At this point of development, there are a few differences between the Mac and Windows version of Luminar, which are covered in this video by Derrick Story. 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] The engineers at Skylum have done an amazing job at building a Windows version of Luminar that is virtually the same as what we see on the Mac, and the reason why this is amazing is because the Mac version has been around for awhile. They've been polishing it, perfecting it, adding new features; so they've had time to work on the Mac version. Then all of a sudden, they decided to build a Windows version, which I think is a great idea, but then they had to build Rome in a day so to speak, and boy, that is a tall order, and I think they've done a great job.
So let's talk about the Mac and Windows versions for just a minute here. First I want to start with the tech requirements, and you can see them right here. I'm going to leave them on the screen for just a minute, but basically, in order to have a good experience with Luminar on either platform, make sure that you have met the basic tech requirements, and I'll tell you. If you have, this application runs very well. One of the advantages to Luminar over some of the older applications that are on the market right now is that they're not stuck with Legacy code.
They are writing this stuff now, they're writing this stuff for current machines, and it just purrs on both the Mac and Windows platforms. So those are the tech requirements. Make sure you adhere to those. Now, another thing I want to talk about, going back to our two machines here, is that Luminar files created on one platform or the other will open on the other platform, which is really nice. Now, there are some differences within the application itself.
They're small differences, but for instance, I'm doing this training on a Mac. So if you're watching on a Windows machine and following along, every now and then there'll be something where you go, wait, that's not there, and primarily that'll be within a particular filter. I'm going to show you an example here in just a moment. So there are some small differences, but for the most part, I think there is parity in terms of the experience and definitely in terms of the files, and as a bonus, in terms of the license, and what I mean by that, if you buy a Luminar 2018 license, you can run it on a Mac machine, you can run it on a Windows machine.
No problem at all, same license code, and you can run it on multiple machines as well. So that is really nice. All right, so let me show you just one example of what you may run into, and here we are working on this. Now I'm going to be tackling this particular filter later on in the training bicolor toning, and I'm picking it because it's one of the filters that's a little different. For instance, on the Mac these are the settings that we have within the filter itself, and if we want to set orientation then we click on set orientation first and then we click on the image to make the changes.
I'm going to turn that off. Now in the Windows version, you have some sliders here such as blend and vertical shift. So you actually set the orientation within the filter itself. So those sliders will be here whereas on the Mac you set orientation right on the image itself. Those are the kind of things that you may run into if you're watching on a Windows machine and following along on a Windows machine. I hope those changes don't disrupt your learning experience. I don't think they will.
I've gone over a number of them, and they all seem like oh, okay, I get it. I think the main thing is that I let you know now that every now and then if you're following along on a Windows machine you may see something that's a little bit different. So then you may be asking, to yourself of course, well, why didn't you do it on Windows as well? Then the title gets very long, and I end up covering the same material only for a slight difference or two, so I made the decision when I started recording this to record it on the Mac that had all of the features.
The Windows version was actually catching up to the Mac version as I was recording this title. That's crazy, but it was fun, and I was watching it going, all right! Another release? All right, we're pretty even now. So that was exciting for me, but that's why I made the decision to record on the Mac. Windows users, I think you're really going to enjoy this title, and just keep an eye out. Every now and then you might see something that's a little bit different. Just make a note of it, and keep your eye on the big picture, which is making our images go from, well, let me just show you this right here.
From this right here, to this. It doesn't make any difference what platform you're on as long as you're using Luminar.
- 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