Working with layers in Luminar is much easier than in Photoshop and other image editing applications. In this video, Derrick Story shows you how to enable layers and put them to use. 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] This is a good time to talk about layers because, actually, in the previous movie when I did some erasing, I created one. (laughs) I didn't have layers turned on, so you didn't know. But now that we've created one and you can see how easy it is to create a layer, we'll talk more about them. So, how do I know that I created one? Well, if I go up here to layers, this icon right here, click on it, and look at that. Right there, that erased image layer. And what is it talking about? Well, let's turn off the eyeball, and we can see that spot there that we got rid of in the previous movie.
Well, when I did that, when I used the erase tool, it created a new layer for me. And not only did it create a new layer, it embodied all the other work I had done to that point. If I go to layer zero, then this is the image before anything happened. And when I decided to use the erase tool, it took all my corrections to that point and did the erasing and then put them on another layer. Okay, now I was playing with the opacity. And let's just put it at 100%, just like that.
So that is 100%, but you can adjust the opacity of any given layer with the slider here. Now if I go back to zero, this is basically like layer zero. And then as we slide our percentage, you'll see that our image enhancements and our dry spot all are faded accordingly. That's pretty nice, huh? I love having an opacity slider for each layer.
And there are blend modes, too, and if you use Photoshop, you're familiar with these, the darken and lighten overlay blend modes. You have 'em right there for each layer. So, what if you want to create another layer? And you want to do it consciously, not automatically, by selecting the erase tool. You can do that with the plus, right here. And we'll create a new adjustment layer right now. And let's do an adjustable gradient.
Always fun for a layer. So we get that filter, now we're on this. Let's give it a name. Double tap in there, and we'll just call it A-D-J Grad. How's that? Good. Okay. So, there's a number of ways that I could fix this rock. It's a little too bright for me. It's drawing my attention away. I don't want to try erasing it, because it's going to read stuff around it. That probably doesn't work, the source material.
I don't really want to clone the stuff, I just want to darken it up. So the adjustable gradient filter is terrific for that because I have top and bottom corrections. So, let's just say I take the exposure down on the top, like that, and then I go here to shift where I can control how far down that goes, I just want to simply, just right up there, just like that. That was easy! (laughs) And let's see the effect of our work.
We'll just turn off that eye, see? A little brighter there. Now just a little more in line with everything else. And then I can go back a layer, and I can go all the way back, just like that. Now, if I decide I don't like the work that I did, all I have to do is hit the minus sign right there, and that layer will be removed. And if I decide I don't want to see the layers at all, then I can just take care of that right there. We'll do a little bit more work with layers in an upcoming movie on brushing, but this will get you started.
Basically, you can get rid of a layer with the minus, add a layer with the plus. Sometimes layers are created for you, and if you want to see your work, and if you want to turn on and off the layer itself, you do this right here with the eyeball, and there's so much that you can do just with those basic controls.
- 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