Skylum Luminar Review
Skylum Luminar 4
This is a very positive review, I’ll tell you right now. If you just trust me, then go grab the new Luminar 4 now!
What is Luminar 4?
Luminar is a great photo editing program that is simple, fun, and fast. As well as editing your photos, it can also help you manage them through the Digital Asset Manager (or Library to you and me). It comes from Skylum (formerly Macphun), a company I teamed up with to make our own HDR Software called Aurora HDR, so you know it’s gonna be good. These guys have been making award-winning software for years. Did I mention Aurora HDR won the Apple app of the year award not too long ago?
Anyway, Luminar is an extremely powerful and fast photo editor that can do not only the most basic adjustments, but literally millions of “looks” for your photo. It’s extremely easy and fun to use and designed for all skill levels.
For a limited time you can save $$ on select Skylum products (including Luminar) over in their store by following this link and using the coupon code STUCKINCUSTOMS during checkout.
What are the top 2 features of Skylum Luminar?
1) The AI aspects! Accent AI is one simple slider that can have a tremendous effect on your photo. Or you could select AI Sky Enhancer to quickly improve your sky. Portrait photographers even get their own AI section with tools to quickly enhance skin, eyes, teeth and more.
2) Speed! It’s so much faster than Lightroom for editing photos. My Lightroom has been chugging lately. In fact, I’ve upgraded my system several times in the hope that it would solve my Adobe woes. It has helped but still in comparison, Luminar is so fast. Even the panel layout helps with moving around quicky, for example just select Essentials to get access to all the key tools to make your images look great in just a few clicks.
Mac Only? Nope! Luminar runs on both Mac and Windows!!!
Check out the Luminar website to grab it.
Better than Lightroom?
That’s the big question you’re wondering, right? Well, YES, it is better in many ways. As of the time of writing this, I’m still using Lightroom to organize my photos because moving several hundred thousand is quite a project but for everything else, it’s Luminar for me. As I mentioned, Lightroom is so slow. So slow it makes my skin crawl with pain as I howl into the night, a thousand dark shadows chasing my anguish into the abyss.
Additionally you’ll find the controls in Luminar are much more powerful than the ones in Lightroom. I’d also wager to say that Luminar has at least 5 times as many control options as Lightroom. I’ll show you some of the fun creative sliders and their impact on the images below…
Luminar Looks (Presets)
Trey’s Festival Presets
I’m excited to release these 29 really fun and beautiful “looks” (presets) for you! I’ve been perfecting them for the last seven years as I shoot photos of people and art at festivals around the world. Plus these also work great in other environments too, as you’ll see in the sample photos and videos.
Trey’s Wildly Unpredictable Looks (Presets) Volume 1
25 presets. Imagine 25 warm, fresh donuts ready to glaze their way into your donut hole. Awww yeah… I love Luminar so much and figured out a few unpredictable ways to push the controls and create some interesting results. There is a wide variety of filters in here. Some work great with landscapes, some are better with people/portraits, and some are best for architecture.
A Tour Via Screenshots!
Miscellaneous Screenshots and items of note
For a limited time you can save $$ on select Skylum products (including Luminar) over in their store by following this link or using the coupon code STUCKINCUSTOMS during checkout.