Luminar from Macphun is coming to the PC, I had the pleasure to try the beta version of this software and I have to say It was a pleasant surprise.
As you can see above the layout is very simple, you have the presets on the bottom of the photo while your work space is all on the left, I didn’t use any presets I decided to add the filters manually. The filter section is very nicely done and filters are divided by categories.
On this specific photo I used Dehaze that did a wonderful job, way better then i expected, then I decided to boost the the overall image with Accent, things were looking good so far, my first Wow moment was when I decided to lighten up the photo a bit and realize that there was a preset division called Top and Bottom, on this particular image it worked very well, I image to edit the top and bottom separably and this is a feature that is very well done.
I used the details enchancer filter and realize they also divided it in small details, medium details and large details, on this particular photo I notice that they just enhance in different ways, after playing around with the three of them you notice difference changes in different parts of the image, and I have to say the small and medium details were my favorite, didn’t see such a difference in large.
The software is still in beta and I couldn’t open a raw file from my camera, so I converted it first to jpeg, while it was a jpeg the software is fast and very responsive, I would love to test the final version to see how responsive it is on a raw file, also because it was a jpeg I’m sure it limit the post processing, but overall I liked it.
I would have like to be able to change the background color to white but only the Dark, Dark gray, Gray and Light Gray were available.
I will continue using Luminar for PC for a while longer and from what I was able to see it seems a very capable alternative to Lightroom, also the one time payment is a benefit in my opinion.
If you wish to download the version of Luminar for PC please click HERE