In this video by Derrick Story, he explains the differences between using Luminar as a standalone application or as a plugin or editing extension. Luminar is a modern image editor for both platforms. It provides photographers with the tools they need to creatively edit their images quickly and easily.
- [Instructor] In addition to being a stand-alone application, Luminar also works as a plug-in, in this case for Adobe Lightroom, and also as an editing extension for photos for macOS High Sierra. So you have a lot of different options and which option is best for you, that really depends on what you're doing. For example, if I'm working on an image here in Lightroom and I want to use the great tools available in Luminar, to enhance it in a specific way there's a special filter maybe I want to use or something like that, then it's easy enough to do.
I would just go up to File, and then I'd come over to Plug-in Extras, and there's Transfer to Luminar right there. So I could send it over to Luminar, do my Luminar things, and then click Apply and the image would come back into Lightroom. So if'm a Lightroom user most of the time, why wouldn't I do this all of the time? There's a very basic reason why the standalone application sometimes is the better way to go, it's the same reason why I use the standalone version of Luminar in this training.
And that reason is that when I'm working in the standalone version of Luminar as I am right here, I have another option available to me, and if I go to File, I have the Save option available. And that Save option allows me to save all the work that I've done, in this case all these different layers that I have created, the history, all the history that's in the History panel here is saved, and all of that is available to me in the Luminar file.
When I work with Luminar as a plug-in, either with Lightroom or as an editing extension with photos, then once I apply those changes that I made in Luminar and send it back to the host application, then that's it in terms of history, that's it in terms of layers. Everything is flattened, the history goes away, the image goes back to the host application. Now I can continue to work on that image in the host application but I can't go back into Luminar and have everything waiting for me, all my layers and all that stuff to do those subtle adjustments.
So here's how I use it. I use photos for macOS High Sierra a fair amount, and when I want to do a quick change, let's say that I want to use the Accent filter, or there's a specific thing that I want to do, and I know that I'm not going to be creating a bunch of layers and so forth, in that case then I will go ahead and use Luminar as an editing extension, do that quick change, go back in the photos, and then go about my business. If however I feel like I'm really going to work on an image for a while, create layers, have different filters working, do all sorts of stuff, then I'll start in the standalone version of the application, then that way all of my work is preserved as it is right here, and I know that I can come back to it at a later time and pick up where I left off or even go back a little bit if I feel like I've gone too far.
So this is something to keep in mind as you're considering how to use this application. Everything that I'm going to do in this training will be with the standalone version because I'm saving all of my files because I might want to come back to them later in the training and pick up where we left off. However, again in my personal life, for quick turnaround jobs and for things where I know I want a specific filter, I will use it as a plug-in or I will use it as a editing extension, 'cause it's fast and it's easy.
So just keep that in mind as you're thinking about how you want to use Luminar and then that way you'll make the right choice for the situation at hand.
- 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