Before you dig into specific workflows, it is a good idea to get an overview of Skylum Luminar 2018. How do you create a new project? What are the main features that are in Luminar? In this video, join Richard Harrington as he points out the key features to be aware of in Skylum Luminar 2018.
- Before we dig into specific workflows, let's take a quick look at Luminar 2018. To do this, I'm going to take a look on my PC. But you'll find that the user interface is very similar on a Mac. When you first launch Luminar, you're presented with a welcome screen. On the left you'll find several options to help you get familiar with the tool. As well as the ability to access additional presets, or Aurora HDR. Let's click open image. We'll start with a JPEG photo here.
This is by photographer Caroline Madsen. And I'll choose open. Now, when Luminar open, you're presented with the standard interface. Across the top you'll see menus. Many of the commands available in Luminar can be found under these menus. However, you won't need to access them that often. If you need to open another image, just click open. Next, you'll see the ability to change your magnification level. For example, when doing tasks like sharpening or blemish removal zooming in to 100% can be useful.
You can also use the plus and minus buttons to zoom in more or less so you can easily judge details. This can be quite useful when sharpening or evaluating a photo for things like focus. Along the bottom edge are presets. If you don't see those, just click the button here to hide or show presets. Let's add a 60s black and white look. I pulled that from the category called all presets.
This shows me every preset I have loaded. Now we can finish out the top bar. If you want to see the before and after state just click the eyeball icon here. Click and hold to see the original image. Or release to see the filtered image. Next to this is the ability to see a split screen. On the left is the before state. And on the right is the after state. We can easily drag through as well, so we can set that split screen wherever we need to so we can really judge what's happening in the photo.
As you work, you have the ability to undo if needed. This removes that particular item. If we take a look a the history list you can see what's happening here. For example, I could apply that preset again. If I make a few changes to that preset, for example, adjusting where the reds are for the black and white and the yellow, you'll see that both of those are added to the history. This makes it easy to track what you've done to an image.
Next, comes tools. Here's where you'll find options like crop and erase. You might also see a transform tool, and the clone stamp tool. Next are two buttons that you can use to control the panels. The presets panel will open from the bottom. If you'd like to switch which presets are shown just click the category button here and you'll see a preset category. For example, we can narrow this to just portrait presets. And now those are loaded.
Let's try noble beauty for example. And you see we've got a very pleasing, modern, black and white look. If you'd like to adjust the filters you'll want to make sure you're looking at the side panel. If it's not visible just click the button here to open or close. Here, all of the filters applied to the recipe are available. For example, I can modify the glow amount here to get a nice soft glow on this portrait.
You can see what's happening there with the image. Now, some folks choose to work with the before and after always visible. But you can also hide that by clicking the button again. To the right is the ability to export. This will allow you to share the file. You'll find different choices here, depending upon the platform. But we can always share to websites like Facebook and Twitter. As well as attach it to an email. You can also export a file. If you want to open up another image, just click the open button.
In this case we'll select a RAW file. And choose open. Let's add a new filter here. I'll click on add filters. And I'll search for a filter in the dialogue box. You'll notice that you can narrow by categories if you'd like. So you can easily see different types of filters. Or I can set this to all. I can choose develop here to access basic development controls.
If you're using a RAW file on a Mac, and eventually the PC, there's also a companion filter called RAW develop. This will make it easy if you need to recover options such as highlights. For example, we can easily recover the highlights to bring back some of the details in the sky. And lift the shadows to bring out more details in the ground. This works quite well as it reaches into the file and finds more information. A little bit of clarity is also a great adjustment to bring out additional depth or detail.
The next two tabs contain important information. For example, under the lens tab, we can easily compensate for wide angle distortion. And take advantage of any chromatic abberation cleanup. Chromatic abberation is easiest to see when you zoom into 100%. You could take a look along edges to see if there's any color fringe. This particular image doesn't have any. The last tab is the transform tab. This makes it easy to adjust the perspective of the image.
We'll use this feature more later when we deal with architectural photos. But you can actually rotate the image as needed. For example, I can rotate here horizontally to reframe the photo slightly. And let's scale that up a little bit. And nudge it over a little bit using x offset. There we go. I'll close the filters. Then I can view the image. Remember, as you start to enhance the photo you can always compare the before and after state to judge how far the image has come.
Just click and hold the eyeball icon to see the two states. If you'd like to view them side by side remember the split screen button is quite useful. Now that you have a basic familiarity with the tools inside of Luminar, let's go ahead and switch to the Mac platform for a moment. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the user interface there as well. What I want to show you next is how quick and easily we can enhance photos. And we'll take advantage of a great workspace called Quick and Awesome.
- Key features in Skylum Luminar 2018
- Using essential image editing controls
- Developing aerial photographs
- Creating beautiful landscape photos
- Creating inspirational nature photos
- Portrait photo editing essentials
- Fixing a group of photos with a batch process