Category: Software

Luminar by Macphun, the powerful all-in-one photo editor for Mac, is now shipping

Press release issued by Macphun:

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– The first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level

– A powerful yet easy-to-use alternative to Aperture

San Diego, CA November 17th, 2016 – Luminar, Macphun’s first all-in-one photo editor, is now shipping at macphun.com/luminar. Introducing an ultra-personal approach to photo editing, Luminar adapts to any photographer – from the new shooter to the professional – through its adaptive user interface and personalised digital darkroom concept. Luminar combines power with simplicity and creativity, bringing together over 300 robust tools and features including; personalised workspaces, a range of image correction tools, creative filters, layers & masking, and extensive file import/export capabilities.

Luminar is available for a special launch price of $49 for current users of Macphun software, and $59 for all new customers*. A demo version of Luminar can be downloaded at macphun.com/luminar beginning today.

The professionals shed the light on Luminar

– The first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level

– A powerful yet easy-to-use alternative to Aperture

San Diego, CA November 17th, 2016 – Luminar, Macphun’s first all-in-one photo editor, is now shipping at macphun.com/luminar. Introducing an ultra-personal approach to photo editing, Luminar adapts to any photographer – from the new shooter to the professional – through its adaptive user interface and personalised digital darkroom concept. Luminar combines power with simplicity and creativity, bringing together over 300 robust tools and features including; personalised workspaces, a range of image correction tools, creative filters, layers & masking, and extensive file import/export capabilities.

Luminar is available for a special launch price of $49 for current users of Macphun software, and $59 for all new customers*. A demo version of Luminar can be downloaded at macphun.com/luminar beginning today.

The professionals shed the light on Luminar

‘You’ll find the controls in Luminar are much more powerful than the ones in Lightroom. I’d also wager to say that Luminar has 5-7x as many control options as Lightroom.’

Trey Ratcliff, world-famous travel photographer

‘Finally, creative editing software with an intuitive layout that is simple to use and helps me create unique looking images. Luminar is a great addition to my workflow – I can drop in images and be confident I can quickly turn around a cool image ready for sharing.’

Matt Granger, professional photographer and educator

‘Luminar is a fantastic RAW editor packed full of innovative features. The layer-based editing is extremely powerful and flexible, the workspaces can be customised to perfectly reflect my editing workflow, and the plethora of filters enable ultimate creative control.’

Will Burrard-Lucas, award-winning wildlife photographer

‘Luminar is a welcome addition to my digital toolbox…even a software guru like me found that my control-freak expectations were met or exceeded. Highly recommended for all photographers who have a Mac and are looking for more options to change the look of their photos or fix tough problems with precise manual controls.’

Richard Harrington, Photofocus publisher

Your questions about Luminar answered

Is Luminar an alternative to Aperture?

Luminar introduces a wide selection of more powerful and adaptive photo editing tools to fit in with the skills and needs of any type of photographer, alongside an innovation in photo editing software – workspaces, which act as personal digital darkrooms. Currently, Luminar does not have photo asset management features similar to Aperture, but users can plug into Aperture and match up Luminar’s superior editing tools with Aperture’s file library. With updates expected in early 2017, Luminar will soon replace any other photo editor that you currently use.

See how Luminar compares to Aperture and Lightroom at macphun.com/luminar/compare.

How does Luminar complement Aurora HDR?

Aurora’s advanced HDR capability and Luminar’s extensive photo-editing options can be seamlessly combined. Aurora is unbeatable for creating stunning HDR images, and Luminar takes mastering these images to the next level with the introduction of even more editing tools including; filter masking on a single layer, a transform tool, an eraser brush for spot and object removal, and clone & stamp capability. From those small extra tweaks to dramatic edits such as sky replacement, Luminar is the ideal tool to finalise Aurora HDR creations. Find out more about Luminar’s relationship with Aurora at macphun.com/blog/luminar-for-aurora-hdr.

Does Luminar complement Creative Kit?

