Luminar also has a standalone version of the app. When is it best to use that compared to the editing extension? In this video, Derrick Story explains the best scenarios for the standalone app versus the editing extension. Luminar is a full-featured image editing application created by Macphun. It is available from the developer site or in the Mac App Store.
- [Narrator] Luminar is one of the applications that we're talking about in this whole training, that has both an editing extension and a standalone app. And I know I've alluded to this in earlier movies, but I want to be really clear about this so that you choose the right method when you work on an important photo. So I'm going to give you an example of going the standalone app way in this movie, that way you'll really know the differences. So, we're looking at this shot right here, and I want to have some fun with it.
I think it can be enhanced nicely. And I could go the editing extension route right here in Photos for macOS, but instead I'm going to go the standalone app route. Now it's already in Photos, so the first thing that I would have to do, of course, is export this image out. So I would go to Export, and in this case I would export the unmodified original, because I haven't done any work on it. And if I had done some work on it, and I wanted those changes to go with the photo, then I would Export 1 Photo, and then choose, you know, JPEG, TIFF, whatever.
And if you're unclear about how all that works, I have a Photos for macOS Sierra essential training that goes over all this stuff. So in this case I'm just going to do the unmodified original. And I would export that. And I'd just put it right here on my desktop. And now we're going to drag it onto the standalone version of Luminar. Now, it's going to look exactly the same as what we've been doing with the editing extension, and there's really one major difference that I want to illustrate in this movie.
So, I'm going to go ahead and close the histogram, but I'm going to leave Layers open, because we're going to apply some layered work. And I'll look at a preset here. We'll do that. That sounds good. Good starting point. And then I'm going to add a layer, so we'll add a new adjustment layer. And I think I want to do, I know what I want to do. We'll do Image Radiance and Orton Effect and, what, Soft Glow.
So that'll be on layer one. And what I think I'll do is, let's just go ahead and do a little image radiance right now. So I'm just having some fun with this. Warm it up a bit. And then we'll do a little bit of this, the Orton Effect. Good, and let's add a little soft glow to the image.
Make it smooth, like that. And then let's add one more layer, we'll do a little gradient screen right here. This top is a little brighter than I want. So, add another layer. And this time I will pick Adjustable Gradient. That's what we need right there. And we're going to adjust the top, and we're just going to bring the exposure down just a bit on the top there. Just to bring that into line. OK, so let's say that I am happy with this image.
It looks great. Here's our original shot. And here we are now, so we've definitely added some oomph to it. (laughs) And I can go ahead and export it, and I would have this image right here that you're looking at I would have that, but let's say that later on I wanted to come back and do some more of the work. I wanted to maybe adjust the gradient a bit, or I wanted to play with the stuff on layer one a bit. Well, I wouldn't be able to do that, because, if I was working as an editing extension, the image would be flattened when it was returned to Photos.
Whereas, working with Luminar, what I can do is, I can go up here to File, choose Save, and it's going to tell me it's going to be saved as a Luminar native format. I'm going to give it a name, and we're going to just put it on the desktop. Alright, just put it right on the desktop there. We'll give it a name, and I'm going to go ahead and keep this part right there. But then I'm going to call it "Luminar", and we'll just call it "Working".
Like that. And I'll save it. Now, I can also save it as a flattened image, and I use the Export command for that. And we'll just keep the original size, keep it as a JPEG, all of that, and just going to call this one "Adjusted". And we'll just send that to the top, too. Now in this case it's flattening the file and presenting us with a finished product.
So, now I'm going to go ahead and quit Luminar. So, you see that we have our working file right there, and here's our adjusted file. So if I double-click on this, there's our flattened file, right, that represents all the work that we've done. However, if double-click on this, the "Working" file, it'll actually launch the standalone version of Luminar, and all of my layers and adjustments will be there, waiting for me to work on them again.
So I could continue work on this without it being planned. And that's the big difference between working with the standalone version of the app, versus working with the editing extension. Now, to go ahead and complete this loop, we'll go ahead and minimize this right now. Well, let's just go ahead and add the "Adjusted" image back to Photos. There it is right there. And we'll just call this one, let's do a Command I.
Oh, it is right there, "Spring Flowers Adjusted". We'll give it the title, too. There we go. Now, we would have ended up with this back in Photos anyway, had we used the editing extension, but this would have been all we had. We wouldn't have been able to go back and work on it as a layered document. We have both our working document that we can use, and we have the flattened image. So, I just wanted you to be aware of that, and if you're going to work on a photo, since you've already invested in Luminar, if you have it, if you're going to work on a photo maybe many times over the long haul, I recommend doing that work in the standalone app and then saving it as a Luminar document that allows you to come back and have your layers and all of your adjustments waiting for you, as opposed to using it as an editing extension, which would be more of a one-off situation.
I hope this helps you decide the best way for you to go when working with this very exciting image editing app.
- Using the Luminar editing extension
- Working with layers
- Adjusting images
- Using DxO OpticsPro
- Applying lens corrections to photos
- Using Pixelmator Retouch
- Using Pixelmator Distort
- Using different Affinity Photo editing extensions
- Using Haze Removal
- Using Polarr image editing tools
- Adding text to photos