.

Detailed comparison information can be seen here.

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