Back in the summer we wrote that Macphun had made a beta version of its Luminar photo editing software available. The finished product is now available for pre-order.
As its name implies, Macphun was aimed exclusively at Mac users. Not any more. Luminar 18 will work on both Mac and Windows machines (although Windows 10 is the default requirement).
Luminar 2018 offers new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a digital asset management platform (due next year). Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. Adaptive workspaces are said to match styles of shooting.
Apparently Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for “dramatic” performance boosts, says the company. Existing filters deliver richer colours and depth in less time. A new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished, the company claims.
Luminar offers a new RAW Engine that is said to handle high-quality images faster. Plus, it’s easy to solve image problems caused by camera lenses with Lens Correction features that resolve vignette, distortion, and colour aberrations. If the photo has unwanted perspective problems, a new Transform tool can solve them.
Luminar offers more than 40 filters to correct colour, sharpen details, and release creativity. New filters include the ability to enhance colour with Brilliance, selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image with Dodge & Burn, as well as the ability to change the lighting in a photo with Sun Rays.
Lightroom users who rely on custom presets created for Lightroom can also easily convert those presets into LUTs (with a free third party tool) and use them inside Luminar 2018.
In 2018 a free update will provide a new image browser/digital asset manager to help photographers manage their image libraries.
Workspaces, Clone & Stamp, blend modes for layers, luminosity masking, flip and rotate, as well as some other tools and features will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with free updates by the end of the year.