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Skylum Luminar 2018
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    New Luminar 2018 delivers a breakthrough photo editing experience for photographers on Mac & Windows with new filters, tools, non-destructive editing, major speed boosts, and a digital asset management platform that will arrive in 2018.

    Macphun, the California-based software developer today announced Luminar 2018. New users will be able to purchase Luminar 2018 for $59, and current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special price of $39. Preorders start November 1 at

    Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018 digital asset management platform. Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With adaptive workspaces that match styles of shooting, 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.

    And, importantly, Luminar works on both Mac- and Windows-based desktop computers*.

    “We’ve taken the time to listen to photographers, and what they want is performance and quality. The less time photographers have to spend in front of computers, the more time they have for taking pictures,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Macphun. “Our mission is to get Luminar streamlined with just the tools and controls photographers need. The goal is simple: enable the best-looking images with the least amount of effort.”

    Luminar offers a new RAW Engine that can 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 color aberrations. If the photo has unwanted perspective problems, a new Transform tool can quickly solve them.

    Instead of stuffing menus with boring effects and old technology, Luminar only puts in filters that photographers want and need. Luminar offers more than 40 filters to correct color, sharpen details, and release creativity. New filters include the ability to enhance color 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.

    Want a whole new way to stylize images? Try the new 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 who rely on custom presets created for Lightroom can also easily convert those presets into LUTs (with a free 3rd party tool) and use them inside of Luminar 2018.

    Luminar 2018 will become available in November 2017, and in 2018 a free update will provide a new image browser/digital asset manager to help photographers manage their image libraries.

    Photographers will be able to sort, rate, organize, and backup their photos at great speed. The new digital asset management platform in Luminar will work without subscription and will work with any storage (cloud or local). It will also bring a number of unique features, that the current Lightroom library can’t boast.


    • Pre-order for Luminar 2018 will run from November 1 until November 16.
    • Pre-order customers will receive a special price and value-add bonuses such as:
      • A pack of signature presets & textures from a Pro photographer Nicolesy.
      • An exclusive pack of LUTs.
      • 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only


    Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on five devices.

    • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre­-order price of $39
    • New users can purchase Luminar at a special pre­order price of $59
    • The retail price for Luminar 2018 after November 16 will be:
      • $49 upgrade for current Luminar HDR users
      • $69 for new users

    The digital asset management platform will arrive in 2018 as the free update for all the users of Luminar 2018.

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  • Updates


    • Added Workspaces
    • Added Luminosity Mask
    • Added RAW support for Nikon D850
    • Added Image Resize and Sharpen on Export
    • Added Hotkeys
    • Fixed RAW Denoise on opening files (OpenCL issue)
    • Fixed issues with .DNG converted files
    • Fixed pixelization issue with low res image previews
    • Fixed issue with low res image on layers with masks
    • Fixed issue with non-system disk as installation destination
    • Fixed progress bar for opening images
    • Fixed bug when launching Photoshop with a blank image
    • Fixed crash on exit
    • Improved Performance
    • Updated large number of RAW camera file formats
    • Fixed issue with preset opacity slider on an image layer.
    • Fixed mask drawing on an image layer.


    • Added support for Topaz plugins
    • Improved RAW Denoise on opening file
    • Improved Windows preset preview issue
    • Improved accuracy of the filter collapse/expand triangle control
    • Improved application and Batch processing UI
    • Fixed RAW Develop/Develop issue with DNG files
    • Fixed localizations
    • Fixed crash on saving to .PSD format
    • Fixed bug when Adobe Photoshop Elements is unavailable.
    • Fixed bug with Luminosity Mask preview on filter
    • Fixed "Image Cannot be saved” issue with Adobe Lightroom
    • Fixed RAW Develop\Develop issue when converting Panasonic FZ2000 .rw2
    • Fixed “green band” bug with Batch Processing
    • Fixed issue when saving presets when using Photos for Mac
    • Fixed issue with blend modes
    • Fixed issue with Dodge & Burn
  • Luminar 2018 update 2


    • Work faster. Luminar can now launch more quickly. Plus you’ll see a faster-editing performance and better RAM usage.
    • Save Native files. Be sure to save your editing projects in the new native Luminar format. This makes it easy to come back and edit later.
    • Clone & Stamp released. Remove objects and blemishes with ease!
    • LUT Mapping. Any LUT you’ve chosen can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file.
    • More export control. You can choose to export to the Adobe RGB wide color profile or the ProPhoto RGB color space on export. You can also sharpen an exported file which is great for printing.
    • Better masking controls. Users can adjust both the feather and density controls on a mask to refine the blending of layers. When editing a mask, a user can also press the X hotkey to toggle between Paint/Erase brush mode.
    • More editing control. Now even more raw formats can be edited natively with our RAW Develop filter. All filters also support advanced blending mode options as well.


    • Work faster. We’ve improved compatibility with OS X 10.10, 10.11 support. The Histogram also updates in real-time. Users will also enjoy Performance and RAM usage improvements. When editing press Cmd+L to quickly access the Filters list as well.
    • RAW image improvements. Luminar does a better job of detecting noise in a raw file and automatically fixing it when you open to a photo. DNG file support is also improved for easier editing. Plus even more raw formats can be edited natively with our RAW Develop filter.
    • Improved workflow with other applications. We’ve addressed several small bugs reported when working with * Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Photos for Mac.
    • Better batch processing. A streamlined user interface makes batch processing even easier to fix multiple photos at once. Additional improvements also made to address user-reported issues.
    • Improved Native files. Save your editing projects in the native Luminar format which makes it easy to come back and edit in the future. Plus files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.
    • LUT Mapping. Any LUT you’ve chosen can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file.
    • More plugin support. Luminar can also use Topaz plugins within the Luminar editing workflow.
    • Improved exports. Photos can now be exported to SmugMug for online sharing. The Sharpen on Export filter is also improved for crisper images.
    • Better masking controls. Users can adjust the density controls on a mask to refine the blending of layers. When editing a mask, a user can also press the Backspace hotkey to reset gradient/radial mask drawing.
  • New updates

    Luminar 2018 1.1.1 version for Windows:

    • Added shift + scroll hotkey for brush size adjustment
    • Curves filter improved
    • Merge layers feature released
    • Saving cropped image to document issue fixed
    • Fixed several issues with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom plugins usage
    • Sidebar UX improvements

    Luminar 2018 version 1.1.1 for MAC:

    • Fixed issues with Photos Extension
    • RAW Develop support improved, added Leica Monochrome .DNG , HEIC formats, fixed support for Hasselblad and several other cameras.
    • Fixed several issues with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom plugins usage
    • Fixed issue with Dodge & Burn mask from documents created on windows