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Getting Started With Luminar 4

by David Sornberger about a year ago in how to

What You Need to Know to Get You Up and Running Fast

With Luminar 4, your photos are the center of attention. You can conveniently browse, rate, group your photos and much more. Automatically group your photos by year, month, and even day. Easily navigate between images and make sure that the perfect image you’re looking for is always at hand.

Luminar 4 is an all-in-one photo app designed to offer everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing. Give all your photos a look you want in seconds. Make the necessary edits on a single image. And instantly sync all the adjustments with a click. It also works great as a plugin and an external editor for every photographer’s workflow.

New photographers and mobile shooters will appreciate a simple approach using one-click Luminar Looks and universal tools like cropping, noise reduction, and image healing.

Casual photographers may start with those same Luminar Looks, but will soon “graduate” to using Luminar’s purpose-built tools which achieve great results quickly.

For passionate enthusiasts and professionals, the full gamut of editing tools such as brushes, layers, blending modes, texture overlays, an editing history menu and much more enable a new generation of advanced photo editing possibilities.

The Interface

The beautiful interface offers a sleek canvas to enjoy and edit all your images without distractions. Automatically group your photos by year, month, and even day. Easily navigate between images and know that the perfect shot you’re looking for is always at hand.

Working with Luminar, you’ll access controls from two primary areas.

  • The Library view is for browsing and navigating your photos

The Library View is where you explore your images. This canvas is designed to be enjoyable for browsing. It also makes it easy to rate and sort your images. Use the Library View to organize your images or to select photos for further editing.

Library View - As you work with an image, the Top Toolbar contains many commands that you’ll frequently use.
  • The Edit view is for enhancing your images.

The Edit view is where you enhance your images. You’ll access controls from three primary areas. The Toolbar contains general-purpose and frequently used functions of the software. The Side Panel is located to the right of the main image display; all adjustment tools, layers, and the histogram can be found here. You can also save time with the Luminar Looks Panel at the bottom of the screen, which offers one-click presets.

Edit View - As you work with an image, the Edit Toolbar contains many commands that you’ll frequently use.

There is one other view and that is called Info view:

The Info view provides basic information about a photo. It includes details such as: filename, capture date and time, resolution, file size, camera model, white balance, lens, metering mode, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation and focal length.

Opening Images for Editing

There are several ways to open images into Luminar for editing.

  • You can add folders, which leave your photos exactly where they are on your hard drives.
  • If you want to import images from a memory card or external drive, then Import images that moves or copies your images to a new location.
  • You can also open your images from any location with the Edit Single Image command, which allows you to easily edit and export photos that you do not want to keep in your Luminar Catalog.

Editing a Single Image

Importing Photos into Luminar 4 - Edit a Single Image

The Edit Single Image command makes it easy to work with individual photos in Luminar. It is also useful for images that don’t exist in your Luminar library. This is similar to using previous versions of the Luminar standalone application.

Adding a Folder with Images

Importing Photos into Luminar 4 - Add Folder with Images

Adding a folder of images to your library allows you to quickly access, organize, and work with photos located on your hard drive, on external hard drives, and even synced cloud storage. When you add a folder, none of your photos are moved. Luminar scans the folder and any subfolders and creates a thumbnail and link to the images inside. If there are folders inside the folder being added, Luminar will keep the folder structure. Folders tie directly to folders on your hard drive. Luminar works with the real-world folder structure of your hard drive(s).

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David Sornberger
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