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Luminar V3 update

Skylum updates Luminar to V3.0.2


Skylum’s Luminar image editing system had just had a number of significant updates.

It’s come along quite some way since our original reviews [Luminar and Luminar 2018]

The info here shows all the listed improvements (for Mac and Windows versions) and a very quick overview when Keith tried it out.

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luminar 3

Luminar updates to V3.0.2

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The following new cameras are supported by this recent update:

NIKON

  • Nikon D3500
  • Nikon P1000
  • Nikon Z6
  • Nikon Z7

PANASONIC

  • Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

FUJIFILM

  • Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Fujifilm X-T3

SONY

  • Sony RX100VA
  • Sony RX100VI
  • Sony DSC-HX99
  • Sony DSC-HX95

LEICA

  • Leica M10-D
  • Leica M10-P
  • Leica D-Lux 7

A PDF file has the full list of supported camera – there are a lot, including my 2003 Canon 1Ds

The full list of features from Skylum is:

Mac

New Features
  • DATABASE MANAGEMENT. Your Luminar image catalog database is automatically backed up to preserve your edits and metadata. You can control the frequency of backups with the new Preference Panel.
  • PREFERENCE PANEL. Take control of your preferences settings by choosing Luminar 3 > Preferences. You can specify options for Cache, Catalog, and Automatic Backup.
  • IMPROVED HANDOFFS. If you’re working with raw file or 16-bit image and use the File > Open In command, a high-quality 16-bit files is exported.
  • AURORA HDR INTEGRATION. Easily hand off bracketed photos to merge in Aurora HDR. Just select multiple photos in your library and choose File > Open In > Aurora HDR. Please note that when sending images, your original, unmodified photos are used. When finished in Aurora HDR, be sure to save a TIFF or JPEG file back to the original folder to add it to your Luminar library.
  • LOCATE FOLDER. Have you moved or copied media to a new location? You can right-click on an offline folder and choose Locate Folder to select and reconnect files.
  • ADDING FOLDER IMPROVEMENTS. Change your mind when adding a folder? Just click Cancel to stop the current task.
  • IMPROVED NAVIGATION. Quickly switch between Gallery and Single Image view with dedicated toolbar buttons.
  • NEW LANGUAGES SUPPORTED. Use Luminar in more languages with new localisations:
    Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Italian
  • SAFER IMPORTS & COPIES. Luminar will alert you if you try to import or copy more files to a new destination when there’s not enough hard drive space.
  • IMPROVED EXPORTS. If you try to export images that already exist in a location you’ll be prompted to control if the files are overwritten or renamed.

Performance Improvements: 

  • IMPROVED MOVING. When files are moved between an external and internal drive, the images are not duplicated multiple times in your library.
  • IMPROVED FOLDER MANAGEMENT. Are you done with a folder? You can now remove the parent (root folders) from your library and delete it from your hard drive too.
  • IMPROVED sRGB EXPORTS. Some cameras showed colour shifts when exporting with the sRGB profile. This has been addressed.
  • IMPROVED LUMINAR 2018 PROJECT FILES. Opening native Luminar files (.lmnr files) created on Windows is improved.
  • STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

Windows

New Features
  • SUBFOLDER MANAGEMENT. Subfolders make it easy to further organise your image library. These are folders nested inside other folders in your catalog and directly tie back to real folders on your hard drive.
    -Subfolder creation. You can create a new by right-clicking on an existing folder in your Library.
    -Subfolder deletion. It is possible to delete a subfolder as well by right-clicking on it in your library.
  • LOCATE FOLDER. Have you moved or copied media to a new location? You can right-click on an offline folder and choose Locate Folder to select and reconnect files.
  • ADDING FOLDER IMPROVEMENTS. Change your mind when adding a folder? Just click Cancel to stop the current task.
  • OFFLINE FILE ALERTS. See a visual alert indicating unavailable files and folders.
  • IMPROVED NAVIGATION. Quickly switch between Gallery and Single Image view with dedicated toolbar buttons.
  • SHORTCUT KEYS. Take advantage of new keyboard shortcuts for View, Looks Navigation, Masks, Tools, and Edit.
  • NEW LANGUAGES SUPPORTED. Use Luminar in more languages with new localisations:
    Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Italian
Performance Improvements
  • FASTER ADDING. You’ll see much faster load times when adding new photos and folders to the Catalog.
  • FASTER LAUNCHING. When you return to Luminar, launch times are improved when reloading your catalog.
  • STABILITY. Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements.

Using Luminar

Firing up version 3 of Luminar for the first time can take a while if you let it look for images, and you’ve a lot of them sitting round on your disks.

Just one folder on one of my disks quickly returned some 50,000 images. The application was unresponsive for a bit but quickly let me look around the images.

Here’s a folder of 50MP Hasselblad files from when I reviewed the X1D-50C they open up just fine (it’s a supported camera).

[click on images below to see larger versions]

Opening up a recent Canon 100D image that Karen took, of myself holding a B&W print, I noticed that my City Light B&W presets (or ‘Looks’ as they are now) were available.

These B&W conversion presets are available for free in an article describing them and their use.

city-light-looks

Another aspect I noticed was the improved support for different processing profiles for RAW files

profiles

In this particular 100D image the Camera neutral shot gives a cleaner look, especially with the B&W print

[BTW this print is from my recent article about making big prints from low megapixel images]

This quick look reminds me of two things.

I need  to read more about how the Luminar catalogue works – As implemented in Lightroom, it’s been one of the main reasons I dislike Lightroom, right from my initial testing (the Luminar approach seems a lot less prescriptive).

Luminar is now a distinctly more serious editing proposition – well worth a more serious try out

There is a free trial available if you’re curious.

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