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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to change Luminar 2018 language to English?

    For now Luminar 2018 works in the language of your system. Once you switch your OS preferences to English as your primary language and restart your computer, language of Luminar 2018 will change accordingly.

  • What's new in the next mid-December update?

    We’re excited to bring you another update to Luminar 2018 on December 18 that adds new functionality and speed to both the Windows and Mac platforms.


    This free update brings the following new and improved features to improve your Luminar editing experience:


    WINDOWS USERS


    • 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. Plus files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.
    • 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 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.

    MAC USERS

    • Work faster. We’ve improved compatibility with OS X 10.10, 10.11 support. The Histogram also updates in realtime. 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 Cameras Added

    The following new cameras are supported by this recent update: Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone X, Canon EOS M100, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, GoPro FUSION, GoPro HERO6 Black, Hasselblad A6D-100c Leica CL, Light L16, Panasonic LUMIX DC-G9, Sony RX10 IV (DSC-RX10M4),Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3).



  • I’ve purchased Luminar 2018. However, it is not showed in my Macphun Account.

    Please note that Luminar 2018 will appear in My Software section of your Macphun Account only after you activate it with your license key and the e-mail you’ve used to create your Macphun Account. If that is not the case, you’re welcome to reach our support team: https://macphun.com/support

  • What is the schedule of feature updates you are planning to add to the Windows version of Luminar 2018 soon?

    November 24 update:


    • Workspaces
    • Luminosity Mask
    • Image Resize & Sharpen on Export
    • Improved Hotkeys support
    • Improved RAW opening & processing
    • RAW support for more cameras, including Nikon D850
    • Fixed bug when launching Photoshop with a blank image
    • PLUS: Improved performance and fixes for a number of reported bugs, including: fixed issue with LowRes image preview on layers with masks;
    • Fixed progress bar for opening images.


    Mid-December update:


    • 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. Plus files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.
    • 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 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.
    • New Cameras Added.  The following new cameras are supported by this recent update: Canon EOS M100, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, GoPro FUSION, GoPro HERO6 Black, Hasselblad A6D-100c Leica CL, Light L16, Panasonic LUMIX DC-G9, Sony RX10 IV (DSC-RX10M4),Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3).


    Mid-January update:


    • Batch processing
    • Transform tool
    • Rotate & Flip tool
    • Merge layers & stamped layers
    • Export to editing apps, including Photoshop

  • How do I open a LUT file in Luminar 2018 on Windows?

    Launch the app and open any image. Click on the Add Filters button and locate the LUT Mapping filter from the list. Click on it to add it to the current Workspace, then click on the Choose LUT > Load Custom LUT file..  in the filter and select the LUT you’d like to use.




  • How can I transfer my presets from Luminar Neptune to Luminar 2018?

    Launch Luminar Neptune and load any photo. After that, simply chose File > Show Presets Folder.... Luminar presets have the file extension .lmp.


    Presets folder contains all the presets you've added to Luminar Neptune.

    Custom folder contains the presets you've created. 

    To copy presets to Luminar 2018,  just choose File > Show Presets Folder... in Luminar 2018 and simply copy and paste desired presets (or folders with presets) from Luminar Neptune to Luminar 2018. 

  • How to open a LUT file in Luminar 2018 on Mac?

    A LUT (Look Up Table) is, in essence, is like a preset. It is a modifier based on a mathematical formula between two images – the original image and the displayed image. A LUT can also be used creatively to impose a specific ‘look’ on a source image, such as creating a high contrast or bleach-bypass look. 


    Please choose LUT Mapping filter and click on Load LUT file… button to upload your custom LUT file. Currently, Luminar 2018 supports .cube, .3dl, .look and .csp formats.



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