Creative Kit is a collection of plug-ins dedicated to specific tasks, whereas Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo editor. Luminar is a combination of the best bits of Creative Kit, all-new capabilities and innovative tools, and a brand new user interface. Find out more about using Creative Kit and Luminar in your editing workflow at macphun.com/blog/luminar-for-creative-kit.

Does Luminar support batch processing?

Soon! The current version of Luminar does not have built-in batch processing, but this feature will be introduced in the December update, and will be available for free for all current users of Luminar.

Will there be a Windows version of Luminar?

Currently all Macphun software is Mac-only. However, Macphun have started working on the Windows version of Luminar. The plan is to make Luminar for Windows available late Spring 2017.

Availability

Luminar is now shipping at macphun.com/luminar

Pricing

$49 / 49€ / *£39 / AU$69 for anyone who already owns Macphun photo software

$59 / 59€ / *£44 / AU$84 for all new users

Free trials are available at macphun.com/luminar

63457718900169gmail-normal” style=”text-align: left;”>‘You’ll find the controls in Luminar are much more powerful than the ones in Lightroom. I’d also wager to say that Luminar has 5-7x as many control options as Lightroom.’

Trey Ratcliff, world-famous travel photographer

‘Finally, creative editing software with an intuitive layout that is simple to use and helps me create unique looking images. Luminar is a great addition to my workflow – I can drop in images and be confident I can quickly turn around a cool image ready for sharing.’

Matt Granger, professional photographer and educator

‘Luminar is a fantastic RAW editor packed full of innovative features. The layer-based editing is extremely powerful and flexible, the workspaces can be customised to perfectly reflect my editing workflow, and the plethora of filters enable ultimate creative control.’

Will Burrard-Lucas, award-winning wildlife photographer

‘Luminar is a welcome addition to my digital toolbox…even a software guru like me found that my control-freak expectations were met or exceeded. Highly recommended for all photographers who have a Mac and are looking for more options to change the look of their photos or fix tough problems with precise manual controls.’

Richard Harrington, Photofocus publisher

Your questions about Luminar answered

Is Luminar an alternative to Aperture?

Luminar introduces a wide selection of more powerful and adaptive photo editing tools to fit in with the skills and needs of any type of photographer, alongside an innovation in photo editing software – workspaces, which act as personal digital darkrooms. Currently, Luminar does not have photo asset management features similar to Aperture, but users can plug into Aperture and match up Luminar’s superior editing tools with Aperture’s file library. With updates expected in early 2017, Luminar will soon replace any other photo editor that you currently use.

See how Luminar compares to Aperture and Lightroom at macphun.com/luminar/compare.

How does Luminar complement Aurora HDR?

Aurora’s advanced HDR capability and Luminar’s extensive photo-editing options can be seamlessly combined. Aurora is unbeatable for creating stunning HDR images, and Luminar takes mastering these images to the next level with the introduction of even more editing tools including; filter masking on a single layer, a transform tool, an eraser brush for spot and object removal, and clone & stamp capability. From those small extra tweaks to dramatic edits such as sky replacement, Luminar is the ideal tool to finalise Aurora HDR creations. Find out more about Luminar’s relationship with Aurora at macphun.com/blog/luminar-for-aurora-hdr.

Does Luminar complement Creative Kit?

Creative Kit is a collection of plug-ins dedicated to specific tasks, whereas Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo editor. Luminar is a combination of the best bits of Creative Kit, all-new capabilities and innovative tools, and a brand new user interface. Find out more about using Creative Kit and Luminar in your editing workflow at macphun.com/blog/luminar-for-creative-kit.

Does Luminar support batch processing?

Soon! The current version of Luminar does not have built-in batch processing, but this feature will be introduced in the December update, and will be available for free for all current users of Luminar.

Will there be a Windows version of Luminar?

Currently all Macphun software is Mac-only. However, Macphun have started working on the Windows version of Luminar. The plan is to make Luminar for Windows available late Spring 2017.

 Availability

Luminar is now shipping at macphun.com/luminar

Pricing

$49 / 49€ / *£39 / AU$69 for anyone who already owns Macphun photo software

$59 / 59€ / *£44 / AU$84 for all new users

Free trials are available at macphun.com/luminar

Adobe reveals Photoshop and Premiere Elements 15

Press release issued by Adobe Systems Inc.

