Luminar Photo Editing In Two Words Simplicity & Creativity

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What is Luminar and How it Will Enhance Your Photo Editing?


Luminar is a universal, easy to use, all-in-one photo editing app, designed to meet your every need as a photographer and photo-image editor.

Unlike most other photo editing software, Luminar’s genuine ease-of-use makes it look bound for becoming  the number one image editor software, applicable to almost anyone with the desire of creating beautiful imagery. There is no  need for any special training in order for users to achieve great looking results. So imagine what you can do with just some basic tips and insights.



Enhance and change the appearance of your photos using custom filters with precise and easy to use controls, from classic Tone and Exposure, to Bi-Color, Photo Filter Emulation, Cross-Processing and more. In fact, Luminar will allow you to achieve some of the more complex photo editing tasks only adequately possible in the likes of… yes you said it – Adobe Photoshop.

You Will Like The Idea of Personalised Darkroom Workspaces

Amongst the many features you’ll find, Workspaces provide a near to perfect environment of logically grouped tool ‘sets’ suitable for your specific type of project. You can even share and import Workspaces by other photographers.

Now, whilst the default Workspaces include; Portrait, Black & White, Landscape and Street, you always have the capability of adding different filters or creating new ones. This will allow you to customise Workspaces to fit exactly what you need for each different project.

Not Just RAW Support!

Finally, but not the last, besides the support of RAW file formats, Luminar also provides:

– Layers and Custom Textures
– Gradient and Radial Masks 
– Pixel-perfect Noise Reduction 
– A Healing tool
– Crop & Transform
– History Panel
– Brushes and Masking 
– Automatic Luminosity
– Selective Top & Bottom adjustments
– Plug-in support and so much more….

The Super Good News…

By the time you have read this post, Luminar will be either fully-available or, if you are lucky, still be in pre-launch phase. In which case, if you already  own a Macphun app for Mac, you’ll  only pay $49 (+ receive exclusive bonuses). New users (i.e those that do not own a Macphun product) the price is an incredibly compelling…only $59.


Aperture – Apple

Apple - Aperture artwork



Genre: Photography

Price: £54.99

Release Date: 04 January 2011

Aperture combines the control and speed pros want for demanding photo tasks with the easy learning curve iPhoto users need to step up to an advanced photo tool. It has been fully optimized for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro, letting you browse and edit high-resolution images with remarkable clarity and resolution. And with a new unified photo library, you can now move seamlessly from iPhoto to Aperture —  and back — without having to import, export, or reprocess your photos. Aperture is packed with innovative adjustment tools to refine your images, including a revolutionary Auto White Balance that uses skin tones to correct color casts, and a professional Auto Enhance that applies Exposure, Vibrancy, Curves, and more with a single click. It also includes powerful Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and dozens of ready-to-use professional photo Effects. You can share your photos directly to Facebook, Flickr and SmugMug and add them to shared photo streams using iCloud. You can also showcase your best work as an impressive coffee table-style photo book or as stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text, and HD video.   

Fully optimized for Retina display

• Optimized Viewer allows you to see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy

• Displays razor-sharp thumbnails in Browser

Aperture and iPhoto Unified Library

• Share one photo library across both applications

• No need to import, export, or reprocess photos from one app to the other

• Faces, Places, albums, web sharing, and more work with both applications

• Adjustments done in either app are non-destructive and visible in the other

Organize photos using Faces and Places 

• Use face detection and recognition to organize your photos by the people in them 

• Explore photos based on where you took them, using robust GPS support 

• Drag photos to an interactive map to add location data easily 

Perfect images with Brushes and Effects

• Retouch photos nondestructively using edge-aware brushes 

• Handle the most common touch-up tasks with a set of 10 Quick Brushes 

• Choose from dozens of ready-to-use effects or create and share your own effects 

• See results of any effect in a live preview window before applying it to an image

Create stunning multimedia slideshows 

• Use professionally designed themes to weave together photos and HD video clips 

• Add text to slides using your choice of fonts, styles, and colors 

• Build a layered soundtrack with location audio clips and music tracks 

Share photos with built-in iCloud support

• View and automatically import recent photos taken on your iOS devices
• Automatically send newly-imported photos to all your iOS devices
• Post photos and videos to other people’s shared photo streams, or create your own streams to share with friends and family
• View and add comments and “likes” to photos and videos in any shared stream

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