In this video, Derrick Story shows you how presets and filters work together. Luminar is a modern image editor for both Mac and PC platforms. It provides photographers with the tools they need to creatively edit their images quickly and easily.
- [Instructor] I think the relationship between filters and presets is interesting and understanding that relationship can help us use Luminar more effectively. And I'm going to demonstrate what I'm talking about right now. So I have this image of a Christmas Cactus that I've opened up, and we're in the dramatic category of presets and I selected that by going to categories and choosing dramatic right there. So let's take a look at some of these presets. We'll start with lost soul, and the image does change right? There's where we were, and here's where we are now.
So how did it change? Well I can come over to filters and see that soft glow, cross processing, and curves were applied. So it's a pretty simple preset. And if I want to say, okay, what was the effect? Or what contribution did soft glow have on this overall look of this preset, then I can just turn it on and off right here. And I go, oh, okay, well that's substantial. Same for cross processing. Very interesting right? Alright, let's do another one.
Here's mood enhancer. Now I have more filters at play here, so let's take a look at 'em. So right away we have some image radiance at play, so let's turn it on and off. A little subtle, but boy, it does make a difference, and I could make it more distinct if I wanted to, or have more impact on the image. And that's the other thing, so once you discover what a filter is doing, then you can adjust it to your own personal taste.
Dramatic, so some dramatic is used, some curves, some remove color cast, and then a little bit of clarity was added. And again, we can play with these, we can turn these on and off. For instance, let's turn on and off dramatic. And you see when I turn off dramatic, the image radiance seems to have a stronger effect, and when I turn on dramatic, it offsets it a bit, interesting interplay. Let's do one more. We'll do tears in the rain, very different look, and we're over here, so now this creator used brightness contrast and upped the contrast, highlight shadows opened up those shadows, soft glow we can definitely see the soft glow at play here, big difference right there, de-saturation, and turned down the vibrance as well, added a little Orton effect, actually quite a bit.
(laughs) Let's take a look. Quite a bit of Orton effect, and then a little bit of vignetting, so you go okay, I like this as a starting point, I'm going to maybe turn down Orton effect a little bit, maybe increase the vignetting a bit, and it's funny, as you start to work with these presets and look at them in a different way, not just one stop shopping, but as a starting point for your images, and then study the filters that are being used to create the look, that the preset is presenting to you, you can really motor through this application, start to go, wow, when I create my own workspace, I know I want this, and I want this, and I want this because I studied the filters and the presets, and I know pretty much what's going to create what.
And I think it's pretty exciting, presets are useful in so many ways, learning the application is actually one of them.
- Applying filters and presets
- Cropping images
- Batching processing
- Working with layers
- LUT mapping
- Converting to black and white
- Toning images
- Reducing noise
- Saving and exporting images