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The software developer Macphun, who will change its name to Skylum in early 2018, officially released the new version of its professional photo editing software "Luminar" yesterday: Luminar 2018. The download of the full version or the upgrade for the previous version is available on the Macphun website ready. In addition to the Apple Mac, you can also use a Windows PC to use the software. In the following I would like to show you a few details and features of Luminar 2018 - maybe the app for professional photo editing is exactly the alternative to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop that you were looking for;)
Under the slogan "Everything you need to create perfect photos in no time.“Macphun (soon to be Skylum) already shows on the page linked above what the photo editing software can do. For a single price of 69 EUR or as an upgrade of your previous version, you get an individually adaptable program in which you can set up controls, filters, effects and more and use them intuitively.
A total of 40 photo filters are included, which should neither be gimmicks nor cheesy. According to the developer, the filters in Luminar 2018 are tools for photographers to get more depth, details and color out of the photos. AI is helpful here, analyzing images and making smart adjustments. You can try it out on the product page.
Dealing with various RAW formats, layer editing and blending methods, marking tools and lens correction, adjustable presets and plug-in support, unlimited undoing of editing steps and much more is part of Luminar 2018. You can find several settings, filters, controls and other features directly on the Try the Macphun website for free in your browser on very handsome photos. You can get a free test of Luminar 2018 here: Click, click, click.
If you are thinking of downloading the Adobe alternative and saying goodbye to the subscription program for Photoshop, Lightroom and Co., then you might be interested in the system requirements. Because photo editing is no walk in the park for the computer, especially with large pictures and RAW files. Here I have summarized the Luminar 2018 system requirements for the Apple Mac with macOS and PCs with Windows:
|MacOS||Windows on PC or Mac|
|Operating system||macOS High Sierra, Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, Yosemite 10.10.5||Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better||Intel Core i3 or better|
|Random Access Memory (RAM)||4GB or more||4GB or more|
|Hard disk space (preferably on SSD)||2GB (better more)||2GB (better more)|
|screen resolution||1.280 x 768 pixels or more||1.280 x 768 pixels or more|
|Additional||Can be used on MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini||Graphics card with DirectX 10 or higher, mouse or similar as input device|
The versions of Luminar 2018 in German, English and Japanese are currently available for use. In the future, translations for the following languages will be added: Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, simplified Chinese and Spanish. But what interests you more is the compatibility of Luminar 2018 with different image formats for photos and RAW recordings. I have also summarized these for you:
What I've seen of the program so far is quite impressive. Compared to its predecessor, there are also some new features and improvements - including LUT mapping, sunbeam filters, matting filters, lens correction, noise reduction, etc. Individual settings as well as the further development of interface and performance make Luminar 2018 for Mac and Windows PC quite interesting .
Added to this is the attractive price that comes with the Affinity Photo Offers for Mac and iPad can keep up. We cannot yet offer you a test here in the blog - but it is being planned. Then you will learn more about handling, usability and added value for photographic services. But we can also turn the tables by you downloads the software and then in a comment (see below) write how you like Luminar 2018: D
With Luminar 2018, Macphun, soon to be Skylum, is taking on the rival Adobe and its Lightroom and Photoshop programs. In addition, Adobe settings, color structures and plugins can (partially) be adopted. For a comparatively small price of 69 EUR you can download a professional app for photo editing for Mac and PC. That's not too much money to want to download for Christmas;)
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.