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Luminar update – V1.1

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Luminar feature update

New filters and batch processing added to image editing software

Keith recently wrote quite a long review of Luminar by MacPhun.

MacPhun were quite clear at the time that updates would be on their way quite promptly, and a few weeks ago, the neck MacBook Pro’s touch strip was supported and now with the ‘Pluto’ update (free to Luminar owners) we see batch processing, new Dehaze and Golden Hour filters, and an enhanced colour temperature filter (MacPhun update info.)

See also V1.2 update for extra features added.
July 2017 see Luminar for Windows

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Release notes Luminar V1.1.0

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  • Batch Processing
  • Golden Hour Filter
  • Dehaze Filter
  • Save Textures within presets


  • Colour Temperature filter gains presets and an eye-dropper
  • Tab support for multiple windows (macOS 10.12 only)
  • Enhanced Tone filter for better Whites/Blacks adjustment
  • Enhanced crop with new aspect ratios, including those for Facebook
  • Added option to save or not save History within the native file
  • Added white background option for user interface
  • Faster image loading and processing speed 
  • Overall performance improvements
  • Various bug fixes


Don’t forget to close any open applications where you use Luminar as a plugin. Launching the stand-alone app lets you check for updates.

After installing the plugin version will also need an update.

luminar update

The filters

The Golden Hour and Haze filters are useful additions to the collection, but to me, the most useful improvement is that the colour temperature adjustment sliders now have an eyedropper for setting white balance relative to image content.

custom white balance

Have a read through the review to see the full range of capabilities.

Full update list
Top Features
  1. Batch Processing
  2. New Filter: Golden Hour
  3. New Filter: Dehaze
  4. Save Texture as the preset. Allows to create unique presets with built in textures (these presets can be shared just like regular presets)
  5. Color Temperature filter enhanced
    1. Overall algorithm improvements
    2. Eye-Dropper for Color Temperature
    3. Color Temperature presets
Smaller updates
  1. Tab support for multiple photos in Mac OS X Sierra. (Similar to Safari)
  2. White Background in the UI
  3. New aspect ratios for a crop:
    1. 4:5
    2. 5:4
    3. 16:10
    4. 8.5:11
    5. 2:3
    6. 5:7
    7. Facebook Feed
    8. Facebook Cover
  4. Option to save or not save the history inside the native format. Helps to save time
  5. Tone effect: improved algorithm for Whites/Blacks 
  6. Faster image loading and processing speed
  7. General performance improvements
  8. Various UI updates 

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  • Aljo_C | Mar 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I have recently started using Luminar and I really like it – it is far easier to use than Photoshop, with all the filters visible at once. One surprising omission is the lack of a gaussian blur filter. I also had a problem with the programme freezing when I tried to flatten layers, although it was not a serious problem because I could still save the image as a jpeg, which has a single layer anyway.

    • Keith Cooper | Mar 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yes, it’s a great way of getting into the concept of layered adjustments, and very good for an early version of software.

      I remember how limited Photoshop was at V1…

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