I’ve now had more time to play with Luminar – the new image editing software from Macphun – and I’ve got to say I’m pretty impressed. It offers a serious alternative to Lightroom – without the catalogue functionality, Adobe Camera Raw and some of the flexibility of Photoshop for a very attractive price. It works as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop or even Aperture (if you still have a copy). The interface is slick and fairly easy to learn – slightly quirky when you get to layering and masks if you’re used to Adobe products, but almost immediately a lot of it will seem familiar and for the less experienced user presets are loaded to enable you to add effects simply and quickly as you discover and learn more about Luminars capabilities.
The launch price of $69 – now available with a free trial period – is an absolute steal if you compare it to an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Have a look it may be just what you need.
Luminar is a new all-in-one photo editor designed to ensure the ultimate in creativity and convenience. The Luminar user interface is built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too. Users can choose from pre-built user interface configurations that match their editing style and needs, or create their own.
Pricing: Retail Price: $69
- Launch Price for Macphun Users: $49
- Launch Price for New User Price: $59
Luminar Key Features:
- Adaptive User Interface
- Multiple Modes: From basic to advanced
- One-click switch between modes
- Change modes anytime
- All-in-one photo editing tool set
- Includes essential editing tools for different photography styles
- Live editing, live processing, live previews
- Non-destructive editing
- Works as a standalone app or plug-in
- RAW converter & processor
- History Panel
You can read my earlier review here of the Beta version – although many bug fixes and speed improvements have made to this new release software.
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