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Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15

The Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15.

Over the years, the Elements products have emphasized easy photo and video organization, editing, creation, and sharing. Elements combines powerful behind-the-scenes technology magic adapted from our professional apps with a user friendly UI and modes for every level of user to deliver an ideal mix of power and ease-of-use for creating and sharing your special moments.

For this release we focused on further automating the organization and editing process so that Elements does the heavy lifting and you can focus on creating and sharing. We’ve also expanded our selection of Guided Edits so it is even easier to get started and continue to bridge the gap between photo and video editing by bringing familiar photo features and terminology to life in Premiere Elements

As you’ll see, there are a number of exciting new features and enhancements to make your photos as amazing as your memories.

Here’s what’s new –

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Touch Enabled – Touchscreen laptops and desktops continue to grow in popularity, and our Organizer and Quick Edit mode are now touch friendly so that you can simply tap to do all your finding, sorting, and quick enhancements.

Enhanced Search – Finding the right photo and video is always a challenge and with Elements 15 we’re making it a whole lot easier. Now you can find the exact photos and videos you’re looking for by searching on a combination of things, including places, events, and other favorite subjects.

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 Smart Tags – Elements now automatically tags your photos based on subjects like sunsets birthday, dogs, cats and more. As a result, you’ll spend less time tagging and more time creating.

Enhanced Instant Fix – And speaking of saving you time, we’ve enhanced the instant fix functionality so that you can quickly and easily edit a batch of photos at one time.

 

 

 

New Guided Edits – Guided Edits transform seemingly complex tasks into easy to follow step-by-step instructions that guide you to fantastic results. Photoshop Elements now offers 45 Guided Edits, including five brand new ones in this release.

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  • Photo Text: Now you can easily transform any photo into cool visual text and add an embossed look and drop shadows to really make it pop. It’s great for anyone creating collages, scrapbook pages, cards, signs, and more.

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  • Painterly: Convert your photos into unique works of art. Painterly teaches you how to paint an effect over your subject and then add textures and colour themes—perfect for sharing on social media or as a printed keepsake.
  • Effects Collage: get artistic by adding multiple effects to a single photo. Tap into multiple templates and themes to choose one that suits your style.
  • Speed Pan: Don’t know how to or weren’t able to catch the perfect speed-pan action shot? No problem. This new guided edit adds a motion blur behind your subject to create the dramatic effect.
  • Frame Creator: A new way to create your own custom frames to complement your favorite photos and they can be added to the existing frame library.

 

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Adjust Facial Features –. Turn frowns upside down, adjust squinting eyes, and make other quick tweaks so everyone in your photos looks their best.

Enhanced Filter Gallery – Filters are a great way to try on new looks and show off your creativity, and now it’s even easier to choose the best filter for your photo and fine-tune the details.

 

 

 

Layer Adjustment Guided Edit – Another opportunity to impress people with your editing chops. This new Guided Edit makes it easy to give your movie a signature look by applying effects across multiple clips or your entire movie at once.

 

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Haze Removal – You loved it in Photoshop Elements and now we’re bringing it to Premiere Elements. New Haze Removal enables you to easily remove haze to make the background of your scenes as crisp as what’s up front.

Remix – We’ve eliminated the frustration of matching different length music files with your video clips. Pick any music file, and it can be easily remixed to match the length of your movie with a natural sound and transition so you never lose the soul of your audio.

Face Detection – We’ve added face detection to Smart Trim, Favorite Moments and Pan and Zoom, giving priority to footage of what matters most – the people in your videos – when suggesting places to trim. With face detection, you’ll get a great movie of friends and family without that unnecessary footage.

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Video Collage – create dynamic collages with photos and videos that show many memories at once. A fun and creative way for sharing on Facebook, YouTube, and other social sites.

These are just some of the new and enhanced features in Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15. For a complete list of what’s new and improved, please visit here. Be sure to check out project tutorials here and follow us on Facebook.

We hope you’re as excited about this release as we are and look forward to your feedback.

– The Elements Team

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