SKYLUM / MACPHUN LUMINAR 2018 review

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Version 1.0.1 (1802)
Developer Macphun Inc.
Website https://macphun.com

 

ABOUT MACPHUN

Macphun a San Diego, USA based software company, is famous for its outstanding photo editing software products. Their latest software tool LUMINAR 2018 has been upgraded to a new product supporting numerous improvements.
LUMINAR Neptune 2017 was launched 15th June 2017 and LUMINAR 2018 launched 16 November 2017 which makes it a real quick update. This review will discover and disclose wether the 2018 upgrade is a true improvement over Neptune 2017 .
LUMINAR Neptune 2017 and LUMINAR 2018 are used by professionals as well as enthousiasts. Macphun has a great reputation for their outstanding products and aim to listen to their clients and implement their wishes in new product versions.

WHATS NEW

Luminar offers a new RAW engine that can handle high-quality images faster. New filters include the ability to enhance Color with Brilliance, selective lighten or darken area’s with Dodge & Burn as well the addition of a new Sun-Rays filter.

LUT’s
Lookup Table Adjustments, known as LUTS. Creative color, perfect black and white conversions and even digital films stocks are just a click away. Lightroom users can convert their custom Lightroom presets into LUT’s with a free tool. There are a number of tools around, you may try this https://generator.iwltbap.com

First of all what is a LUT and what are its typical uses?

LUT means “Look Up Table.” It’s helpful to think of it like a math problem: R= S+L
“R” being your result or what you want to attain.
“S” being your source or what you start with.
“L” being your LUT or the difference needed to make up between your source and your desired outcome.

In all cases of LUT use, the LUT is the means to make up the difference between source and result.((All cases assume the colorist (or you) is grading through a correctly calibrated monitor for evaluation and finishing. LUTs in no way replace proper calibration or color correction. They only assist in the process.)) It’s never the result by itself. How does this play out? I’ll layout a couple probably over-simplified examples:

Color Correction

A very common example is printing your final film to…real, actual film. Print film came in a variety of flavors and styles. Each style had different nuances in color. The film lab would have all that nuance information or be able to send you a print test to work with. That would be your final result. The colorist grades a picture on his calibrated monitor but if he were to send that to print, it could come out looking far different due to the nuances of the physical film.

So in our math analogy, his graded film is “S” and his film print is “R.” He then uses the information from the film lab or on his own, creates and applies the LUT or the “L” to get him from his graded film to the print and to have it look as intended after it’s on the physical film. After applying the LUT, his graded film may look awful on his monitor, but will come out correct on the film print.  ( source http://nofilmschool.com/2011/05/what-is-a-look-up-table-lut-anyway )

 

DAM new image browser

A new image browser / Digital Asset Manager ( DAM ), Free Update will help photographers manage their libraries.

 

 

 

NEW LUMINAR 2018 INTERFACE

Best to record some new features, as this will show things better then some images. As you can see in the clip this is a pre- edition having some minor faults like the absence of text of some filters in the filter catalog. Picture Image Processing is good. The image I was working on is 80mb, so rather large for playing with. But professionals will use even larger image files. My Mac only has 16gb memory, so if you’re a real die hard or professional you should get more ram.

 

LUMINAR 2018 has again evolved and sets itself at the top in this price-range !  Photoshop will have some bonuses but also has a huge price ticket and needs a lot of training. LUMINAR 2018 however is easy to use for beginners but also professionals benefit from its
range of (new)-filters and adjustments.

 

 

 

 

HISTORY & UNDO STEPS

Like Luminar Neptune 2017 we find these useful tools in the Tool-bar of the interface.

The three buttons control the Undo/Redo commands as well as let you view an image’s History. These three buttons give you complete control over reverting to an earlier state of an image.

  • Undo – The Undo Button (left arrow) cancels the last action (for example, changing the slider).
  • Redo – The Redo Button (right arrow) returns the last undo function.
  • History Panel – The History panel will quickly become an essential part of your workflow. It’s here that Luminar 2018 keeps a list of what you have done to the image since you opened it. These are multiple undos and an easy way to go back in time. 
Simply click on an early History State to revert the photo to that stage of editing. History states are also saved with an image when you store it in the native Luminar (.mnr) file format. This allows for a nondestructive editing workflow and let’s you revert to an earlier version of the image.

 

LAYERS

Layers are a powerful way to “build up” your images, with different enhancements and use of blending modes on each layer. Using layers, you can apply corrections or enhancements on different layers, and experiment until you achieve exactly the look you’d like for your image.

  

 

DENOISE & NEW FILTERS

This tool is useful as it allows you to slightly blur an image to reduce the amount of noise and any image artifacts. The tool is similar to our Noiseless application and offers easy to use presets to control the strength. When you switch to the Denoise tool, Luminar zooms the image to 200% magnification to make it easier to see any noise or artifacts. Use the Amount slider to refine the results.

Also added: new impressive filters to stylize, tone, and enhance your photos, including Sun Rays, Dodge & Burn, LUT Mapping, Hue Shift, Brilliance, and a cool new Matte Look.

 

NEW PRESETS FREE

Find a number of great presets here: https://macphun.com/luminar/new-presets?product=luminar_2018_main_mac_welcomescreen_presets&c_url=2

 

EXAMPLES

Please take in mind that all these examples have been shot with an iPhone 6 Plus. So for a mobile great shots , well my opinion anyway. No discussion about .. too much this.. too much that… it only shows the potential of LUMINAR 2018.
Last example I added Sun-Rays and a little Dodge & Burn for the sea…. little icing on the cake for a great trip.

 

SUN-RAYS ADDING

ERASE & CLONE & ADJUST

ADD SUN-RAYS to CLOUDS & little DODGE&BURN

ADD SOME SUN TO WINTER

FOREST CHANGE

 

 

CEMETERY CHANGE

INTRODUCTION OFFER

 

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand 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.

Launch Pricing:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49 ($39 with our coupon code Macsoftreview )
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 at a special pre-order price of $69 ($59 with our coupon code Macsoftreview)

 

 

 

VERDICT

So is this the great improvement (again) we’ve all been waiting for ? Well my opinion is Yes, it is now more mature and incorporates more filters and tools then ever before. The improved RAW engine is not only faster but delivers less noise and better color.
LUT’s support is a long awaited addition for Adobe Lightroom users enabling them to import/convert their Lightroom Presets for use in Luminar 2018. Overall Luminar 2018 is faster and handles all changes in a great clean interface. The sun-rays filter and real-time noise removal sets it at the top of its competitors. Given the free update in 2018 throwing in the all new DAM image browser, makes Luminar 2018 the best application for any photographer.

Its stunning, its easy to learn, it takes photo-editing to a new level.

 

 

 

MACPHUN LUMINAR 2018

$ 69.00
MACPHUN LUMINAR 2018
9.6

Fast RAW engine

10/10

AI-Filter

9/10

DAM workspace

10/10

LUT import

9/10

Sun Rays Filter

9/10

Dodge & Burn

10/10

Great interface

10/10

Presets

9/10

Layers,History & Undo

10/10

PRO'S

  • Fast RAW engine
  • AI-Filter
  • DAM workspace
  • LUT import
  • Sun Rays Filter
  • Dodge & Burn
  • Great interface
  • Presets
  • Layers,History & Undo

CON'S

  • None so far

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